SALEM, Mass. – Second-seeded Salem State University produced three goals in the final period to defeat the sixth-seed University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's ice hockey team, 4-0, in the semifinal round of the 2015 Massachusetts States Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Championship tournament.
The Vikings (13-10-3) will travel to top-seeded Plymouth State University at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 7 for the conference championship game. The Corsairs conclude the season with an overall record of 8-16-3, a three-win improvement from the 2014 campaign.
In the first period, both teams were held scoreless with Salem State holding an 11-9 advantage in shots. One minute and 48 seconds into the second, Alex Minter gave the Vikings a one goal lead when he buried a goal blocker side. Despite out-shooting the home team by five (13-8), UMass Dartmouth was unable to deliver the equalizer.
Salem State held the slim advantage into the third before the Vikings erupted for three scores. In the opening minutes of the final stanza, Kristofer Faric snuck the puck between the left post and the net-minder's stick to increase Salem State's lead to two. The home team tacked on another goal at the 12th minute mark when Derek Makimaa fired a shot off the post and Michael Casale deposited the rebound to increase the score to 3-0 in favor of the Vikings. Chad Goodwin contributed the team's fourth goal, third of the period, during a power-play chance in the final minute of play.
In net, sophomore JJ Solloway (Derry, N.H.) recorded 24 saves, while Marcus Zelzer stopped all 31 shot he faced for Salem State.