Salem State Gets Four in Third to Down Corsair Hockey

NEW BEDFORD, MA –The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team dropped a 5-1 decision to visiting Salem State in a Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference game at the Stephan Hetland Memorial Ice Arena Tuesday evening.

Salem State scored two goals within a two minute span early in the third period en route to the victory.

Vikings sophomore forward John Marsters (Weymouth, MA/Philadelphia Revolution-EJHL) scored the game winner, going stick-side on Corsairs senior goalie Ryan Williams (Milton, ON/Huntsville Otters-OPJHL) at 4:35 of the final period. He was assisted by junior forward Eric Defelice (Chalfont, PA/Manhattanville).  Salem State made it 3-1 at 6:13 as the puck ricocheted off the boards behind the Corsair net where an opportunistic bounce was taken advantage of by senior forward Derek Crocker (Wakefield, MA/Wakefield HS), who played the puck off the leg of a sprawled Williams and watched it slide into the net.  Sophomore defenseman Cameron Banwell (Toronto, ON/New York Apple Core-EJHL) picked up the assist.

"For forty minutes it was a really good, back and forth, evenly played game," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "They scored early in the third period, and the third and fourth goals were kind of fluky, bad bounces that should have been saved.  We've got less than 48 hours to rebound and get back after it."

The Vikings fourth goal came at 14:03 of the third when sophomore forward Chad Goodwin (Whitinsville, MA/Salve Regina) played the puck off the skate of Williams and into the back of the net.  The final tally of the night for Salem State was scored by sophomore forward Sutton Wilson (Kalamazoo, MI/Junior Huskies –EJHL) who took Marsters' rebound and sent it home from a tough angle.

After a scoreless first period, the Corsairs drew first blood in the second.  Freshman forward Evangelos Stefanou (Tabernacle, NJ/East Coast Eagles-EJHL) put home the rebound of senior forward William Colclough (Naples, FL/Peoria Mustangs-CSHL) past Salem State junior goalie Ryan Sutliffe (Las Vegas, NV/Helena Big Horns-NORPAC) at 14:44.  But, the lead was short-lived.  The Vikings answered back quickly when junior forward Kyle Phelan (Barnstable, MA/Bridgewater Bandits-EJHL) blasted one by Williams, assisted by Crocker at 16:14.

The Corsairs were outshot by the Vikings, 33-23. Williams made 28 saves for UMD, while Sutliffe stopped 22 shots for Salem State.

UMass Dartmouth dropped to 6-5-2 and 5-2-1 in the MASCAC with the defeat, while Salem State improved to 8-5-1 and 5-2-1 in MASCAC action with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Westfield State Thursday evening. The Vikings will host Plymouth State Thursday.

                                                            UMASS DARTMOUTH HOCKEY