SALEM, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth got in the win column for the first time in the 2017-18 season Thursday as it downed reigning MASCAC champion Salem State in a 3-1 battle to spoil the Vikings' home opener.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 3, Salem State 1
Records: UMass Dartmouth (1-2-1, 1-0-1 MASCAC) | Salem State (2-1-0, 1-1-0 MASCAC)
How it Happened
The Corsairs got out to an early lead midway through the first period when senior Brandon Berkley (Scottsdale, Ariz.) notched his first goal of the year in unassisted fashion. Moments later, Salem State leveled the score when Mackenzie Cook (Reading, Mass.) muscled a shot past UMass Dartmouth goaltender Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.)
Throughout the second period, the Corsairs offense ignited for 21 shots against Viking goalkeeper Jason Pucciarelli (Newmarket Ont.), but the senior was up to the challenge to keep the score equal.
In the third, UMass Dartmouth continued to flow and finally broke through with eight minutes to go when Jonathan Ruiz (Williamstown, N.J.) redirected Berkley's shot under the top crossbar to go up 2-1. Senior Jerry Laakso (Tampere, Finland) was credited with the secondary assist.
With 30 seconds left in the game, Mike Sones (Waterdown, Ont.) picked up his team-leading fifth goal on the empty-netter after he was brought to the ice on the breakaway, giving UMass Dartmouth the final dagger on the win.
Inside the Numbers
- The Corsairs commanded play throughout, holding a 49-20 shot advantage in the game, for the lowest shot total allowed by an opponent since Jan. 19. 2017 against Stonehill.
- Salem State was held scoreless on three power play opportunities. UMass Dartmouth converted two of its seven chances.
- Sones has now registered at least one goal in every game for UMass Dartmouth, and currently ranks tied for sixth nationally at 1.25 goals per game.
- Michals was a sure backstop for UMass Dartmouth, needing to make just 19 saves including 10 in the third period.
- The Corsairs have now claimed the past two meetings with the defending league champions, with the last victory coming on Feb. 16 by a 5-2 score.
UMass Dartmouth returns to Hetland Area on Saturday, hosting MASCAC foe Plymouth State for a 4:30 p.m. start time.