NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Two third-period goals by Salem State, including the game-winner by Casey Miller (Billerica, Mass.), negated the evenly-matched opening stanzas to lift the Vikings to a 6-4 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in MASCAC play on Thursday evening.
Score: Salem State 6, UMass Dartmouth 4
Records: Salem State (7-6-1, 4-4-0 MASCAC) | UMass Dartmouth (7-7-1, 4-3-1 MASCAC)
How it Happened
Miller's game-winner capped a four-point performance, joining three assists by the senior. Three additional Vikings, including Parker Wood (Rochester Hills, Mich.), Michael Casale (Stoney Creek, Ont.) and Mackenzie Cook (Reading, Mass.) totaled three points, including two goals by Cook.
UMass Dartmouth senior Mike Sones (Waterdown, Ont.) tallied two goals and an assist for a team-high three points. Senior Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.), junior Jonathan Ruiz (Williamstown, N.J.) and sophomore Steven Leonard (Rockaway Park, N.Y.) all also finished with multiple points.
The goals came fast and furious in the first period, with Sones opening scoring on a one-timer from senior Jerry Laakso (Tampere, Finland) and Ruiz. The lead held until the 14th minute, when the first of Cook's back-to-back power play goals gave way to five scores in the course of two minutes.
UMass Dartmouth evened the margin a two with Sones' second tally at 14:53, but Viking Derek Makimaa (Swartz Creek, Mich.) responded merely 13 seconds later. The frenzy and scoring for the frame ended after Ruiz struck for his 10th goal of the season on the assist from Leonard.
A power-play goal a side kept the margin all square at the end of the second. Three minutes after Callum Hofford (Woodbridge, Ont.) found the cage for Salem State, Shea fired a pass from Sones past Jason Pucciarelli (Newmarket, Ont.) from the point.
Despite the Corsairs doubling up the visitors on shots for the final stanza, Salem State was able to break the stalemate for good beginning with Miller's score at 6:06. Three minutes later, Casale converted on Daniel Campbell's (Waterloo, Ont.) for the insurance goal.
Inside the Numbers
- Thursday featured 14 combined power-play opportunities, with Salem State going 3-for-6 on the man-advantage and UMass Dartmouth 2-for-8.
- Following Thursday's MASCAC action, Ruiz (24 points) and Shea (22 points) now sit first and second, respectively, in overall scoring in the conference.
- Pucciarelli finished with 47 stops in net, including 21 in the second period, with UMass Dartmouth's Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.) totaling 35.
- The Corsairs outshot the visitors on the game by a 51-41 clip.
UMass Dartmouth is on the road Saturday, traveling to MASCAC leader Plymouth State for a 6 p.m. puck drop. Salem State makes the trek to Worcester State for a 4:30 p.m. start on the same day.