SALEM, Mass. - The Salem State College men's ice hockey team improved to 2-0 on the season Thursday night, defeating Plymouth State University, 5-2, in Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference action at Rockett Arena.
The Vikings overcame a 2-0 first-period deficit to pull out the comeback victory on goals by five different players. They scored twice late in the second period to tie the score, and added three unanswered goals in the final frame, including an empty-netter, to claim the win. PSU suffered its first loss after opening the season with three straight triumphs.
Plymouth State scored the only two goals of the first period, an even-strength marker by sophomore Chris Zaremba (Colorado Springs, Colo.) at 9:50 and a power-play goal by senior Chris Chambers (Crofton, Md) at 16:35.
The Panthers maintained the two-goal advantage until late in the second period when sophomore Justin Roy (North Bay, Ont.) took control of a pass through the slot from sophomore Matt Genovese (Hingham, MA) and sent the puck over the shoulder of the Panther goaltender. Salem State got a key goal from defenseman Brett Noll (Sandwich, Mass.) with 15 seconds remaining in the period to tie the game.
Freshman Nick Lampson (Groton, Mass,) scored the eventual game-winner for Salem State 4:49 into the third period. The Vikings put two more goals scoreboard before the final buzzer, one off the stick of junior Matthew Johnson (Lynn, Mass.) at 9:41, and an empty-net goal by senior Chris MacInnis (Waltham, Mass.) with just over a minute to play.
Salem State senior goalie James Lacour (Silver Spring, Md.) finished the night with 24 saves, while PSU freshman Jack Astedt (Angelholm, Sweden) made 38 saves as the hosts outshot the visitors 43-26.
Both teams play MASCAC games again on Saturday, Salem State traveling to Fitchburg State and PSU returning home to host UMass Dartmouth in the home opener at Waterville Valley (6:00 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Salem State Sports Information)
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