SALEM, Mass. - Senior Chris Chambers (Crofton, Md.) scored the game- winning goal early in the third period Thursday night as Plymouth State University edged the Salem State Vikings, 3-2, in Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference action.
The Panthers, 13-7-1 overall and 9-4-1 in the MASCAC, move into a tie for third place with the Vikings, 9-8-3 overall and 8-3-3 in league play. PSU won two out of three this season against Salem State and owns the potential tiebreaker; Both teams have 19 points and closely trail Fitchburg State (22 points) and Westfield State (20).
The scoring began just past the midpoint of the first period with a goal from sophomore Brian Kriner (Newport, R.I.). Freshman Sean Foley (Weymouth, Mass.) added to the Panther lead with a shot below the right wing circle after being set up for the goal by David Rose (Haddonfield, NJ). The Vikings closed out the period without a goal despite putting 17 shots on Plymouth goaltender Jack Astedt (Angelholm, Sweden).
The Vikings came back with a pair of second-period goals to tie the game. Mike Genovese (Hingham, Mass.) broke the Vikings drought when he found the back of the net at 10:40. Nick Lampson (Groton, MA) tied the game with a wrist shot with less than 30 seconds left in the second period.
During a Panther power play early in the third, Chambers, the MASCAC goal and points leader, scored his 15th of the season at the 1:58 mark for the game-winner.
Astedt finished the game with 35 saves on 37 shots to earn the win for PSU. His Viking counterpart, Andrew Knight (Calgary, Alberta) made 18 saves on the 21 shots he faced.
Both teams play MASCAC games again on Saturday, Salem State visiting Fitchburg State (7:00 p.m.) and Plymouth State returning home to host UMass Dartmouth (6:00 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Salem State Sports Information)
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