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January 19, 2012

Salem State defeats PSU Men’s Ice Hockey

Cottle scores lone goal for Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Giancarlo Capodanno recorded a goal and two assists Thursday evening as Salem State University defeated Plymouth State University, 3-1, in a Massachusetts Collegiate State Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey game at Hanaway Rink.

            The victory pulls the Vikings into a tie for first place in the MASCAC with Plymouth State and UMass Dartmouth, all with 6-2-1 conference records.  SSU and PSU are also both 9-5-1 overall.

            Junior Derek Crocker put the Vikings on the board less than two minutes into the game with his seventh of the season, converting a pass from Capodanno from behind the net.  Capodanno made it 2-0 at the 6:01 mark, cruising down the left side a firing a shot from the top of the circle for his eighth of the season.

            PSU got on the board midway through the opening frame when junior Kyle Greco passed the puck from behind the net to classmate Alex Cottle in the slot, and Cottle got a shot off; the goalie got a piece of it but the puck snuck over the goal line to cut the margin to 2-1.

            Salem State out-shot the home team 23-13 in the first 40 minutes, and extended its lead to 3-1 with just under two minutes left in the second period.  PSU junior goalie Jack Astedt made a save on Crocker, but Crocker slid into Astedt, taking him out of position, and freshman Tom Mahoney cleaned up the rebound for the Vikings and slid a backhander into the net for his second of the year.

            Salem State sophomore goaltender Ryan Sutliffe, who finished with 15 saves to post the victory, kept the momentum on the Vikings' side, making a big save on PSU sophomore Travis Stevens at the left goal post only moments after Salem had pushed the score to 3-1.

            The Vikings outshot the Panthers 7-3 in a scoreless third period to finish with a 30-16 margin for the game.  Both teams were unsuccessful on the power play, Salem State on three tries and PSU on two chances.

            Plymouth State is home again on Saturday evening, hosting Worcester State University in a MASCAC match-up at 6:00 p.m.  Salem State, which has won four in a row, returns home to host Westfield State University Saturday at 2:00 p.m. 

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