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PSU Men’s Ice Hockey edged by Salem State in OT

Sarig continues hot hand for Panthers in home opener

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Brandon Platt (Pittsburgh, Pa.) scored the game-winning goal a minute and 12 seconds into overtime Tuesday evening to lead Salem State University to a 4-3 victory over Plymouth State University in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey opener for both schools at Hanaway Rink.

            Freshman Alex Minter (Peabody, Mass.) collected a goal and two assists to lead the Vikings, while senior Eric Defelice (Chalfont, Pa.) and sophomore Keaton Cashin (Boxford, Mass.) recorded a goal and an assist each.  The Vikings are off to a 2-0 start to the season, 1-0 in the MASCAC.

            Plymouth State got a pair of goals from junior defenseman Zach Sarig (Reading, Pa.), who now leads the MASCAC with five goals and seven points. Sophomore Josh Woody (Sunderland, Md.) also scored for the Panthers but PSU fell to 1-3 on the season, 0-1 in conference play.

            Defelice put the Vikings on the board first with a power play goal five minutes into the contest, knocking in a rebound after PSU senior goalie Tyler Ingerson (Concord, N.H.) made a save on a shot from the point by Minter.

            Sarig evened the score four minutes later with his first of the night, a blistering slap shot from the right point that went over the goalie's shoulder. Play continued after the shot until the next whistle, when the referee conferred with the goal judge and ruled that Sarig's shot had gone through the netting of the goal. The goal was awarded to Sarig, tying the game at 1-1.

            Minter gave the Vikings the lead back with six minutes to go in the opening period, again scoring on a rebound after Ingerson had made a stop on a shot from the point by junior Ian Canty (South Windsor, Conn.)

            Cashin extended the Salem State lead to 3-1 with four minutes to go in the second period, deflecting in the puck from the right post on a shot from the left point by Minter. The Panthers came right back with two goals in a 36-second span to tie the game by the end of the period; Sarig scored the first one on a slap shot from the left point that snuck through the goalie's glove, and Woody followed with a deflection to knot the score at 3-3.

            Each team took 10 shots on goal in the third period but neither team was able to score. PSU killed off two Viking power plays, including one in the final four minutes of the period, to send the game into overtime. Platt scored the game-winner on the first shot of the extra session, snapping a shot from the right side past Ingerson to win it.

            Senior Ryan Sutliffe (Las Vegas, Nev.) made 34 saves to earn the win in the Viking goal. Ingerson finished with 29 saves for PSU.

            Both teams are back on the ice Thursday with MASCAC games as PSU hosts Fitchburg State University and Salem State hosts Westfield State University.

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