Barthelmess, Freitag score for Panthers
SALEM, Mass. – Kyle Phelan (Barnstable, Mass.) scored a goal and added an assist Saturday afternoon to lead the Vikings of Salem State University to a 3-2 win Saturday over Plymouth State University in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action.
The win improves the Vikings to 8-5 overall and atop the MASCAC standings with a 5-2 mark, while PSU drops to 5-9 overall and 3-4 in conference play.
Junior Chad Barthelmess (Norristown, Pa.) put the Panthers up 1-0 early on a power play goal, assisted by Josh Woody (Sunderland, Md.) and Tieg Alward (Vail, Colo.). Salem State countered midway through the period on their own power play with a forehand shot in front of the crease by Eric Defelice (Chalfont, Pa.) assisted by Andrew Bettencourt (Riverside, R.I.).
After several scoring opportunities, the Vikings took a 2-1 lead when Phelan swatted in a rebound off a Jacob Strzalkowski (Royal Oak, Mich.) shot. Plymouth State had two great opportunities to score but Salem State goaltender Ryan Sutliffe (Las Vegas, Nev.) made three spectacular saves to deny the Panthers.
One minute later, John Needham (Medford, MA) added a goal on an assist from Phelan to give the Vikings a 3-1 lead midway through the second period. Salem State controlled the second period completely, outshooting Plymouth State 18-5. The Vikings would hold a 3-1 lead going into the final period.
The Panthers struck early in the third period when a scrum formed in front of the Vikings net and Mike Freitag (Westmont, Ill.) finished his own play to close the gap to 3-2. The rest of period was a hard fought, high pace game that could have gone either way. With time winding down, the Vikings managed to hold off the Panthers late efforts to win 3-2.
Sutliffe made 19 saves to improve to 8-3 on the year while, sophomore Gordon Ceasar (Oak Park, Calif.) stopped 37 shots in the loss.
Salem State will play again at Westfield State on Thursday at 7:35 PM, and Plymouth State will travel to Fitchburg State on Thursday when the puck will drop at 7:00 PM.
(Courtesy of Salem State Sports Information)
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