Salem State hands PSU Men’s Ice Hockey first conference loss

Salem State hands PSU Men’s Ice Hockey first conference loss

Callahan scores lone goal for Panthers in setback

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Salem State University handed Plymouth State University its first conference loss of the season Saturday evening, 4-1, in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey action at Hanaway Rink.

            Sophomore Derek Makimaa (Swartz Creek, Mich.) tallied a goal and an assist to lead the Vikings, and junior Marcus Zelzer (Green Bay, Wis.) stopped 27 shots in the visitors' net to clinch the win. Salem State improves to 10-5 overall and 6-2 in MASCAC play.

            Junior Ryan Callahan (Londonderry, N.H.) potted the only Panther goal in the first period, and senior goaltender Gordon Ceasar (Oak Park, Calif.) made 37 saves in a losing effort. PSU, ranked 14th by USCHO.com and 15th by D3hockey.com, drops to improve to 12-3 overall and 7-1 in the MASCAC.

            The teams traded goals about a minute apart late in the first period. Senior Andrew Bucci (Peabody, Mass.) snapped his fifth goal of the season in from the right side at 15:50, and Callahan answered 64 seconds later, snapping a wrist shot past Zelzer from the right circle after a face-off win by freshman Quinn Carroll (Amherst, N.H.).

            The Vikings pulled ahead in the second period, scoring twice and out-shooting the home team, 17-7. Makimaa potted the game-winner on a power play at the 6:15 mark, set up by sophomore Dan Holland (Woburn, Mass.) and Daniel Campbell (Waterloo, Ont.) and extended the lead to 3-1 when a shot from the point by junior Ryan Doherty (Tewksbury, Mass.) deflected off a Panther stick past Ceasar at 9:51.

            Salem State kept the pressure on in the third period, and removed any doubt about a Panther comeback with a minute remaining when senior Gabriel Cromp (Montreal, Que.) scored on a power play to make it 4-1. The Vikings finished with a 41-28 advantage in shots on goal.

            Both teams play MASCAC games again on Thursday evening as PSU visits Framingham State for a 7:40 p.m. contest, and Salem State travels to Fitchburg State for a 7:00 p.m. face-off.

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