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Salem State Downs Men’s Ice Hockey With Strong Special Teams Play

Greg Pezza

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College men's ice hockey team fell to Salem State by a 4-1 score on Tuesday evening at Dayton Arena.

The Vikings scored two power play goals in the first period and never looked back. After Michael Casale put the visitors on the board at the 11:13 in the game, another Camel was sent off to create another 5-on-4 situation which Salem State capitalized on just 1:37 later courtesy of Casey Miller.

Connecticut College dominated the second period and outshot its opponent by a 16-4 margin during the second frame. The Camels also earned a bevy of power play opportunities, which included playing up a pair of men at the midway point. But despite all of the golden chances, Viking goalie Jason Pucciarelli made five saves and his defense blocked three additional shots during the shooting frenzy.

After successfully keeping the Camels off the board during a penalty kill which lasted 4:12, Salem State cashed in with its third goal at the 14:08 mark when Derek Makimaa finished a pass from Casale. Senior Mason Evans (Buffalo, N.Y.) was able to finally put the hosts on the board by unleashing a shot from the blue line that made it over the shoulder of Pucciarelli in the waning minutes of the second period, but that was as close as the Camels would come.

The Vikings tacked on another goal when Callum Hofford took a faceoff won by Miller and fired the puck into an empty net with 2:13 remaining, and the hosts would have to settle for their second straight defeat.

Pucciarelli picked up the victory between the pipes by making 30 saves for Salem State (4-5), while Connecticut College's Connor Rodericks (Buzzards Bay, Mass.) was tagged with just his first loss of the season after making 22 stops.

Connecticut College (2-3) returns to NESCAC action when it visits Colby on Friday, Dec. 8 at 7:00 p.m.