Jan. 23, 2009

Box Score

BOSTON, MA - Senior forward Zach Doyen (Ortonville, MI) netted the game-winning goal at 2:39 of the overtime period to give the Salem State College men's ice hockey team a 4-3 victory over host University of Massachusetts Boston tonight in an Eastern College Athletic Conference contest at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons fall to 6-8-2 overall, including 2-7-1 in league play, while the Vikings win their third straight game to improve to 9-5-1 and 5-5-0.

Salem State made the most of four power plays, scoring three times on the night with the extra skater.

Sophomore defenseman Nick Jillson (North Smithfield, RI) took a shot that went wide of the net on the Vikings' power play but ricocheted right back into the slot where Doyen sent home the game-deciding tally for his second score of the season.

Salem State opened the scoring when sophomore forward Justin Fox (Whitby, ONT) and junior blueliner Brett Noll (Sandwich, MA) combined to find sophomore defenseman Kevin Huinink (Whitby, ONT) just 12 seconds into the power play at 11:23 of the opening period for a 1-0 edge. UMass Boston tied the contest at 1-1 just 2:51 into the second stanza when junior Kris Kranzky (Glendora, CA) and freshman defenseman Nick Novak (Green Bay, WI) set up sophomore forward Vinnie Jacona (East Stroudsburg, PA) for his fourth tally of the season.

The Beacons took their only lead of the evening at the 9:11 mark of the middle period when sophomore forward Eric Tufman (Abington, PA) netted his sixth goal of the year on an assist from sophomore blueliner Brett Calhoun (Tulsa, OK) and Kranzky on the power play for a 2-1 edge, but the Vikings answered just over two minutes later when sophomore forward Alex Molnar (Nitra, Slovakia) and freshman forward Justin Roy (North Bay, ONT) fed freshman forward Matt Johnson (Lynn, MA) at 11:23 to knot the score at 2-2.

Salem State kept the pressure on when it took a 3-2 lead on another power play goal off the stick of Huinink for his second tally of the night and fourth of the campaign on a helper from senior goaltender Ryan Hatch (Medway, MA) and junior forward Chris MacInnis (Waltham, MA) with 3:29 to go in the second period. Freshman forward Bryan Albert (Redlands, CA) was responsible for all the scoring in the third period when Jacona and freshman defenseman Wayne Sands (Chalfant, PA) connected with him for his fourth tally of the year for UMass Boston and a 3-3 tie, before the Vikings settled it in overtime.

Freshman goaltender Kevin Bendel (Denville, NJ) made 36 saves for the Beacons, while Hatch earned the victory for Salem State with 23 stops, including two in overtime as the visitors held a 40-26 shot advantage.

UMass Boston will be in action again on Saturday, January 24 when it hosts ECAC East foe University of Southern Maine at 3:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center, while the Vikings travel to Babson Park, MA to take on Babson College tomorrow at 4:00 p.m.