Salem, Mass.. – Salem State's Mackenzie Cook (Reading, Mass.) scored four goals and added an assist and Casey Miller (Billerica, Mass.) had a career-high five assists and a goal as Vikings skated past Framingham State 9-4 in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) hockey action on Saturday afternoon. The Vikings go to 4-5 and 2-4 in the MASCAC while the Rams slide to 2-8-2 and 1-5 in conference.
Brody Heleno (Mississauga, Ontario) put Salem State up 1-0 as his shot from just inside the blue line found the back of the net at 2:36 of the first. Aleksi Mustaniemi (Vihti, Finland) notched the Vikings' second goal just 12 seconds later as he rifled in the puck for a 2-0 lead. Framingham State starting goalie Greg Harney (East Haven, Conn.) was pulled after not recording a save and was replaced by Brendan Cytulik (Framingham, Mass.) just 1:48 into the game. Cook scored Salem State's third goal of the opening period as the Vikings opened up a 3-0 lead. Jake McKinnon (Framingham, Mass) got one back for Framingham State to make the score 3-1 heading into the first intermission.
Cook and Jack Sheehan (Norwood, Mass.) exchanged two goals apiece in the second before Ryan Wilkinson (Burlington, Ontario) made it 6-3 with a nifty backhander at the 18:00 minute mark.
Adam Calabrese (Philadelphia, Pa.) replaced Cytulik to start the third and allowed a goal to Casey Miller (Billerica, Mass.), who slipped a shot underneath the Calabrese's pad. Matt Siegel (Syracuse, N.Y.) scored the Rams' fourth goal as he beat Jason Pucciarelli (Newmarket, Ontario) blocker side. Cook notched his fourth of the game before Michael Casale (Stoney Creek, Ontario) put home a rebound into an open net, making the final 9-4.
Pucciarelli made 28 saves in the win while Cytulik stopped 14 and Calabrese made 17 saves for Framingham State.
The Rams will return to the ice after the New Year when they travel to Western New England on January 6th, 2018.
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