Salem State Downs Southern Maine

GORHAM, Maine -- Junior goalie Brendan Gill (Chelmsford, Mass.) registered 20 saves to backstop Salem State College to a 10-7 victory over the University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference game Saturday afternoon at Paula D. Hodgdon Field.

The win was the third straight for the Vikings, and improved their record to 9-5 overall and 3-2 in conference play. The Huskies dropped their eighth straight game to fall to 2-10 overall and 0-5 in LEC games.

Southern Maine piled up a huge, 53-30 advantage in shots, but Gill stood tall in goal protecting the lead throughout the game. He also picked up six ground balls.

Junior Jonathan Falls (Seekonk, Mass./Bishop Hendricken) led the Vikings' offense scoring a game-high four goals and passing out one assist. Freshman Justin Jones (Danvers, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) had four points on two goals and two assists. Sophomore Kyle Dolan (North Andover, Mass.) and rookie Ryan Savini (Wilmington, Mass./Shawsheen Tech) scored two goals apiece.

Sophomore Kayle Hamilton (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) was the lone repeat goal scorer for the Huskies beating Gill twice. Junior Chris Gassman (Kennebunk, Maine) had a goal and an assist. Sophomore goalie Kyle Dussault (Lewiston, Maine) posted six saves.

The Vikings grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first four minutes as Savini scored twice, sandwiching Falls' first goal of the day. Rookie Steve Ribero (Londonderry, N.H.) got the Huskies on the board with 2:45 left in the quarter to make it 3-1.

The teams traded goals through the second and third quarters leaving the Vikings up 7-5 after 45 minutes. Dolan scored a pair of goals 70 seconds apart early in the fourth to give the visitors a 9-5 lead. Sophomore Kyle Baker (Kennebunk, Maine) pulled USM within three with 3:24 to go, but that is close as the Huskies would get. Falls added a man-up goal with 24 seconds to play, and Hamilton closed the scoring tallying his second goal with one second left.

Southern Maine will play its final regular season home game on Tuesday (4:00 p.m.) when it hosts the University of Massachusetts Boston in an LEC game. Salem State also will be at home on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.) entertaining the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for an LEC encounter.


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