Southern Maine, Salem State Skate to 3-3 Tie

Senior Cody Braga (#13) had a goal and an assist in USM's 3-3 tie with Salem State (photo by Audrey Pohl).
Senior Cody Braga (#13) had a goal and an assist in USM's 3-3 tie with Salem State (photo by Audrey Pohl).

Southern Maine, Salem State Skate to 3-3 Tie

            GORHAM, Maine -- Junior Joe Smith (Holbrook, Mass.) scored with 1:14 remaining in regulation to cap off a three-goal comeback and give the visiting Salem State University Vikings a 3-3 overtime tie with the University of Southern Maine Huskies in non-conference men's action Tuesday evening at the USM Ice Arena.

            The tie left the Huskies at 2-5-1 overall heading into the Thanksgiving break.  The Vikings moved to 1-4-1 overall.

            With the extra attacker on, Smith's shot along the ice from the left point somehow eluded USM junior goalie Anthony D'Aloisio (Frisco, Texas) to sneak inside the left post for the tying goal.  Rookie Mike Shippee (Seattle, Wash.) dug the puck out along the wall and shoveled a pass back to Smith to set up the shot.

            After a scoreless first period, Southern Maine built a 2-0 lead in the middle frame on goals by seniors Tristan Dundas (Chilliwack, B.C.) and Cody Braga (Middleboro, Mass.).  Dundas' goal came on the power play at 6:34.  Braga potted the rebound of sophomore Matthew Smith's (St. John's, Nfld.) shot at 15:58.

            The Huskies upped their lead to 3-0 in the opening minutes of the third period with a short-handed goal from sophomore Oskar Bjurström (Stockholm, Sweden) after a nifty feed from sophomore Adam Withers (Kenora, Ont.).

            Seconds after Bjurström's goal, the Huskies took another minor penalty to go down two men and the Vikings made them pay with a goal by sophomore Derrick Scoggins (Anchorage, Alaska) at 1:30.  Sophomore Billy McGwin (Rochester, N.Y.) pulled the visitors to within one with another power-play goal at 4:17.

            Salem State senior goalie Sean Cleary (Barnstable, Mass.) finished with 25 saves.  At the other end, D'Aloisio stopped 28 shots.  Southern Maine had a 31-28 edge in shots on goal.  Salem State converted on 2 of 6 power plays while USM was successful on 1 of 5 opportunities.

            Southern Maine takes a short break for the Thanksgiving holiday and is back in action on Saturday (4 p.m.) traveling to the University of New England.  Salem State will host New England College, also on Saturday (2 p.m.).