By Salem State athletics
SALEM – John Needham and Callum Hofford had a goal and two assists apiece and Jason Pucciarelli earned the shutout in net as Salem State blanked Framingham State 6-0 on Thursday evening at Rockett Arena in Salem.
The Vikings even their record at 4-4 and go to 3-2 in the MASCAC while the Rams slide to 1-7 and 0-5 in conference.
The Vikings jumped on top early with three first period goals. Needham wove through the Framingham State defense and set up Mackenzie Cook who deposited the backhander into a wide open net for the game’s first score just over three minutes in. Hofford made it 2-0, converting a power play opportunity from the point that trickled past goalie Adam Calabrese.
Brandon Platt put Salem State up by three goals when he easily beat Calabrese with a backhander midway through the first for his team-leading sixth goal of the year. The Vikings held a 14-5 advantage in shots in the period.
Three more scores by Salem State increased the lead to 6-0 in the second.
The Vikings finished the night with 37 shots on net to just 20 for Framingham State.
Adam Calabrese made 31 saves in the loss while Pucciarelli finished with 10.
Framingham State goes to UMass Dartmouth for a 4 p.m. puck drop on Saturday, December 3.