Saari stops 47 shots for Falcons
Salem, Mass. – The Fitchburg State University ice hockey team skated to a 0-0 overtime with the Vikings of Salem State University in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action this afternoon at the Rockett Arena.
Score: Fitchburg State 0, Salem State 0
Records: Fitchburg State (9-5-2, 4-4-2 MASCAC)| Salem State (7-8-2, 4-6-1 MASCAC)
How It Happened
Salem State controlled the puck over the first two periods play, totaling 29 shots on frame, but Fitchburg State goaltender Kirby Saari (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) stood strong, turning aside all 29 of the Vikings shots.
Scoring chances were limited throughout the third period and overtime as neither team was able to capitalize over the final 25 minutes of the contest, with Salem State netminder Jason Pucciarelli (Newmarket, Ont.) matching Saari save for save, resulting in the 0-0 overtime stalemate.
Inside the Numbers
49th meeting between the two schools in ice hockey with the Falcons 8-35-6 all-time when taking on the Vikings.
Two teams have split the last five matchups (2-2-1) with the Falcons earning a 3-2 win in the last meeting on November 11, 2017.
Vikings finished with a 47-28 advantage in shots.
Fitchburg State finished 0-for-7 on the power-play, while Salem State went 0-for-2 with the man advantage.
Saari finished with 47 saves for the Falcons in the complete game effort
Pucciarelli stopped 28 shots for the Vikings in 65:00 minutes of action.
Fitchburg State freshman forward Sascha Figi (Kloten, Switzerland) registered a team-best four shot on goal for the Falcons, while senior forward Ryan Wilkinson (Burlington, Ont.) finished with game-leading six shots on frame for the Vikings.
Falcons will host the Owls of Westfield State University on Thursday for a MASCAC matchup starting at 7:00 P.M. Vikings will host the Pilgrims of New England College on Tuesday for a non-conference bout with a 7:00 P.M. start time.
Portions of release courtesy of Salem State SID office