TUESDAY, NOV. 6 // 3:00 PM
BOSTON – After calling off the game Saturday at Salem State due to ice conditions, the Suffolk men's hockey team and Vikings are scheduled for non-conference clash Tuesday, Nov. 6 at Emmons Horrigan O'Neil Memorial Rink. Puck drop of the matinee is set for 3 p.m.
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LAST TIME OUT
Assumption handed Suffolk men's hockey its first loss of the season as the Rams slipped to the Greyhounds, 4-2, Oct. 27 at Buffone Arena.
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Suffolk split opening weekend action with a 7-0 shutout over Franklin Pierce in the season debut and a 4-2 setback at Assumption to head into the weekend 1-1 overall.
Jack Kelly has spearheaded the Rams' nine-goal offense as the sophomore has posted three pucks and set-up two other strikes for a team-best five points. Senior Mikhail Bryan is in a close second with four points off a team-high three handouts and one goal. Miller Rubin joins Kelly and Bryan with multiple points with two to his credit, both off assists.
Michael Levine and Will Ribas have each seen time in net. Levine opened the season with a 25-save shutout against the Ravens. Ribas, meanwhile, suffered the setback to the Greyhounds despite a 31-save performance.
Salem started its season Thursday night with a 5-4 setback to Westfield State.
Four different skaters were responsible for the Vikings quartet of opening day goals in Brooks Mitzel, Connor Irving, Parker Wood and Matt Yianacopolus. Mitzel is one of two players with a pair of points with the freshmen forward dishing out one assist to go with his goal. Callum Hofford also has two points to his credit, both off handouts.
Sean Cleary got the nod in between the pipes in game one for Salem. The junior goaltender stop 30 of the 35 shots he faced to enter Saturday's showdown with a .857 save percentage and a 5.06 GAA.
INSIDE THE SERIES
- The Suffolk, Salem State rivalry is fairly new, with the Rams and Vikings meeting just four times over the last four years.
- The Rams trail the all-time series 0-2-2.
- The non-conference foes have skated to back-to-back draws in the last two outings against one another. A year ago Suffolk and Salem tied 2-2 and a year before that the teams finished in a 4-4 stalemate.
- Salem State opened the series with a pair of wins.
- Suffolk looks for its first win over SSU.
Suffolk's clash with Salem State serves as final prep before the conference calendar gets underway next weekend when the Rams head to New England College and Southern Maine. The blue-and-gold will first top by the Pioneers Friday, Nov. 9 before trekking to see the Huskies the next day, Saturday, Nov. 10.