Murphy nets first collegiate hat trick for Fitchburg State in MASCAC victory
Salem Mass. – The Fitchburg State ice hockey team defeated the Vikings of Salem State University, 3-1 this afternoon in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action from the Rockett Ice Arena.
Score: Fitchburg State 3, Salem State 1
Records: Fitchburg State (3-1-0, 1-1-0 MASCAC) | Salem State (1-2-0, 0-1-0 MASCAC)
How It Happened
Following a scoreless first period, Fitchburg State grabbed the lead at the 5:01 mark of the second frame when sophomore Ryan Murphy (Wayzata, Minn.) collected a feed from senior Christopher Vicario (Cranston, R.I.) and freshman Rece Bergeman (Newark, Del.) and found the back of the net for his second tally on the season for the 1-0 edge.
The Falcons doubled their margin (2-0) roughly three and half minutes later as Murphy notched his second marker of the contest off assists from sophomores Kyle Klatt (Cloquet, Minn.) and Patrick Sullivan (Yorktown, N.Y).
The Green and Gold upped its advantage with just under seven minutes left in the second period with Murphy connecting on his third score of the game as Bergeman and junior Jordin Holmes (Willow Grove, Penn.) assisting on the play to make the score 3-0.
Salem State broke its scoring silence at the 11:56 mark of the third period when freshman Connor Woolley (Poghquag, N.Y.) settled a pass from classmates Michael Shippee (Seattle, Wash.) and Valtteri Tanninen (Helsinki, Finland) and connected on his first collegiate tally resulting in the 3-1 final.
By the Numbers
- Murphy netted his first collegiate hat trick for the Falcons
- 55th meeting between the two squads with the Falcons 13-36-6 all-time vs the Vikings
- Salem State finished with a 39-32 margin in shots
- Fitchburg State went 0-for-4 with the man advantage
- Junior Brian McGrath (Worcester, Mass.) stopped 38 shots for the Falcons
- Senior Sean Cleary (Barnstable, Mass..) made 29 saves for the Vikings
Falcons will travel to Framingham State on Thursday to take on the Rams for a MASCAC matchup, starting at 7:30 PM. Vikings will visit UMass Dartmouth on the same date for a conference tilt at 7:20 PM.