FITCHBURG — Freshman Cam Moniz’s goal late in the second period proved to be the game-winner, and Peabody native Andrew Bucci scored his first collegiate goal to seal the victory as the Salem State hockey team went on the road last night and defeated Fitchburg State, 5-3, in its MASCAC opener.
The Vikings (2-1 overall) found themselves trailing 3-0 in the first period, but turned on the pressure over the final two periods while holding the hosts off the scoreboard. They tallied three times in the middle stanza, with Andrew Bettencourt scoring his second goal of the night to make it 3-2 before Chad Goodwin netted one of his own to tie things up.
Moniz’s marker, with assists going to Andrew Cetola and former Revere High star Chris Mastropietro, gave Salem State its first lead with 2:31 to go in the second period. Bucci, also a freshman, then iced the game with an empty-net goal, taking a pass from Matt Kenline and burying it into the Fitchburg net.
Junior Ryan Sutliffe got the win in goal for the Vikings, making 25 saves (all but five of those over the final two periods). Salem State poured 49 shots on the Falcons’ cage, 44 of which netminder Randy Wolcott stopped.
Kristofer Faric and Cameron Banwell had two assists apiece for Salem State, which hosts UMass Dartmouth tomorrow at the Rockett Arena in Salem (2 p.m.).