SALEM, Mass. — Rookie goalie Paul Léger (Blainville, Quebec) stopped 34 shots to record his first collegiate shutout and win backstopping the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 4-0 non-conference win over the Salem State University Vikings Tuesday night at Rockett Arena.
The win was the second straight for the Huskies and lifted them above .500 at 4-3-0 overall. The Vikings dropped their fourth game in the last five to slide to 2-4 overall.
Despite being outshot 11-4 in the opening period, the Huskies were the ones to get on the board. With Léger turning aside all of Salem State’s shots at one end, USM took a 1-0 lead at 12:49 on a power-play goal from sophomore Blue Hayler (Missoula, Mont.). Hayler deposited the rebound of a shot from rookie Brock Padgham (Chilliwack, B.C.) into the net for his first goal of the season. Freshman Brendan Murphy (St. Peters, Mo.) also picked up an assist.
Southern Maine padded its lead with two goals in the opening 10:30 of the second period. Padgham netted his first collegiate goal at 5:01 converting a set-up from Hayler and junior Brett Norman (Dawson Creek, B.C.). Rookie Tristan Dundas (Abbotsford, B.C.) scored his second goal of the season at 10:30 after an assist from junior Patrick Magliano (Pelham, N.H.).
Sophomore Tyler Mathieu (Stillwater Lake, N.S.) added to the Huskies lead in the third period scoring his first goal of the season at 6:21. Dundas and Padgham picked up the assists.
Salem State finished the game with a 33-31 edge in shots on goal. Southern Maine was able to convert on 1 of 5 power plays while killing all six Salem State opportunities with the man advantage. Salem State junior goalie Jason Pucciarelli (Newmarket, Ont.) had 27 saves.