NHIAA Hockey: Salem skaters shutout Pinkerton
Cody Soucy scored the only goal of the game as the Blue Devils downed Pinkerton Academy of Derry 1-0 in Division I action at the Ice Den.
"We haven't beaten them in a couple of years," Salem coach Mark McGinn said. "It's always nice to take one from them. We worked hard tonight. I think we deserved it."
There were some tense moments down the stretch as Salem (3-1-1) clung to the lead, and goalie Nicholas Phair answered the call every time he was challenged.
The first was with 10:30 left in the third period when Devin Moore was set up on the left post and tried to stuff a shot in, only to get some of Phair's pads.
Then, with 5:40 left, Dominic Corsetto was set up beautifully in front on a pass from behind the net. Phair reacted quickly to the play and made the save.
"He's a good goalie," McGinn said. "He's been playing fantastic and hopefully he keeps it up for us."
The offensive by the Astros (2-3) went right down to the last second, literally.
With 1.3 seconds left a face off was whistled in the Salem zone. Pinkerton coach Casey Kesselring called a timeout and set up a play that manufactured a quality shot on net, which was stopped by Phair.
There was no scoring in the first period, and then Soucy got the Blue Devils on the board when he scored a power-play goal at 4:43 of the second period. Jake Pappalardo and Matthew Survilas were credited with assists on the goal.
Salem is now 3-0-1 since opening the season with a loss to Bishop Guertin of Nashua. McGinn said it just took a little while for his team to come together, and now it is starting to roll.
"We're a young team and the leadership is just starting to come together," McGinn said. "We're not full of studs. We've got hard-working kids and it took a couple of games to get their legs back."