BOSTON -- Two first period scores proved to be the difference as Wentworth defeated Salem State 2-1, ending the Vikings' season opening four-game win streak. Salem State is now 4-1 on the year while the Leopards go to 3-1-1.
Grace Dos Santos (Brockton, Mass.) broght the Vikings to within a score with just over a minute remaining in the game, but Edwin Demoya's (Salem, Mass.) last chance shot was stopped by Philip Chomicki (Dorchester, Mass.), who had 12 saves in the game.
The Vikings, who had allowed just one goal in their first four games, controlled play in the early stages of the game, beginning with a pair of corner kicks in a 58-second span. However, Salem State was unable to capitalize on its scoring chances.
Wentworth took a 1-0 lead at the 5:59 mark when Nathan Gosselin (Hudson, N.H. took a pass from senior Noah Martins (Dartmouth, Mass.) and took a shot from the left side, which beat junior Christopher Jimenez (Nashua, N.H.). The Leopards continued to pressure the Vikings and junior Drew DeCoste (Somerset, Mass.) nearly put the hosts ahead 2-0 in the 10th minute, however, his shot hit the crossbar.
Salem State put a pair of shots on net, less than a minute apart, however Chomicki came up with a pair of saves to keep the Black & Gold on top. A minute and 15 seconds later, Martins picked up his second helper of the game when he fed Gosselin who tipped the ball to Griffin Price (Allendale, N.J.). Price sent a shot across the left side and into the back of the net, making it 2-0.
Jimenez made four saves in the loss. Salem State had a 26-17 shot advantage and a 9-6 edge in corner kicks.