Game of the Week, April 17th

Western Connecticut at Salem State

4/17/13 7pm at SSU’s Alumni Field

Great midweek matchup in the Little East. Both teams are in need of a win to help secure a spot in the Little East tournament. Salem State is coming in at 0-3 in conference after losses to Eastern Connecticut, Plymouth State and Keene State. This game is a must win for the Vikings if they want to play in the Little East tournament. On the other hand Western Connecticut is coming to Salem at 1-2 in conference play, after their victory over UMass Boston last week. The Colonials have the upper hand on the Vikings due to their one conference win. Either way it is a big game with playoff implications for both teams.

Leading the Vikings on offense is freshman attackman Ben Melaugh. Melaugh has 25 goals and 15 assists in 2013. Giving Melaugh assistance on the offensively end is junior attackman AJ Robertson who has 22 goals and 3 assists this season. Salem State has a two heading monster at the face-off X with Kyle Dolan and Dave Patnaude. Dolan a senior, has won .561% of his face-offs and he has 14 goals and 1 assist. He is a threat to score off of the face-off win. While Patnaude, a graduate student is your typical face-off guy, he has a .447% in 2013. In between the pipes for the Vikings in 2013 has been Dylan Svenson. Svenson is a freshman who has a .522 save percentage and 106 saves.

The Colonials are lead by their attackman in 2013. Junior Ryan Foster leads the team in goals with 32 and has 15 assists. Sophomore Anthony Nejame leads the team in assists with 25 and has 16 goals. While freshman Nate Wilson is leading the team in man-up goals with 9. Wilson also has 25 goals and 7 assists in 2013. Seeing time between the pipes lately for the Colonials is Kevin Seery. Seery is a sophomore who has a .547 save percentage and 99 saves.

Looking at the last four games that Western Connecticut and Salem State have played, this one should be close. Here are the last four games:

2012 SSU 6 @ WConn 9
2011 SSU 6 vs. WConn 8
2010 SSU 6 @ WConn 5
2009 SSU 9 vs. WConn 8

Looking forward to a great game tonight at Salem’s Alumni Field under the lights.