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Salem outlasts East Coast, 4-3
Story by Narrative Science.
In a game where neither team could get a cushion, the Salem Ice Dogs escaped with a 4-3 victory over the East Coast Eagles.
No lead was more than one goal during the contest, and the winning goal was scored by Athanasi Kourkoulis at 24:05 of the second period.
Kourkoulis had two goals and one assist to lead Salem. Kourkoulis scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 14:40 into the first period to make the score 1-1. A checking from behind penalty on Connor Sheehey had put the Ice Dogs on the power play. Trevor Bettano assisted on the tally. Kourkoulis' next tally on the power play made the score 4-3 Salem with -245 seconds left in the second period. Nicholas Latham provided the assist.
Salem stifled East Coast's power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. The Ice Dogs bested their season scoring average. Salem averages 1.9 goal per game.
Christopher Minter also scored for Salem. In addition, Salem received assists from Raymond Jacques, who had one.
The Eagles kept the Ice Dogs' goalie busy throughout the game, and Bradley Radin made 40 saves on 43 shots. East Coast struggled on the penalty kill, allowing Salem to score three power play goals on five chances.
The Eagles were helped by Graff Richards, who registered one goal. Richards scored 14:00 into the second period to make the score 3-2 East Coast. East Coast also got a goal from Samuel Banasiewicz as well. More assists for East Coast came via Collin Duffy, Shane Selan, and Kyle Levere, who each chipped in one.
The Ice Dogs incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors. Roman Riselvato made 20 saves for East Coast on 24 shots. The Eagles totaled 25 minutes in penalty time with five minors and one major and went 0-for-4 on the power play. For East Coast, Sheehey was ejected from the game.