When and Where: November 4, 2017 – Framingham, Mass. (Loring Arena)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 1, Framingham State University 1
Records: SNHU 0-0-1, FSU 1-0-2
Senior Ryan Slatky (Manchester, N.H.) steered aside 35 shots and classmate Chris Moquin (Hooksett, N.H.) registered the lone Penmen goal of the evening, as the Southern New Hampshire University ice hockey team opened its 2017-18 campaign with a 1-1 tie against Framingham State University Saturday.
The Rams opened the game's scoring early in the first when they converted off a Penmen turnover. Southern New Hampshire attempted to clear the puck out of its own end, but Tyler Colacchio knocked it down and fed Walker Hamilton, who deposited a shot into the back of the net 6:31 into the opening stanza.
The score remained unchanged through the remainder of the first and the first 10-plus minutes of the second, as Slatky stopped the ensuing 11 shots he faced and his counterpart, Greg Harney, tallied 18 saves over the span of the first 30:48. After Framingham State was whistled for a penalty midway through the frame, Southern New Hampshire broke through with a powerplay goal of its own. Sophomore Jared Goudreau (Manchester, N.H.) found classmate Brett Strawn (Wareham, Mass.) along the wall, who carried the puck behind the FSU goal. Strawn then slid a behind-the-back pass to Moquin, and he hammered home a one-timer from a tough angle to knot the score at one apiece.
The rest of the evening belonged to the goaltenders, with Slatky and Harney combining for 40 saves through the second half of the game and the overtime period.
- Saturday marked the 25th time Slatky has stopped 35 shots or more in his career. The senior netminder has started between the pipes 45 times, and in 55.6-percent of those, he has made 35-plus saves.
- The Penmen were whistled for six penalties and assessed 12 minutes of penalties, while the Rams were tagged for 10 minor penalties and 20 minutes worth of infractions. Both sides tallied a powerplay goal, with SNHU going 1-for-7 on the man advantage and Framingham State 1-for-6 with an extra skater.
- Moquin's goal was his first of the year and the 10th of his career.
Southern New Hampshire opens Northeast-10 Conference play on Friday (November 10) when it heads across town to take on Saint Anselm College in a Queen City Cup clash at 7 p.m.
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