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Moquin’s Third Period Tally Helps Ice Hockey Salvage 2-2 Tie with Franklin Pierce

Moquin’s Third Period Tally Helps Ice Hockey Salvage 2-2 Tie with Franklin Pierce

BOX SCORE 

When and Where: December 5, 2017 – Winchendon, Mass. (The Jason Ritchie Ice Arena)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 3, Franklin Pierce University 3
Records: SNHU 3-3-2 (2-2-1 Northeast-10), FPU 2-8-1 (1-3-1 Northeast-10)

Senior Chris Moquin (Hooksett, N.H.) registered the game-tying goal with just over five minutes left in regulation Tuesday to help the Southern New Hampshire University ice hockey team earn a point in the Northeast-10 Conference standings with a 2-2 draw against Franklin Pierce University at the Jason Ritchie Ice Arena.

Trailing by one late in the third, the Penmen were awarded a powerplay and knotted the score on Moquin's sixth of the season. Sophomore Brett Strawn (Wareham, Mass.) keyed the play, as he grabbed the puck on the leftwing side and began to make his way behind the net. As play was shifting with him, Strawn slipped the puck back to Moquin just above the goal line, and he slotted it backdoor with 5:05 remaining.

Southern New Hampshire grabbed an early lead when senior Kyle Valliere (Goffstown, N.H.) deposited his third into the back of the net. After the hosts were assessed a minor penalty less than three minutes into the contest to put SNHU on the man advantage, freshman Max Kent (Sandwich, Mass.) fired a shot from the right point that was redirected by Valliere past FPU netminder Tom McGuckin to make it 1-0 at 4:26 of the first.

The score remained unchanged through the duration of the first, but a sluggish second period by the Penmen allowed the Ravens to tally two goals in the span of three minutes and erase their one-goal deficit. Cameron Shephardson knotted things up just over seven minutes into the second stanza when Alex Lester slid a pass out from beneath the goal line that was one-timed from the top of the crease. Christian Bastianelli pushed FPU ahead midway through the frame, as he jammed home the rebound of Paul Antkowiak's bid with 9:57 left before intermission.

Senior Ryan Slatky (Manchester, N.H.) stopped 26 shots in the stalemate, including eight during the final 20 minutes of regulation and overtime. McGuckin steered aside 14 shots during the third period and overtime, and made 31 saves over the course of the contest. 

Notes:
- Moquin extended his personal goal-scoring streak to five games Tuesday, and he now has at least one goal in six games this season and a point in seven contests. Of Moquin's six goals, five have come on the man advantage.
- Strawn has at least one point in five consecutive games, and multi-point efforts in three of those outings. He leads the team with nine points and eight assists, and has had a hand in all but one of Moquin's tallies this season.
- The Penmen finished 2-for-3 on the powerplay Tuesday and held the Ravens scoreless on their two man advantage attempts. Franklin Pierce was tagged for three penalties and six minutes worth of infractions, while Southern New Hampshire was assessed 17 minutes of penalties on three misdees.
- SNHU outshot FPU, 33-28, throughout the duration of the game and 15-8 in the third period and overtime.

What's Next:
The Penmen wrap up the 2017 portion of their schedule Friday when they travel to Colchester, Vermont for an NE10 clash with Saint Michael's College at 7:05 p.m.

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