When and Where: January 12, 2019 – Worcester, Mass. (Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 4, Becker College 1
Records: SNHU 7-4-2 (3-2-1 NE10), Becker 2-13-1 (1-6-1 CCC)
SNHU sophomore Griffin Connor (Manchester, N.H.) recorded the first two-goal game of his career in the Penmen's 4-1 win over Becker College on Saturday night in Worcester, Mass.
- Connor scored twice, once in the second period opened a 2-0 lead, and again in the closing minutes.
- Senior Joseph Berardi (Burlington, Mass.) scored a goal and added two assists for SNHU.
- Senior Artem Efimov-Barakov (Khimki, Russia) notched his first goal of the season.
- Freshman Charlie Davis (Milton, Mass.) assisted on two goals.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Neither team scored in the first period, although the Penmen outshot the host Hawks 16-7.
- Southern New Hampshire came out of the locker room hungry, as the Penmen scored just 47 seconds into the second. Berardi registered the tally from the left side on assists from Davis (Milton, Mass.) and freshman Andy Somerville (Medford, Mass.).
- The Penmen made it 2-0 at 11:41 into the second, as Connor scored in a 4-on-4 situation. Senior Anthony Gandolfi (Nutley, N.J.) and Berardi received credit on the assists.
- Efimov-Barakov scored on a fast break down the middle of the ice to give SNHU a 3-0 lead. The play was set-up by Davis and Berardi.
- Becker spoiled the shutout with a goal about 90 seconds later when Zachary Bettmeng (Sioux Falls, S.D.) scored on a pass from Jason Diamond in front of the goal.
- Connor finished the scoring with an assist to senior DJ Goldstein (Wareham, Mass.) with just under three minutes to go.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Southern New Hampshire outshot Becker 49-to-34.
- The Penmen were 0-for-6 on the power play, while the Hawks went 0-for-4.
- Junior Kurt Gutting (Weymouth, Mass.) improved to 5-2-2 on the season.
- Southern New Hampshire was playing for the first time since falling at Western New England 4-1 on December 7.
- SNHU improves to 3-5-1 against Becker College all-time. The Penmen also beat the Hawks last year, 5-4, at The Ice Den.
- The Penmen skate at Post University on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.
- The next home contest for SNHU is Friday, Jan. 18 (7:10 p.m.) when it plays host to Franklin Pierce in the second game of the regular-season series at the Ice Den.
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