When and Where: February 2, 2019 – Hooksett, N.H. (The Ice Den)
Score: Post University 3, Southern New Hampshire University 2
Records: Post 7-14-0, SNHU 10-7-4
Senior Brett Strawn (Wareham, Mass.) and freshman Andy Somerville (Medford, Mass.) each scored goals, but the Southern New Hampshire University men's ice hockey team fell short against Post University, 3-2, Saturday, as the Penmen celebrated Senior Day at The Ice Den.
- Strawn's goal was his team-leading eighth.
- Somerville's tally was his sixth.
- Freshmen Jake Cox (Columbus, Ga.) and Charlie Davis (Milton, Mass.) collected assists.
- Freshman Alec Marshall (Nashua, N.H.), making his third career start, turned away a career-best 35 of the 38 shots he saw.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Post went ahead, 1-0, with 6:00 left in the opening period on the man-advantage, as Michael Karas snapped a quick pass from the top of the slot down low to Noah Wilder, who found the back of the net on a point-blank bid.
- Southern New Hampshire pulled even with 3:16 remaining in the period when Cox won a battle for the loose puck at the blue line, absorbing a hit before poking the puck ahead to Strawn, who skated in through the left circle and slipped a shot past Post goalkeeper Joseph McCleod and inside the far post for the power-play tally.
- The Penmen snapped the deadlock just 1:44 into the second period, taking advantage of a bad turnover by McCleod. The goalie tried clearing the puck, but it ricocheted off the glass to the top of the right circle for Davis, who fired a quick pass toward the left post where Somerville skated onto the puck and tapped it past a sprawling McCleod to make it 2-1.
- The Eagles evened the score just over two minutes later again on the power play, with Evan Lugo wristing a shot over the left shoulder of Marshall, just seconds after Lucas Smith was denied by the pipe.
- Marshall kept it tied just past the midway point of the middle stanza, turning away a breakaway bid from Niko Grollman, who had skated the length of the ice to collect the puck following an SNHU turnover in its offensive zone.
- Post went back in front 4:39 into the final frame as Sean Castagna collected a pass along the blue line from Smith and drifted back toward the right point, before flipping the puck to the front of the net where it was deflected in by Matt Moreschi.
- Skating 6-on-3 in the waning seconds of regulation, the Penmen nearly tied it, as freshman Joe Fiorino (Willow Grove, Pa.) came streaking up the right side of the ice before dropping a pass on the doorstep for Strawn, but McCleod gobbled the shot up with 21 seconds on the clock.
- The Penmen also had one final bid in the final five seconds, but McCleod was again there to make the stop.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- McCleod piled up 33 saves.
- Post held a 38-35 edge in shots.
- The Eagles were 2-for-5 on the power play, while the Penmen went 1-for-5.
- The loss snapped a four-game unbeaten streak for the Penmen, who had not lost in regulation since Dec. 7 – a span of eight games.
- The defeat also vanquished a 12-game unbeaten streak (9-0-3) at the Ice Den, where the Penmen had not lost since Jan. 27, 2018.
- Strawn's goal separated himself from three other Penmen for the team lead with eight goals.
- The assist for Cox kept him atop the roster for the lead in points (18).
- Seniors Strawn, Chris Moquin (Hooksett, N.H.), Artem Efimov-Barakov (Khimki, Russia), Joseph Berardi (Burlington, Mass.), Anthony Gandolfi (Nutley, N.J.), Dylan Sobczyk (Buford, Ga.) and Ryan Spagnoli (Burlington, Mass.), as well as junior Kaleb Godbout (Williston, Vt.) were all honored in a ceremony prior to the game.
- Southern New Hampshire is back in action Friday (Feb. 8) when it takes on Stonehill College at 7:20 p.m.
- The next home contest for the Penmen is Friday, Feb. 15 (7:10 p.m.) when they play host to crosstown-rival Saint Anselm College at the Ice Den.
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