Hockey Takes 4-3 OT Thriller Over Suffolk


BOSTON - John Frey's (Westminster, CO) goal 2:15 into overtime lifted Southern New Hampshire University to a 4-3 victory over Suffolk University in the third place game of the Codfish Bowl hosted by UMass Boston Saturday afternoon.  The Penmen improved to 7-2-1 overall, while the Rams are now 7-6-0 on the season.

Frey and Ryan DiBartolomeo (Leominster, MA) each had a goal and an assist for the Penmen, while Brandon Hammermeister (Calgary, ALB) handed out a pair of assists.  Corey Hamblett (Milton, VT) and Evan Williams (Gilford, NH) had SNHU's other goals.  Dan Pencinger led Suffolk with two goals and an assist.

Frey's game-winner came 2:15 into the five-minute extra session.  He took a pass from Hammermeister and put it home for his sixth goal of the season.  DiBartolomeo also assisted on the goal, which was the Penmen's lone even strength tally of the game.

Suffolk jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead on goals by Pencinger and Ryan Collins, but the Penmen would strike three times on the power play in a span of 1:11 to take a 3-2 lead in the second period.  Williams and DiBartolomeo each scored on a five-minute major at the 10:23 and 10:58 marks, respectively, then Hamblett put SNHU on top at 11:34 on another Suffolk penalty with an assist credited to Dave Carroll (Arlington, MA).

The Rams would tie the game with 35 seconds left before the second intermission when Pencinger scored on the power play.  Neither team would find the back of the net in the third period.

Matt Courchesne (Bow, NH) made 14 saves for Southern New Hampshire to improve to 4-0-0 on the season as the Penmen outshot Suffolk 43-17.  Jeff Rose made 39 stops for the Rams.  SNHU was 3-10 on the power play while Suffolk finished 1-6 with the man advantage.

SNHU returns to action January 12 when it travels to Franklin Pierce University for a 4:30 contest.