Becker Surges Past Hockey 5-2


HOOKSETT, N.H. - Anthony Libonati (McMinnville, OR) totaled a goal and an assist as Becker College scored four times in the third period to take a 5-2 ECAC Northeast ice hockey victory over Southern New Hampshire University at The Ice Den Tuesday night.  The Hawks improve to 6-8-1 overall and 3-3 in league play, while the Penmen are 8-3-1 overall and 5-1-1 in the ECAC.

Becker trailed 2-1 going into the final period but Libonati scored just 22 seconds into the third period to tie the game at 2-2.  He collected a rebound off the pad of SNHU netminder Matt Courchesne (Bow, NH) and one-timed it.  The Hawks took a 3-2 lead 59 seconds later when Jared Kersner (Rockville, MD) collected the puck on a breakaway and fired it top shelf to give Becker the lead.  The guests made it 4-2 at the 7:44 mark on a Robert Higgins (Grandville, MI) tally and accounted for the final on an empty netter by Errick Madern (West Haven, CT) with 26 seconds to play.

The Hawks took a 1-0 lead just 5:34 into the game when Derek Stabile (Sault Ste. Marie, ONT) scored an unassisted goal.  The Penmen would tie the game just over two minutes later when Thomas Ohlson (York, ME) scored on a feed from Matt Farley (Halifax, MA).  The game remained tied heading into the first intermission but the Penmen took a 2-1 lead 7:39 into the middle frame when John Frey (Westminster, CO) scored his seventh goal of the season.

Becker goalie Tony Stoehr (De Pere, WI) made 36 saves for the Hawks, who were outshot by SNHU 38-25.  Courchesne made 20 saves.  Becker was 1-3 with the power play while the Penmen were 0-7 with the man advantage.

SNHU returns to action Thursday when it hosts Curry College in a 7:30 contest at The Ice Den.