Hockey Advances to NE-10 Semifinals


HOOKSETT, N.H. - Freshman Troy Maybury (South Portland, ME) registered two goals and two assists to lift Southern New Hampshire University to a 5-3 victory over Assumption College in the quarterfinals of the Northeast-10 ice hockey tournament Saturday night at The Ice Den.  The third-seeded Penmen improve to 12-12-1 and advance to face second-seeded Saint Anselm in Wednesday night's semifinals.  The No. 6 seed Greyhounds see their season end at 7-19 overall.

Maybury had a hand in each of SNHU's first four goals.  Brandon Hammermeister (Calgary, ALB) totaled a goal and an assist for the Penmen, who also got two assists from Ed Montgomery (Colchester, VT).  Matt Farley (Halifax, MA) and Andrew Hildreth (Leominster, MA) had SNHU's other goals.

Sean Staid (Peabody, MA) led Assumption with a goal and an assist, while Jim Trahon (Needham, MA) and Frank Bova (Princeton, MA) had the other Greyhound goals.

Assumption got out to a quick 1-0 lead just 2:17 into the game when Bova scored on an assist from Staid.  The Penmen would tie it up 4:11 later when Maybury scored the first of his two goals, with Montgomery and Kent Honeyman (Marietta, GA) assisting.  The score remained tied 1-1 heading into the first intermission.

The Penmen would score twice in a span of 32 seconds to take a 3-1 lead in the second.  Farley scored at the 13:53 mark when he redirected a feed from Maybury from the right board to make it 2-0.  Montgomery also assisted.  Maybury scored again at the 14:25 mark on assists from Bob Bryant (Nashua, NH) and Hammermeister.  The Greyhounds would cut the lead to 3-2 1:31 before the second intermission when Staid scored on an Assumption power play.

Hildreth scored the eventual game-winner 35 seconds into the third when he converted a pass from Maybury on a power play.  Assumption would cut the lead in half once again 24 seconds shy of the midway point of the frame when Trahon added another power play goal.  The Penmen would close out the scoring on a power play at 15:48 when Hammermeister scored on assists from Ryan DiBartolomeo (Leominster, MA) and Neil Adams (Gardner, MA).

Shane Brooks (Kennebunk, ME) turned aside 29 Assumption shots to earn the victory, while Assumption netminder Jamie DiGiulio (Peabody, MA) made 33 saves.

Saint Anselm took down a 4-0 win in the lone meeting between the Hawks and Penmen earlier this season.