HOOKSETT, N.H. - Southern New Hampshire University and Western New England College skated to a 1-1 tie in an ECAC Northeast hockey contest Tuesday night at The Ice Dean. The Penmen moved to 1-0-1 overall and in league play, while the Golden Bears earned their first point of the season, moving to 0-5-1 overall and 0-1-1 in the league.
Both teams would score in the third period. The Penmen would take advantage of a 5-on-3 situation midway through the stanza when Ryan DiBartolomeo (Leominster, MA) slid a pass over to John Frey (Westminster, CO) in the left faceoff circle, who one-timed it to give SNHU the 1-0 advantage. Josh Goodman (Highland Mills, NY) also assisted on the goal, Frey's second of the season. The Golden Bears would score just over five minutes later in a 4-on-4 situation. David Smith (Columbus, IN) sniped a shot from just inside the blue line that beat SNHU goalie Shane Brooks (Kennebunk, ME) high and to the right. Joe Balog (Ludlow, MA) assisted on the goal.
Brooks stopped 30 shots in his collegiate debut for the Penmen, while WNEC netminder Kyle Sagnella (East Haven, CT) turned aside 33 shots. Southern New Hampshire was 1-8 on the power play, while Western New England came up empty on seven extra-man opportunities.
Southern New Hampshire University returns to action Saturday night when it hosts Framingham State College in a 7:30 contest at The Ice Den.