HOOKSETT, N.H. - Brandon Hammermeister (Calgary, ALB) totaled two goals and two assists to lead the Southern New Hampshire University ice hockey team to a 8-5 win over UMass Boston in the first round of the 13th annual PAL/Stovepipe Tournament Saturday afternoon at The Ice Den. The Penmen remain unbeaten at 3-0-1 overall, while the Beacons fall to 0-3-0 overall.
With the win, the Penmen advance to Sunday's championship game (4:00), where it will square off with Plymouth State University, a 3-0 winner over Suffolk University in Saturday's first game. The same two teams met in last season's final with the Panthers taking away a 7-2 win. Suffolk and UMB will meet in the consolation game at 1:00.
Ryan DiBartolomeo (Leominster, MA) registered two goals and an assist for the Penmen, who got goals from six different players. Eric Tufman (Abington, PA) led the Beacons with two goals and an assist.
SNHU jumped out to a 2-0 lead just 3:07 into the game. John Frey (Westminster, CO) got the Penmen on the board with a power play goal at the 1:27 mark. On another power play, Hammermeister fired a shot that tipped off a UMass Boston defender and slid into the goal. After John Galivan (Oak Park, IL) cut the lead to 2-1 with a power play tally for the Beacons, Matt Farley (Halifax, MA) made it 3-1 as SNHU scored its third straight power play goal. UMB made it 3-2 at the 16:44 mark when Matt Atsoff (Macomb, MO) scored with the man advantage, but the Penmen would reclaim a two-goal advantage 2:17 before intermission on a goal by Ed Montgomery (Colchester, VT).
UMass Boston would draw to within 5-4 after two periods. SNHU would make it 5-2 at the 12:07 mark of the third period when DiBartolomeo scored. The Beacons would score twice in a 2:18 span late in the period. Adam Larrabee (Beverly, MA) scored at the 15:02 mark while Tufman made it 5-4 2:40 before the second intermission.
SNHU would get third period goals from Troy Maybury (South Portland, ME), Hammermeister and a DiBartolomeo empty net goal with 1:13 left. Tufman added UMB's fifth goal at the 11:29 mark.
Shane Brooks (Kennbunk, ME) made 30 saves for SNHU, which was outshot 35-32. Ray Monroe (Shrewsbury, MA) made 11 saves for UMass Boston before giving way to Ryan Donovan (Rexford, NY) late in the first period. Donovan finished with 13 stops. The Penmen were 4-6 on the power play, while UMass Boston was 2-5 with the man advantage.