SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Sophomore John Frey (Westminster, CO) totaled a goal and two assists as the Southern New Hampshire University ice hockey team opened the 2007-08 season with a 5-3 win over Johnson and Wales University at the Rhode Island Sports Center Sunday afternoon. The game marked the season opener for both schools.
The Penmen, who got goals from five different players in the victory, got a goal and an assist apiece from senior Brandon Hammermeister (Calgary, ALB) and sophomore Ryan DiBartolomeo (Leominster, MA). Sophomore Matt Farley (Halifax, MA) and freshman Troy Maybury (South Portland, ME) notched two assists apiece, while sophomore Kent Honeyman (Marietta, GA) and freshman Ed Montgomery (Colchester, VT) had SNHU's other goals.
SNHU, which held a 3-2 lead after two periods, scored the eventual game-winner 7:37 into the third frame when Honeyman scored on assists from Farley and Maybury. The goal was one of three power play goals on the afternoon for the Penmen, who were 3-11 with the man advantage.
Johnson and Wales cut the lead back down to a goal at the 10:04 mark of the third on a Andy Noyes tally. The Wildcats would try to come up with the equalizer, pulling goalie Charlie Bacon with 1:16 left, but DiBartolomeo accounted for the final score by potting an empty net goal with 10 seconds remaining.
Matt McGilvray gave JWU a 1-0 lead at the 9:00 mark of the first period on a power play goal, but Hammermeister would tie the score 51 seconds later with Frey recording an assist. Frey scored on a power play 4:18 into the second to make it 2-1, and SNHU would take a 3-1 lead at the 8:07 mark on Montgomery's power play tally. The hosts would cut the Penmen advantage in half 2:38 before the second intermission on a Joe Simeone goal.
Matt Courchesne (Bow, NH) made 27 saves en route to the win as Southern New Hampshire outshot Johnson and Wales 35-30. JWU, which was 1-7 on the power play, got 30 saves from Bacon.
Southern New Hampshire hosts its home opener Tuesday, November 13, when it hosts Western New England College in a 7:30 game at The Ice Den.