Nichols Downs SNHU Hockey 8-5

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HARRISVILLE, R.I. - Ryan Gervais registered three goals and an assist to lead Nichols College to an 8-5 ice hockey victory over Southern New Hampshire University Sunday night at Levy Rink.  The Bison improved to 11-1-0 on the season, while the Penmen are now 4-4-0 on the year.

Andrew Ella and Anthony Monte each scored twice for Nichols, while Eric Cremer totaled a goal and an assist.  Zeke Costello handed out three assists, while Will Munson recorded a pair of helpers for the Bison.

Troy Maybury (South Portland, ME) led Southern New Hampshire with two goals and an assist on the evening, while Mark Smith (Ronkonkoma, NY) finished with a goal and two assists.  John Frey (Westminster, CO) and Adam Ziegler (Medford, MA) each had single goals for the Penmen.  Andrew Hildreth (Leominster, MA) registered an assist to extend his point streak to seven games.

The Bison outscored the Penmen 7-2 over the final two periods after trailing 3-1 after the first peiord.  Seven of Nichols' eight goals came on special teams, with the Bison recording four power play and three shorthanded goals.  SNHU led 4-2 following Ziegler's goal at the 5:11 mark of the second period, but the Bison scored five unanswered goals spanning the second and third periods, taking a 8-4 lead on Gervais' third goal of the game at the 12:53 mark.

Maybury got Southern New Hampshire a 1-0 advantage at the 4:33 mark on a power play goal, but Nichols responded 1:22 later when Gervais scored on a Bison power play.  Smith reclaimed the lead for SNHU with his goal at the 7:10 mark, then the Penmen took a 3-1 lead 2:10 later on a power play goal by Frey.

Mike Davis earned the win in goal for Nichols, playing the final 50:20 in relief of starter Keith Fink and making 16 saves.  Fink allowed three goals and made five saves.  Todd Rowley (Billerica, MA) made 28 saves for Southern New Hampshire, which was outshot 36-26.  The Bison were 4-8 on the power play, while the Penmen cashed in two of their 13 extra-man opportunities.

Southern New Hampshire is idle until January 10, when it hosts Salve Regina University in a 7:30 contest at The Ice Den.