WINCHENDON, Mass. - Ryan DiBartolomeo (Leominster, MA) totaled a goal and two assists to lead Southern New Hampshire University to a 6-3 Northeast-10 ice hockey victory over Franklin Pierce University Thursday night at the Winchendon School. The Penmen improved to 7-11-1 and 3-2 in the NE-10, while the Ravens are 5-14-2 and 1-3 in the league.
The Penmen got goals from six different goal scorers, as Troy Maybury (South Portland, ME) finished with a goal and an assist. Frank O'Connor (Arlington, MA), Brandon Sheehan (Bedford, MA), John Frey (Westminster, CO) and Bob Bryant (Nashua, NH) all had a goal apiece for the Penmen. Anthony Chighisola led Franklin Pierce with a goal and an assist.
Southern New Hampshire held a 3-0 lead after one period, getting on the board just 1:56 into the game on Sheehan's fourth goal of the season. DiBartolomeo scored on a power play at the 13:36 mark, while Frey made it 3-0 with 1:59 left in the period. Bryant scored 1:40 into the second period to up SNHU's lead to 4-0.
The Ravens closed the gap to 4-2 at the second intermission on goals by Shane Murphy and JP Gasparrini, but Maybury upped SNHU's lead to 5-2 at the 14:31 mark of the third. Chighisola scored on a power play 2:10 later to cut the lead to two, but O'Connor potted an empty net goal with 47 seconds left to account for the final score.
Shane Brooks (Kennebunk, ME) went the distance in goal for the Penmen and turned aside 27 shots. Jon Tuttle made five saves in the first period for FPU before giving way to Ben Siok, who made 19 saves. Both teams put 30 shots on goal.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action on Saturday afternoon when it hosts Wentworth Institute of Technology in a 4:30 game at The Ice Den.