SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - Host Saint Michael's College scored the game's final three goals as it posted a 5-3 Northeast-10 ice hockey victory over Southern New Hampshire University Tuesday night at Cairns Arena. The Purple Knights improve to 7-9-2 and 3-1 in the Northeast-10, while the Penmen fall to 6-10 and 2-1 in the league.
John Frey (Westminster, CO), Mark Smith (Ronkonkoma, NY) and Doug Boulanger (Beauport, Quebec) each scored goals for SNHU, while Dave Carroll (Arlington, MA) handed out a pair of assists. Ryan Mero led Saint Michael's with two goals and two assists.
After entering the third period tied 2-2, Southern New Hampshire took a 3-2 lead at the 4:05 mark of the third when he scored on a power play. Troy Maybury (South Portland, ME) and Bob Bryant (Nashua, NH) registered assists on the play. The Purple Knights tied the game at the 10:15 mark on a power play tally by Mero, and took the lead for good 3:04 later on Brady Merle's first goal of the season. Chris Healey added an empty net goal for SMC with two seconds remaining after the Penmen pulled netminder Shane Brooks (Kennebunk, ME) with 40 seconds left.
Frey gave the Penmen a 1-0 lead 6:58 into the game on a power play tally. Ryan DiBartolomeo (Leominster, MA) and Carroll assisted on the goal. Saint Michael's tied it 1:04 before the first intermission when Mero scored his first goal of the evening. The hosts took a 2-1 lead 3:20 into the second frame on Nicholas Sheehan's goal, but SNHU would tie the game at the 16:47 mark of the frame on Boulanger's goal. Jake Berube (Spotsylvania, VA) and Carroll assisted on the score.
Brendan Rimmer turned aside 35 SNHU shots en route to the win for Saint Michael's, while Brooks made 29 saves as the Penmen generated a 38-34 shot advantage.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action Saturday night when it hosts Worcester State College in a 7:00 contest at The Ice Den.