HOOKSETT, N.H. - Goals from five different Southern New Hampshire University players lifted the Penmen to a 5-4 ice hockey victory over Fitchburg State College at The Ice Den Saturday afternoon. The Penmen snapped a three-game slide and improved to 5-6 with the win, while the Falcons, who had been unbeaten in their last four games, are now 6-6-3 on the season.
Jon Lizzotte (Winslow, ME) and Andrew Hildreth (Leominster, MA) led the Penmen with a goal and an assist apiece, while Ryan DiBartolomeo (Leominster, MA), Doug Boulanger (Beauport, Quebec) and Thomas Ohlson (York, ME) all had single goals for SNHU. Dave Carroll (Arlington, MA) and John Frey (Westminster, CO) each had two assists for the Penmen. Four different players scored for Fitchburg State.
Lizzotte got Southern New Hampshire on the board just 3:06 into the game with Carroll and Hildreth registering assists. Andrew Hutton scored on a power play for the Falcons at the 6:25 mark, but the Penmen would score the final two goals of the period to take a 3-1 lead into the first intermission. Boulanger notched his first career goal at the 12:45 mark, while Ohlson recorded his second of the season 2:04 before the break.
The two teams traded goals in the second period. Hildreth scored his fifth of the season for the Penmen 4:10 in, but Fitchburg State's Matt Arsenault would answer just over a minute later. DiBartolomeo reclaimed a three-goal lead for Southern New Hampshire on a power play at the 10:49 mark with Carroll and Frey assisting. FSC's Kris Threlkeld closed out the second period scoring at 15:40.
The Falcons made it a 5-4 game 5:04 into the third when Aaron Tiernan scored on assists from Travis Bertolotti and Joe Rich. Fitchburg State would pull goalie Bobby Leiser with 48 seconds remaining but could not come up with the equalizer.
Todd Rowley (Billerica, MA) went the distance in goal for Southern New Hampshire and stopped 25 shots as both teams put 29 shots on goal. Robert Vorse started and made seven saves between the pipes for Fitchburg State in the first period before giving way to Leiser, who made 17 stops. Both teams were 1-5 on the power play.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action Wednesday night when it travels to Plymouth State University for a 6:00 contest.