Letarte Stops 46 in Hockey's 9-2 Setback at Arizona State

When and Where: October 23, 2015 – Tempe, Az. (Oceanside Ice Arena)
Score: Arizona State 9, Southern New Hampshire University 2
Records: SNHU 0-1-0, Arizona State 2-4-0

Senior David Letarte (Salem, Mass.) stopped 46 shots, including 23 in the first period in the Southern New Hampshire University men's hockey team's 9-2 setback in the season opener against Division I foe Arizona State University on Friday night in Tempe, Arizona.

The Penmen struck first as Kyle Valliere (Goffstown, N.H.) intercepted an ASU pass opening up a one-on-none opportunity that he deposited in the top left corner of the net to give SNHU a 1-0  at 5:20. The Penmen held that advantage for most of the stanza thanks to the play of senior netminder David Letarte, who turned aside 23 shots in the period.  However, a pair of late penalties helped open the door for four goals in the final 5:32 of the first. Nicholas Gushue scored the first two a power play goal from the point at 14:28 and an even-strength tally just two minutes later. Jack Rowe added ASU's second power play goal on a snipe that went top left off the crossbar at 18:54. The final goal of the frame came at 19:35 from Liam Norris. The Sun Devils held a 27-4 shot advantage in the frame and were a perfect 2-for-2 on the power play.

The Sun Devils added three second period goals to take a 7-1 edge into the second intermission. Ryan Ostertag scored just as an SNHU penalty expired at 6:01. Joe Lappin scored the Sun Devils third power play goal of the night at 10:50, while Charlie Zuccarini found the back of the net at 15:25 at even strength. ASU held a 17-4 shot advantage and was 1-2 on the power play. SNHU went 0-1 in its lone man advantage.

In an even-played final period, ASU scored first at 2:07 of the period as Jordan Masters scored his first goal of the season. SNHU would respond with a goal by junior Andrew Smith (Moneta, Va.) at 7:06 to make it 8-2. Smith's goal was assisted by Nathan Bergeron (Auburn, Maine) and Michael Busconi (Watertown, Mass.). The Sun Devils netted the game's final tally at 9:27 of the third as Sean Murphy scored to make it 9-2. ASU held an 11-8 shot advantage in the frame and a 55-16 edge overall.

The Sun Devils were 3-4 on the power play, while the Penmen were 0-2 in their man-advantage situations.

Letarte moves to 0-1-0 on the season while his counterpart David Jacobson turned aside 14 shots and improves to 1-0-0.

 - The game served as the season opener for the Penmen.

- Arizona State is in its first NCAA Division I season; it is competing as an independent with a variety of Division I, II and AHCA games. The Sun Devils are eligible for the NCAA postseason.

 - For ASU, it was their first NCAA home game in program history.

What's Next: The Penmen and Sun Devils complete the two-game set on Saturday night. Game time at Oceanside Ice Arena is 7:30 local time and 10:30 EST.