Fast Start, Strong Finish Sends Fredonia Past Ice Hockey

BOX SCORE

When and Where: October 31, 2015 – Fredonia, N.Y. (Steele Hall Ice Arena)
Score: SUNY Fredonia 7, Southern New Hampshire University 3
Records: Fredonia 1-0-1, SNHU 0-3

Senior David Letarte (Salem, Mass.) and sophomore Matthew MacInnis (Arlington, Texas) combined to stop 46 shots, but a pair of three-goal periods bookended a 7-3 victory for Fredonia over Southern New Hampshire University at the Steele Hall Ice Arena on Saturday. The Blue Devils up their record to 1-0-1, while the Penmen shift to 0-3 in 2015-16.

Fredonia staked itself to a quick 2-0 lead with a pair of goals within the first seven minutes of the opening frame. The Blue Devils cracked the scoreboard when Marcus Ortiz carried the puck behind the Southern New Hampshire net, and slid a pass to the doorstep that Kyle Jelinski fired home for his first of the season at 2:40. Just over four minutes later, Oskar Gerhardson worked the puck along the wall before finding Taylor Bourne in the slot for a powerplay marker that pushed the hosts ahead by two 6:52 into the first.

The Penmen cut the deficit in half just over 30 seconds later on sophomore Kyle Valliere's (Goffstown, N.H.) second of the year. Classmate Timothy Baylis (West Haven, Conn.) put a shot on net that was initially turned aside, but senior Joe Collins (Mansfield, Mass.) jumped on the rebound and chipped it to Valliere, who converted the opportunity.

Fredonia regained its two-goal edge with 1:23 left to go in the first, as Gerhardson set up Bourne for the second time on the man advantage to make it 3-1 in favor of the Blue Devils at intermission.

After neither side was able to find the back of the net for the first 12 minutes of the second stanza, Baylis brought SNHU back within a single goal on a shorthanded strike at 12:07. Junior Nathan Bergeron (Auburn, Maine) started the sequence by intercepting a pass and finding Baylis in the right slot. Baylis ripped a shot and after his first attempt was stopped, he followed the play and punched home his first of the year.

It would be as close as the Penmen would get for the remainder of the contest, as Fredonia proceeded to score four consecutive goals over the remainder of the second and late into the third to build a 7-2 lead with three minutes to play in regulation. With one minute to go in the game freshman Joseph Berardi (Burlington, Mass.) found classmate Artem Efimov-Barakov (Khimki, Russia) in the slot, and Efimov-Barakov rifled his first of the year past the Blue Devils' goaltender to provide the game's final margin of scoring. 

Notes:
 - Fredonia outshot Southern New Hampshire 53-22 for the game, and held a 24-2 shot advantage in the third period.
 - Baylis, who netted his first shorthanded goal of the season in the second period, finished second across all three NCAA Ice Hockey Divisions with four shorthanded goals last season.
 - MacInnis stopped 34 shots, and has now registered at least 30 saves in eight of 13 career appearances in the Penmen goal.

What's Next:
Southern New Hampshire will look to pick up its first win of the 2015-16 campaign on Nov. 7, when it travels to Franklin Pierce University for a 7 o'clock puck drop with the Ravens at the Jason Ritchie Arena.

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