Six-Goal Outburst Sends Hockey Past Franklin Pierce in NE-10 Opener

BOX SCORE

When and Where: November 7, 2015 — Winchendon, Mass. (Jason Ritchie Ice Arena)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 6, Franklin Pierce University 1
Records: SNHU 1-3 (1-0 Northeast-10), FPU 0-4 (0-1 Northeast-10)

Senior Jim Gabrione (Boca Raton, Fla.) scored once and handed out three assists to lead the Southern New Hampshire University ice hockey team to a 6-1 victory against Franklin Pierce University in the Northeast-10 Conference opener for both teams at the Jason Ritchie Ice Arena on Saturday. The Penmen snapped a three-game skid to improve to 1-3 overall while the Ravens fall to 0-4 on the season.

Sophomore Ryan Slatky (Manchester, N.H.) made 23 saves to backstop Southern New Hampshire, and classmates Sean McTiernan (Grayson, Ga.) and Kyle Valliere (Goffstown, N.H.) added a pair of goals in the triumph.

The Penmen opened the contest with a three-goal first period and never looked back. McTiernan started the scoring at 5:44 when he took a pass from Gabrione and fired a shot from the top of the point that made its way through traffic, and the FPU goaltender, for his first of the season. Just over a minute later, the duo doubled the SNHU lead as the sophomore blueliner collected a Gabrione feed and rifled a shot from just outside the high slot to make it 2-0 at 6:57.

Gabrione notched his third assist of the period with eight minutes remaining in the opening stanza, as he teamed with sophomore Timothy Baylis (West Haven, Conn.) to set up freshman Artem Efimov-Barakov (Khimki, Russia) for his second goal of the year. Baylis broke into the Franklin Pierce zone on the right side before sending a pass over to Gabrione. The senior captain left a drop pass for Efimov-Barakov in the slot, and the rookie found the back of the net to make it 3-0 at the first intermission.

In the second, Southern New Hampshire extended its lead to four on Valliere's third goal of the 2015-16 campaign. Junior Jay Sylvia (Acushnet, Mass.) fired an initial shot from the left circle that was stopped, but Valliere was able to corral the rebound at the left post and stuff it past the Ravens' netminder at 8:25. 

The Penmen continued their offensive barrage in the third, as they tacked on two more goals in the final 20 minutes. Gabrione made his way onto the scoresheet for the fourth time when he buried a powerplay goal from the left circle to make it 5-0 1:33 into the period. After Franklin Pierce trimmed the SNHU advantage back to four at 13:43, Valliere walked in and sniped a shot from the left circle to the top right corner that capped the game's scoring.

Notes:
- After totaling six goals in its first three games, Southern New Hampshire doubled its season scoring output on Saturday.
- Gabrione's four-point performance tied a single-game career high. He previously notched four points (4a) on Feb. 1, 2014 against Assumption College. 

Up Next:
The Penmen kick off their 2015-16 home slate on Wednesday when they welcome Daniel Webster College to the Ice Den for a 7:30 p.m. puck drop.

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