When and Where: November 17, 2015 – Hooksett, N.H. (The Ice Den)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 2, University of Rhode Island 2
Sophomores Kyle Valliere (Goffstown, N.H.) and Sean McTiernan (Grayson, Ga.) each tallied a goal and an assist, and senior David Letarte (Salem, Mass.) registered 27 saves as the Southern New Hampshire University ice hockey team played to a 2-2 tie against the University of Rhode Island in an exhibition contest at the Ice Den on Tuesday night.
The Penmen jumped ahead early when Valliere set up McTiernan less than two and a half minutes into the first. McTiernan grabbed the puck in the defensive zone and began the breakout with a pass up the leftwing boards to Valliere, who then navigated through the neutral zone and into the Rams' end of the ice. Valliere slid a return pass to McTiernan at the top of the faceoff circle, and he whipped a backhand through the five-hole of the URI netminder to put Southern New Hampshire up 1-0 with 17:31 left in the period.
Just over seven minutes later, the duo worked to increase the Southern New Hampshire advantage to a pair. McTiernan corralled a loose puck at the right point and found junior Jay Sylvia (Acushnet, Mass.) in the rightwing corner. Syvlia grabbed the pass before turning and finding Valliere cutting through the high slot. Valliere rifled a wrist shot to the top left corner, beating Caleb Neal to make it 2-0 at 9:29.
With time winding down in the second, Rhode Island was able to trim the Penmen lead back to a single goal. Nick Amarone picked up a loose puck near his own blue line and streaked down the left side and into the Southern New Hampshire zone. He fired a backhand pass through three defenders and onto the tape of Robbie Buehrer, and he one-timed a snapshot to top right corner with eight seconds remaining before intermission to send the teams to the locker room with the score showing 2-1.
The teams went back and forth for the majority of the third before the Rams were able to net the equalizer with under four minutes to go in regulation. After a failed clearing attempt by the Penmen, Mark Matson sent a wrist shot through traffic that careened off two bodies before hitting off the end boards. Ray Boudiette chased after the rebound, and batted the bouncing puck from a near impossible angle that was able to find its way just inside the far post to knot the score at two.
Neal combined with Keith Inman to make 36 saves in the Rhode Island goal, while 11 of Letarte's 27 stops came in the third period and overtime.
- Southern New Hampshire donned its purple uniforms in honor of C.J. Davies, its Team Impact player who passed away from Cystic Fibrosis one year ago today.
- The Penmen held a 38-29 edge in shots for the game, including a 5-2 advantage during the overtime session.
- Each team was whistled for one penalty throughout the duration of the contest, and neither side was able to capitalize on its powerplay opportunity.
Southern New Hampshire closes out its four-game homestand on Saturday when it plays host to Assumption College at the Ice Den for a 5 p.m. puck drop against the Greyhounds.
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