Letarte Posts First Career Shutout; Ice Hockey Tops Western New England, 3-0

BOX SCORE

When and Where: December 10, 2015 – Springfield, Mass. (Smead Rink)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 3, Western New England University 0
Records: SNHU 5-8-1, WNEU 0-10-1

Senior David Letarte (Salem, Mass.) earned his first career shutout with a 33-save performance in Southern New Hampshire University's 3-0 victory over Western New England University in a non-conference ice hockey contest at the Smead Arena on Thursday.

After Letarte turned aside eight shots in the first period and added a dozen stops to open the second, the Penmen were able to get all the offense they would need. Sophomore Timothy Baylis (West Haven, Conn.) picked up the puck in the slot on the powerplay, drove the left side of the net and punched home his fourth of the season to make it 1-0 at 10:47.

Midway through the third, sophomore Sean McTiernan (Grayson, Ga.) added an insurance goal and extended the Southern New Hampshire lead to a pair. Senior Paul Pirozzo (North Babylon, N.Y.) found McTiernan, and he rifled a shot from the bottom of the right faceoff circle past the Golden Bears' netminder for his fourth of the year with 8:50 left in regulation.

Letarte continued to hold Western New England in check with 13 saves in the third before sophomore Sam Jenkins (Dartmouth, Mass.) tallied his first of the season to ice the game with 35 seconds to play. After the Golden Bears pulled their goalie with a man advantage in the final minute, Letarte made three consecutive saves before Jenkins picked up the final rebound, skated to the neutral zone and fired home a shorthanded empty-netter.

What's Next:
Wednesday's victory was the final game of 2015 for the Penmen. Southern New Hampshire hits the ice again on Jan. 4, 2016 when it hosts Becker College at the Ice Den for a 7 p.m. puck drop. 

Notes:
- Western New England held a slight 33-31 edge in shots on goal and a 42-35 advantage in faceoffs.
- The Penmen scored two of their three goals on special teams, and tallied both a powerplay and shorthanded marker in the same game for the first time since a 4-3 win on Jan. 11, 2015 versus then No. 3 Oswego State.
- Letarte recorded his second-highest save total of the season on Thursday, trailing only his 45-save outing on Oct. 23 against Arizona State University

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