Ice Hockey Falls to Becker, 5-2

Ice Hockey Falls to Becker, 5-2


When and Where: January 4, 2016 – Hooksett, N.H. (The Ice Den)
Score: Becker College 5, Southern New Hampshire University 2
Records: Becker 5-7, SNHU 5-9-1

Corey Sherman and Tyler Auricchio each tallied a goal and assist, and Tyler Stepke stopped 43 shots to lead Becker College to a 5-2 win over Southern New Hampshire University in non-conference ice hockey action at the Ice Den on Monday night. The Hawks improve to 5-7 overall while the Penmen now stand at 5-9-1.

After Auricchio staked the visitors to a 1-0 lead 11:48 into the contest, Becker scored three times in the second period to put the game out of reach. With the Hawks on the powerplay, Sherman grabbed a loose puck outside the Southern New Hampshire blue line and drove to the right faceoff circle before centering a pass to Brandon Morgan. Morgan's shot was initially stopped, but James Wallace barreled through the slot and punched home the rebound to make it 2-0 at 13:25.

Becker extended its lead to three just 10 seconds later, as Macgregor Howey pounced on a mishandled puck in front of the Penmen net, navigated through three defenders and sent a snapshot to the far post. The final goal of the second stanza came off the stick of Nicholas McKee, who took a stretch pass from Connor Merrick from the Hawks' end through the neutral zone and beat sophomore Ryan Slatky (Manchester, N.H.) to the blocker side with 2:30 left in the period.

Southern New Hampshire trimmed the deficit back to three early in the third period on freshman Ryan Shea's (Pembroke, Mass.) first career goal. Shea stepped down from the point between two Becker skaters and unloaded a wristshot from the left faceoff dot over Stepke's shoulder to make it 4-1 at 1:36. Sherman regained the four-goal edge with 6:45 remaining with a man-up marker from Owen and Morgan before sophomore Kyle Valliere (Goffstown, N.H.) deposited his team leading seventh goal of the season at 18:41 to cap the game's scoring.

What's Next:
The Penmen resume their schedule on Sunday when they play host to Saint Michael's College in a Northeast-10 Conference tilt at the Ice Den at 3:30 p.m. 

- Southern New Hampshire held a 45-25 edge in shots on goal on Monday, including a 21-5 advantage in the third period.
- The two teams were whistled for a combined 20 penalties and amassed 40 minutes worth of infractions. Becker finished the evening 2-for-6 on the powerplay, while the Penmen were 1-for-10 with the man advantage.

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