When and Where: January 10, 2016 – Hooksett, N.H. (The Ice Den)
Score: Saint Michael's College 3, Southern New Hampshire University 2 (OT)
Records: Saint Michael's 3-11 (2-3 Northeast-10), SNHU 5-10-1 (3-2-1 Northeast-10)
Sophomore Ryan Slatky (Manchester, N.H.) tied a career-high with 52 saves, but Justin McKenzie's goal 1:32 into overtime lifted Saint Michael's College to a 3-2 victory over Southern New Hampshire University in Northeast-10 Conference ice hockey action at the Ice Den on Sunday. The Purple Knights up their record to 3-11 and 2-3 in the NE-10, while the Penmen shift to 5-10-1 overall and 3-2-1 in league play.
After a Southern New Hampshire turn over at the Saint Michael's blue line, McKenzie grabbed the loose puck and broke in all alone down the left side. He deked left before cutting across the crease and tucking a shot just inside the right post.
The visitors opened the scoring 8:19 into the contest with a shorthanded tally off the stick of Sam D'Antuono. The puck worked its way off the leftwing wall back to Danny Divis at the point, and he fired a wrist shot that D'Antuono was able to redirect in to make it 1-0.
The Penmen erased the deficit in the middle stages of the second period and took the lead with just over four minutes remaining in the stanza. The equalizer came from junior Devin Murray (Saugus, Mass.), who punched home a rebound off a wraparound attempt by freshman Artem Efimov-Barakov (Khimki, Russia) at 11:22. SNHU took the lead just 4:30 later on sophomore Matt McLelland's (Reading, Mass.) third of the season. Junior Andrew Smith's (Moneta, Va.) initial shot from the top of the rightwing circle was steered aside, but McLelland crashed down from the blue line and one-timed a shot from the left faceoff dot that beat Chris Johnson shortside to make it 2-1 heading into the third.
Saint Michael's evened the score with 5:40 remaining in regulation, as Nic Hermary pounced on a rebound attempt from Eric Salzillo to send the game to the extra session.
Johnson earned the win between the pipes for the Purple Knights after turning aside 45 of the 47 shots he faced.
Saint Michael's held a 55-47 edge in shots and scored the game-winning goal on the lone shot on goal during the overtime period.
Slatky previously stopped 52 shots in a 6-3 win over Assumption College on Dec. 5, 2015.
The Purple Knights earned a pair of points with a victory in their final Northeast-10 regular season contest, and are now tied with Saint Anselm College atop the league standings. The Penmen are now in a three-way tie for second place, and close out their regular season schedule with NE-10 contests in five of the remaining nine games.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action on Friday when it hosts Morrisville State at 6:30 p.m. at the Ice Den.
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