Ice Hockey Stumbles at Stonehill, 6-2

BOX SCORE
When and Where: January 21, 2016 – Foxboro, Mass. (Foxboro Sports Center)
Score: Stonehill College 6, Southern New Hampshire University 2
Records:  Stonehill 7-8-1 (3-0-1 Northeast-10), SNHU 5-13-1 (3-3-1 Northeast-10)

Richard Harris registered a hat trick and Dan Graham dished out three assists to lead Stonehill College to a 6-2 win against Southern New Hampshire University in a Northeast-10 Conference ice hockey contest at the Foxboro Sports Center on Thursday night.

The Skyhawks built a 2-0 lead midway through the first with a pair of goals less than two and a half minutes apart. Garrett White opened the scoring at 9:58 before Harris picked up his first of the evening from Graham at 12:21. The Penmen were able to cut the deficit in half late in the opening period, as junior Michael Busconi (Watertown, Mass.) tallied his third of the season with help from senior Jim Gabrione (Boca Raton, Fla.).

Stonehill widened its advantage to four goals after a three-goal second period. Graham set up Harris for his second of the game with 14:39 left in the period and just 51 seconds later, Graham found Thomas DePoalo to make it 4-1. The hosts closed out the stanza with a marker off the stick of Scott Rolph at 17:55, and carried a 5-1 lead into the third.

Freshman Ryan Shea (Pembroke, Mass.) brought Southern New Hampshire back within three 5:29 into the final frame with his second goal of the year on an assist from sophomore Chris Moquin (Hooksett, N.H.). Just over three minutes later, Harris completed the hat trick and provided the final margin of scoring when he converted a feed from Brendan White with 11:16 left in regulation.

Sophomore Ryan Slatky (Manchester, N.H.) turned aside 26 shots for the Penmen on Thursday and his counterpart, William Palmer, recorded 23 saves to earn the victory.

Notes
- Southern New Hampshire was whistled for four penalties and assessed eight minutes worth of infractions, and its penalty kill was successful on all-three of its man down opportunities.
- The Skyhawks outshot the Penmen by a 32-25 margin, which included a 23-15 edge over the final 40  minutes of play.

What's Next
Southern New Hampshire continues Northeast-10 play on Sunday when it hosts Franklin Pierce University at the Verizon Wireless Arena in the Granite State Showdown at noon. For tickets, click here.

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