Ice Hockey Battles Back From Four-Goal Deficit in Third Period, Skates to 4-4 Draw with Franklin Pierce


When and Where: January 24, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (The Verizon Wireless Arena)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 4, Franklin Pierce University 4
Records: SNHU 5-13-2 (3-3-2 Northeast-10), FPU 2-14-1 (0-4-1 Northeast-10)

Trailing by four goals entering the third period, Southern New Hampshire University scored four times in the span of 5:10 to earn a 4-4 tie against Franklin Pierce University in Northeast-10 Conference ice hockey action at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Sunday.

After the Ravens built a 4-0 lead on three first period tallies and a second period strike, the Penmen finally broke through 5:23 into the final frame on sophomore Kyle Valliere's (Goffstown, N.H.) ninth of the season. Senior Jim Gabrione (Boca Raton, Fla.) took a feed from Valliere on the powerplay at the left faceoff circle and ripped a shot on goal that was initially kicked away. Classmate Anthony Laperriere (Winchendon, Mass.) grabbed the rebound on the doorstep and slid a backhand pass to Valliere, who wristed it into the back of the net.

Just over 90 seconds later, Laperriere converted on a rebound opportunity for his third of the year to cut the deficit in half. Junior Nathan Bergeron (Auburn, Maine) won a battle for the puck in the corner and set up classmate Devin Murray (Saugus, Mass.) for a one-timer at the top of the slot. After his attempt was turned aside, Laperriere pounced on the loose puck and slid it into the open net with 13:03 left in regulation.

Southern New Hampshire continued its third period surge 20 seconds later, as Gabrione drew the Penmen within one with his fifth of the year. Junior Jay Sylvia (Acushnet, Mass.) set up the play, as he picked up a loose puck along the leftwing wall and carried it to the bottom of the faceoff circle. Sylvia dropped a pass back to Gabrione, and he unloaded a wrist shot from the dot that went to the top blocker side corner and made it 4-3 at 7:17.

The final goal of the contest came with 9:27 to play in regulation when Valliere cashed in on the man advantage for the second time on the afternoon. After Franklin Pierce cleared the puck from its defensive end all the way down to the Southern New Hampshire zone, sophomore goaltender Matthew MacInnis (Arlington, Texas) came out of his net and sent a stretch pass to the far blue line that connected onto the stick of Valliere at the far blue line. Valliere then chipped it ahead to Laperriere and after he received a return pass, Valliere rifled a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle that made its way to the top left corner.

The Ravens jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with a pair of goals within the first 4:33 of the opening period. Dan Gibbions struck first on the powerplay with help from Michael Marchionda at 3:46 before David Wilcox and Blake Manginell setup Paddy Murphy 47 seconds later.

After Taylor Fletcher sprung Matt Batis for the third goal of the first with 12:38 left, Marchionda notched a powerplay goal from Gibbons and Brendan Glynn at 12:33 of the second to give the visitors a four-goal cushion heading into the third.

Valliere led the Penmen with two goals, while Gabrione and Laperriere each added a goal and an assist. MacInnis stopped 30 shots between the pipes for Southern New Hampshire while Tom McGuckin registered 37 saves for Franklin Pierce, and Marchionda and Gibbons had a goal and an assist apiece for the Ravens.

 - The Penmen outshot Franklin Pierce, 18-7, in the third period and had a 41-34 edge in shots for the game.
 - Southern New Hampshire converted on 2-of-3 powerplay opportunities, while the Ravens were successful on two of their four man advantage chances.
 - After a two-point outing on Sunday, Gabrione sits just five points shy of 100 career points.

What's Next:
The Penmen resume their schedule on Saturday when they host Assumption College at 6:30 p.m. at the Ice Den.

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