Moquin Pushes Ice Hockey Past Daniel Webster in Overtime, 3-2

BOX SCORE

When and Where: February 2, 2016 – Hooksett, N.H. (The Ice Den)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 3, Daniel Webster College 2 OT
Records: SNHU 6-13-3, Daniel Webster 3-16

Sophomore Chris Moquin (Hooksett, N.H.) scored his first goal in a Southern New Hampshire University uniform with 33.9 seconds left in overtime to lift the Penmen to a 3-2 victory over Daniel Webster College in nonconference ice hockey action at the Ice Den on Tuesday night.

With time winding down in the extra session, Moquin picked up a loose puck on the rightwing boards just inside the Southern New Hampshire blue line and took off through the neutral zone. He weaved his way to the left faceoff circle in the Eagles' end of the ice, cut back across the crease and after his initial shot attempt was stopped, Moquin punched home the rebound to give the hosts a 3-2 win.

The Penmen opened the game's scoring 6:33 into the first on junior Jay Sylvia's (Acushnet, Mass.) fifth of the season. Sophomore Ryan Shea (Pembroke, Mass.) uncorked a one-timer from the point that senior Jim Gabrione (Boca Raton, Fla.) redirected to Sylvia in front of the net, and he deposited it past Anthony D'Urso to make it 1-0.

Daniel Webster wasted little time responding, as David Downie intercepted a clearing attempt deep in the Southern New Hampshire zone and slid home a powerplay marker 2:10 later to knot the score at one apiece.

SNHU regained the lead early in the second when junior Michael Busconi (Watertown, Mass.) notched his fourth of the year just over three minutes into the stanza. Freshman Artem Efimov-Barakov (Khimki, Russia) set up the play by carrying the puck through neutral ice before firing a shot on frame from the low slot that was stopped, and Busconi crashed the net and batted the rebound in with 16:50 left in the period. Midway through the frame, the Eagles drew even on Matt Fitzpatrick's powerplay goal from Downie and Jeremy Hannah at 9:15 that would ultimately cause overtime.

Senior David Letarte (Salem, Mass.) earned his third win of the season in goal for the Penmen after steering aside 29 shots, including three in overtime. D'Urso suffered the setback for Daniel Webster despite recording 44 saves in 64:26 of action. 

Notes:
 - Gabrione extended his personal multipoint streak to four consecutive contests after picking up a pair of assists on Tuesday. The senior captain now has 99 points in his career with three regular season games to play.
 - SNHU held a 47-31 edge in shots on goal despite being outshot 25-23 over the final two periods of regulation and overtime.
 - Southern New Hampshire played in its third consecutive overtime game on Tuesday and fifth in its last seven outings. The Penmen have been in six overtime contests this season and are 1-2-3thus far.

What's Next:
Southern New Hampshire returns to Northeast-10 Conference play on Saturday (Feb. 6) when it heads to Franklin Pierce University (3-15-2; 0-5-2 NE-10) for a 7:30 p.m. puck drop against the Ravens.

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