Efimov-Barakov, Valliere Lead Ice Hockey Past Framingham State, 5-4

BOX SCORE

When and Where: February 9, 2016 – Framingham, Mass. (Loring Arena)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 5, Framingham State University 4
Records: SNHU 7-13-4, Framingham State 4-16-1

Freshman Artem Efimov-Barakov (Khimki, Russia) and sophomore Kyle Valliere (Goffstown, N.H.) each scored twice, and senior David Letarte (Salem, Mass.) turned aside 23 shots to lift Southern New Hampshire University to a 5-4 victory over Framingham State University in nonconference ice hockey action at the Loring Arena on Tuesday.

After playing overtime contests in each of their previous four outings, the Penmen were again tied in the third period until Efimov-Barakov took a feed from senior Paul Pirozzo (North Babylon, N.Y.) and deposited a powerplay goal into the back of the net with 12:54 left in regulation.

The back-and-forth affair opened with a pair of Southern New Hampshire goals within 45 seconds of each other in the early stages of the first. Efimov-Barakov put the Penmen on the board at 4:46 with help from freshman Michael Bears (Londonderry, N.H.) and junior Michael Busconi (Watertown, Mass.), before sophomore Kevin Lorcher (Rouen, France) set up Valliere at 5:31 for his team leading 11th of the year.

The remainder of the first period belonged to the Rams, as they reeled off three consecutive goals to close the frame with 3-2 advantage. Mark Essery started the run with 7:20 remaining, and Richard O'Connor deadlocked the score at two at 17:35. Cameron Hoffman capped the three-goal swing less than a minute later when he potted his first goal of the season with 1:48 left before the intermission.

The score remained unchanged for the majority of the second stanza until Southern New Hampshire used another two-goal burst to carry a 4-3 lead into the third. Sophomore Chris Moquin (Hooksett, N.H.) drew the visitors even with a powerplay marker at 17:03 and just 55 seconds later, Valliere collected his second of the evening from Lorcher and classmate Griffin Rogers (Sanbornton, N.H.).

Framingham State was able to battle back and knot the score at four apiece just over three minutes into the third with a man-advantage goal off the stick of Jake McKinnon. Efimov-Barakov's go-ahead goal came four minutes later, and Letarte made it stand with eight saves in the game's final 12:54.

Notes:
 - Letarte improved to 4-1 on the season, and has won four straight decisions dating back to Nov. 29, 2015.
 - The Penmen outshout the Rams by a 34-27 margin, and held Framingham State to just six shots in the second period.
 - Southern New Hampshire extended its unbeaten streak to five consecutive games, and picked up its second win in its last three outings.

What's Next:
The Penmen wrap up their regular season slate on Saturday (Feb. 13), as they play host to Northeast-10 Conference foe Stonehill College (12-8-4; 7-0-2 NE-10) in a senior day showdown at the Ice Den at 7 p.m.

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