When and Where: November 19, 2016 – Worcester, Mass. (Charles J. Buffone Arena)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 5, Assumption College 3
Records: SNHU 5-1-0 (3-1-0 Northeast-10), Assumption 2-5-0 (0-3-0)
Graduate student Joe Collins (Mansfield, Mass.) registered his first career hat trick, scoring a goal in all three periods to lead the Southern New Hampshire University ice hockey team to a 5-3 win over Assumption College in Northeast-10 Conference action on Saturday.
Junior Ryan Slatky (Manchester, N.H.) turned aside 53 shots in the victory, and classmate Matt McLelland (Reading, Mass.) joined sophomores Joseph Berardi (Burlington, Mass.) and Michael Bears (Londonderry, N.H.) with multipoint evenings.
The Penmen raced out to an early lead with three goals in the first period, two of which coming within the first three minutes of play. McLelland opened the game's scoring with his second of the season from Berardi and Bears at 2:12, before Berardi tallied his second just 28 seconds later with help from Bears and sophomore Artem Efimov-Barakov (Khimki, Russia). Collins closed the scoring with 5:52 to go in the opening stanza, as McLelland set him up for his first of the night.
After Slatky stopped the first 31 shots he faced, the Greyhounds were finally able to solve the netminder late in the second when Nick Fenuccio found the back of the net with 6:36 left to trim the SNHU lead back to a pair. The two-goal difference would be short lived, however, as it took Collins all of 16 seconds to answer and make it a 4-1 game heading into the third.
Collins completed his hat trick midway through the third with his fifth goal of the season at 9:08. The Greyhounds added a pair of Mike Sorenti goals in the latter stages of regulation, but Slatky held the hosts at bay long enough to secure the win.
Brian Nazzaro suffered the setback in goal for Assumption after making 16 saves in the first period before being relieved by Nick Commesso, who stopped 27 shots over the course of the final two frames.
- Slatky made over 50 saves for the fifth time in his career, with three of those performances coming against Assumption. His 53 saves on Saturday fell one short of his career high, which was set in a 1-0 win over Stonehill College on February 13, 2016.
- The Greyhounds held a 56-48 edge in shots on goal and maintained a 44-33 advantage in faceoffs.
- Southern New Hampshire was whistled for eight penalties and assigned 19 minutes worth of infractions, while Assumption received 12 minutes for six penalties. The Penmen were 0-for-6 on the man advantage and the Greyhounds capitalized on one of its five powerplay opportunities.
Southern New Hampshire is back in action on Tuesday (Nov. 22) when it hosts Worcester State University (1-4-1) at the Ice Den for a 7:30 p.m. puck drop.
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