When and Where: January 14, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (The SNHU Arena)
Score: Assumption College 4, Southern New Hampshire University 3
Records: SNHU 11-7-0 (4-2-0 Northeast-10), Assumption 7-10-1 (3-4-0 Northeast-10)
Junior Ryan Slatky (Manchester, N.H.) stopped 46 shots, but Assumption College scored four times on the powerplay to skate past Southern New Hampshire University, 4-3, in Northeast-10 Conference action at the SNHU Arena on Saturday.
Graduate student Joe Collins (Mansfield, Mass.) handed out a pair of assists to lead the Penmen offense, while Mike Sorenti scored twice and Tommy Mahoney had a goal and an assist for the Greyhounds.
Assumption opened the scoring early in the first with its first man-advantage marker of the afternoon. Matt Cowles collected a feed from Mahoney in the neutral zone before carrying the puck into the Southern New Hampshire end. He drove down the rightwing boards before cutting in at the faceoff dot and tucking a shot shortside at 4:40.
The Penmen responded with a powerplay tally of their own less than four minutes later, as senior Jay Sylvia (Acushnet, Mass.) knotted the score with 11:30 left in the first. Collins maintained possession of the puck at the top of the left faceoff circle before whipping a cross ice pass to junior Kyle Valliere (Goffstown, N.H.) at the left faceoff dot. Valliere settled the puck before sliding it to a wide open Sylvia in front, who one-timed it to the back of the net.
Southern New Hampshire took its first lead of the game late in the opening frame on yet another man-up goal. Junior Chris Moquin (Hooksett, N.H.) teamed up with Collins to find freshman Jared Goudreau (Manchester, N.H.) at the top of the right circle on a 5-on-3, and he unloaded a one-timer that beat Assumption goaltender Nick Commesso to make it 2-1 with 4:24 left.
The lead would be short-lived, however, as Sorenti answered with his first of the game at 17:33 to draw the game even at two just before the intermission. Sorenti then notched his second powerplay goal midway through the second with help from Brian Farrell and Robert Roche to reestablish a one-goal lead for the Greyhounds with 11:06 to go in the stanza.
The Penmen appeared to have tied the game with just over six minutes remaining in the second, with Sylvia taking a feed from Moquin and maneuvering through the Assumption defense before tucking the puck past Commesso. But, a questionable slashing penalty was assessed to SNHU, the goal was disallowed and the score remained 3-2 through 40 minutes of play.
Southern New Hampshire was able to finally generate the game-tying goal in the third, as senior Nathan Bergeron (Auburn, Maine) scored the only even-strength marker of the game. After the Greyhounds turned the puck over just inside their own blue line, sophomore Artem Efimov-Barakov (Khimki, Russia) generated a quick 2-on-1 with Bergeron. Efimov-Barakov waited to the last possible second before sliding a pass over to Bergeron, who one-timed the puck into an open net to make it three-all with seven minutes to go in regulation.
Assumption answered the bell again and scored what proved to be the game-winner just 2:24 later. Mahoney worked around a Penmen defender at the top of the right faceoff circle before ripping a wrist shot from the slot to give the Greyhounds the lead and the victory.
- Assumption generated a 50-37 shot advantage, including a 25-6 edge in the second period. The Greyhounds produced 22 shots on the powerplay, 14 of which came during the second stanza.
- Southern New Hampshire was whistled for 18 minutes worth of penalties on nine infractions compared to 10 minutes on five misdeeds for Assumption. The Greyhounds finished 4-for-9 on the man-advantage, while the Penmen were 2-for-5.
- SNHU suffered its first setback of the season when scoring three or more times in a game, but remains winless when not getting on the board first.
Southern New Hampshire looks to get back on track Tuesday when it heads to Saint Michael's College for an NE-10 showdown with the Purple Knights at 7 p.m.
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