Power Play Sputters as Men’s Ice Hockey Drops 5-1 Decision to Stonehill

Power Play Sputters as Men’s Ice Hockey Drops 5-1 Decision to Stonehill


When and Where: January 25, 2017 – Hooksett, N.H. (Ice Den Arena)
Stonehill College 4, Southern New Hampshire University 1
Stonehill 7-11-3 (4-3-0 Northeast-10), SNHU 11-11-0 (4-4-0 Northeast-10)

Sophomore Joseph Berardi (Burlington, Mass.) scored to tie the game with 6:52 remaining in the opening period, but the Southern New Hampshire University men's ice hockey team suffered a 5-1 loss to Stonehill College in Northeast-10 action Wednesday evening at the Ice Den.

Stonehill secured the game's first goal 8:36 into the opening period – just three seconds after the Penmen had killed off a penalty – when Connor Collier snapped a diagonal pass from the top of the slot to the stick of Cameron Wright, who fired a shot from the bottom of the left circle that beat freshman goaltender Kurt Gutting (Weymouth, Mass.) short-side.

Southern New Hampshire tied it up at the 13:08 mark of the first as sophomore Artem Efimov-Barakov (Khimki, Russia) sent a feed from behind the net to the middle of the slot for Berardi, who went top-shelf, beating Stonehill goaltender Billy Palmer to make it 1-1.

The Skyhawks went back in front with just 22 seconds left on the clock in the first period as Evan Jacques was able to put one past junior Ryan Slatky (Manchester, N.H.). Wright and Christopher Page registered assists on the play.

SNHU had a chance to again gain the equalizer nearly nine minutes into the second period when a shot by senior Jay Sylvia (Acushnet, Mass.) from the inside edge of the right circle nicked the post and the puck was eventually cleared off the goal line out of the ensuing scrum.

Stonehill scored the first goal of the second to go up by two at the 13:53 mark with Conor Cassidy finishing some quick passing by finding the back of the net to stretch the visitors' lead to 3-1. Jack Hall and Wright scooped up assists on the sequence.

Following a combined seven scoreless power-play opportunities, Stonehill added some insurance with the extra skater as Wright and Hall again set up a goal – this one from Brian Higgins – to make it a three-goal game with 3:20 to play in the middle stanza.

 The score would remain 4-1 until the Skyhawks tacked on an empty-net goal from Ryan Meade with 2:22 remaining in the contest.

- The Penmen made three goaltender changes in the opening period with junior Matthew MacInnis (Arlington, Texas) drawing the start and stopping the only shot he faced in 7:16 of action. Gutting turned aside two of the three bids he saw over the following 4:56, while Slatky made three saves on four shots in the final 7:48 before playing the final two periods and finishing with 20 total stops.
-Southern New Hampshire held a 31-28 advantage in shots for the game.
-Stonehill was 1-for-3 on the power play, while killing all 11 SNHU extra-skater chances.

What's Next:
The Penmen return to action Saturday, Jan. 28 (7:35 p.m.) when they take on Assumption College. The next home game for SNHU is Wednesday, Feb. 1 (7:30 p.m.) when it plays host to Daniel Webster College at the Ice Den.

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