When and Where: January 28, 2017 – Worcester, Mass. (Charles J. Buffone Arena)
Score: Assumption College 4, Southern New Hampshire University 2
Records: SNHU 11-12-0 (4-5-0 Northeast-10 Conference), Assumption 8-13-1 (4-4-0 Northeast-10 Conference)
Junior Ryan Slatky (Manchester, N.H.) registered a Southern New Hampshire University ice hockey record 69 saves on Saturday night, but the Penmen fell to Assumption College in Northeast-10 Conference ice hockey play, 4-2.
Slatky, who previously held a career-high of 54 saves, compiled one of the highest single-game save totals in NCAA ice hockey history. His 69 saves are tied for No. 19 all-time in Division II/III history, and are the most in any game since March 20, 2010.
Neither side was able to generate any offense through the first 18-plus minutes of the first before the Greyhounds were able to solve Slatky on their 20th shot of the stanza. Peter McDonagh provided the hosts with a 1-0 advantage with help from Matt Damelio and Tommy Mahoney at 18:23, and after eight additional saves by Slatky, the score remained unchanged heading into the second.
Damelio set up another Assumption goal midway through the second, as he found Brendan Phlippon to extend the advantage to a pair with 8:22 remaining. Just over six minutes later, Cam Laughlin potted what proved to be the game-winner off a feed from Ryan Gomez at 17:41, and the Greyhounds carried a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes of play.
After Mahoney increased the Greyhounds' lead to four with a powerplay goal 5:33 into the third, the Penmen attempted to mount a late comeback. Freshman Brett Strawn (Wareham, Mass.) netted his sixth of the year from junior Alec Cochran (Sanbornton, N.H.) and senior Jay Sylvia (Acushnet, Mass.) with 12:53 left in regulation. Sophomore Artem Efimov-Barakov (Khimki, Russia) trimmed the deficit to a pair just over seven minutes later, as he took a pass from senior Nathan Bergeron (Auburn, Maine) and buried his second of the season. It would be as closes as Southern New Hampshire would come, as Assumption goaltender Nick Commesso stopped the final six Penmen attempts in the final 5:51 of play.
Commesso finished the night with 46 saves, while Mahoney and Laughlin buoyed the offense with a goal and an assist apiece.
- Slatky generated 58 saved through the first two periods of play, as Southern New Hampshire was outshot by a 61-26 margin. The Penmen increased the offensive pressure in the third, and held a 22-12 advantage in shots of the final 20 minutes.
- Slatky's 69 saves are tied for the 32nd highest single game save total across all-three NCAA ice hockey divisions. The highest save total in a Division II/III game belongs to Justin Lochner, who turned aside 98 shots for Augsburg College against Gustavus Adolphus College on February 27, 2010. Cal Petersen owns the Division I record of 87, which he set while play for the University of Notre Dame in a game against the University of Massachusetts on March 6, 2015.
- SNHU amassed 19 penalty minutes on eight infractions, while Assumption was whistled for five penalties and assessed 13 minutes worth of penance. The Greyhounds were 1-for-6 with the man advantage and the Penmen were 0-for-2 with the man advantage.
Southern New Hampshire opens a three-game homestand on Wednesday (February 1) when it welcomes Daniel Webster College to the Ice Den for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff.
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