Collins Propels Ice Hockey Past Daniel Webster, 3-1

BOX SCORE

When and Where: February 1, 2017 – Hooksett, N.H. (The Ice Den)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 3, Daniel Webster College 1
Records: SNHU 12-12-0, DWC 1-19-1

Graduate student Joe Collins (Mansfield, Mass.) scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner less than four minutes into the third period, to lead Southern New Hampshire University past Daniel Webster College in nonconference ice hockey action, 3-1.

Junior Chris Moquin (Hooksett, N.H.) assisted on both of Collins' goals, and classmate Matthew MacInnis (Arlington, Texas) registered 23 saves to backstop the Penmen.

After neither side was able to generate any offense through the first 16 minutes of action, the Eagles broke through with a powerplay marker late in the frame. Gavin Abbott worked the puck up the leftwing wall back to Brian Crink, who then slid a pass to Tanner Todd in the corner. Todd maneuvered around a defenseman in the corner and moved along the goal line before he cut in at the near post, and tucked a shot just under the cross bar to make it 1-0 with 3:35 to play.

The lead would be short lived, however, as Collins buried the equalizer a mere 20 seconds later. Junior Matt McLelland (Reading, Mass.) collected the puck off a faceoff win just outside the Daniel Webster zone and moved it up to Moquin along the left side. After Moquin danced around a defender and drove towards the left corner, he whipped a backhand pass to a wide-open Collins in the slot. He unloaded a wrister over the glove of Anthony D'Urso for his ninth goal of the year, and sent the teams to the intermission with the game tied at one apiece.

Both goaltenders held the opposition at bay through the duration of the second, and the score remained tied entering the third. Collins wasted little time in changing that, as he deposited his second of the night in similar fashion to his first. Collins, Moquin and junior Griffin Rogers (Sanbornton, N.H.) broke in on a 3-on-2, and Rogers found Collins trailing the play at the top of the circles. Left alone again, Collins walked into the slot and unloaded a wrist shot to the glove-side corner to make it 2-1 at 3:51 of the third.

Sophomore Artem Efimov-Barakov (Khimki, Russia) added an empty netter for Southern New Hampshire with 13 seconds remaining in regulation to cap the game's scoring. 

Notes:
- The Penmen snapped a nine-game skid, and eclipsed the 12-win plateau for the third time in nine seasons. SNHU also picked up its first victory of the season after its opponent scores first.
- Collins broke a 10-game goal-scoring drought, and notched his first points since January 14. He now has 132 career points, and is just two points away from moving into the top-10 all-time in career points scored at Southern New Hampshire.
- The Penmen defense held Daniel Webster to eight shots in each period, and the hosts held a 47-24 advantage in shots on goal. Southern New Hampshire was whistled for six penalties and 12 minutes worth of infractions, while the Eagles were assessed 36 minutes on 10 misdeeds.

What's Next:
The Penmen continue their final homestand of the season Saturday (Feb. 4) when they host Franklin Pierce University on senior night at 7:30 p.m.

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