When and Where: February 4, 2017 – Hooksett, N.H. (The Ice Den)
Score: Franklin Pierce University 6, Southern New Hampshire University 1
Records: FPU 9-13-1 (3-7-0 Northeast-10), SNHU 12-13-0 (4-6-0 Northeast-10)
Junior Matthew MacInnis (Arlington, Texas) stopped 27 shots and freshman Brandon Goudreau (Manchester, N.H.) netted his second goal of the season, but Franklin Pierce University used a four-goal third period to pull away from Southern New Hampshire University in Northeast-10 Conference ice hockey action on Saturday, 6-1.
Jonathan Haun led the Ravens' offense with three points on a goal and two assists, while Nicholas Fotiu potted a pair of goals for Franklin Pierce. Tom McGuckin earned the victory between the pipes after steering aside 34 of the 35 shots he faced.
The two teams played nearly 12 minutes of scoreless hockey to open the contest before Haun broke the stalemate with a powerplay marker. With less than a minute remaining on the man advantage, Haun made his way through the neutral zone before connecting on a pass in stride to Alex Lester just outside the Penmen blue line. Haun drove between the Southern New Hampshire defense, and he one-timed a pass from Lester to the top right corner to make it 1-0 at 11:52.
The score remained unchanged until the early stages of the second, when the Ravens doubled their lead on Fotiu's first of the evening. After the Penmen cleared the puck from their defensive zone and initiated a line change, the Ravens gathered the loose puck and quickly went on the offensive. The initial Franklin Pierce rush was thwarted, but a failed clearing attempt put the puck onto the stick of Dylan Yameen at the top of the left faceoff circle with only one defender between himself and Fotiu. Fotiu fanned out to the right faceoff dot and connected on the pass from Yameen to build a 2-0 advantage with 14:46 remaining in the stanza.
Southern New Hampshire appeared to climb back into the game midway through the second, as it trimmed the deficit to a single goal on Goudreau's second of the season. Graduate student Joe Collins (Mansfield, Mass.) carried the puck along the leftwing boards before stopping at the top of the circle and sliding a pass over to freshman Brian O'Callaghan (Quincy, Mass.) at the center of the blue line. O'Callaghan whipped a wrist shot into traffic, and Goudreau redirected the puck past McGuckin at 9:43.
The Penmen appeared to seize momentum just over three minutes later when sophomore Artem Efimov-Barakov (Khimki, Russia) was hauled down on a breakaway and awarded a short-handed penalty shot with 7:28 left in the frame. Efimov-Barakov appeared to have picked a spot to McGuckin's right, but the netminder flashed his stick in just enough time to send the puck into the corner and maintain the one-goal edge through 40 minutes of play.
The Ravens bookended the third period with a pair of goals in the first 2:39 before adding two more in the final 1:58 to put the game out of reach. Connor Mauro wasted little time in reestablishing a two-goal lead with his third of the year a mere 21 seconds into the frame. Fotiu followed up with a shorthanded goal just over two minutes later, and powerplay goals by Matthew Toombs and Evan Marek at 18:02 and 18:15 provided the final margin of victory.
- Southern New Hampshire honored its seven graduating student-athletes in a pregame ceremony on Saturday, as it recognized MacInnis, Collins, and seniors Nathan Bergeron (Auburn, Maine), Michael Busconi (Watertown, Mass.), Devin Murray (Saugus, Mass.), Andrew Smith (Moneta, Va.) and Jay Sylvia (Acushnet, Mass.).
- Collins' assist was the 134th point of his career, and moved him into sole possession of 11th place in program history in career points.
- Goudreau's powerplay goal snapped an 0-for-34 streak on the man advantage. The Penmen had not converted a powerplay opportunity since the first period of their January 14 contest against Assumption College.
- Southern New Hampshire outshot Franklin Pierce by a 35-33 margin, including a 17-3 mark in the first period.
- The Penmen fall to 1-12 when their opponent scores first. SNHU is also 0-11 this season when scoring fewer than three goals in a game.
Southern New Hampshire hosts Framingham State University on Tuesday (Feb. 7) at the Ice Den in its final home game of the 2016-17 season at 7:30 p.m.
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