When and Where: February 7, 2017 – Hooksett, N.H. (The Ice Den)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 6, Framingham State University 4
Records: SNHU 13-13, FSU 2-19
Freshman Jared Goudreau (Manchester, N.H.) scored two goals and assisted on another two, while junior Chris Moquin (Hooksett, N.H.) tallied three points on a goal and a pair of helpers to lead the Southern New Hampshire University ice hockey team to a 6-4 win over Framingham State University at the Ice Den on Tuesday night.
Graduate student Joe Collins (Mansfield, Mass.) also turned in a multi-point evening with a goal and an assist, and senior Jay Sylvia (Acushnet, Mass.) handed out a pair of assists in the victory. Freshman Alex Reissis (Arlington, Mass.) earned the victory between the pipes for the Penmen after turning aside 25 shots in his first career start.
After falling behind in each of its previous 11 games, Southern New Hampshire potted the game's first goal midway through the opening period. Collins collected a feed from Moquin in the neutral zone and moved through three Rams' defenders before having his shot attempt stopped. Collins grabbed the rebound in the leftwing corner, wheeled around the faceoff circle and found junior Kyle Valliere (Goffstown, N.H.) at the top of the opposite circle. Valliere walked in and unloaded a wrist shot over the glove of Adam Calabrese to make it 1-0 at the 10 minute mark.
The lead doubled just over five minutes later when Goudreau buried his first of the night. Reissis started the play by finding sophomore Dylan Sobczyk (Buford, Ga.), who carried the puck from the Penmen defensive zone to the top of the left faceoff circle in the Framingham State zone. Sobczyk then slid a feed to Goudreau, who was cutting through the slot, and he hammered a one-timer to the far post at 15:42 of the first.
The Rams trimmed the deficit to a single goal with less than four minutes to play in the opening stanza, but Moquin reestablished the two-goal edge with a powerplay marker 54 seconds into the second. After Goudreau cycled the puck to Sylvia behind the Rams' net, he walked out and found Moquin driving towards the far post. Moquin settled the pass and snuck a shot past the glove of Calabrese to extend the SNHU advantage to a 3-1 margin.
The back-and-forth affair continued, as Framingham State pulled within a goal again 46 seconds after Moquin's tally. The Penmen responded even quicker, with Collins regaining the two-goal lead a mere 20 seconds later. Sylvia carried the puck out of the corner before leaving it for Moquin. Moquin looked as if he was going to fire a shot from the slot, but instead he fed Collins on the doorstep, who tucked the puck five-hole to make it 4-2 at 2:02.
Midway through the second, Goudreau struck again and staked Southern New Hampshire to its largest lead of the night. Junior Griffin Rogers (Sanbornton, N.H.) forced a turnover in the Rams' zone and after his shot was stopped, Goudreau grabbed the rebound in the slot and whipped a wrist shot to the far post to extend the lead to three at 5-2. Framingham State used a late powerplay goal to cap the period's scoring and send the teams to the locker room with SNHU in front, 5-3.
Goudreau wrapped up his four-point night by setting up his brother, fellow freshman Brandon Goudreau (Manchester, N.H.) for the final Penmen marker of the contest. Jared grabbed the puck in the Southern New Hampshire zone and took off down the leftwing boards before dropping a pass off for Brandon at the left faceoff dot. Brandon's initial shot was stopped, but he punched home the rebound with 11:25 left to make it 6-3. The Rams added a powerplay goal with just over four minutes left in regulation to provide the final margin of scoring.
- Southern New Hampshire is now 13-2-0 when scoring at least three goals in a game. The Penmen are also 12-1-0 when scoring the first goal and 11-0-0 when leading after a period of play.
- SNHU outshot Framingham State, 39-29. Both teams were whistled for three penalties and assessed six minutes worth of infractions. The Penmen were 1-for-3 on the man advantage, while the Rams finished the night 2-for-3 on the powerplay.
The Penmen wrap up the regular season on Saturday when they travel to Foxborough, Massachusetts to take on Stonehill College at 6:10 p.m. Southern New Hampshire will also learn its postseason fate on Saturday following the conclusion of the Assumption College and Franklin Pierce University matchup at 8 p.m.
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