Daniel Webster Slips Past Ice Hockey, 2-1


When and Where: November 11, 2015 – Hooksett, N.H. (The Ice Den)
Score: Daniel Webster College 2, Southern New Hampshire University 1
Records: DWC 2-2, SNHU 1-4

Ben Gagnon registered 44 saves, including 14 in the third period to backstop Daniel Webster College to a 2-1 victory over Southern New Hampshire University in non-conference ice hockey action at the Ice Den on Wednesday night. The Eagles even their record at 2-2 with the victory, while the Penmen move to 1-4 on the season.

After a scoreless first period that saw Southern New Hampshire sophomore Ryan Slatky (Manchester, N.H.) turn aside 14 shots and Gagnon stop 17, Daniel Webster was able to break the stalemate 11:20 into the second stanza. Matt Fitzpatrick grabbed a loose puck in the neutral zone, skated through a pair of Penmen checks and broke in on a two-on-one with Jeremy Hannah. Fitzpatrick's initial shot attempt was stopped, but the rebound kicked out right to Hannah, and he fired the puck into an open net to make it 1-0.

Southern New Hampshire responded just over three minutes later, as sophomore Kevin Lorcher (Rouen, France) potted his first of the year with 5:27 left in the period. After the Eagles were whistled for a charging penalty, the Penmen were able to knot the score off the ensuing faceoff, which started with senior Jim Gabrione (Boca Raton, Fla.) winning the draw and slipping a pass to junior Jay Sylvia (Acushnet, Mass.) in the rightwing corner. Sylvia carried the puck behind the net before feeding Lorcher at the left point, where he unloaded a slapshot that beat Gagnon low to the short side to make it a one-all game.

Daniel Webster was able to tally what proved to be the game-winner with just 1:14 remaining in the second. Southern New Hampshire was unable to clear the puck from just inside its own blue line, and it worked its way down the right wall to Zach Paisley just beneath the faceoff circle. Paisley moved into the corner before stopping and flipping a pass through traffic that found the stick of Nick McNally, and he deposited a shot just inside the far post to provide the visitors with the final margin of victory.

 - SNHU held a 45-31 edge in shots for the game, which included a 14-9 advantage in the third period.
 - The two teams combined for 12 penalties and 35 minutes worth of infractions, and the Penmen penalty kill was successful on each of Daniel Webster's four powerplay opportunities.
 - Slatky stopped at least 93-percent of the shots he faced for the second consecutive game.

Up Next:
Southern New Hampshire continues its four-game homestand on Saturday when it returns to Northeast-10 Conference action against Stonehill College in Veterans' Appreciation night at the Ice Den at 5 p.m.

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