When and Where: February 20, 2016 – Goffstown, N.H. (Thomas F. Sullivan Arena)
Score: Saint Anselm College 3, Southern New Hampshire University 0
Records: Saint Anselm 12-11-3, SNHU 8-14-4
Sophomore Ryan Slatky (Manchester, N.H.) stopped 36 shots, but Vin D'Amato registered a hat trick to lead Saint Anselm College to a 3-0 victory over Southern New Hampshire University in the 2016 Northeast-10 Conference Ice Hockey Tournament semifinals at the Thomas F. Sullivan Arena on Saturday.
After Slatky turned aside the first 12 shots he faced and Shane Joyce made five saves to keep the game scoreless for the majority of the first, D'Amato staked the Hawks to a 1-0 lead with 1:32 left to play in the opening period with help from Bryan Green and Trevor Kacz.
D'Amato extended the Saint Anselm lead to a pair just over eight minutes into the second stanza. After the Penmen were successful on the penalty kill, the puck worked its way back to CJ Blaszka at the blue line in the SNHU zone, and he fed Brendon Kerrigan at the bottom of the right faceoff circle. Kerrigan slid a pass in front to a wide open D'Amato on the doorstep, and he tucked a shot past Slatky with 11:53 to go in the period.
With time winding down in regulation and Slatky pulled in favor of an extra attacker, Trevor Voelker won a battle for the puck in the Hawks' defensive end and tucked a pass back to Bryan Sullivan. Sullivan then held the puck at the left faceoff circle and sprung D'Amato with a rink-wide feed at the right point. D'Amato then broke into the Southern New Hampshire zone, stopped at the top of the circle and fired home the empty-netter to complete the hat trick as well as the game's scoring.
Slatky recorded double-digit saves in each period, as he notched 13 in the first, 11 in the second and a dozen in the final frame. Joyce, the Northeast-10 Goaltender of the Year, earned his second shutout of the season with 24 saves for Saint Anselm, of which 12 came in the third period.
- Slatky posted his 11th 30-plus save game of the season and his 10th such contest with at least 35 stops.
- Both the Penmen and the Hawks finished the evening 0-for-5 on the powerplay, as Southern New Hampshire was assessed 22 minutes worth of penalties on seven infractions while Saint Anselm was whistled for six minors for 12 penalty minutes.
- Saturday marked the final game for seniors Jim Gabrione (Boca Raton, Fla.), Anthony Laperriere (Winchendon, Mass.), David Letarte (Salem, Mass.), Paul Pirozzo (North Babylon, N.Y.) and sophomore Kevin Lorcher (Rouen, France).
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