Baylis Pushes Penmen Past Saint Anselm in Queen City Cup Thriller

BOX SCORE

When and Where: November 29, 2016 – Hooksett, N.H. (The Ice Den)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 3, Saint Anselm College 2
Records: SNHU 7-3-0 (3-1-0 Northeast-10), Saint Anselm 3-4-0 (2-1-0 Northeast-10)

Junior Timothy Baylis (West Haven, Conn.) buried a shorthanded goal to break a 2-2 tie with 1:34 left to play in regulation to lift the Southern New Hampshire University ice hockey team to a 3-2 victory over Saint Anselm College in Northeast-10 Conference action at the Ice Den on Tuesday.

The Hawks were in the midst of a five-minute man advantage when senior Nathan Bergeron (Auburn, Maine) sprung Baylis from the Penmen zone. After sophomore Anthony Gandolfi (Nutley, N.J.) blocked a shot attempt in front of the SNHU goal, Bergeron grabbed the loose puck and whipped a pass to Baylis, who had split a pair of Saint Anselm defenders and went streaking up the leftwing boards. Baylis went in all alone on Shane Joyce, and he beat the Hawks' netminder five-hole to send the near-capacity crowd at the Ice Den into a frenzy.

The lead would hold for the remainder of the contest, as junior Ryan Slatky (Manchester, N.H.) made three of his 47 saves in the final 94 seconds, including a pair with Saint Anselm still on a powerplay.

Southern New Hampshire cracked the scoreboard first when junior Chris Moquin (Hooksett, N.H.) tallied his fourth of the year just over six minutes into the contest. Freshman Brian O'Callaghan (Quincy, Mass.) took a feed from Baylis at the left point before sliding a pass across the blue line to Gandolfi. He rifled a low shot that Moquin redirected from the hashmarks past Joyce to provide the Penmen with the 1-0 advantage.

The lead doubled midway through the second, as senior Michael Busconi (Watertown, Mass.) notched his second goal in as many games at 11:54. Freshman Jared Goudreau (Manchester, N.H.) keyed the play on the man advantage, as he grabbed a loose puck in the right faceoff circle and settled into the offense. Goudreau found Busconi at the center of the blue line, and he uncorked a wrist shot that snuck between the glove and pad of Joyce that sent the teams to the locker room with the score, 2-0.

The Hawks would not go quietly, however, as they found the back of the net twice in the third to pull even with Southern New Hampshire. Trey Aiello potted a short-handed marker at 6:08 before Peter Sikalis scored just 19 seconds into a five-minute powerplay to make it 2-2 with 5:06 to go.

Notes:
- The Penmen pick up a pair of points in the Queen City Cup standings, and now leads Saint Anselm, 16-6, in the battle for Manchester supremacy.
- Baylis now has 14 career goals, and six have come with Southern New Hampshire down a man. He has also netted the game-winner in two of SNHU's three conference victories this season.
- The Penmen knocked off Saint Anselm for just the fifth time in program history, and the first time in a regular season tilt since February 5, 2013. Southern New Hampshire topped the Hawks, 4-3 in overtime.
- Saint Anselm managed a 49-32 edge in shots on goal, which was buoyed by a 24-6 advantage in the second period. Southern New Hampshire blocked 22 shots on Tuesday, compared to six blocks for the Hawks.
- Both teams were whistled for six infractions and given 23 minutes worth of penalties. Each team scored on both the powerplay and shorthanded.

What's Next:
The Penmen kick off a three-game road swing on Sunday (Dec. 4) when they travel to Winchendon, Massachusetts for an NE-10 showdown with Franklin Pierce University.

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