When and Where: December 1, 2018 – Hooksett, N.H. (The Ice Den)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 8, Franklin Pierce University 1
Records: SNHU 6-3-2 (3-2-1 NE10), FPU 5-5-0 (2-3-0 NE10)
Senior Brett Strawn (Wareham, Mass.) registered a season-high four points – one of 11 different Penmen to record at least one point – to lead the Southern New Hampshire University men's ice hockey team to an 8-1 whitewashing of Franklin Pierce University on Saturday night at the Ice Den.
- Strawn scored a goal and handed out three assists.
- Freshman Andy Somerville (Medford, Mass.) notched a career-high three-point night with a pair of tallies and an assist.
- Senior Chris Moquin (Hooksett, N.H.) also recorded a season-best three points with a goal and two helpers.
- Junior DJ Goldstein (Wareham, Mass.) was the other multi-point scorer for the Penmen with a pair of assists.
- Junior Kurt Gutting (Weymouth, Mass.) made it all stand up by turning aside 19 of the 20 shots he faced.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Southern New Hampshire drew first blood 8:41 into the first period when Goldstein won a faceoff at the left dot for senior Ryan Spagnoli (Burlington, Mass.), who beat Franklin Pierce goaltender Ian Wallace on the doorstep to make it 1-0.
- SNHU doubled its lead with just over two-and-a-half minutes left in the opening period when Strawn knifed a puck out of the right corner for Moquin, who put a shot on net that was stopped by Wallace, but Somerville was right in front to clean up the rebound.
- The Penmen went ahead, 3-0, with a power-play goal just under four minutes into the second period when freshman Cole Stewart (Alpharetta, Ga.) swiped the puck from a Raven at the top of the left circle in his offensive zone and skated hard toward the net, beating Wallace glove-side.
- That opened the second-period flood gates, as Moquin stretched the lead to 4-0 just 1:10 later, collecting a pass in the low slot from Strawn, who had just won the faceoff at the left dot, and putting it past a sprawled-out Wallace.
- SNHU extended the advantage to 5-0 with 2:01 on the clock in the second, as Goldstein sent a hard pass from the right circle to the point for junior Kaleb Godbout (Williston, Vt.), whose blast was stopped, but it set up a juicy rebound for sophomore Griffin Connor (Manchester, N.H.) to capitalize on.
- The Penmen capped the four-goal stanza just 32 seconds later, with Moquin starting the breakout with a pass to Strawn, who streaked up the right side before finding Somerville at the left circle. Somerville skated in and wristed a shot past Wallace and inside the near post.
- Somerville helped nudge the lead to 7-0 1:41 into the third stanza, as he took the puck off the stick of a Raven just inside the blue line in his defensive zone and skated the length of the ice before sending a feed from the left circle into the slot for Strawn, who one-timed the puck past the glove of new Franklin Pierce goalie Adam Carman.
- The scoring continued at the 5:35 mark, with freshman Jake Cox (Columbus, Ga.) and sophomore Max Kent (Sandwich, Mass.) passing the puck back-and-forth after a faceoff win at the right circle, before Kent snapped off a pass to the far circle for sophomore Kyle Galloway (Sugar Hill, Ga.), who unleashed a wrist shot over the left shoulder of Carman for the power-play tally.
- The Ravens broke up Gutting's shutout on a man-advantage with just 52 seconds on the clock, as Matthew Toombs sent a slapshot from the left point that was blocked by a Penmen defender, but Alex Lester was able to collect the loose puck and put it in the back of the net.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Southern New Hampshire outshot Franklin Pierce, 38-29, including 15-4 in the middle stanza.
- The Penmen were 2-for-3 on the power play, while the Ravens went 1-for-3.
- Southern New Hampshire is now unbeaten in five of its last six, including three straight.
- SNHU improves to 28-13-9 all-time against the Ravens.
- The Penmen play their final game of 2018 against Western New England University on Friday, Dec. 7 (7 p.m.).
- The next home contest for SNHU is Friday, Jan. 18 (7:10 p.m.) when it plays host to Franklin Pierce in the second game of the regular-season series at the Ice Den.
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