Ice Hockey Hangs on to Top Assumption in High Scoring, Back-and-Forth Affair

Ice Hockey Hangs on to Top Assumption in High Scoring, Back-and-Forth Affair

BOX SCORE

When and Where: November 18, 2017 – Hooksett, N.H. (The Ice Den)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 8, Assumption College 5
Records: SNHU 2-2-1 (2-2-0 Northeast-10), Assumption 2-5-1 (0-2-1 Northeast-10)

Senior Timothy Baylis (West Haven, Conn.) scored a pair of goals Saturday, including a late insurance marker, and the Southern New Hampshire University ice hockey team outlasted Assumption College in a back-and-forth affair, 8-5.

A total of 13 Penmen found their way onto the scoresheet, and six Southern New Hampshire student-athletes notched multi-point outings. Senior Chris Moquin (Hooksett, N.H.) tallied a goal and an assist, while classmate Matt McLelland (Reading, Mass.), junior Artem Efimov-Barakov (Khimki, Russia), and sophomores Brett Strawn (Wareham, Mass.) and Brian O'Callaghan (Quincy, Mass.) turned in two-assist efforts.

The Penmen broke the scoreless deadlock early in the first period when senior McLelland tallied his first of the year. Efimov-Barakov collected a pass from freshman Kyle Galloway (Sugar Hill, Ga.) in the neutral zone and made his way down the leftwing boards before putting the brakes on at the hashmarks. Efimov-Barakov turned and found McLelland at the point, and he ripped a wrister to the top right corner 2:43 into the contest.

After the Greyhounds knotted the score at 8:13, Southern New Hampshire responded with back-to-back goals less than a minute apart to grab a 3-1 advantage. Moquin won a draw in the Assumption zone back to McLelland, and after his shot was stopped, Moquin crashed the crease and punched home his third of the season with 10:33 left in the frame. Baylis potted his second of the year with help from Strawn just 59 seconds later to provide the Penmen with early insurance, which proved pivotal as Dante Tomassini trimmed the SNHU lead to a single goal with less than nine minutes to play in the stanza.

The score remained unchanged through the first half of the second period before freshman Zack Ciampa (Revere, Mass.) reestablished a two-goal cushion. Ciampa knocked down an Assumption clearing attempt at the left point before walking across to the center of the blue line, where he opened up and hammered a slap shot to the bottom right corner with 9:56 to go.

The Greyhounds responded just over five minutes later on a Brian Farrell marker, but Southern New Hampshire again answered quickly. Efimov-Barakov gained possession in the offensive end, and made his way from the rightwing corner through the slot. He slid a pass back to freshman Max Kent (Sandwich, Mass.), who then went across the blue line to senior Alec Cochran (Orlando, Fla.). Cochran fired a low shot through traffic that made its way to the far post and pushed the Penmen ahead, 5-3, through 40 minutes of play.

Both offenses went back to work in the third, as the two teams combined for five goals in the final frame. Southern New Hampshire built a three-goal edge 6:30 in when sophomore DJ Goldstein (Wareham, Mass.) took a breakout pass from O'Callaghan and flew down the left side before snapping a shot from the faceoff dot to the far post. The Greyhounds climbed back into the game with a pair of powerplay tallies, one on a 5-on-3 and another on a 5-on-4, to make it 6-5 with 9:02 to go.

The one-goal difference would last less than 45 seconds, as O'Callaghan sprung a two-on-one with sophomore Jared Goudreau (Manchester, N.H.) joining Baylis on the rush, and Baylis finished the play with a snipe to the top right corner to extend the Southern New Hampshire lead to 7-5. Freshman Griffin Connor (Manchester, N.H.) capped the game's scoring with an empty-netter with under a minute to play.

Senior Ryan Slatky (Manchester, N.H.) improved to 2-2-1 between the pipes for the Penmen after stopping 23 shots. David Altman was tagged with the loss for Assumption after making four saves in the firs 10:26. Robbie Campbell closed the game out with 28 stops in the final 49-plus minutes. 

Notes:
- Southern New Hampshire outscored the Greyhounds, 15-7, over the course of the weekend series. The Penmen had combined to score five goals in their first three games of the season.
- Baylis' two-goal performance was the third multi-goal game of his career, and first since December 6, 2016, a 5-2 win over Suffolk University.
- Southern New Hampshire outshot Assumption, 40-28, on the afternoon. The Greyhounds capitalized on special teams with a pair of powerplay tallies on four opportunities, while the Penmen went scoreless in two attempts.

What's Next:
Southern New Hampshire is idle until Saturday (November 25) when they kick off the 2017 Manchester PAL/Stovepipe Tournament at the Ice Den against Western New England University at 1:40 p.m.

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