Suffolk Slips Past Ice Hockey in Final Moments of Manchester PAL/Stovepipe Final, 3-2

Suffolk Slips Past Ice Hockey in Final Moments of Manchester PAL/Stovepipe Final, 3-2


When and Where: November 26, 2017 – Hooksett, N.H. (The Ice Den)
Score: Suffolk University 3, Southern New Hampshire University 2
Records: SNHU 3-3-1, Suffolk 5-4 

Sophomore Brett Strawn (Wareham, Mass.) tallied his first goal of the season and added an assist to have a hand in both Southern New Hampshire University scores, but Joseph Mortillaro found the back of the net with 13 seconds remaining in regulation to snap a two-all tie, and propel Suffolk University past the Penmen ice hockey team, 3-2, in the championship game of the 2017 Manchester PAL/Stovepipe Tournament.

After Southern New Hampshire was whistled for a hand pass with 16 seconds left in the third, the Rams won the ensuing faceoff back to Jack Kelly at the top of the left circle. Kelly's initial bid was stopped, but the rebound bounced out to Mortillaro at the hashmark and he punched it home to notch what proved to be the game winner.

The two teams battled to a scoreless first period before they each scored twice in the second. Tommy Bishop netted a powerplay marker just over two minutes into the frame, as he took a feed from Gavin O'Neill and buried a one-timer in the slot to make it 1-0. Suffolk doubled its lead 1:52 later when Brian Brooks walked off the rightwing wall to the top of the circle and ripped a wrister to the top corner with 16:05 left in the period.

The Penmen would finally break through midway through the stanza on senior Chris Moquin's (Hooksett, N.H.) second in as many days. Freshman Griffin Connor (Manchester, N.H.) cycled the puck along the leftwing boards down to Strawn beneath the goal line. As Strawn was being flushed behind the net he dropped a pass back for Moquin, and he cut in front of the net and tucked home his fifth of the year at 9:10.

Southern New Hampshire drew even just over five minutes later when Strawn found the back of the net with help from senior Timothy Baylis (West Haven, Conn.). Sophomore Jared Goudreau (Manchester, N.H.) collected the puck at the offensive blue line before carrying it to the top of the right circle and leaving it for Baylis. Baylis fired a pass through the slot to Strawn, who was driving to the far post, and he slotted it just inside the pipe to knot things up at two with 4:26 left before intermission.

Senior Ryan Slatky (Manchester, N.H.) stopped 29 shots in the setback, while his counterpart, Michael Levine, registered 28 saves for the Rams.

- After making 48 stops in Saturday's 3-2 win over UMass-Dartmouth, Levine was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2017 Manchester PAL/Stovepipe Tournament with 76 saves on 78 shots (.974 sv%).
- The Penmen were outshot, 32-30, on Sunday, which included a 13-11 disadvantage over the final 20 minutes. Both teams netted one powerplay goal, with Suffolk going 1-for-3 on the man advantage and SNHU converting 1-of-4 opportunities.
- Southern New Hampshire saw its three-game winning streak snapped, while Suffolk extended its unbeaten streak to four straight.
- Strawn's goal was the seventh of his career while Moquin tallied his 14th in a Penmen uniform.

What's Next:
Southern New Hampshire is idle until Tuesday, December 5 when it travels to Winchendon, Massachusetts to take on Franklin Pierce University in a Northeast-10 Conference clash at 7:30 p.m.

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