Ice Hockey Skates to 2-2 Draw with Stonehill


When and Where: November 14, 2015 – Hooksett, N.H. (The Ice Den)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 2, Stonehill College 2
Records: SNHU 1-4-1 (1-0-1 Northeast-10), Stonehill 2-1-2 (1-0-1 Northeast-10)

Sophomore Kevin Lorcher (Rouen, France) scored once and added an assist as the Southern New Hampshire University ice hockey team played to a 2-2 tie against Stonehill College at the Ice Den on Saturday. The Penmen are now 1-4-1 and 1-0-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Skyhawks shift to 2-1-2 and 1-0-1 in league play.

The game remained scoreless through the first two periods of play, as sophomore Ryan Slatky (Manchester, N.H.) stopped 25 Stonehill shot attempts and Patrick Farington registered 16 saves over the course of the first 40 minutes.

After the Skyhawks were whistled for a penalty with just over a minute left to go in the second, the Penmen jumped ahead with a powerplay tally 20 seconds into the third. Senior Jim Gabrione (Boca Raton, Fla.) gathered the puck along the leftwing wall in the offensive zone before sending a cross-ice pass to Lorcher at the top of the right faceoff circle. Lorcher walked in and slid a pass to junior Jay Sylvia (Acushnet, Mass.), who was crashing into the slot, and he one-timed a shot past Farington to the nearside post to make it 1-0.

The visitors would not take long to respond, as they evened the score one minute later. Garrett White cycled the puck from the left point down to Tommy Newton along the halfwall. Newton briefly settled the puck before whipping a backhand pass through traffic and right to a waiting Brian Higgins at the right hash mark. Higgins rifled a one-timer low to Slatky's glove-side to knot the score with 18:40 remaining in regulation.

Southern New Hampshire regained its one-goal advantage midway through the third with Lorcher's second of the season. Freshman Artem Efimov-Barakov (Khimki, Russia) led the rush through the neutral zone before a Stonehill defender was able to dislodge him from the puck at the top of the rightwing circle. Fortunately for the Penmen, the puck landed right onto the stick of junior Andrew Smith (Moneta, Va.) and he found a trailing Lorcher in the slot, who then snapped a shot over the left shoulder of Farington.

Stonehill ensured the lead would again be short-lived when it netted the equalizer 2:14 later. White started the play with an outlet pass that stretched from the Skyhawks' faceoff circles to the Southern New Hampshire blue line and connected with Thomas Depoalo. After moving into the Penmen zone, Depoalo zipped a pass between a pair of SNHU defenseman onto the blade of a cutting Robbie Dorgan, and he redirected the puck just inside the far post to make it a 2-2 game.

Slatky recorded 35 saves for Southern New Hampshire, including 12 in the third period and overtime. Farington stopped 29 shots on Saturday, of which 15 came during the final 25 minutes of play to keep the score at two aside.

 - The Penmen outshot the Skyhawks 5-1 in the overtime period, but were at a 37-31 disadvantage for the game.
 - Both teams were whistled for five penalties and 10 minutes worth of infractions, and each side was 1-for-4 on the man advantage.

What's Next:
Southern New Hampshire will welcome the University of Rhode Island to the Ice Den on Tuesday (Nov. 17) for a 7:30 p.m. puck drop on CJ Davies Remembrance Night.

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