When and Where: November 28, 2015 – Hooksett, N.H. (The Ice Den)
Score: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 3, Southern New Hampshire University 0
Records: UMass Dartmouth 2-4-2, SNHU 2-6-1
Garrett Allen scored twice and Drew Michals turned aside 32 shots to lead the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth ice hockey team to a 3-0 victory over Southern New Hampshire University in the opening round of the 2015 Manchester PAL/Stovepipe Tournament at the Ice Den on Saturday. The Penmen shift to 2-6-1 overall while the Corsairs advance to Sunday's championship game by upping their record to 2-4-2.
Sophomore Ryan Slatky (Manchester, N.H.) registered 34 saves between the pipes in the setback for Southern New Hampshire, including double-digit stops in both the second and third periods.
UMass Dartmouth was able to generate all the offense it would need less than three minutes into the contest. Connor Court fired a shot on goal that Slatky initially stopped, but the rebound kicked out to Allen and he deposited the puck into the back of the net at 2:41. The score would remain unchanged for the remainder of the first, as Slatky made six saves and Michals countered with eight during the final 17:19.
The two goaltenders continued to hold the opposing offenses at bay through the majority of the second before the Corsairs converted a powerplay opportunity to push their lead to a pair with three minutes left in the period. After Slatky denied 11 UMass Dartmouth attempts in the first 17 minutes of the middle stanza, Brandon Gilmore was able to solve the SNHU netminder with a wristshot through traffic from the top of the rightwing faceoff circle that went high and to the glove side.
In the third, the visitors tacked on a second insurance goal and established the final margin of victory 3:22 into the final frame. Brendan McDonough won a battle for the puck in the Penmen zone before feeding Court along the left-side wall. Court slid a pass to an open Allen in the high slot, and he rifled a shot past Slatky to make it 3-0.
- Southern New Hampshire was shutout for the first time since Feb. 4, 2014, a 2-0 road defeat against Saint Anselm College.
- The Penmen were whistled for 10 penalties on Saturday and assessed 44 minutes worth of infractions, while the Corsairs had four penalties for a total of eight minutes.
Southern New Hampshire will look to rebound on Sunday when it takes on Daniel Webster College in the consolation game of the 2015 Manchester PAL/Stovepipe Tournament. The Eagles fell on Saturday to the University of New England, 4-2.
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