Ice Hockey Overcomes Five-Goal, Third Period Deficit Before Falling to Morrisville State in Overtime

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When and Where: January 15, 2016 – Hooksett, N.H. (The Ice Den)
Score: Morrisville State College 7, Southern New Hampshire University 6 (OT)
Records: Morrisville State 5-10-1, SNHU 5-11-1

Southern New Hampshire University overcame a five-goal deficit in the third period to force overtime, but Danny Liscio's shorthanded goal 2:32 into the extra session lifted Morrisville State College to a 7-6 victory in non-conference ice hockey action at the Ice Den on Friday night.

After the Mustangs forced an SNHU turnover in their defensive zone, Liscio picked up the loose puck in the high slot, and shook three Penmen en route to the offensive end before tucking a shot just inside the near post. Liscio's game-winner capped off a contest that saw eight goals scored in the final 22:32 of play.

Southern New Hampshire entered the third period trailing 5-0, but trimmed the Morrisville State lead to three with a pair of goals in the first five minutes of the frame. Junior Michael Busconi (Watertown, Mass.) put the Penmen on the board with his second of the season at 2:35, and freshman Artem Efimov-Barakov (Khimki, Russia) tallied his fourth of the year with 14:51 remaining.

Darren Young's fourth goal of the evening pushed the visitors back in front by four just over one minute later. Young collected a feed from Joseph Santino on the doorstep and one-timed a shot to the back of the net to make it 6-2 at 6:23.

The rest of the third would belong to the Penmen, as the hosts reeled off four straight goals in the span of 7:03 to knot the score at six apiece. Senior Jim Gabrione (Boca Raton, Fla.) started the run with his fourth with 11:31 to play when he took a pass from sophomore Timothy Baylis (West Haven, Conn.) at the top of the leftwing faceoff circle in the offensive zone and beat Steven Dombroksy shortside.

Junior Nathan Bergeron (Auburn, Maine) brought Southern New Hampshire within two at 11:39, as he cashed in a centering pass from sophomore Sam Jenkins (Dartmouth, Mass.). Jenkins corralled the puck at his own blue line and carried it down the left side deep into the Mustang zone. From beneath the goal line, Jenkins slid a feed right onto the tape of a cutting Bergeron, who punched it home and made it a 6-4 game.

After Morrisville State was whistled for a penalty, senior Paul Pirozzo (North Babylon, N.Y.) converted 21 seconds into the powerplay to cut the Penmen deficit to just a single goal at 12:41. Junior Jay Sylvia (Acushnet, Mass.) took a pass in the offensive end from sophomore Chris Moquin (Hooksett, N.H.) before connecting with Pirozzo in the slot, and he unloaded a one-timer past the glove of Dombrosky.

Sophomore Kyle Valliere (Goffstown, N.H.) completed the comeback with 4:28 left in regulation, as he tallied the equalizer with help from classmate Sean McTiernan (Grayson, Ga.). McTiernan forced a turnover at the Mustang blue line, carried the puck into the left faceoff circle and found Valliere in the slot. Valliere outmuscled a Morrisville State defender and deposited his team-leading eighth goal of the season into the net to force overtime.

The Mustangs built a 2-0 lead after one period of play on bookend goals from Young. Young tallied the game's first goal 1:48 into the contest from Santino and David Landau, and he closed out the period with a marker at 19:12 off a feed from Jordan Carvalho.

The second stanza was strikingly similar to the first, as Morrisville State scored twice in the first 1:33 and once in the final 90 seconds to carry a five-goal edge into the third. Liscio opened the middle period with his first of the night 31 seconds in, and Young completed his hat trick at 1:33. MJ Maerkl completed the scoring in the second with a powerplay strike with 1:30 remaining from Carvalho and Santino.

Dombrosky earned the win in goal for the Mustangs after turning aside 18 of the 24 shots he faced. Sophomore Matthew MacInnis (Arlington, Texas) registered 34 saves in the final 38:59 for Southern New Hampshire in relief of senior David Letarte (Salem, Mass.), who notched 13 stops in the opening 21:33.

Notes:
- 13 of the 18 Penmen skaters registered at least one point, and Bergeron and Pirozzo led the way with a goal and assist apiece
- Young shouldered the offensive load for Morrisville State with four goals, while Carvalho and Santino each accounted for three assists.
- Southern New Hampshire's six goals in the third period are its most in a single period since it netted six goals in the second period of an 8-3 win over Stonehill College on Feb. 13, 2010.

What's Next:
The Penmen and Mustangs complete their weekend series at the Ice Den tomorrow with a 2 p.m. faceoff.

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