Gabrione and Berardi Score Twice as Ice Hockey Plays to 5-5 Stalemate with Assumption

BOX SCORE 

When and Where: January 30, 2016 – Hooksett, N.H. (The Ice Den)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 5, Assumption College 5
Records: SNHU 5-13-3 (3-3-3 Northeast-10), Assumption 8-9-4 (2-4-1 Northeast-10)

Senior Jim Gabrione (Boca Raton, Fla.) and freshman Joseph Berardi (Burlington, Mass.) each tallied a pair of goals, and sophomore Ryan Slatky (Manchester, N.H.) stopped 52 shots as the Southern New Hampshire University ice hockey team skated to a 5-5 tie against Assumption College in a Northeast-10 Conference tilt at the Ice Den on Saturday.

After the Greyhounds raced out to a 1-0 lead 4:58 into the contest, the Penmen responded with three unanswered goals to close out the first. Gabrione started the run with his sixth of the season midway through the period. Junior Jay Sylvia (Acushnet, Mass.) sprung Gabrione from the Southern New Hampshire defensive zone, and he raced down the rightwing side and beat the Assumption netminder shortside with 9:06 left to play.

Junior Devin Murray (Saugus, Mass.) pushed the Penmen in front by one just over five minutes later when he potted his fourth of the year. Murray picked off a Greyhounds' clearing attempt just inside the blue line before walking in and firing a wrist shot that rang off the far post and into the back of the net at 16:14.

Less than a minute later, Gabrione struck for his second of the period on a brilliant individual effort. After Gabrione took a pass from sophomore Chris Moquin (Hooksett, N.H.), he drove through the left side of the Assumption zone, cut back across the crease and tucked a shot just inside the right post to make it 3-1 with 2:57 remaining in the first.

The Greyhounds battled back to even the score at three apiece with a pair of second period tallies. Nick Fennuccio converted on a feed from Mac Carnes 5:25 into the middle stanza before Stephen Picard beat Slatky at 9:47 with help from Carnes and Dante Tomassini.

The score remained unchanged through the remainder of the second and into the third, until Berardi potted his first career goal 90 seconds into the frame. After senior Anthony Laperriere (Winchendon, Mass.) was robbed on the doorstep, Berardi pounced on the rebound opportunity and slid the puck past Chris Hemhauser to give the Penmen a 4-3 edge.

Brandon Bete singlehandedly brought Assumption back from the one-goal deficit, and provided the Greyhounds with their first lead of the night with back-to-back goals. Bete collected a powerplay marker from Matt Cowles at 5:47 before he was setup by Brian Farrell with 10:21 remaining in regulation to stake the visitors to a 5-4 lead.

With time winding down in regulation, Berardi hopped onto the ice and picked off a pass less than five feet inside the Assumption blue line. He walked through the slot before depositing a backhand past the glove of Hemhauser at 13:54 for his second of the evening, and the goal that would provide the final margin of scoring in the contest.

Slatky tied his career-high in saves with 52 after turning aside 15 shots in the first, 19 in the second, 14 in the third and four in the overtime session. Tyler Stillings recorded a pair of stops in the first before Hemhauser registered 24 saves over the final two periods of play and overtime to earn the tie for the Greyhounds. 

Notes:
- Assumption held a 57-31 advantage in shots and outshot Southern New Hampshire 53-24 in regulation.
- With two goals on Saturday, Gabrione now stands at 97 career points with four regular season games remaining.
- Slatky has now stopped 52 shots on three occasions this season. After making 52 saves against the Greyhounds on Dec. 5, 2015, he equaled the feat on Jan. 10 versus Saint Michael's College.

What's Next:
The Penmen resume play on Tuesday when they play host to Daniel Webster in a non-conference clash at the Ice Den at 6:30 p.m.

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