Sylvia, Collins Help Ice Hockey Run Winning Streak to Four Straight Against Worcester State

BOX SCORE

When and Where: November 22, 2016 – Hooksett, N.H. (The Ice Den)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 4, Worcester State University 2
Records: SNHU 6-1-0, WSU 1-5-1

Senior Jay Sylvia (Acushnet, Mass.) tallied a pair of goals, while graduate student Joe Collins (Mansfield, Mass.) scored once and added an assist to lead the Southern New Hampshire University ice hockey team to a 4-2 victory over Worcester State University in nonconference action on Tuesday.

Junior Kyle Valliere (Goffstown, N.H.) added a pair of helpers, and classmate Ryan Slatky (Manchester, N.H.) turned aside 46 shots to up his record to 5-1.

The Penmen staked themselves to an early 1-0 lead, as Sylvia found the back of the net on the powerplay less than six minutes into the contest. Collins gathered the puck at the offensive blue line before threading a pass to a cutting Valliere at the top of the leftwing circle. Valliere unloaded a wrist shot on goal that was initially stopped, but the rebound popped up and over the Lancers' netminder, and Sylvia crashed in to punch home his fourth of the year at 5:48.

Southern New Hampshire doubled its lead in the latter stages of the first, again using the man advantage to build a two-goal cushion before the intermission. After Worcester State was assessed a five-minute major with 10 minutes left in the opening stanza, junior Griffin Rogers (Sanbornton, N.H.) cashed in a feed from classmate Chris Moquin (Hooksett, N.H.) with 6:34 to play. Valliere fired a shot just wide of the net, but Moquin collected the ricochet behind the goal and found Rogers on the doorstep for his fifth of the season.

Both sides were held in check for the remainder of the first and more than 16 minutes of the second before Sylvia potted his second of the night with 3:21 to go in the frame. The play began with Worcester State dumping the puck in on Slatky to initiate a line change. Slatky settled the puck in his crease before firing a pass to freshman Brett Strawn (Wareham, Mass.) at the far blue line. Strawn one-timed a pass to Sylvia, and he unloaded a slapper from the right faceoff dot to the top left corner, making it 3-0 Penmen heading into the third.

The Lancers were able to finally get on the board just over two minutes into the third, but Collins answered and reestablished a three-goal edge with 13:47 to go in regulation. Off the faceoff, Collins pushed the puck past his counterpart at the dot, walked around him and rifled one past the Worcester State goaltender to put the hosts in front, 4-1. The Lancers added a goal with 3:42 left in the period to complete the game's scoring.

Tyler Fallica suffered the setback in goal for Worcester State after making 12 saves in 36:40 of action. Josh Reinstein entered in the second, and stopped nine of the 10 shots he faced.

Notes:
- The Lancers held a 48-25 edge in shots on goal, which included a 38-13 advantage in the final two periods.
- SNHU was 2-for-4 on the powerplay, and held Worcester State scoreless in five man-up opportunities. The Penmen were whistled for 12 minutes of penalties on six infractions, while the Lancers were tagged for 23 minutes on six penalties.
- Southern New Hampshire improves to 3-0 at home this season and 4-0 in nonconference games.
- The Penmen are off to their best start since the 2013-14 season, in which they began 7-1 en route to the Northeast-10 Conference Championship.

What's Next:
Southern New Hampshire resumes play on Saturday (Nov. 26) when it hosts Johnson & Wales University (2-4-2) in the opening round of the 2016 Manchester PAL/Stovepipe Tournament at 4:30 p.m.

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