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Senior Chris Moquin (Hooksett, N.H.) registered the game-tying goal with just over five minutes left in regulation Tuesday to help the Southern New Hampshire University ice hockey team earn a point in the Northeast-10 Conference standings with a 2-2 draw against Franklin Pierce University at the Jason Ritchie Ice Arena.
Trailing by one late in the third, the Penmen were awarded a powerplay and knotted the score on Moquin’s sixth of the season. Sophomore Brett Strawn (Wareham, Mass.) keyed the play, as he grabbed the puck on the leftwing side and began to make his way behind the net. As play was shifting with him, Strawn slipped the puck back to Moquin just above the goal line, and he slotted it backdoor with 5:05 remaining.
Southern New Hampshire grabbed an early lead when senior Kyle Valliere (Goffstown, N.H.) deposited his third into the back of the net. After the hosts were assessed a minor penalty less than three minutes into the contest to put SNHU on the man advantage, freshman Max Kent (Sandwich, Mass.) fired a shot from the right point that was redirected by Valliere past FPU netminder Tom McGuckin to make it 1-0 at 4:26 of the first.
The score remained unchanged through the duration of the first, but a sluggish second period by the Penmen allowed the Ravens to tally two goals in the span of three minutes and erase their one-goal deficit. Cameron Shephardson knotted things up just over seven minutes into the second stanza when Alex Lester slid a pass out from beneath the goal line that was one-timed from the top of the crease. Christian Bastianelli pushed FPU ahead midway through the frame, as he jammed home the rebound of Paul Antkowiak’s bid with 9:57 left before intermission.
Senior Ryan Slatky (Manchester, N.H.) stopped 26 shots in the stalemate, including eight during the final 20 minutes of regulation and overtime. McGuckin steered aside 14 shots during the third period and overtime, and made 31 saves over the course of the contest.
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