WORCESTER, Mass. – The Becker men's ice hockey team was defeated by the Penmen of Southern New Hampshire University, 4-1, in Saturday evening non-conference action at the Worcester Ice Center.
January 12, 2019
Worcester Ice Center
Score: Southern New Hampshire 4, Becker 1
Records: Southern New Hampshire (7-4-2) | Becker (2-13-1)
Southern New Hampshire batted off 16 shots on net in the first frame, while Becker logged seven. All 23 shots on net in the frame were turned away by the team's respective netminders. The teams headed into the first break with a 0-0 score.
Southern New Hampshire came out of the locker room hungry, as the Penmen scored just 47 seconds into the second. Joseph Berardi (Burlington, Mass.) registered the tally from the left side on assists from Charlie Davis (Milton, Mass.) and Andy Somerville (Medford, Mass.). 11:41 into the second, the Penmen increased their lead to two with a Griffin Connor (Manchester, N.H.) goal on a 4v4 matchup on the ice. Anthony Gandolfi (Nutley, N.J.) and Berardi received credit on the assists. The Penmen entered the third period ahead, 2-0.
Southern New Hampshire took a 3-0 lead 7:38 into the third when Artem Efimov-Barakov (Khimki, Russia) scored on helpers from Davis and Berardi on a fast-break down the middle. Becker spoiled the shutout just a minute and half later when Zachary Bettmeng (Sioux Falls, S.D.) scored on a pass from Jason Diamond (Lakeville, Conn.) in front of the goal. Connor put the final tally on the board for Southern New Hampshire with just under three minutes to go, with help from DJ Goldstein (Wareham, Mass.), for a 4-1 final.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- The Penmen outshot the hosts, 49-34.
- Neither team was able to capitalize on power-play opportunities, as Southern New Hampshire went 0-for-6, and Becker went 0-for-4.
- Berardi finished the game with three points on one goal and two assists. Davis also had two assists, while Connor had two goals in the win.
- The Penmen held a heavy 46-26 advantage in faceoffs.
- Kurt Gutting (Weymouth, Mass.) earned his fifth win of the season in net, making 33 stops on the night.
- Grant Martens (Bloomington, Minn.) suffered the loss in net, stopping 45-of-49 shots on net.
Southern New Hampshire will hit the road again on Tuesday (Jan. 15), and will travel to Post for a 7 p.m. game. The Hawks return home on Friday (Jan. 18) and will host the University of New England in a 7 p.m. Commonwealth Coast Conference matchup at the Worcester Ice Center.
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