HOOKSETT, N.H. – Sophomore Joe Sposit (Cleveland, Ohio) scored what proved to be the game-winning goal midway through the third period as the Nichols College men’s ice hockey team defeated Southern New Hampshire, 3-2, in a non-conference game on Wednesday evening at The Ice Den. With the win, Nichols snaps a three-game skid and improves to 7-4-0 on the year while the Penmen slip to 2-6-2.
Sposit’s goal was assisted by senior Zach Kohn (Delafield, Wis.) who took over fourth place all-time with his 78th career helper at 10:33 in the final frame. First-year Barry O’Neil (Falmouth, Mass.) notched his first collegiate goal with a laser from the point 30:59 into his debut for the Bison with help from classmate Daniel Bufis (Linden, N.J.) to even the game at 1-1 in the second. Just over three minutes later senior Ray Furr (Woodbridge, Va.) deposited his third career goal. Sophomore Alex Lewis (Toronto, Ontario) was credited with an assist on the play.
The first period ended in a 0-0 stalemate with each team taking 12 shots while Southern New Hampshire had a pair of power play chances.
Penmen rookie Joe Collins (Mansfield, Mass.) and classmate Anthony Laperriere (Winchendon, Mass.) as well as sophomore Dane Caracino (Belmont, Mass.) teamed up for the first goal of the game at 3:34 in the second. Nichols outshot the Penmen 20-4 in the second period and each team had an extra-man opportunity as the Bison took a 2-1 lead.
With just 2:19 off the clock in the third, Collins and sophomore Mike Durelli (Wrightstown, N.J.) setup a score by sophomore Casey Goll (Winthrop, Mass.) to even the game at 2-all. Sposit then notched the game-winner just over eight minutes later. Nichols had a slim 13-11 edge in shots as the Bison went 0-for-2 and the Penmen went 0-for-1 on the power play.
The visitors outshot Southern New Hampshire 45-27 and had a commanding 44-25 advantage on face-offs.
First-year goaltender Patrick Salkind (Springfield, Va.) stopped 25 shots in his first collegiate start for a 1-0-0 ledger. Freshman Dave Letarte (Salem, Mass.) made a game-high 42 saves in the setback and slipped to 0-2-0.
Nichols is idle until Dec. 30 when the Bison host No. 14/13 Trinity (Conn.) at 1:10 p.m. Southern New Hampshire travels to Plymouth State for a 2:00 p.m. intra-state matchup on Saturday.