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SNHU Snaps Suffolk’s Home Unbeaten Streak

CHARLESTOWN – The Suffolk Rams (3-3-1, 2-2-0 ECACNE) lost to the Southern New Hampshire University Penmen (7-1-0) by a 3-1 final on Tuesday night in Charlestown.

The Penmen scored three unanswered in the contest, snapping Suffolk’s perfect 3-0 home record.

Suffolk’s first and only goal came while shorthanded on a major penalty kill. Carmen Mastrangelo set up David Lazaro with a slick pass. Lazaro then sniped one past Tyler Holske.

Less than a minute later, SNHU’s Joe Collins got it right back with a wrister that just slipped under the crossbar to tie it at 1.

After the quick outburst, the game turned into a tight contest with both teams trading hits. Suffolk had numerous odd-man rushes in the second period, but Holske held firm for the Penmen. Suffolk’s Brandon Smolarek denied all 10 shots he faced in the period.

Injuries depleted the Rams, forcing them to only play with 10 players. Despite the losses, the Rams still were able to match-up with SNHU.

That all changed in the third. Collins started things off by scoring his second of the night on a rebound. Steven Berry would extend SNHU’s lead to 3-1 with less than nine minutes to go in the third. Suffolk couldn’t find an answer, and lost the game by a 3-1 final.

“I thought we had opportunities, especially in the second period to score some goals and we didn’t do it,” said Rams head coach Chris Glionna. “You know, you do that against a good team, it’s gonna come back to haunt you.”

Currently, the Rams hold a 3-3-1 overall record. This time last year, they were 1-2-0 in conference play. This year, they are 2-2-1.

“It’s been a good start to the semester,” Glionna said. “I think we’re going to see where we are this weekend, we play Bowdoin-Colby, those are two top teams in the nation and it’s a test for us.”

The Rams head up to Waterville, Maine this weekend for the Bowdoin-Colby Faceoff. Both teams are 2-2-1 overall.

“Bowdoin is a fast and talented team,” said Tim Benedetto, forward for the Rams, “but I think that if we keep our skating up, keep our competing up, and hit them — I don’t think they’ll be able to play with us.”

Click below for photos from Tuesday’s game:

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