Selep’s OT Winner Lifts Undefeated Rams
Sophomore Justin Selep scored just 32 seconds into overtime to extend Suffolk’s unbeaten streak to seven games with a 5-4 win at Southern New Hampshire University Tuesday night.
Selep, who also had a helper on the night, netted his fifth goal of the season for the Rams (6-0-1), who continued the best start in team history.
Despite the Rams being up 4-2 late in the third, the Penmen (2-3) found back-to-back goals with three minutes remaining to force overtime.
Selep would score the game winner on the power play, with an assist from sophomore Danyil Medvedev.
“It’s great to get some instant production from those guys,” senior Tim Sprague said of his linemates. “Especially in these close games, they are making a huge difference. They’ve stepped up every time we’ve needed them. I’ve had a blast playing with them.”
Sprague, a senior captain, scored two goals in the contest, including one on the power play three minutes into the first.
Junior Jim Gabrione scored the tying goal just 39 seconds later, and potted one at the end of the period to give SNHU a 2-1 lead.
Coming off a hat-trick game on Saturday, sophomore Stanton Turner tied the game at 2-2 in the second with his team-leading sixth goal of the year.
Sprague extended the lead to 3-2 with a goal with under seven minutes remaining in the period.
In the third period, junior Tyler Heineman’s goal seven minutes in gave the Rams a 4-2 lead.
At 17:19, Anthony Laperriere cut the lead to 4-3. Joe Collins found the equalizer just 17 seconds later, with an unassisted goal.
With Selep’s fifth goal of the year, the Rams are starting to gain national attention.
The screencap, taken from NCAA.com, shows that the Rams have received votes in the USCHO.com poll. Will the Rams crack the rankings? Only time will tell.
The Rams will play their next game on Sunday, November 30. They’ll face New England College at 4:00 on the road in a non-conference match up. Stay tuned to The Suffolk Voice for updates.