Lou Izzi

Nichols College Athletics

HARRISVILLE, R.I. -- Andrew Ella scored two goals to lead the Nichols College men’s ice hockey team to a 4-3 home win against Southern New Hampshire University in a non-conference game Thursday afternoon at June Rockwell Levy Rink. With the win, head coach Lou Izzi earns his 100th win at the helm of the Bison’s program. The wininngest coach in program history, Izzi stands at 100-72-11 in seven seasons at Nichols and is 14 wins shy of 200 in his career.

Will Munson put Nichols (7-6-1) on the board less than six minutes into the game with his fourth goal of the season. Bryan Gill’s slap shot from the point went just wide of the net where Matt Sayer corralled the puck and passed to Munson in the slot. The senior captain placed the puck in the open right side of the net at 5:49.

SNHU (2-8-2) answered back just past the midpoint of the frame when Tautvydas Shalna stole the puck along the boards at center ice and carried it in the rest of the way for a short-handed breakaway at 11:58. Shalna thwarted a Nichols defender at the right circle and dangled it from left to right before slipping it five-hole past Jacob Rinn.

Andrew Ella gave the Bison back the lead less than a minute later on the power play when he fired a quick shot from the high slot that knocked off SNHU goaltender Tyler Holske’s water bottle. Greg Strootman set up the play by carrying to puck behind the net and sending the pass up to Ella.

Tyler Pascucci wound up poking in his own rebound after a scrum in front to knot up the game with less than three minutes left in the opening stanza. Rinn made a big stop on Pascucci’s original shot from the right circle, but the puck popped out and behind to the left where Troy Maybury and Jeff Hall got a stick on it before Pascucci slipped it past the post.

The Bison doubled up the Penmen in shots in the second period with a 14-7 advantage, but Holske stood tall. SNHU had a chance early with a long outlet pass to Brandon Bradley that turned into a breakaway, but Rinn stonewalled the junior to keep the game tied.

Zach Kohn gave Nichols the lead for good within the opening minute of the third period, wristing in a pass from Robbie Sorrenti 41 ticks into the frame. At 8:07, Ella notched his second goal of the game to cap the Bison’s scoring. Josh DeLoach fired from above the left circle and Munson tipped the rebound to Ella, who played the puck off his skate before placing it past Holske for a 4-2 lead.

A player for each team went into the box with 1:54 left to play, and the Penmen pulled Holske 27 seconds before Chris Hickey cut Nichols’ lead to one with a bouncing shot that went into the top right corner of the net.

SNHU pulled Holske again after a time out, but an ice-length pass from the Penmen’s defensive zone was mishandled and ended the threat.

Rinn finished with 18 saves, while Holske stopped 34 shots. Nichols was 2-for-6 on the power play while holding SNHU scoreless in three opportunities.