(Milford, CT) - In their one and only tune-up for the 2010-11 regular season, the Sacred Heart Pioneers beat the St. Thomas Tommies (New Brunswick) 5-3 in an exhibition at the Milford Ice Pavilion Saturday night.
Sacred Heart outshot St. Thomas 49-24 for the game, generating numerous quality chances on odd-man rushes in transition throughout the game. Freshman Dom Jancaterino (Needham, MA) gave SHU the first lead with a goal at the 8:08 mark of the first period, with Anthony Yelovich (Little Falls, NJ) and Kyle Verbeek (Bloomfield, MI) getting the assists. A little more than five minutes later, St. Thomas tied the game on Matt Eagles' power play goal, with Devan Praught and Corey Banfield earning the helpers.
However, in a second period in which he generated six of Sacred Heart's 22 shots on goal, Matt Gingera (Winnipeg, Manitoba) gave the Pioneers the lead for good by stuffing home a rebound off a wrist-shot from Eric DeLong (Oakville, Manitoba) at the 1:59 mark of the second. Tye Lewis (Vancouver, BC) made it a two-goal lead by tipping in a goal-mouth pass from Neil Fachini (East Hampton, CT) in transition at the 16:43 mark of the second. Ben Ketchum (Greenwich, CT) was credited with the secondary assist.
Ketchum set up a third unanswered SHU goal early in the third, finding Pat Knowlton for a wrist-shot from the right faceoff circle on the power play at 18:42. Evan Mladenoff (Leawood, KS) made it 5-1 SHU when he deflected a wrist-shot from the point by Alex Stuart (Sauk Rapids, MN) under the crossbar at 11:59, with David Berube (Quebec City, Que.) getting the secondary assist.
St. Thomas made things interesting with a couple of goals, starting with Eagles' second goal of the night on the power play at 13:53. Mike Reich added another for St. Thomas at 17:21, but the Pioneers held for the finish.
Steven Legatto (Kelowna, BC)and Olivier St. Onge (Wickham, Que.) shared time in the nets, with Legatto making 13 saves and allowing one goal in 32:52 of time. St. Onge closed out the final 27:08 of the game by making eight saves on ten shots.
Sacred Heart opens the season this Friday, October 8 at 7 p.m., beginning a two-game weekend series against Union on the road.