Pioneer Skaters Look to Build on First Win of 2010-11
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Last Saturday, the Sacred Heart University men's ice hockey team got its first win of the season as the Pioneers took down American International, 4-2, at the Arena at Harbor Yard. This weekend, SHU is back in action as the team makes its first ever trip to Robert Morris for an Atlantic Hockey series on Friday and Saturday.
Robert Morris joined the AHA, along with Niagara, this season after leaving the now defunct CHA. The Colonials are currently in first place in the league with 10 points and a 5-2-0 record conference record and are 6-2-0 overall.
Moving Forward off a Win...Sacred Heart looks to build of their first win of the season by taking on the Atlantic Hockey Association's first-place team, the Robert Morris Colonials. SHU is coming off a 4-2 over AIC Saturday, while RMU is coming off a split at Holy Cross last weekend that culminated with a 3-2 loss in overtime.
Game Coverage... Audio and video for this weekend's games will be available at www.SacredHeartPioneers.com by following the audio/video links on the men's hockey schedule page. The audio for both games will also be broadcast by Stretch Internet as a part of Gameday Central at SacredHeartPioneers.com.
About the Pioneers... The Pioneers are coming off their first victory of the season, a 4-2 win over AIC last Saturday at the Arena at Harbor Yard. Evan Mladenoff, Matt Gingera, Reid MacLeod, and Eric DeLong all scored for the Pioneers, with SHU tying the game late in the second on Gingera's goal and going ahead in the third on MacLeod's goal, both on the power play. The Pioneers finished 2-6 on the man advantage. Senior forward David Berube leads the Pioneers with seven points on two goals and five assists. As a rookie Steven Legatto was spectacular between the pipes for SHU. This season the sophomore goaltender is second in the AHA with 239 saves, making a season-high of 50 against Colgate on Oct. 30. Not coincidentally, he's also faced the second-most shots.
Scouting the Colonials... Robert Morris is off to a 10-point start atop the standings in its first season as a member of the Atlantic Hockey Association. Along with Niagra University, RMU joins the AHA following one season as an independant after defecting from the now-defunt College Hockey America. The Colonials are led by senior forward Nathan Longpre (5-5-10), who is tied for third in the AHA in goals and points, and senior defenseman Denny Urban (1-9-10), who leads the conference in assists. Goalie Brooks Ostergard leads the league with a 2.33 GAA and has played every minute in goal for the Colonials.
Last Time They Met... Sacred Heart lost 4-2 to Robert Morris the only other time these schools faced each other, 11/27/04 at the Rensselaer Holiday Hockey Tournament. Alaxandre Parent and Nick Kary both scored for SHU in that game.
DeLong Breaks the Ice... Sophomore forward Eric DeLong scored his first goal of the season Saturday with an empty-netter against AIC. Last year, DeLong lead all Atlantic Hockey rookies with 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists).
Ketchum Contributing... Sophomore forward Ben Ketchum has contributed four assists, and proved to be a hard-hitter and high-energy player in his first season after transfering from Quinnipiac. He has doubled his career point total his first seven games with the Pioneers, up from his one goal and one assist in ten games with the Bobcats.
Road Warriors... Sacred Heart is winless in its first four away contests this season. The Pioneers opened the year with a shutout loss at #19 Union on October 8, but battled back the following night, falling 7-3 to the Dutchmen. Since then SHU has failed to get it going away from its home ice, as the Pioneers have skated to losses at Colgate and Bentley, but look to get on track against their newest conference rival, Robert Morris.
Up Next... Sacred Heart hosts Holy Cross at the Milford Ice Pavilion next Friday, November 19 at 7:05 p.m., then travels to Army to take on the Black Knights in West Point, NY Saturday, November 20 at 7:05 p.m.