Setting the Scene...The Pioneers take on the American International College Yellow Jackets in a home-and-home weekend series, with four points in the Atlantic Hockey standings on the line. SHU goes for the regular season series win, having defeated AIC already this year on Nov. 6 at the Arena at Harbor Yard.
Game Coverage...Video for Friday's game and audio for Saturday's game will be available at www.SacredHeartPioneers.com by following the video/audio links on the men's hockey schedule page. Jeff Holtz and Kyle Tyll have the call Friday through the America One Network, and Randy Brochu and Brendan Flynn have the call of Saturday's contest through Stretch Internet Game Central.
Last Time They Met ...The Pioneers defeated AIC 4-2 at the Arena at Harbor Yard on Nov. 6 for their first win of the season. SHU came from behind for the win with a game-tying goal by Matt Gingera late in the second and the game-winning goal by Reid MacLeod 8:07 into the third, both coming on the power play. Even Mladenoff and Eric Delong both contributed goals, and Steven Legatto made 27 saves for the win.
Last Time Out...The Pioneers lost their final non-conference game of the season, falling 7-1 at Princeton on Tuesday night. David Berube scored his sixth goal of the season for SHU's lone tally. The Tigers outshot the Pioneers 59-20 for the game.
Pioneers at Harbor Yard... At a press conference at the Arena at Harbor Yard on November 3 the partnership between Sacred Heart and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, was officially announced. The two organizations have teamed up to play five doubleheaders at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport throughout the season. The Pioneers will also play games in Bridgeport on January 8 vs. Air Force, February 5 vs. Bentley, and February 20 vs. Holy Cross. The team's senior day will also be held at the arena on February 26 against Army.
Up Next...Sacred Heart returns to action next weekend with a home-and-home series against Bentley. The Pioneers travel to Watertown, MA Friday night for a 7:00 p.m. face off with the Falcons, before hosting them at the Arena at Harbor Yard Saturday at 3:30 p.m.