Legatto Brilliant, But Pioneers Still Fall

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Sophomore goaltender Steven Legatto (Kelowna, B.C.) continues to stay hot between the pipes, but the Sacred Heart University men's ice hockey team was unable to come away with a win at Army, Friday night.  Despite 50 saves from Legatto, the Pioneers fell to the Black Knights, 4-1.

Sacred Heart and Army return to the ice, tomorrow, for the regular season finale at 3:30 pm at the Arena at Harbor Yard.

The Pioneers dominated much of the first period, as they held a 13-9 edge in shots on goal, but went into the locker room knotted at zero.

Army broke through first, with 2:35 gone in the second, off a SHU turnover.  Junior Danny Colvin stole the puck at the blue line who sent a pass to classmate Mark Dubbe that went to senior Joey Ammon for the game's first score.

Legatto continued his dominance in net throughout the second as he turned away 21 of the first 22 shots he faced in the period.  With 17 seconds left, the Pioneers won an offensive zone face-off, but were unable to hold the zone.  The Black Knights had a two-on-one and sophomore Cheyne Rocha was able to punch in the second score of the night with just 3.5 left on the clock.

Sacred Heart responded early in the final period as senior David Berube (Quebec, Que.) forced a turnover on the forecheck and sent a pass from the corner out front, where freshman Chad Filteau (Regina, Sask.) went top shelf to cut the lead in half.

Midway through the period, the Pioneers took a number of penalties and found themselves skating down for extended periods of time.  At the 9:19 mark, Army made good on a two-man advantage with a score from sophomore Andy Starczewski.  SHU continued to rack up the penalties and added a second power play score with just under seven minutes to play in the game.

Between the pipes, Legatto continued to battle.  He spent much of the game in the splits as he extended to make on terrific save after the other.  His 50 saves equal a season-high achieved at Colgate on October 30.  In net for Army, senior Jay Clark posted 31 saves, while allowing just the one goal.

The Pioneers dropped to 4-23-6 overall and 4-16-6 in Atlantic Hockey, while the Black Knights upped their record to 11-18-4 and 10-12-4.