Setting the Scene...The Sacred Heart Pioneers host travel UConn to take on the Huskies Friday night at 7:05 pm, then host Holy Cross at Webster Bank Arena Sunday afternoon at 12:00 pm with four conference points on the line.
Pioneers in AHA Play...The Pioneers are 108-109-30 in this their tenth year of play in the Atlantic Hockey Association. While they are looking for their first AHA title, they have been to the conference championship twice, falling 4-0 to Holy Cross in the inaugural season of 2003-04 and 6-1 to RIT in 2009-10. SHU posted its best conference record in 2005-06, when the Pioneers went 18-8-2 in AHA play.
Sheehan and George Lead the Way...Sophomore Brian Sheehan, who last year finished third on the team with 22 points, leads the team with six points. Fellow sophomore Drew George is SHU's goal leader with three.
Last Time Out...Sacred Heart was swept by Mercyhurst last weekend by scores of 3-0 and 3-1. Sophomore Nick Curry scored his first collegiate coal in Saturday's game. Steven Legatto made 72 total saves on the weekend, taking two tough loses. SHU outshot Mercyhurst 40-35 on Saturday, the first time this season the Pioners outshot an opponent.
Legatto All-Time SHU Saves Leader...No goalie in SHU Hockey history has stopped more pucks than Steven Legatto, who broke the all-time SHU Saves record last year. He has 2,841 saves coming into this weekend,.
Scouting the Huskies..UConn was shutout twice last weekend at Niagara, losing 3-0 and 5-0. They did earn a tie against Union, the #8 team in this week's USCHO poll, earlier this year in their only home game to date. With four goals in five games, UConn's 0.80 gpg is last in the AHA.
Scouting the Crusaders..Holy Cross split two games at Air Force last weekend, winning 3-2 and losing 7-0. After winning their first three games of the year, the Crusaders of lost two of three and given up 17 goals in that time.
Delong Climbing Ladder to 100...Senior captain Eric Delong has registered five points this season, putting him at 91 for his career. He is nine points away from becoming the 12th player in program history to reach 100 for his career.
"You Feel Shame, Then You Get Free"...The Pioneers are on average the most penalized team in the AHA at 19.3 pim/g. Niagara leads the league with 146 pim, 11 more than SHU but in two more games played.