Setting the Scene...The Sacred Heart Pioneers play their final non-conference game of the season Sunday afternoon, travelling to Princeton. The Pioneers look to snap their 12-game losing streak, which started on Nov. 23 with a 4-3 loss to the Tigers at Webster Bank Arena.
Last Time Out...The Pioneers were swept by the Air Force Falcons last weekend in a two-game series at home. The Falcons won the first game 5-2, and then completed the sweep with a 6-3 win last Sunday. In both games, Sacred Heart was tied with Air Force after the first period but were shutout by a combined margin of 6-0 in the second period of the two games.
Scouting the Tigers... Princeton enters Sunday's game with a 6-8-4 overall record and are currently tied with Dartmouth for fourth in ECAC Hockey with 13 points. Sunday's game is the first for the Tigers since splitting games at Union and Rensselaer on Jan. 11-12. Princeton lost 3-2 at Union and beat RPI 4-1. Andrew Calof leads the Tigers, as well as ECAC Hockey, with 24 points on nine goals and 15 assists.
All-Time vs. Princeton... SHU is 0-2 all-time against the Tigers. Princeton, ranked #17 at the time, defeated the Pioneers 7-1 on Jan. 25, 2011 at Hobey Baker Rink. The Tigers also escaped with a 4-3 win over Sacred Heart on Nov. 23, 2012 at Webster Bank Arena. The Pioneers led 3-1 in the second period of that game before Princeton scored three unanswered goals for the win.
Sheehan Keeps Scoring ... Brian Sheehan became the first Pioneer to reach double-figures in goals this season with a pair of power-play tallies against Air Force last weekend. His 10 goals this season equal his goal production from a season ago. Sheehan has scored a goal in four of the last five games, including each of the last three, and recorded a point in five of the last six games.
Points From the Blue Line... Sacred Heart got six points from it's defensemen last weekend against Air Force. Sophomore Jared Eng had four points in the two games, including a power play goal and two assists last Sunday. Bryan Felice and Will Rayner each had an assist in the series.