2013-14 Men's Hockey News

April 14, 2014
Sacred Heart Men’s Hockey To Play In 2014 Frozen Holiday Classic At Webster Bank Arena
The Sacred Heart men’s hockey team will play in the 2014 Frozen Holiday Classic at Webster Bank Arena Dec. 27-28, Harbor Yard Sports and Entertainment announced on Monday. The inaugural tournament field includes UConn, Quinnipiac, and current national champion Union.

April 4, 2014
Will Rayner and Ben Lake Named Men’s Hockey Captains For 2014-15 Season
Will Rayner (Needham, Mass.) and Ben Lake (Calgary, Alb.) have been named the captain and assistant captain, respectively, for the men’s hockey team for the 2014-15 season, head coach C.J. Marottolo announced on Friday. Rayner and Lake were voted to the captaincy by their teammates.

March 20, 2014
Justin Danforth Named Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Year
Freshman forward Justin Danforth (Oshawa, Ont.) was named the Atlantic Hockey Association Rookie of the Year on Thursday. Danforth led the Sacred Heart men’s hockey team with 24 assists and 29 points in the 2013-14 season.

March 8, 2014
Men’s Hockey Falls To Canisius 5-0, Gets Swept Out Of Atlantic Hockey Tournament
For the second straight night, the Sacred Heart men’s hockey team was held scoreless as the Canisius Golden Griffins won 5-0 Saturday night at Buffalo State Sports Arena to sweep the first round Atlantic Hockey Tournament series between the two teams.

March 7, 2014
Pioneers Blanked At Canisius 3-0 in Game One of First Round AHA Tournament Series
The Sacred Heart men’s hockey team was shutout in game one of its first round Atlantic Hockey Tournament series at Canisius 3-0 Friday night at Buffalo State Sports Arena.

March 6, 2014
Justin Danforth And Mitch Nylen Named To Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie Team
Freshmen Justin Danforth (Oshawa, Ont.) and Mitch Nylen (Lawrenceville, Ga.) of the Sacred Heart men’s hockey team were named to the Atlantic Hockey Association All-Rookie Team on Thursday. Sacred Heart is the only team in the conference to have two All-Rookie selections.

March 6, 2014
Pioneers Open Atlantic Hockey Tournament At Canisius Friday
The tenth-seeded Sacred Heart men's hockey team opens Atlantic Hockey Tournament play Friday night with game one of a best-of-three series against Canisius at 7:05 p.m.

March 1, 2014
Men's Hockey Defeats UCONN 2-1 on Senior Day
MILFORD, Conn – The Sacred Heart Pioneers rebounded from Friday’s heartbreaking overtime loss with a 2-1 win over UCONN Saturday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion to salvage a weekend split with the Huskies. SHU closes out the regular season with an 11-16 Atlantic Hockey record. The Pioneers were 2-21-4 in the AHA last season.

February 28, 2014
Men's Hockey Wraps Up Regular Season With Home Series Against UConn
The Sacred Heart men's hockey team wraps up the regular season with two games against UConn at Milford Ice Pavilion this weekend - Friday, Feb. 28 at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday, March 1 at 5:05 p.m. for Senior Day.

February 28, 2014
Pioneers Fall 4-3 to UCONN in Overtime
MILFORD, Conn – The Sacred Heart men’s hockey team held a 3-2 lead on UCONN with less than a minute left in regulation Friday night, but could not close the deal, falling to the Huskies, 4-3, in overtime at the Milford Ice Pavilion. The Pioneers fall to 10-16 in the Atlantic Hockey Association and currently sit in tenth place with one game to go in the regular season.

February 25, 2014
Drew George and Spencer Graboski Earn Atlantic Hockey Weekly Honors
Sacred Heart men’s hockey forwards Drew George (Regina, Sask.) and Spencer Graboski (Quesnel, B.C.) have been named the Travel Team USA Player and Rookie of the Week by Atlantic Hockey, the conference announced on Tuesday. The duo had a combined nine points as the Pioneers swept Bentley to move into ninth place in the league.

February 22, 2014
Sacred Heart Completes Season Sweep of Bentley With 5-2 Win Saturday Night
The Sacred Heart men’s hockey team completed a season sweep of the Bentley Falcons Saturday night, winning 5-2 at the John A. Ryan Skating Arena. The Pioneers earned their second weekend sweep of the season, beating the second-place team in Atlantic Hockey three times this year.

February 21, 2014
Pioneers Come Back To Beat Bentley 5-4
The Sacred Heart men’s hockey team came back from 4-3 down in the third period to defeat the Bentley Falcons 5-4 at Milford Ice Pavilion Friday night. The Pioneers got goals from Spencer Graboski (Quesnel, B.C.) and Jeff Carroll (Kingston, Ont.) in the final three minutes to earn their 10th win of the season.

February 20, 2014
Pioneers Host Bentley Friday Night To Open Home-And-Home Series
The Sacred Heart men's hockey team looks to extend their unbeaten streak aginst Bentley this weekend with a home-and-home series against the Falcons. The Pioneers host the Falcons Friday at 7:05 PM at Milford Ice Pavilion

February 15, 2014
Men’s Hockey Drops 7-6 Shootout To AIC
The Sacred Heart men’s hockey team tied a season-high with six goals Saturday night, but fell 7-6 to the AIC Yellow Jackets at Milford Ice Pavilion. Five different Pioneers had at least two points on the night.

February 14, 2014
Danforth’s OT Game-Winner Gets Pioneers Past AIC 5-4
Justin Danforth’s (Oshawa, Ont.) goal 3:31 into overtime gave the Sacred Heart men’s hockey team a 5-4 win over AIC Friday night at Olympia Ice Center. The Pioneers led the Yellow Jackets 4-2 heading into the third period.

February 13, 2014
Men's Hockey Travels To AIC Friday To Open Weekend Series With Yellow Jackets
The Sacred Heart men's hockey team looks to move into the hunt for a first-round home series as it takes on AIC this weekend. Sacred Heart is three points behind AIC, Holy Cross, and RIT for eighth place.

February 8, 2014
Pioneers Drop 6-1 Decision At Holy Cross
The Sacred Heart men’s hockey team allowed five unanswered goals Saturday night in a 6-1 loss to the Holy Cross Crusaders at the Hart Center.

February 7, 2014
Lotito and Minello Lead Sacred Heart Past Holy Cross 4-2
Freshman forwards Nick Lotito (Staten Island, N.Y.) and Jordan Minello (Sweaburg, Ont.) each scored twice Friday night to lead the Sacred Heart men’s hockey team past Holy Cross 4-2 at Milford Ice Pavilion.

February 6, 2014
Sacred Heart Opens Key Atlantic Hockey Series With Holy Cross Friday Night
The Sacred Heart men's hockey team opens a key Atlantic Hockey home and home series with Holy Cross Friday Night at 7 p.m. at Milford Ice Pavilion.

February 1, 2014
Pioneers Settle For Split With Niagara, Fall 4-1 Saturday Night
Sophomore defenseman Jacob Brightbill (Anneville, Pa.) scored his first career goal Saturday night as the Sacred Heart men’s hockey team fell 4-1 to the Niagara Purple Eagles at the Milford Ice Pavilion. The two teams split the weekend series after the Pioneers beat Niagara 4-3 Friday

January 31, 2014
Nylen’s Game-Winner In Final Second Powers Pioneers Past Niagara 4-3
Freshman Mitch Nylen (Lawrenceville, Ga.) scored in the final second of regulation Friday night to give the Sacred Heart men’s hockey team a 4-3 win over the Niagara Purple Eagles at Milford Ice Pavilion. The win is the Pioneers’ first against Niagara in 11 meetings.

January 30, 2014
Men's Hockey Returns Home To Host Niagara For Weekend Series
The Sacred Heart (6-18-0, 5-12-0 AHA) men's hockey returns to Milford Ice Pavilion this Friday and Saturday to host the Niagara Purple Eagles (7-14-3, 7-7-3 AHA). Both games will start at 7:05 p.m.

January 26, 2014
Sacred Heart Goalies Participate In Goalie Clinic At Wonderland of Ice
The four goalies of the Sacred Heart men's hockey team assisted with a goalie clinic with the Wonderland Wizards Youth Hockey Association on Saturday at the Wonderland of Ice.

January 18, 2014
Pioneers Shut Out at Air Force
The Sacred Heart men’s hockey team was held to 18 shots on goal Saturday night as Air Force blanked the Pioneers 4-0 at Cadet Ice Arena. The Falcons swept the weekend series as Sacred Heart lost its sixth game out of its last seven.

January 17, 2014
Jeff Carroll Nets Two As Pioneers Fall At Air Force 6-4
Freshman forward Jeff Carroll (Kingston, Ont.) had his first two-goal game of his career Friday night as the Sacred Heart men’s hockey team fell 6-4 to the Air Force Falcons at Cadet Ice Arena.

January 16, 2014
Pioneers Go West To Take On Air Force
The Sacred Heart (6-16-0, 5-10-0 AHA) men's hockey team heads back out on the road this weekend, travelling to Colorado Springs, Colo. to take on Air Force (12-6-4, 7-3-3) in a weekend series beginning Friday at 9:05 p.m.

January 12, 2014
Sacred Heart Rallies For 3-2 Win At Canisius
The Sacred Heart men’s hockey team trailed the Canisius Golden Griffins 2-0 less than three minutes into Sunday’s game at Buffalo State Ice Arena, but rallied to win 3-2 to split the weekend series. Junior Drew George (Regina, Sask.) scored the game-winning goal with 3:01 remaining in the third period.

January 11, 2014
Pioneers Can’t Hold Off Canisius In Third Period, Fall 5-4 on Saturday
The Sacred Heart men’s hockey team led Canisius 4-2 after two periods Saturday at Buffalo State Ice Arena, but the Golden Griffins scored three goals in the third period to win 5-4.

January 10, 2014
Sacred Heart Travels To Defending AHA Champs Canisius For Weekend Series
The Sacred Heart (5-15-0, 4-9-0 AHA) men's hockey team begins a stretch of four straight road games this weekend with two games at defending Atlantic Hockey tournament champions Canisius (7-10-1, 6-4-1 AHA).

January 5, 2014
Sacred Heart Falls To Robert Morris In Overtime 2-1
The Sacred Heart men’s hockey team was able to force overtime on Sunday against Robert Morris at Milford Ice Pavilion, but the visiting Colonials scored 16 seconds into the extra period to win 2-1.

January 4, 2014
Pioneers Drop Series Opener to Robert Morris 2-1
The Sacred Heart men’s hockey team moved to 4-8 in Atlantic Hockey Saturday night, falling 2-1 to the Robert Morris Colonials in the weekend series opener at Milford Ice Pavilion.

January 3, 2014
Men's Hockey Returns Home To Host Robert Morris This Weekend
The Sacred Heart (5-13-0, 4-7-0 AHA) men's hockey team returns to Milford Ice Pavilion for a two-game series with Robert Morris (2-12-2, 2-5-2 AHA) beginning Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Sunday's game will have a 4:35 p.m. start time.

December 30, 2013
Alex Vazzano Named UConn Hockey Classic MVP; Pioneers Fall To #8 Quinnipiac 5-0 In Championship Game
The Sacred Heart men’s hockey team was within a goal of #8 Quinnipiac after the first period Monday night at the XL Center, but fell victim to a barrage of Bobcats shots in the final two periods to lose 5-0 in the championship game of the UConn Hockey Classic.

December 29, 2013
Sacred Heart Blanks UConn 3-0 In Hartford, To Face #8 Quinnipiac Monday Night
Behind a three-goal third period and 29 saves by goaltender Alex Vazzano (Trumbull, Conn.), the Sacred Heart men’s hockey team defeated UConn 3-0 in the UConn Hockey Classic at XL Center Sunday night. The Pioneers will take on #8 Quinnipiac Monday night at 7:05 p.m. in the championship game.

December 28, 2013
Men's Hockey Returns To Action Sunday Night Against UConn in Hartford
The Sacred Heart men's hockey team returns to action for the first time since Dec. 7 on Sunday night, taking on UConn in the UConn Hockey Classic at XL Center in Hartford. The Pioneers and Huskies drop the puck at 7:15 p.m.

December 7, 2013
George Scores Fifth Goal of the Season As Sacred Heart Falls at Mercyhurst 4-1
The Sacred Heart hockey team lost its fourth consecutive game Saturday night, falling 4-1 to the Mercyhurst Lakers at Mercyhurst Ice Center. The Pioneers tied the game 1-1 in the second period but allowed three unanswered goals in the third period.

December 6, 2013
Men’s Hockey Falls 7-1 At Mercyhurst Friday Night
The Sacred Heart men’s hockey team trailed the Mercyhurst Lakers 1-0 after the first period Friday night at Mercyhurst Ice Center, but the Lakers scored four goals in the second period to pull away and win 7-1.

December 5, 2013
Sacred Heart Travels To First-Place Mercyhurst For Weekend Series
The Sacred Heart (4-10-0, 3-5-0 AHA) men's hockey team opens a weekend series at first place Mercyhurst (7-7-1, 5-1-0 AHA) Friday night at 7:05 p.m.

November 30, 2013
Pioneers Blanked By RIT 4-0
Despite outshooting the RIT Tigers 38-35, the Sacred Heart men’s hockey team could not get a goal off of RIT goalie Mike Rotolo as the Tigers completed a sweep of the Pioneers with a 4-0 win Saturday at Milford Ice Pavilion.

November 29, 2013
Men’s Hockey Drops Series Opener With RIT 5-2
The Sacred Heart men’s hockey closed to within a goal of the RIT Tigers with 11:45 to play Friday at Milford Ice Pavilion, but RIT scored two late goals to win the opener of the weekend series 5-2.

November 27, 2013
Men's Hockey Hosts RIT Friday at 4:05 PM At Milford Ice Pavilion
Fresh off a series sweep of Army last weekend, the Sacred Heart (4-8-0, 3-3-0 AHA) hockey team looks to continue its current winning ways when it hosts RIT (2-7-2, 1-3-0 AHA) for a weekend series at Milford Ice Pavilion beginning Friday at 4:05 p.m.

November 26, 2013
Andrew Bodnarchuk Named Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Week
Junior goaltender Andrew Bodnarchuk (Saskatoon, Sask.) was named the Travel Team USA Goaltender of the Week by the Atlantic Hockey Association on Tuesday after earning two wins in goal this past weekend against Army.

November 23, 2013
Men's Hockey Completes Sweep Of Army With 4-1 Win Saturday In Danbury
The Sacred Heart men's hockey team completed its first weekend series sweep on Saturday night, defeating the Army Black Knights 4-1 at Danbury Ice Arena.

November 22, 2013
Sacred Heart Comes Back Twice To Beat Army 6-5
Trailing 5-3 heading into the third period, the Sacred Heart men’s hockey team scored three unanswered goals to beat the Army Black Knights 6-5 Friday night at Tate Rink.

November 21, 2013
Men's Hockey Opens Home-And-Home Series At Army Friday Night
The Sacred Heart (2-8-0, 1-3-0 AHA) men's hockey team opens a key home-and-home series with the Army Black Knights (1-8-0, 1-5-0 AHA) Friday night at Tate Rink at 7:05 p.m.

November 20, 2013
Saturday’s Sacred Heart-Army Men’s Hockey Game To Air on CPTV Sports
Saturday night’s men’s hockey game between Sacred Heart and Army at Danbury Ice Arena will be televised on CPTV Sports at 7 p.m.

November 16, 2013
#9 Yale Upends Sacred Heart 5-1
The Sacred Heart men’s hockey team battled #9 Yale to a 1-1 tie after 20 minutes Saturday night at Ingalls Rink, but the Bulldogs scored three times in the second period to pull away and win 5-1.

November 15, 2013
Pioneers Travel To Defending National Champions #9 Yale Saturday Night
The Sacred Heart (2-7-0) men's hockey team travels to New Haven Saturday at 7 p.m. to take on the defending national champions #9 Yale (3-1-2) at Ingalls Rink.

November 12, 2013
SHU Men's Hockey Returns Home To Host Army Tuesday At Webster Bank Arena
The Sacred Heart (2-6-0, 1-2-0 AHA) returns home for four of its next six games, beginning Tuesday night against Army (0-6-0, 0-3-0 AHA) at Webster Bank Arena.

November 12, 2013
Sacred Heart Can’t Hold Off Army Comeback, Falls 6-2 To Black Knights
The Sacred Heart men’s hockey team led the Army Black Knights 2-0 10:16 into Tuesday night’s game, but the Pioneers offense stalled as Army came back to win 6-2 at Webster Bank Arena.

November 8, 2013
Pioneers Travel To Penn State For Friday Night Showdown
The Sacred Heart (2-5-0) men's hockey team wraps up its current five-game road swing Friday night at Penn State (2-3-1).

November 8, 2013
Men’s Hockey Comeback Comes Up Short At Penn State
The Sacred Heart men’s hockey team fell behind early at Penn State Friday night, but scored with 0:29 left to get within a goal at 2-1. However, the Nittany Lions were able to hold off the Pioneers and hang on for the one-goal win.

November 5, 2013
Jordan Minello Named Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week
Freshman forward Jordan Minello (Sweaburg, Ont.) was named the Travel Team USA Rookie of the Week on Tuesday by the Atlantic Hockey Association. He had two two-point games this past weekend against Holy Cross and UConn.

November 2, 2013
UConn Power Play Does In Pioneers Saturday Night
The Sacred Heart men’s hockey team was within one goal of the UConn Huskies twice Saturday night at Freitas Ice Forum, but couldn’t overcome three power play goals from the Huskies in a 4-2 loss.

November 1, 2013
Sacred Heart Falls In Final Minute at Holy Cross 4-3
The Sacred Heart men’s hockey team came back from two goals down in the first period to tie Holy Cross 3-3 Friday night at the Hart Center, only to see the Crusaders score with 45 seconds remaining to win the game 4-3.

October 31, 2013
Sacred Heart Travels To Holy Cross For Friday Night Faceoff
The Sacred Heart (2-3, 1-1-0 AHA) men's hockey team looks to snap its current two-game losing streak Friday night at Holy Cross (0-5-0, 0-0-0 AHA). The Crusaders won the season series last season two games to one.

October 26, 2013
Tough Second Period Does In Pioneers At AIC
The Sacred Heart men’s hockey team was outscored by the AIC Yellow Jackets 3-0 in the second period, falling 4-1 to AIC at Olympia Ice Center Saturday night. Junior forward Brian Sheehan (St. Louis, Mo.) scored his first goal of the season in the loss.

October 25, 2013
Men's Hockey Looks To Remain Unbeaten In Atlantic Hockey At AIC Saturday
The Sacred Heart men's hockey team continues its current five-game road swing Saturday night at AIC, looking to remain unbeaten in Atlantic Hockey play.

October 22, 2013
Mitch Nylen Named Atlantic Hockey Rookie Of The Week
Freshman defenseman Mitch Nylen (Lawrenceville, Ga.) was named the Travel Team USA Rookie of the Week by Atlantic Hockey on Tuesday. He is the second Pioneer men’s hockey player to receive a weekly honor from Atlantic Hockey.

October 19, 2013
Men’s Hockey Moves To 2-2 After 7-1 Loss At #17 Rensselaer
The Sacred Heart men’s hockey team moved to 2-2 on the season Saturday night after a 7-1 loss to the #17 Rensselaer Engineers at Houston Field House.

October 18, 2013
Pioneers Travel To #17 Rensselaer For Saturday Night Showdown
Having already matched its win total from a season ago, the Sacred Heart men's hockey team opens a stretch of five straight road games on Saturday night at #17 Rensselaer at 7 p.m.

October 16, 2013
Pioneers Use Power Play To Take Down Bentley In Atlantic Hockey Opener
The Sacred Heart men’s hockey team scored twice on the power play to win its Atlantic Hockey opener over the Bentley Falcons 3-1 at Milford Ice Pavilion Wednesday night.

October 15, 2013
Alex Vazzano Named Atlantic Hockey Goaltender Of The Week
The Atlantic Hockey Association announced on Tuesday that Sacred Heart sophomore goaltender Alex Vazzano (Trumbull, Conn.) was named the Travel Team USA Goaltender of the Week for his performance in the Pioneers’ 2-1 win at UMass Lowell on Oct. 11.

October 15, 2013
Men's Hockey Announces Schedule Changes For RIT Series Nov. 29-30
The Sacred Heart men’s hockey team announced schedule changes for the series against RIT Nov. 29-30.

October 14, 2013
SHU Men's Hockey Receives Votes In USCHO.Com Poll
Three days after upsetting #1 UMass Lowell 2-1, the Sacred Heart men's hockey team earned five votes in this week's USCHO.com Division I poll released on Monday.

October 12, 2013
Men’s Hockey Shut Out By #15 Rensselaer 6-0
Less than 24 hours after upsetting #1 UMass Lowell, the Sacred Heart men’s hockey team dropped its home opener 6-0 to the #15 Rensselaer Engineers at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport Saturday afternoon.

October 11, 2013
Sacred Heart Shocks #1/1 UMass Lowell 2-1 In Season Opener
Behind two goals by Drew George (Regina, Sask.), the Sacred Heart men’s hockey team earned its biggest win in program history, defeating #1/1 UMass Lowell 2-1 at the Tsongas Center Friday night.

October 9, 2013
2013-14 Men’s Hockey Season Preview
With an established group of veterans and an almost equally large group of newcomers, the Sacred Heart men’s hockey team opens the 2013-14 season on Friday night at preseason number one UMass Lowell.

October 8, 2013
Sacred Heart To Offer Free Admission To Men’s Hockey Home Opener On Saturday
The Sacred Heart Department of Athletics announced a special offer on Tuesday for the men’s hockey season opener on Saturday, Oct. 12 against Rensselaer at Webster Bank Arena.

October 6, 2013
Men’s Hockey Blanks Simon Fraser 3-0 In Exhibition Game
Goaltenders Alex Vazzano (Trumbull, Conn.) and Andrew Bodnarchuk (Saskatoon, Sask.) stopped all 27 shots they faced on Sunday as the Sacred Heart men’s hockey team defeated the Simon Fraser Clan 3-0 in an exhibition game at Milford Ice Pavilion.

October 2, 2013
Men’s Hockey To Host FanFest Sunday At Milford Ice Pavilion
The Sacred Heart men’s hockey team will host a FanFest outside the Milford Ice Pavilion on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. prior to the Pioneers’ exhibition game against Simon Fraser.

September 17, 2013
SHU Picked 12th in 2013-14 Atlantic Hockey Preseason Coaches’ Poll
HAVERHILL, Mass. – The Sacred Heart men’s hockey team was picked to finish 12th in the Atlantic Hockey Association’s 2013-14 Preseason Coaches’ Poll, released on Tuesday.

July 3, 2013
Second Annual SHU Hockey Association Golf Outing Set for Aug. 23rd
Sacred Heart head hockey coaches C.J. Marottolo and Tom O'Malley have announced that the second annual SHU Hockey Association Golf Outing has been schedule for Friday, August 23rd. This year's event will once again be held at Great River Golf Club in Milford, CT.

July 2, 2013
Eight Pioneers Named To Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team
Eight Sacred Heart men’s hockey players were named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team, the league announced on Tuesday. Graduated senior Eric Delong was one of 11 student-athletes to be named Student-Athlete of the Year for having a 4.0 grade point average during the 2012-13 season.

June 14, 2013
Men's Hockey Announces New Assistants
Sacred Heart head men's hockey coach C.J. Marottolo announced the addition of Joel Beal and Jared Waimon as assistant coaches for the 2013-14 season.

June 3, 2013
Steven Legatto Signs Contract With French Team Cergy
Former Sacred Heart men’s hockey goaltender has signed with Hockey Club of Cergy in the French Division 2 for the 2013-14 season.

May 29, 2013
SHU Men’s Hockey Announces 2013-14 Non-Conference Schedule
Sacred Heart men’s hockey head coach C.J. Marottolo announced the upcoming non-conference schedule on Wednesday. Games against the defending national champions Yale and NCAA Frozen Four participant UMass-Lowell highlight the Pioneers' out of conference slate.