Pioneers Drop Series Opener to Robert Morris 2-1

MILFORD, Conn. – 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.

Robert Morris (3-12-2, 3-5-2 AHA) got on the scoreboard 1:15 into the game. Jeff Jones finished off a 3-on-2 rush for the Colonials with a goal off of a David Friedmann pass. Colin South also got an assist on the opening marker for Robert Morris. Sacred Heart (5-13-0, 4-8-0 AHA) had a chance to tie the game on the power play midway through the opening period. Justin Danforth (Oshawa, Ont.) rang a shot off the goalpost, but the puck didn't cross the goal line to keep the Pioneers off the scoreboard. With about four minutes left in the period, Ben Lake (Calgary, Alb.) attempted a spinning shot that was stopped by Robert Morris goalie Terry Shafer. The Colonials outshot Sacred Heart 12-7 in the opening period, taking a 1-0 lead into the locker room.

While Robert Morris had some quality chances early in the second period, freshman Coltyn Hansen (South Delta, B.C.) gave Sacred Heart a chance to tie the game when he drew a penalty shot with 8:34 left in the period. Hansen got loose on a breakaway when he was hooked from behind by Chase Golightly as he was about to shoot the puck. The freshman took the ensuing penalty shot, but was stopped by Shafer. However, Sacred Heart tied the game 1-1 37 seconds later. Lake scored off a Hansen assist right in front of the Robert Morris net.  The Colonials took back the lead with 4:58 left in the second period. Zac Lynch scored the eventual game-winning goal with an assist from Scott Jacklin. The Pioneers had seven shots in the third period but couldn't get another goal off Shafer and the Colonials, dropping the first game of the series 2-1.

Robert Morris outshot Sacred Heart 35-19 for the game. Neither team scored on the power play, with the Colonials going 0-for-5 and the Pioneers going 0-for-4. Danforth and Lake each had three shots for Sacred Heart. Shafer made 18 saves for Robert Morris as Alex Vazzano (Trumbull, Conn.) made 33 saves for Sacred Heart.

The two teams meet again on Sunday at 4:35 p.m.