Setting the Scene... The Sacred Heart men's ice hockey team squares off against Bentley in a home-and-home series. The program's 10 seniors will be honored prior to home regular season finale on Saturday night at Webster Bank Arena.
Last Time Out... The Pioneers late rally in the final minutes wasn't enough as they fell to Canisius 6-5 last Saturday. SHU had five different scorers light up the lamp. Freshman Ruslan Rakhmatov recorded three assists in the game. SHU was faced with a 4-2 deficit after two periods, the Pioneers got within one at 18:48 on an extra attacker by Liam Clare to cut deficit to 5-4. After an empty net goal by the Griffs. Erlich Doerksen fired another extra attacker goal for SHU at 19:47 but Canisius cleared the final faceoff for the win.
All -Time vs. Bentley... Sacred Heart leads the all-time series 30-28-5. The Falcons hold the 5-4-1 advantage in the last 10 meetings. The road team took the edge in both meetings earlier this season.
Last Meeting... The Pioneers held off the Falcons third period rally for the 5-4 victory. SHU carried a 4-2 lead into the third period, led by two goals by Jordan Minello. Stephen Hladin extended the lead to 5-2 early in the third, Bentley got within one thanks to an extra attacker goal by Kyle Schmidt at 19:53 to bring the final to 5-4. Senior Justin Danforth tied a career high with four points on one goal and three assists. Brett Magnus recorded 31 saves in the win.
Rakhmatov Rocking from the Blue Line... Freshman defenseman Ruslan Rakhmatov recorded four assist last weekend versus Canisius. Rakhmatov picked up his first career playmaker last Saturday against Canisius. He set a new career-high with his three assists. Rakhmatov became the first SHU rookie to record three assists since Torin Snydeman recorded three helpers against Army on Feb. 26, 2011.
Sen10r Night...... Sacred Heart will honor the program's 10 seniors Mitch Nylen, Evan Jasper, Jordan Minello, Justin Danforth, Nick Lotito, Spencer Graboski, Jeff Carroll, Coltyn Hansen, Connor Doherty and Erlich Doerksen prior to Saturday night's game against Bentley. The veteran group has appeared in 1,184 career games for SHU, producing 187 goals, 311 assists and 498 points. They have played a key role in the Pioneers four consecutive double-digit win seasons.
Scouting The Falcons... Bentley sits at 10-14-6, 9-10-5 in Atlantic Hockey, coming off a three point weekend against Robert Morris. The Falcons are currently ahead of the Pioneers by four points for the eighth spot in the conference standings. Freshman goaltender Aidan Pelino is the reigning Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the week after recording his first career shutout in the 3-0 over the Colonials. Kyle Schmidt leads the team and is third in the conference with 16 goals on the year. Senior Max French leads the team with 27 points on 10 goals and 17 assists.