January 15, 2006

Pioneers Complete Sweep of Canisius With 3-1 Win

Jan. 15, 2006

Final Stats

Buffalo, NY - The Pioneers men's ice hockey team scored a goal in each period to hold of Canisius 3-1 Saturday night at the Buffalo State Sports Arena. The Pioneers completed the season sweep of Canisius and have now won four of their last five games. Meanwhile, the Griffs lost their 10th straight game, with the last eight losses coming by a combined 14 goals, with four of those goals being empty net goals.

Sacred Heart got on the boarf first, 5:53 into the contest when senior Peter Giatrelis (Wallingford, CT) took a pass from freshman Kyle Tyll (Sandy Hook, CT), and Giatrelis slid the puck into the bottom left corner of the net.

The Pioneers added a momentum-changing goal with 35 seconds remaining in the second period. Sacred Heart went up ice on a 3-on-2 rush. Freshman Dave Grimson (Mozart, SK) dropped the puck to Pierre-Luc O'Brien (Nicolet, QC) who fired the puck into the left corner for his team-high 13th goal of the season, making the score 2-0.

The Griffs cut it to 2-1 at 9:08 of the third period when junior forward Michael Cohen intercepted a Sacred Heart pass and found an open Joey Coccimiglio. Coccimiglio went over the glove of Sacred Heart goalie Stefan Drew (Dugald, MB) for his seventh goal of the season and first in six games.

Sacred Heart put the game away with an empty net goal from Kalen Wright (Candle Lake, SK) with 42 seconds left in the contest to provide the final margin.

Drew (2-1-0) stopped 20-of-21 shots to get the win in his first start since Dec. 22 while Canisius goalie Max Buetow made 28 saves and fell to 1-8-0.

Canisius killed all four Sacred Heart power plays and now hasn't allowed a power play goal during the past six games and has killed the past 30 opportunities.

The Blue and Gold lost for the 10th consecutive game, which matches the longest losing streak in program history since a school-record 10-game skid from Dec. 9, 1988 to Jan. 22, 1989.

The Pioneers (13-8-1, 10-6-1 Atlantic Hockey) return to the ice on Friday night when they visit Dartmouth in a non-conference game. Faceoff is set for 7:00 pm.