January 20, 2007

Pioneers Comeback Falls Short at Dartmouth, 4-3

Jan. 20, 2007

Final Stats

Hanover, NH - Juniors Nick Johnson and David Jones each had a goal and an assist and Mike Devine made 35 saves in goal as Dartmouth built a 3-0 lead and hung on for a 4-3 win over Sacred Heart in non-conference men's ice hockey action Saturday night at Thompson Arena.

Johnson opened the scoring for the Big Green 12:14 into the first period with a power play goal. Johnson moved in on Jason Smith (St. Lambert, QC) and snapped a shot that was stopped. However, Johnson followed the play and was able to poke the rebound into the open corner of the net for his sixth goal of the year.

The Big Green scored two goals in the first minute of the second period to open up a 3-0 lead. Junior David Jones scored his team leading 12th goal of the year when he pounded home a rebound on a loose puck in the crease 21 seconds into the period. Just 13 seconds later, TJ Galiardi netted his eighth goal off a pass from .

Senior Pierre-Luc O'Brien (Nicolet, QC) finally got the Pioneers on the board with a power play goal at the 12:23 mark of the middle stanza. Alexandre Parent (Boisbriand, QC) fired a shot that was blocked by a Big Green defenseman. The rebound came to O'Brien at the top of the face-off circle and he ripped a shot that beat Dartmouth goaltender Mike Devine. It was O'Brien's team leading 13th goal of the year.

Dartmouth opened up a 4-1 lead on a goal by Rob Pritchard with 5:26 left in the game. Connor Shields fed Pritchard a pefect cross ice pass and Pritchard simply redirected it into the net for his goal of the year. However, the Pioneers were able to answer just 15 seconds later on a goal by Eric Giosa (Northville, MI). Parent won the ensuing face-off back to freshman Nick Johnson (Windsor, CT). Johnson carried the puck into the Big Green zone and fed a cross ice pass to Giosa who sent it into the net for his ninth goal of the year.

The Pioneers cut the deficit to one with 43 seconds left in the game when Bear Trapp (Regina, SK) snapped a shot past Devine. O'Brien and Giosa each had an assist on the goal. The Pioneers would get no closer, although they did have some opportunities in the final seconds.

Sacred Heart out-shot Dartmouth 38-28 for the game. Each team was able to convert once in four opportunities on the power play.

The Pioneers are back in action Friday night when they open up a two game set with Canisius at the Milford Ice Pavilion. The teams meet Friday and Saturday night at 7:00 pm.