January 24, 2009

Penalties Doom Pioneer Comeback in 4-3 Loss to Bentley

Jan. 24, 2009

Final Stats

Milford, CT-The men's ice hockey team committed 14 penalties and surrendered 11 power play opportunities as they fell to the Falcons 4-3 Saturday night. Sacred Heart overcame a three goal first period deficit but Dain Prewitt scored for Bentley on a two man advantage in the third to ice the win for the Falcons. Eric Giosa (Northville, MI) lit the lamp twice for Sacred Heart in the loss.

Bentley (11-12-1, 9-8-1 AHA) jumped out to a 3-0 lead, scoring three times in the first six minutes. Sacred Heart (6-15-3, 6-10-2 AHA) head coach Shaun Hannah called a time out and the Pioneers regained their balance but remained down three going into the first intermission.

The Pioneers began the second period down two skaters after an Evan Mladenoff (Leawood, KS) charge and a Gregg Rodriguez (Saratoga, CA) double minor for holding and boarding at the end of the first frame. Sacred Heart was able to kill off the Falcon five on three and Giosa put the Pioneers on the board shortly after returning to full strength. Mike Rosata (Needham, NH) earned an assist on the play for his first point of the season and the second of his career. Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON) cut the Falcon lead in half eight minutes into the second period on assists from Matt Gingera (Winnipeg, MB) and Erik Boisvert (Drummondville, QC).

After the second intermission the Pioneers again found themselves down two skaters to start a period. Sacred Heart again killed off both penalties and SHU tied the game as Giosa found the back of the net for the second time with the help of a no look pass sent in by senior Bear Trapp (Regina, SK). The assist moves Trapp into second place on the Pioneers all-time list. Midway through the last period the Pioneers again committed two penalties in a short period to give the Falcons their fourth 5-3 opportunity of the game. Bentley would finally convert as Prewitt netted what proved to be the game winner with assists from Casey Russell who finished with three assists and Anthony Canzoneri.

Stefan Drew (Dugald, MB), who finished the night with 32 saves, left his net for the extra attacker with 42 ticks left on the clock. The Pioneers fired 5 shots on goal in the final moments but could not find the equalizer and settled for a weekend split with the Falcons.

Sacred Heart killed off 10 of 11 power play chances and only earned two opportunities of their own, each lasting less than 30 seconds. Bentley outshot the Pioneers 36-29 overall and took 16 shots on the man advantage. The Pioneers return to the ice for a weekend series in Buffalo, NY with Canisius, the puck will drop at 7:05 both Friday and Saturday night.