January 25, 2008

SHU Offense Breaks Out In 5-1 Win Over Holy Cross

Jan. 25, 2008

Final Stats

Milford, CT - Junior Eric Giosa (Detroit, MI) scored two goals and freshman Reade Wolansky (St. Albert, AB) added three assists as the Sacred Heart offense exploded for five goals enroute to a 5-1 win over Holy Cross in Atlantic Hockey action Friday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion.

Sacred Heart dominated the offensive play from start to finish, outshooting the Crusaders 38-19. SHU had 11 shots in the first period and 21 in the second.

Giosa got the Pioneers off to a quick start, scoring both his goals in the first period. With the Pioneers on the powerplay and 8:41 left in the first, senior Scott Marchesi (South Portland, ME) hit Giosa in the slot and Giosa snapped a shot topshelf, past Crusader goaltender Adam Roy for the goal. With 4:39 left in the first, Giosa took a pass from Corey Laurysen (Ottawa, ON), raced down the ice and powered a backhand past Roy for his ninth goal of the year. SHU goaltender Stefan Drew (Oakbank, MB) got the secondary assist, his second point in as many games.

SHU again came out quickly in the second period, scoring two goals in the first five minutes to build a four goal lead. Freshman Adam DeJong (Kitchener, ON) netted his fourth goal of the year on the powerplay just 1:35 into the period when he collected a loose puck in the slot and put home a shot. Sophomore Matt Gordon (Lynnfield, MA) was able to fight off a Holy Cross defender and score his third goal of the year at the 4:52 mark. Sophomore Mike Rosata (Needham, MA) had an asisst on the play to record his first collegiate point.

The Crusaders finally got on the board with 7:37 left in the second period. Senior Cal St, Denis collected the puck behind the Pioneer net and fed senior Dale Reinhardt a perfect centering pass in the left face-off circle. Reinhardt wound up and blasted a one-timer past Drew for his fifth goal of the season.

The Pioneers answered right back as senior Alexandre Parent (Boisbriand, QC) scored his ninth goal of the year with 4:33 left in the second. Parent picked up a loose puck deep in the Crusader zone, spun around and fired a shot past Roy for the goal.

Sacred Heart was 2-for-4 on the power play. Holy Cross, which came into the game ranked second in the country in powerplay pecentage, was held scoreless in seven chances with the man advantage.

Sacred Heart and Holy Cross close out their series Saturday night in Worcester. Face-off at the Hart Center is set for 7:05 pm.