Pioneers scare Huskies, fall 3-1

Jan. 30, 2005

Final Stats

ST CLOUD, MN (January 29) - The Sacred Heart Pioneers (8-14-1, 8-4-1 AHA) put a scare into the St. Cloud Huskies (11-15-2, 5-13-0 WCHA), but fell short allowing a empty net goal with just 20 seconds remaining to fall 3-1 in non-conference action at the National Hockey Center on Saturday night. Jason Smith (St. Lambert, QC) was named first star of the game for his 31 saves, many of which were of the highlight variety.

St. Cloud took the early lead for the second straight night when a Dave Iannazzo shot fooled Pioneer goalie Jason Smith (St. Lambert, QC) and snuck by him on stick side for the 1-0 lead. Unlike the previous night, the Pioneers would buckle down defensively and not allow a barrage of Husky goals.

The Huskies went up 2-0 late in the second period on a goal from Joe Jensen. Matt Stephenson, who had just come out of the penalty box for an interference penalty, started the rush. Despite being pestered by the back-checking Noel Henck (Long Beach, NY) he sent a pass to Matt Francis who was on his left wing. Todd Spencer (Brentwood, NH) took the body on Francis and tried to take him out of the play, however, before he could Francis dropped a pass to Jensen who sent a wicked wrist shot past Smith for the 2-0 lead.

The Pioneers, however, would respond early in the second to cut the lead to 2-1 on a Barcly Folk (West Bank, BC) goal. After taking a clearing pass from Smith, freshman Nick Kary (Wetasawikin, AB) slipped in behind the Husky defense and tried to send a shot up and over goaltender Tim Boron. Boron kept the puck out momentarily but the rebound fell on the stick of Folk, who wasted no time in sending it home.

With Smith pulled for the extra attacker the Huskies were able to slide one home for the final margin of 3-1 with just 20 seconds remaining.

Smith finished the night making 31 saves in taking the loss while Boron needed to make just 17 for the win.

The Pioneers return to action on Friday, February 5 when they