Feb. 12, 2010
West Springfield, MA - The Sacred Heart men's ice hockey team netted four unanswered goals in the second period as they defeated the AIC Yellow Jackets 4-1 Friday night in West Springfield, MA. Eric Delong (Oakville, MB) and Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON) each posted their tenth goal of the season on the run as the Pioneers are now 12-1-2 in their last 15 games. Steven Legatto (Kelowna, BC) made 25 saves between the pipes as the freshman earned his 14th win of the year.
American International (5-20-2, 5-16-2 AHA) lit the lamp first as freshman Adam Pleskach, the team's leading scorer, put in his 13th goal of the season to give AIC a 1-0 advantage midway through the first period. The Pioneers would have two chances on the power play to tie the game but would not be able to capitalize. SHU found themselves down 1-0 at the first intermission despite outshooting the Yellow Jackets 18-7 in the first period.
Sacred Heart (15-10-4, 13-7-3 AHA) came out of the locker room on fire, evening the score 2:09 into the second stanza. The goal came off the stick of Delong with assists from Matt Gingera (Winnipeg, MB) and assistant captain Matt Gordon (Lynnfield, MA). The Pioneers would strike again just 1:30 later as Jarman found the net with what would be the game winner, Nick Johnson (Windsor, CT) and Paul Ferraro (Pleasantville, NY) earned assists on the play.
Kyle Verbeek (Bloomfield, MI) made it a two goal cushion as he scored his second goal of the season with SHU on the man advantage after an AIC too many men on the ice penalty. Johnson earned his second assist of the night on the play, his team leading 41st point, along with Erik Boisvert (Drummondville, QC). Gingera would complete the SHU period dominance as he slammed in his seventh goal of 2009-10 with an assist from Patrick Knowlton (Colorado Springs, CO) with 2:46 remaining before the second intermission.
Neither team would be able to beat the goaltenders in the third period as AIC outshot SHU 12-9 in the final twenty minutes. The Pioneers outshot the Yellow Jackets 37-26 on the night while going 1-for-7 with the extra attacker and holding their opponents to an 0-for-4 mark on the power play.
The two teams will complete the back end of their home and home series tomorrow night on SHU's home ice of the Milford Ice Pavilion. Sacred Heart will look for the series sweep to move into second place in the conference standings, face-off is set for 7:05 pm.