Feb. 13, 2009
Milford, CT - Junior Owen Meyer had a goal and an assist and sophomore Erick Sefchik added two assists as Army scored four straight goals in the second period and held on for a 4-3 win over Sacred Heart in Atlantic Hockey action Friday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion. Junior Erik Boisvert (Drummondville, QC) had a goal and an assist for Sacred Heart.
The Pioneers came out of the gate quickly, zipping out a 2-0 lead less than five minutes into the game. Senior Kyle Tyll (Sandy Hook, CT) got things started at the 2:46 mark when he picked up a loose puck off the rebound of a shot by Matt Gingera (Winnipeg, MB) and snapped a wrist shot past Army goaltender Jay Clark. It was Tyll's second goal of the season. Boisvert made it 2-0 just 40 seconds later, slamming home a lose puck in front of the Army net.
After Sacred Heart dominated the first period, Army came out flying in second period, taking control of the game in the middle stanza. Mark Dube put the Black Knights on the board 2:43 into the period. Just seconds after an Army power play ended, Drew Pierson won a faceoff and found Dube who scored his third goal of the season.
The Black Knights tied the game with seven minutes left in the second period. Sefchik made a great centering pass to Meyer who fired the puck inside the right post to knot the game at two. It was Meyer's team-leading 15th goal and Sefchik's team-best 15th assist.
Senior Zach McKelvie gave Army the lead for good with 5:31 remaining in the second. After Meyer hit the post with a shot, McKelvie corralled the rebound in the face-off circle and went high with his back-handed shot for his fourth goal of the year. Hickey netted the fourth goal of the period with 3:58 remaining when he blasted a shot from the right side which beat SHU goaltender Olivier St. Onge (Wickham, QC) for a 4-2 Army lead.
Sacred Heart finally broke the Army scoring string with 2:54 left in the second when junior Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON) found the back of the net, one-timing a pass from senior Bear Trapp (Regina, SK). It was Jarman's sixth goal of the year.
The Black Knights defense held strong as the Pioneers attempted a comeback in the third period. Clark finished the game with 25 saves in goal for the Black Knights to earn the victory. St. Onge stopped 29 shots in a losing effort.
Sacred Heart and Army close out their weekend series tomorrow night at Tate Rink in West Point. Face-off is set for 7:05 pm.