Pioneers Score Four Unanswered Goals to Top Holy Cross, 4-1
Feb. 17, 2007
Milford, CT - Sophomore Dave Grimson (Mozart, SK) had a goal and an assist as Sacred Heart scored four unanswered goals to post a 4-1 win over Holy Cross in men's ice hockey action Saturday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion. Senior Jason Smith (St. Lambert, QC) made 23 saves in net to record his 36th career victory, tying the school record. The win completed a season sweep of Holy Cross for Sacred Heart.
Holy Cross scored the first goal of the game at the 6:11 mark of the first period. With the Crusaders on the power play, junior Matt Burke fired a shot from the blue-line and senior James Sixsmith was in front to tip the puck into the net for his 15th tally of the year.
Junior Alexandre Parent (Boisbriand, QC) tied the game for Sacred Heart with 6:23 left in the first period. Grimson ripped a shot from the point that was stopped by Crusader goaltender Tyler Chestnut. However, the rebound came to Parent who was waiting in the slot and he slid the puck through Chestnut's pads for his 13th goal of the season.
Grimson scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal 3:10 into the second period. Senior Peter Ferraro (Pleasantville, NY) brought the puck behind the net and made a perfect drop pass to Grimson in the face-off circle. Grimson then blasted a shot into the top left corner of the net for his fourth goal of the year. Freshman Nick Johnson (Windsor, CT) also had an assist on the goal, one of his two helpers on the night.
Freshman Erik Boisvert (Drummondville, QC) scored an insurance goal for the Pioneers with 2:41 left in the third period. Boisvert took a head-long pass from Ferraro, skated into the offensive zone and shot the puck into the top of the net for his fourth goal of the year and first tally in his 13 games. Senior Kalen Wright (Candle Lake, SK) capped the scoring with an empty net goal with 40 seconds remaining.
The Pioneers (19-9-4, 16-6-4 AHA) have now won four straight games and six of their last eight. Sacred Heart will clinch the number one seed in the AHA playoffs with one point in its last two games against Army next weekend. The Pioneers can win the AHA regular season championship if they beat Army twice and RIT loses two games to Bentley.
The Pioneers close out the regular season next weekend with a home-and-home series against Army. The teams will meet Friday night at Tate Rink with the rematch Saturday night in Milford. Saturday's game will feature Senior Night festivities for the Sacred Heart seniors. Face-off both nights is 7:00 pm.