Pioneer Offense Leads SHU Past AIC, 6-3
Feb. 20, 2009
Milford, CT - Junior Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON) had two goals and an assist and sophomore Evan Mladenoff (Leawood, KS) added a goal and an assist as Sacred Heart equaled their season high scoring six goals enroute to a 6-3 win over American International in Atlantic Hockey action Friday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion. The victory snapped a three game losing streak for Sacred Heart.
The high scoring game got off to fast start, as the Pioneres scored two goals in the first four minutes. Jarman got things started at the 1:50 mark, stuffing a wrap-around shot inside the post to put SHU on the board. Freshman Ryan Miniaci (Monroe, CT) scored at the 3:50 mark to make it 2-0. Skating in towards the hashmarks, Miniaci one-timed a perfect centering pass from Erik Boisvert (Drummondville, QC) past AIC goaltender Dan Ramirez.
Chris Campanle got the Yellow Jackets on the board at the 7:23 mark of the first period, converting a feed from Michael Penny. Sacred Heart retook its two goal lead late in the period however, as Mladenoff scored on a shorthanded breakaway with 1:51 left in the first.
Campanale again got his team within one goal 4:05 into the second period, blasting a shot that just trickled through the pads of SHU goaltender Stefan Drew (Oakbank, MB). However, the Pioneers came right back again just over one minute later. Sophomore Ryan Warsofsky (North Marshfield, MA) snagged a head-long pass from senior Anthony Barela (Beverly Hills, CA) and snapped a shot high into the net to score his first collegiate goal. The helper was Barela's first collegiate point,
AIC again came within a goal when David Turco tipped home a rebound shot on a 5-on-3 power-play 5:30 into the third period. For the third time in the game however, the Pioneers answered right back. Less than two minutes later, senior Eric Giosa (Detroit, MI) stole the puck at his own blue-line and raced the ice, sliding the puck around Ramierez for his team-leading 12th goal of the year. Jarman netted his second goal of the night on an empty-netter with one second left.
The Yellow Jackets were able to keep pressure on Drew for most of the night. The Pioneer senior netminder finished the game with 28 saves to earn the victory. Ramirez made 19 saves in a losing effort. AIC held a 31-25 advantage in shots.
Sacred Heart and AIC close out their series tomorrow afternoon at the Olympia Ice Center. Face-off is set for 3:05 pm.