February 21, 2009

Men's Ice Hockey Falls to AIC, 2-1

Feb. 21, 2009

Final Stats

West Springfield, MA - Sophomore Steve McLeod scored two goals late in the first period and goaltender Tom Fenton made 14 saves to perserve a 2-1 AIC win over Sacred Heart in Atlantic Hockey action Saturday afternoon at the Olympia Ice Center. Sophomore Evan Mladenoff (Leawood, KS) scored the only Pioneer goal.

Sacred Heart was first on the scoreboard when Mladenoff tallied a goal 4:17 into the opening period with assists from junior Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON) and freshman Matt Gingera (Winnipeg, MB).

McLeod tied the score for AIC when he found the back of the net at the 12:33 mark with assists from senior Matt Woodard and junior Dean Yakura. The Yellow Jackets took a 2-1 lead when McLeod netted his second goal of the game with 14 seconds remaining in the period. Senior David Turco and freshman Nielsson Arcibal dished out the assists on the goal.

Senior Tom Fenton made 14 save in the victory for AIC, while his counterpart, Stefan Drew (Oakbank, MB) stopped 30 shots in the loss for the Pioneers. AIC outshot the Pioneers 32-15 on the afternoon and 17-5 in the first period.

In the regular season's final weekend, the Pioneers will face-off against Holy Cross in a home-and-home series. The teams meet Friday night at 7:05 pm at the Hart Center in Worcester and will close the season Saturday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion.