February 28, 2009

Giosa's OT Game-Winner Lifts Pioneers to 4-3 Win Over Holy Cross

Feb. 28, 2009

Final Stats

Milford, CT - Senior Eric Giosa (Northville, MI) scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime and senior Bear Trapp (Regina, SK) added a goal and three assists to lead Sacred Heart to a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory over Holy Cross in the final regular season Atlantic Hockey game of the year for the both teams Saturday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion.

Giosa bookended his own Senior Night by scoring the first and last goals for Sacred Heart. In between a roller-coaster game saw the Pioneers take control several times only to have Holy Cross fight back.

The Pioneer power-play which looked good Friday night despite not scoring a goal, clicked early on, as Giosa scored 8:05 into the game. As SHU worked the cycle in the offensive zone, senior Dave Grimson (Mozart, SK) let a blast go from the point and Giosa was in front to deflect it home for the score. Four minutes later, junior Mike Rosata (Needham, NH) made it 2-0, redirecting a rebound from a shot by Trapp through the pads of Holy Cross goaltender Ian Dams.

Despite falling behind early, the Crusaders didn't go away, as they would score two goals late in the first period to even the score. Jordan Cyr scored his team leading 17th goal of the year on the power-play with 4:34 left. Then with just 31 seconds left in the period, Luke Miller found the back of the net on another Holy Cross power-play to send the teams to the locker-room all square.

After a scoreless second period, Trapp broke the deadlock midway through the third period. With 11:21 remaining and the Pioneers on the power-play, junior Erik Boisvert (Drummondville, QC) sent a perfect crossing pass through the goal-mouth to a waiting drop who quickly one-timed into a wide open left side of the goal to give SHU the lead. However, the Crusaders responded just 22 seconds later as Miller scored his second goal of the night to tie things up.

Trapp and Giosa would hook up one last time on the game-winner. Trapp sent a pass up ice to Giosa who raced into the offensive zone and wristed a backhander high over Dams' shoulder to give the Pioneers the victory.

After combining to go 0-for-20 on the man advantage Friday night, both Sacred Heart and Holy Cross scored two goals in six chances on the power-play. The Pioneers held a 38-33 advantage in shots-on-goal.

Stefan Drew (Oakbank, MB) made 30 saves to earn the victory for the Pioneers on his Senior Night. Dams stopped 34 saves in a losing effort for Holy Cross.

Sacred Heart will be the number eight seed in the Atlantic Hockey playoffs. The Pioneers will host UConn in a first round game Saturday at the Milford Ice Pavilion. Face-off will be 7:05 pm.