Feb. 29, 2008
Milford, CT - Sophomore Owen Meyer tallied two goals and an assist and senior Luke Flicek added a goal and three assists as Army scored four third period goals to post a 6-1 victory over Sacred Heart in Atlantic Hockey action Friday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion. Army clinched a share of the regular season championship and the #1 seed in the AHA tournament with the win.
The four goal third period allowed the Black Knights to blow open a game that was 2-1 after two periods. Senior Robb Ross got Army started when he banked a shot off a Sacred Heart defender from behind the net with 7:24 left in the first period.
Meyer made it 2-0 when he netted a power play tally at the 9:17 mark of the second period. The Pioneers answered less then a minute later when senior Alexandre Parent (Boisbriand, QC) scored his team leading 15th goal of the year at the 10:46 mark. Bear Trapp (Balcarres, SK) sent a puck towards the net and Parent was able to pound home the loose rebound to get SHU on the board.
Army's big third period included three power play goals and one shorthanded tally. Meyer and Flicek netted powerplay tallies while sophomore Ken Rowe converted on a shorthanded breakaway. Freshman Joey Ammon finished the scoring with a powerplay tally with 1:00 left.
After failing to convert several opportunities early in the game, including a five-on-three advantage in the first period, the Pioneers appeared to become frustrated in the latter stages. SHU took nine penalties in the third period. Army had 12 power play chances in the game, scoring on four of them. The Pioneers were 1-for-7 with the man advantage.
Goaltender Josh Kassel continued his hot play for Army, making 28 saves to earn the victory. Junior Stefan Drew (Oakbank, MB) stopped 32 shots in a losing effort. Army held a 38-29 advantage in shots for the game.
The loss cost the Pioneers a chance at the AHA regular season championship. SHU will be either the #3 or #4 seed in the tournament, depending on the outcome of Saturday's games.
Sacred Heart and Army will close out the regular season Saturday night at Tate Rink. Face-off is set for 7:05 pm.