March 15, 2009

Seniors Lead SHU Past Air Force, 4-1

March 15, 2009

Final Stats

Colorado Springs, CO - Senior Eric Giosa (Northville, MI) had two goals and an assist and Stefan Drew (Oakbank, MB) made 42 saves to lead Sacred Heart to a 4-1 win over Air Force in game two of the Atlantic Hockey quarterfinals Saturday night at the Cadet Ice Arena. With the win, their first ever against Air Force in Colorado Springs, the Pioneers force a deciding third game of the series Sunday night.

With season and his career on the line, Drew played one of his best games of the season, making 27 saves over the final two periods as the Pioneers protected a lead. His outstanding work in goal helped the Pioneers kill off all 11 Falcon power-plays including nearly four minutes of a two man advantage late in the second period. It was the fourth time this year Drew had made at least forty saves in a game.

"Drew was fantastic tonight," head coach Shaun Hannah said. "We needed him to come big several times and he was always there."

Senior Bear Trapp (Regina, SK) had a goal and assist on the night, and got the Pioneers off to a quick start, scoring 3:36 into the game. After Giosa brought the puck into the zone, he sent it behind the net to Anthony Yelovich (Little Falls, NJ) who hit Trapp, trailing the play with a perfect centering pass. Trapp simply redirected the puck to score his tenth goal of the year.

The Pioneers went up 2-0 midway through the first period. As SHU cycled the puck on the power-play, junior Corey Laurysen (Ottawa, ON) blasted a shot from the blue-line which Matt Gingera (Winnipeg, MB) tipped home from in front, scoring his 12th goal of the year and giving the Pioneers a two goal lead after two periods.

Air Force got on the board four minutes into the second half as Scott Kozlak scored a fluky shorthanded goal. Matt Fairchild snapped a shot on goal which Drew initially stopped but the rebound bounced away and trickled towards the goal as Kozlak swooped in to slam it home.

Sacred Heart regained a two goal lead midway through the second period. Greg Flynn of Air Force flubbed a pass, sliding the puck back through the unsuspecting legs of Andrew Volkening. Giosa was credited with the goal for the Pioneers.

The parade to the penalty box began late in the second period as the Pioneers were whistled for five infractions in a five minute span late in the second period. Despite taking on the nation's third best power-play the Pioneer penalty killers, led by Drew were able to kill off every second.

Giosa gave the Pioneers a 4-1 lead with a power-play goal 1:16 into the third period. Trapp led a charge into the offensive zone and slid the puck across the goal mouth the Giosa who tipped it home for his team-leading 16th goal of the year. The helper was the 100th of Trapp's career.

Sacred Heart and Air Force will play a winner-take-all game three Sunday night at Cadet Arena. Face-off is set for 9:05 pm and coverage of the game can be heard on WICC 600 AM.