October 6, 2006

Pioneers and Ottawa Skate to 3-3 Draw in Exhibtion Opener

Oct. 6, 2006

Final Stats

Stamford, CT - Six different players scored goals as Sacred Heart and Ottawa skated to a 3-3 tie in exhibtion hockey action Friday night at Terry Conners Rink. The Pioneers jumped out to leads of 2-0 and 3-2 but Ottawa battled back to earn the tie.

Sacred Heart opened the scoring early when sophomore Eric Giosa (Northville, MI) took a drop pass from freshman Nick Johnson (Windsor, CT) and flipped a wrist shot into the back of the net at the 2:20 mark of the first period.

The Pioneers powerplay clicked with 4:30 left in the opening stanza to put SHU up 2-0. Captain Pierre-Luc O'Brien (Nicolet, QC) sent sophmore Dave Grimson (Mozart, SK) up ice with a head-long pass. Grimson crossed the blue line and pulled up and fired the puck past Gee-Gee goaltender Jordan Watt.

Ottawa scored two goals in the last 4:03 of the first period to tie the game. Troy Duncan put the Gee-Gees on the board when he took a pass from Pierre-Andre LeBlanc and put the puck behind Pioneer goaltender Jason Smith (St. Lambert, QC). Then with 22 seconds left in the frame, Corey McDonald coralled a loose puck in front and slammed it home to tie the game.

Sacred Heart's powerful top line went to work in the second period to give the Pioneers the lead back. Sophomore Bear Trapp (Regina, SK) and O'Brien completed a perfect high-low give and go pass, as Trapp poked home a pass in front of the net at the 7:52 mark of the middle stanza.

Nick Vernelli tied the game for Ottawa at the 4:04 mark of the third period when he poked up a loose rebound after goalie Stefan Drew (Dugald, MB) had stopped the original Gee-Gee shot.

In a game that featured spurts of momentum for both teams, The Pioneers went 2 for 8 on the power play while Ottawa finished 1-8. Both teams had 33 shots on goal.

The Pioneers open the regular season Friday night with a visit to UMass. Game time at the Mullins Center in Amherst is 7:00 pm with broadcast coverage available on WICC 600 AM.