Oct. 14, 2005
Schenectady, NY - Junior Olivier Bouchard recorded a hat trick and the Union Dutchmen defeated Sacred Heart 5-2 in the Pioneer men's s ice hockey team's regular season opener Friday night at Messa Rink.
The Dutchmen jumped on top early when Pioneer defenseman Noel Henck (Long Beach, NY) turned the puck over deep in his own zone and Union senior Jonathan Poirer capitalized, scoring his first goal of the year a minute and a half into the game.
Union went up 2-0 half way through the first period when Bouchard scored with the Dutchman on a 4 on 3 power play. After Pioneer goaltender Jason Smith (St. Lambert, QC) made a save on his initial shot, Bouchard was able to poke the rebound through Smith's pads. Sophomore Josh Coyle and freshman Lane Caffaro were credited with the assists on the goal.
Bouchard scored his second goal of the game two minutes into the second period when he finished a power play cycle that started with passes from senior Scott Seney and sophomore Michael Beynon.
The Pioneers finally got on the board eight minutes into the second when senior Bernie Chimel (Pittsburgh, PA) fired a shot from the point past Dutchmen goaltender Justin Mrazek to make the score 3-1. Chmiel's power play goal was his first of the season and the first assists of the season for senior Rocco Molinaro (Dearborn, MI) and junior Pierre-Luc O'Brien (Nicolet, QC)
Bouchard completed the hat trick when a shot from Seney bounced off the end boards right onto his stick. Bouchard shot it past Smith from the bottom of the faceoff circle to make it 4-1 Union six minutes into the final period. Beynon was also had an assist on the goal. The goal capped a night where Union was 3 for 9 on the power play. The Pioneers were 1 for 5 with the man advantage.
The Pioneers were able to answer just thirty seconds later when senior Chris Connerty (Rayham, MA) redirected a shot by defenseman Todd Spencer (Brentwood, NH) into the net for his first goal of the season.
Seney finished off a three point night of his own with an empty net goal with 48 seconds left in the game.
The Dutchmen controlled much of the offensive play, outshooting the Pioneers 38-26. However, Smith was able to keep the Pioneers close in the game, making 33 saves. Mrazek made 24 saves in goal.
The Pioneers are back in action Friday October 28th when they play their home opener against Canisius. The two teams will faceoff again on Saturday the 28th. Game time both nights at the Milford Ice Pavilion is 7:00 pm.