Oct. 22, 2006
Buffalo, NY - Five different Golden Griffins scored and goaltender Adam Lowen made 33 saves as Canisius beat Saced Heart, 5-2, in men's ice hockey action Saturday night at the Buffalo State Sports Arena.
The Griffs (1-4, 1-1 Atlantic Hockey) got on the board first when freshman Chris Forsman kept a Sacred Heart clearing attempt in the zone and beat Pioneers goaltender Stefan Drew (Dugald, MB) low on the stick side for his first career goal.
The Pioneers (1-2-1, 1-1-1) responded early in the second period to tie the game. SHU's top clicked for the first time this year, as senior Pierre-Luc O'Brien (Nicolet, QC) scored his first goal of the season, assisted by Alexandre Parent (Boisbriand, QC) and Bear Trapp (Regina, SK).
Shortly after SHU tied the game, the Griffs got a momentum-changing goal. Freshman Josh Heidinger grabbed the puck at the blue line, almost lost control of it while rushing toward the Sacred Heart net, but found Chris Angelo who beat Drew on the stick side for the 2-1 lead. The Griffs pushed its lead to 3-1 with 4 seconds left in the second period when Carl Hudson scored off a Forsman rebound for his team-leading third goal of the season.
Canisius pushed its lead to 4-1 when Billy Irish-Baker scored off the rebound of a John Patera shot at 7:03 of the third period. The Griffs got their fifth and final goal when freshman Jason Weeks went top shelf and rifled a shot into the back of the net.
Sophomore Eric Giosa (Northville, MI) scored for the Pioneers with one second left in the game, but it was too little to late. Sacred Heart finished the game 1 for 10 on the powerplay while the Griffins scored twice in nine chances with the man advantage.
The Pioneers travel to the state of Michigan next weekend for a pair of non-conference games. Sacred Heart will face Wayne State Friday night and Michigan State on Saturday. Game time both nights is 7:00 pm and both games will be broadcast on WICC 600 AM.