Three in a Row: Pioneers Ground Falcons 5-3
Oct. 24, 2004
WALTHAM, MA (October 24) - Scott Marchesi (South Portland, ME) and Pierre-Luc O'Brien (Nicolet, QC) scored a goal and picked up a pair of assists each to lead the Pioneer men's ice hockey team to a 5-3 victory over Atlantic Hockey rival Bentley College Sunday evening.
The Pioneers, off to their fastest start since the 1996-97 season, took a 1-0 first period lead when Marchesi scored his second goal of the season on the power play at the 14:28 mark. Frederic Harland (Rosemere, QC) and Bernie Chmiel (Pittsburgh, PA) assisted on the goal. Neither team would score for the remainder of the opening period.
Kalen Wright (Candle Lake, SK) wasted little time making Bentley pay for a Ryan Lessnau hooking penalty, scoring just 0:13 into the frame from Marchesi and O'Brien for a 2-0 lead.
The Pioneers would be unable to hold the lead as for the second consecutive night, they allowed their opponents to get back into the contest. Bentley started a high scoring third period by cutting the SHU lead in half just 3:13 into the stanza. Brendan McCartin set up Anthony Pellerin to get Bentley on the board. McCartin would then score a goal of his own just 1:14 later, off a feed from Brett Murphy and John Chase. Both goals were scored on the power play.
The Pioneers responded later in the period, when O'Brien returned fire with a power play tally of his own, Marchesi picked up the only assist on the goal at 12:49. Andrew Billinghurst scored the only even-strength goal of the contest a mere: 10 later as the Pioneers took a 4-2 lead. Erik Roos (Milford, CT) and Chmiel assisted on the eventual game winner.
Bentley refused to go down without a fight, however, as Matt Tyree scored a short-handed goal with just 2:03 on the clock to move the Falcons back within one. Any dreams Bentley had of tying the game up late, went down in flames when Wright picked up his second power play goal of the game with 1:29 on the clock to seal a Sacred Heart victory.
Kevin LaPointe (Quebec City, QC) stopped 27 Falcon shots to earn the victory, while Simon St. Pierre made 24 stops in taking the loss. SHU converted on four of 14 power play opportunities as four of their five goals were scored with the man advantage.
The win moves Sacred Heart to 3-1-0 overall with a 3-0-0 Atlantic Hockey mark, which is good for first place in the standings. The Pioneers return to action on Friday, October 29 when they travel to Hamilton, NY to take on Colgate before heading to Ithaca, NY to take on Cornell on October 30.