October 27, 2007

Sacred Heart and Canisius Skate to 2-2 Tie

Oct. 27, 2007

Final Stats

Milford, CT - Senior Alexandre Parent (boisbriand, QC) scored the game-tying goal with 5:59 left in regulation time and goaltender Oliver St. Onge (Wickham, QC) made 24 saves in his collegiate debut to help Sacred Heart earn a 2-2 tie with Canisius in men's ice hockey action Saturday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion.

Parent's equalizer came with the Pioneers shorthanded. Sophomore Corey Laurysen (Ottawa, ON) sent Parent into the Canisius zone where he fired a shot from the top of the circles. Goaltender Andrew Loewen blocked the shot away with his body but the puck landed on the stick of the still-charging Parent who snapped it back over the shoulder of Loewen and into the net to tie the game.

Goaltending and defense ruled the night as both teams had several quality scoring chances thwarted by St. Onge and Loewen. Loewen had the more difficult night, as he had to stop 34 SHU shots to preserve the point for his team.

Canisius jumped on top first for the second night in a row, at the 8:41 mark of the second period. As the Golden Griffs cycled the puck on offense, Spencer Churchill put a shot on net that was defelected away by St. Onge. David Cianfrini went behind the net to retrieve the puck, and when he tried to throw it back in front of the net, it bounced off the back of St. Onge and into the net for a goal.

Derek Dankowski and Vincent Scarsella teamed up to give Canisius a 2-0 lead with 7:37 left in the second period. With the Golden Griffs on the power play, Dankowski and Scarsella found themselves on a two against none breakaway against St. Onge. After a few touch passes back and forth, Dankowski slipped the puck around St. Onge for his first goal of the year.

A turnover allowed the Pioneers to get on the board late in the second period. With 3:40 remaining, sophomore Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON) took the puck away from the Griffs' Josh Heidinger and moved in and blasted a shot past Loewen for his first goal of the year.

Next weekend Sacred Heart will face UConn in a home-and-home series. The series opens Friday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion at 7:05 pm. Coverage will be available on WICC 600 AM and the B2 Networks.