October 29, 2005

Pioneers Top Canisius 5-3 for Weekend Sweep

Oct. 29, 2005

Final Stats

Milford, CT - Senior Rocco Molinaro (Dearborn, MI) and junior Pierre-Luc O'Brien (Nicolet, QC) each scored two goals and the Pioneers men's hockey team beat Canisius 5-3 for their second straight win and weekend sweep of the Atlantic Hockey foe.

O'Brien's two goals game in the first period, when the Pioneers came out with a high intensity level. O'Brien put the Pioneers on the board right away when he moved in a flipped a wrist shot past Griffins goaltender Dan Giffin just 31 seconds into the game. Senior Noel Henck (Long Beach, NY) and junior Peter Ferraro (Pleaseantville, NY) got the assists on O'Brien's first goal of the season.

Molinaro tallied his second goal of the season 6:40 into the first when he converted a power play pass from freshman Bear Trapp (Regina, SK), who got his first career point. With three goals in the two games this weekend, Molinaro now leads the team in scoring.

The Pioneers finished off a three goal first period just 1:30 later when O'Brien completed a cycle from Scott Marchesi (South Portland, ME) and Alexandre Parent (Boisbriand, QC).

The second period was marred by several penalty calls. O'Brien was called for a hit from behind, resulting in a five minute major penalty and a game misconduct. With Canisius already having a goal in their pocket in the period, and on a 5-3 power play, Billy Irish-Baker put a shot past Jason Smith (St. Lambert QC) to close the deficit to 3-2. With O'Brien's game misconduct, the Pioneers were called for a total of 21 minutes of penalties in the second period.

In the third period, the Pioneers looked like the team that started the game, as the intensity was again turned up. Forward Andrew Billinghurst (Fort Collins, CO) scored on the power play 2:25 into the period to give the Pioneers a two goal lead back. Just 44 seconds later, Molinaro scored his second goal of the game to make it 5-2. Junior Charles Veilleux (Quebec City, QC) got an assist on the goal for his first point of the season.

"Intensity is one of the biggest keys to our game," assistant coach Lou Santini said. "Once we get on a roll, we don't ever want to let down."

Irish-Baker would score another power play goal for the Grifffins, who scored two in the game after starting play with just three on the year. However, it was too little too late, as Smith made 30 saves in goal to preserve the victory. For the game the Pioneers out shot Canisius 36-33.

The Pioneers, now 2-1-0 overall and 2-0-0 in Atlantic Hockey, will face Bentley in a pair of games next weekend. The teams will meet in Milford on Friday night at 7:00 pm and then have a return match at Bentley on Saturday night at 7:30 pm