November 1, 2008

Sacred Heart and Army Skate To 3-3 Tie

Nov. 1, 2008

Final Stats

Milford, CT - Junior Corey Laurysen (Ottawa, ON) scored the game-tying goal with 2:37 remaining in regulation and junior Erik Boisvert (Drummondville, QC) added a goal and a assist to help Sacred Heart salvage a 3-3 tie with Army in Atlantic Hockey action Saturday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion. Sophomore Dave Berube (Quebec City, QC) scored the Pioneers other goal, the first of his career.

Sacred Heart dominated the offensive play for long stretches of the game, especially early on, as the Pioneers outshot Army 17-5 in the first period and 45-28 for the game. However, Black Knights goaltender Jay Clark was up to the test, making 42 saves, while Stefan Drew (Oakbank, MB) stopped 25 shots in goal for the Pioneers.

After a scoreless first period, junior Owen Meyer put Army on the board first, scoring 4:35 into the second period. Eric Sefchik led a two-on-one rush down the ice and dished the puck through the slot to Meyer who one-timed it into the open left side of the goal and past a sliding Drew for the goal.

Boisvert got the Pioneers even with 3:41 left in the second with his second tally of the year. Freshman Matt Gingera (Winnipeg, MB) carried the puck into the offensive zone and dished a perfect pass to Boisvert who was in the face-off circle. The junior had his stick wound up and ripped a shot that Clark had no chance on as it zipped right past him into the net. However, Army grabbed he lead right back with two minutes left in the stanza when Matt Hickey converted a wrap-around shot, lifting the puck over Drew's shoulder.

The third period began with SHU down a goal but Berube tied the score eight minutes into the stanza when he picked up a loose puck in the offensive zone and drove a slap-shot past Drew for his first collegiate goal. Army answered right back again, however, as Danny Colvin scored a power play goal at the with 9:31 left to give the Black Knights the lead.

Laurysen scored the game-tying goal off a rebound. Sophomore Adam DeJong (Kitchener, ON) had a shot stopped by Clark but the puck bounced back to the Laurysen at the point. The defensemen wound up and fired a shot that Clark never saw until it was past him and Laurysen had his first goal of the year.

The Pioneers had the best scoring opportunity of overtime in the early moments. Senior Bear Trapp (Regina, SK) got a step on his defender and drove to the net with the puck. Although his first shot was stopped by Clark, the rebound came back to Trapp, but he pushed the second shot wide of the goal.

Sacred Heart is off next weekend and will return to action in a home-and-home series with American International November 14-15. The teams will meet Friday night at the Olympia Ice Center and Saturday in Milford. Face-off of both games is set for 7:05 pm.