Pioneers Rally From Four Goal Deficit to Stun Mercyhurst, 5-4, in OT

Nov. 4, 2006

Final Stats

Milford, CT - Junior Alexandre Parent (Boisbriand, QC) scored the game winning goal with 1:16 left in overtime and senior Pierre-Luc O'Brien (Nicolet, QC) had a hat trick as Sacred Heart rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat Mercyhurst, 5-4 in overtime in men's ice hockey action Saturday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion.

Parent's game winner came with the Pioneers up a man after Cody Collins was called for tripping. Senior Kalen Wright (Candle Lake, SK) ripped a shot from the top of the blue line and Parent was in front to tip it behind Lakers goaltender Jordan Wakefield, for his third goal of the season and first game winner.

Mercyhurst led 2-0 after two periods and 3-0 midway through the third. Scott Champagne netted his second goal of the game at the 13:27 mark to make it 4-0, and seemingly put the game away for Mercyhurst. However, the Pioneers then went to work.

O'Brien got things started on the comeback trail with a power play goal with 4:03 left. With Sacred Heart on the power play, O'Brien took a pass from Parent and fired a shot from the right face-off circle that beat Wakefield to finally put the Pioneers on the board.

The Pioneers made it 4-2 with 1:56 left in regulation when Eric Giosa (Northville, MI) scored his third goal of the year. Freshman Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON) shot the puck in from the top and Giosa was in front of the net to bang home the loose rebound.

O'Brien completed the hat trick with two goals in the final 1:30 of regulation. First, with the Pioneers on the power play and with an empty net for SHU, he scored off feeds from Giosa and junior Scott Marchesi (South Portland, ME). Then, with 13 seconds left in regulation and the net empty, O'Brien tied the game. Parent blasted a shot from the middle that Wakefield seemed to have stopped in his pads. But the puck trickled through the five hole and O'Brien was on the doorstep to slam it home and even things up.

Scott Champagne got the Lakers started in the first period with 4:26 left in the first period. Ben Cottreau carried the puck over the blue line and fired a shot that was stopped by Pioneer goaltender Jason Smith (St Lambert, QC). The puck squirted into the corner and Cottreau received it, and fed a centering pass through the goalmouth to Champagne who poked it past Smith for his third goal of the season.

The Lakers opened up a 2-0 lead with 5:14 left in the second period. Junior Matt Warren carried the puck from the left side that was stopped by Smith. However, the rebound landed right on the stick of Ryan Toomey who snapped the puck into an open right corner of the net for his first goal of the season. Chris Trafford scored his first goal of the season on the power play 3:01 into the third period.

O'Brien finished the weekend series with eight total points, five goals and three assists, in the Pioneers weekend sweep. He scored the game winning goal Friday night and the game tying marker on Saturday.

Smith faced 37 Laker shots and stopped 31 of them to help the Pioneers in their comeback. Wakefield stopped 34 of the 39 Pioneer shots he faced. Mercyhurst finished the game 2-9 on the power play while the Pioneers went 3 for 9 with the man advantage, including the game winning goal.

The Pioneers return to the ice Tuesday night when they travel to Springfield to face American International College. Game time at the Olympia Ice Center is 7:00 pm.