Nov. 7, 2009
Worcester, MA - The Sacred Heart men's ice hockey team earned a series split with a 5-4 victory over Holy Cross Saturday night in Worcester, MA. Senior Erik Boisvert (Drummondville, QC) lit the lamp twice for the Pioneers and netted the game winning empty net goal late in the third period. Reid MacLeod (Teulon, MB) netted his first career goal early in the third period to give SHU a lead they woud hold the rest of the way. Steven Legatto (Kelowna, BC) had a superb night in goal stopping 37 shots in the win.
Sacred Heart (3-3-1, 2-1-0 AHA) jumped out to a lead 3:01 into the first period as Patrick Knowlton (Colorado Springs, CO) slid the puck past the Crusader keeper after a crossing pass from Matt Gingera (Winnipeg, MB). The Crusaders would tie the game with 5:30 remaining in the period as Jordan Cyr put in his fourth marker of the year on a two-on-one break. Legatto kept the Pioneers in the game ealry making numerous glove saves and making 17 total saves in the first period.
Holy Cross (3-4-1, 3-2-1 AHA) pulled ahead 2:21 into the middle stanza on a Luke Miller goal. The Pioneers nearly evened the game shortly after as MacLeod had a shot by himself in the slot before he was robbed by a fantastic save from Holy Cross goaltender Thomas Tysowsky. Sacred Heart would tie the game midway through the period thanks to a great hustle play from Anthony Yelovich (Little Falls, NJ). Yelovich beat two Crusaders to a puck dumped into the offensive zone and made a pass out to Boisvert at the top of the right circle. Bosivert let loose a hard wrist shot that beat Tysowsky to even the game at two.
The Crusaders would take advantage of a Sacred Heart mistake as Cyr streaked into the SHU zone on a breakaway to score a short handed goal. The Pioneers would even the score on their next powerplay as David Berube (Quebec, QC) stuffed the puck through the pad of Tysowsky and past the goal line for his fourth goal of 2009-10.
Sacred Heart posted a goal 4:15 into the final period to earn a 4-3 advantage. Paul Ferraro (Pleasantville, NY) flipped a wrist shot on goal from the blue line that MacLeod redirected through the five hole for his first collegiate goal. The Pioneers would hold the advantage throughout the final period as Boisvert added an empty net goal with 57 seconds to play. Holy Cross would bring the score to the 5-4 final with 3.3 seconds remaining in regulation on Mark Znutas' first career tally.
The men's ice hockey team returns to action next weekend as they head to Boston, MA to take on Atlantic Hockey rival Bentley in a two game series.