November 12, 2004

Pioneers rally from two-goal third period deficit to defeat Golden Griffins

Nov. 12, 2004

Final Stats

BUFFALO, NY (November 12) - For the first time since the 1999-2000 season, the Sacred Heart University men's ice hockey team overcame a third period defect to overcome an opponent, as the Pioneers grounded the Canisius Golden Griffins in Atlantic Hockey action on Friday night. The 3-2 overtime victory keeps the Pioneers perfect in-conference record in tact, while handing Canisius their first conference loss of the season.

Jon Durno's third goal of the season opened the scoring for Canisius at the 15:01 mark in the first period, sending a shot home past SHU's Kevin LaPointe (Quebec City, QC) for the 1-0 lead. Canisius would double their lead in early in the second period on Andrew Dawe's fifth goal of the season at the 2:39 mark.

A Billy Irish-Baker tripping penalty 12:57 into the third period would set up the Pioneers with a late power play opportunity. Sophomore sensation Pierre-Luc O'Brien (Nicolet, QC) took a feed from Alexandre Parent (Boisbraind, QC) and spoiled Bryan Worosz's shutout bid with 5:25 remaining. Peter Ferraro (Pleasantville, NY) also picked up a helper on the play.

The Pioneers would then roll that momentum into a game tying goal late in the third period. After much intense pressure the Pioneers Andrew Billinghurst's (Fort Collins, CO) shot trickled past Worosz for what looked like the equalizer. After some deliberation by the officials it was ruled that the goal would stand for a 2-2 tie. Parent and O'Brien would both pick up assists for their second points of the game.

After the final 1:58 ticked off the clock, the contest headed for a sudden death overtime period. The Griffins would have the first opportunity of the extra frame, but LaPointe turned away Michael Cohen's shot to keep the Pioneers alive. Then just :56 seconds into the extra stanza, the Pioneers would end the contest. Scott Marchesi (South Portland, ME) fired a slap shot home past Worosz to keep the Pioneers perfect in Atlantic Hockey play, and deal Canisius their first conference loss.

The win marked the first time since February 18, 2000 that the Pioneers were able to win a game when they trailed after two periods of play.

The Pioneers out shot the Griffins 37-28 on the night, and 15-6 in the third period. LaPointe made 24 saves in improving his record to 3-3-0 overall with a 3-0-0 AHA record. Worosz made 34 saves in taking the loss.

Sacred Heart and Canisius will face off again on Saturday night at the Buffalo State Sports Arena in Buffalo NY. The puck drops at 7:00 PM.