Men's Hockey Wins First Game of the Season
Nov. 14, 2003
WEST POINT, NY - After an 0-6-0 start to the season the Sacred Heart University men's ice hockey team put in their best effort of the season, using a hat trick by Mike Reagan to come away with a 4-1 win on the road at Army on Friday night.
Army tried to set the tone of the game early as they hit everything in sight, especially if it was wearing a red jersey.
The first scoring chance of the game went to the Pioneers in the opening minutes of the first period when Chuck Metcalfe tipped a shot from the near face-off circle just past the far post. The Black knights also had two good scoring opportunities, both off of face-offs, but Kevin LaPointe was ready to make the saves.
Army was able to get on the scoreboard first 5:18 into the period when they caught the Pioneers standing around in their own zone and Jon Boyle made them pay as he buried a pass from Ryan Cruthers. That marked the sixth time in Sacred Heart's first seven games that they fell behind early in the opening period of play.
The Pioneers had a chance to tie the game in the closing minutes of the period off an Army turnover that quickly turned into a three-on-two a break for Sacred Heart. Peter Ferraro tried to pick the top corner, but the shot sailed over the crossbar and out of harms way.
The two teams traded scoring chances in the final minute of the first period, but neither was able to turn those opportunities into goals. Sacred Heart out shot Army 10-9 in the first period, but trailed on the scoreboard 1-0.
Things got going quickly in the second period, as Army wasted no time trying to expand its lead. Chad Mayfield had a tip attempt less than two minutes into the period the LaPointe was able to get his right pad on.
Just one minute later Seth Beamer took off on a break away, but LaPointe was there again to make the save and keep Sacred Heart in the game.
After that it was the Pioneers turn as they generated a number of scoring chances, but were unable to capitalize. Pierre-Luc O'Brien may have had the best chance, as Brad Roberts was down and out of position. Roberts managed to get his stick on the puck and clear it away.
Midway through the second period the two team again exchanged scoring chances as Marc-Andre Fournier had a chance all alone in front of Roberts, but the all-conference goalie was able to make the save.
Army then went right down the ice for a two on one break against the Pioneers. Cruthers fed the puck to Boyle who was unable to beat LaPointe.
With just under eight minutes to go in the period Sacred Heart had a two man advantage and were finally able to beat Roberts. Mike Reagan skated into the slot and ripped a shot over the glove of Roberts at 12:29 from Bernie Chmiel.
The Pioneers took the lead with 2:15 remaining in the period when Reagan took a Black Knight turnover and once again blasted the puck over the glove of Roberts to make it 2-1 in favor of Sacred Heart.
After the goal the teams exchanged penalties and the Pioneers found themselves on a four on three power play to end the second period. Sacred Heart out shot Army 16-8 in the period, but more importantly had the lead on the scoreboard at 2-1.
The Pioneers started the third period on the power play , but found themselves down two men shortly after as the penalties at the end of the secondd period went their course and Konn Hawkes was called for holding.
Matt Field nearly tied the game on the two man advantage as he beat LaPointe, but hit the post.
The Pioneers killed the rest of the penalties and then took a 3-1 lead on a delayed penalty call against Army. O'Brien carried the puck into the Black Knights zone and beat Roberts between the legs for his team leading fourth goal of the season at 5:07.
Army continued to pressure as they attempted to cut into the Pioneers lead, but couldn't solve LaPointe. Chris Casey had a golden opportunity off a Sacred Heart turnover, but LaPointe made a great pad save as he stretched across his crease.
The two teams continued to push the puck up and down the ice and generate scoring chances. This time Roberts was making the big saves as he stopped Fournier twice on an odd man rush, once from the far face-off circle and again off the rebound he left in front of the net.
Army got one more chance to chop into the Sacred Heart lead as they were awarded a power play with two-minutes remaining in the game and pulled Roberts for a sixth attacker. Mike Reagan capitalized with his third goal of the game with :26 seconds to go in the game.
LaPointe made 28 saves in the game as he recorded his first win of the season. Roberts made 35 saves in taking the loss. Sacred Heart out shot Army 39-29 in the game.