Nov. 14, 2009
Watertown, MA - The Sacred Heart men's ice hockey team skated to a 1-1 tie with Bentley Saturday night in Watertown, MA. Nick Johnson (Windsor, CT) scored the Pioneers only goal with 5:13 remaining in the first period. The Falcons knotted the score with the games final goal in the first minute of the second frame. Sacred Heart goaltender Olivier St. Onge (Wickham, QC) made 29 saves while his counterpart stopped 32 shots to combine for the 1-1 final in a defensive battle.
Sacred Heart (3-4-2, 2-2-1 AHA) successfullly killed off two Falcon power plays after surrendering four goals to the Bentley man advantage last night. The Pioneers would open the scoring on a power play of their own from the stick of Johnson. Johnson scored his seventh goal of the season with assists from Eric Delong (Oakville, MB) and Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON). Sacred Heart controlled the action throughout the first period, outshooting the Falcons 11-6.
Bentley (3-4-2, 3-2-2 AHA) wasted no time scoring after the first intermission as they lit the lamp 34 seconds into the second period. Falcon forward Herbie Kent ripped a shot from the top of the right circle that struck the crossbar and rebouinded into the slot. Joe Campanelli recovered the loose puck and flipped it iinto the net for Bentley's lone goal of the night.
The Falcons nearly grabbed the lead 1:30 into the final period as Bentley used a turnove in the neutral zone to spring an odd man rush St. Onge dove from his crease and knoced the puck away on a dangerous oppotunity to save the game for Sacred Heart. The Pioneers had a scoring opportunity of their own on a two-on-rush three minutes later as Anthony Yelovich (Little Falls, NJ) and Tommy Castonguay (Rimouski, QC) skated into the offensive zone. Bentley goalie Kyle Rank turned away Yelovich's wrist shot. Late in the third period St. Onge made a clutch blocker save as Falcon forward Anders Olson found himself alone in the slot. The Pioneers swarmed in the final 45 seconds of regulation but Calvi made three saves to send the game into overtime.
Each team had a chance to score in the overtime period but the goalies continued to play strong and deny either team a game winning goal. Sacred Heart outshot Bentley 2-1 in overtime and 33-30 overall as they salvage one point in the weekend series with the Falcons.
The Pioneers return to action next weekend as they travel to Rochester to take on rival RIT for a pair of Atlantic Hockey contests.