Nov. 21, 2006
Milford, CT - Junior Luke Flicek scored the game tying goal 5:55 into the third period and Army rallied from a two goal deficit to earn a 3-3 tie with Sacred Heart in men's ice hockey action Tuesday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion.
The draw means both teams remain tied for first place in Atlantic Hockey with 14 points apiece. The Pioneers improve to 8-3-2 overall and 6-1-2 in AHA play while the Black Knights upped their record to 6-5-2 and 6-3-2. The Pioneers extended their unbeaten streak to seven straight games.
In a game marked by special teams play, the Black Knights scored two power play goals in eight chances. Meanwhile, all three of Sacred Heart's markers came with the man advantage.
Flicek's equalizer came immediately after he had finished serving a minor penalty. Flicek jumped out of the box onto the ice and took a head-long pass from Bryce Hollweg. Flicek skated into the zone, moved the back into his skate and back out again, and then slid it around Pioneer goaltender Jason Smith (St. Lambert, QC) to tie the game.
Army jumped out to a 1-0 lead halfway through the first period when Tim Manthey scored his third goal of the season on a Black Knights power play. Manthey took a pass from Casey Bickley and fired a shot that found its way past a screened Smith.
The Pioneers tied the game 1:35 later when sophomore Eric Giosa (Northville, MI) scored his eighth goal of the season. With the Pioneers on the power play, Giosa took a perfect centering feed from senior Pierre-Luc O'Brien (Nicolet, QC) in the slot and snapped a shot past Black Knights goaltender A.J. Drago.
Sophomore Bear Trapp (Regina, SK) gave the Pioneers a lead after the first period when he scored with 1:40 left. After a scramble in front of the Black Knights net, including several saves by Drago, Trapp finally was able to pound home the loose puck for his seventh goal of the year.
The Pioneers struck with the man advantage for a third time at the 14:06 mark of the second period. Sophomore Dave Grimson (Mozart, SK) took a pass from freshman Erik Boisvert (Drummondville, QC) and blasted a shot from the blue line past Drago for his first goal of the year, giving the Pioneers a 3-1 lead after two.
Hollweg drew the Black Knights within one 2:48 into the third period. Owen Meyer shot the puck on Smith that was saved. However, the rebound came across to Hollweg who batted it into the goal for his fourth goal of the year.
Both teams had chances to break the tie as Owen Meyer had a breakaway shot hit the post for the Black Knights, and Trapp and Alexandre Parent (Boisbriand, QC) both had shots from point blank range that were stopped by Drago.
The Black Knights out shot the Pioneers 34-21, but Smith made 31 saves in goal while Drago stopped 18 shots.
The Pioneers are back in action Saturday afternoon when they visit UConn in the front end of a home-and-home series. Face-off at Freitas Ice Forum is set for 3:05 pm.