Pioneers Top UConn, 3-2, Move into Sole Possession of First in AHA

Nov. 26, 2006

Final Stats

Milford, CT - Three different Pioneers scored goals and senior Jason Smith (St. Lambert, QC) made 32 saves in goal as Sacred Heart held on to beat Connecticut, 3-2, in men's ice hockey action Sunday at the Milford Ice Pavilion.

With the win, Sacred Heart moved into sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Hockey standings. The Pioneers improve to 9-4-2 overall and 7-2-2 in league play, good for 16 points, two more than Army and three better than Holy Cross.

The Pioneers jumped on the board first with a goal by senior Pierre-Luc O'Brien (Nicolet, QC) at the 7:46 mark of the first period. Sophomore Bear Trapp (Regina, SK) carried the puck into the offensive zone and tried to slam the puck past Husky goaltender Scott Tomes. Tomes stopped the puck with his pad, but O'Brien followed the play and jammed the rebound into the back of the net for his 11th goal of the year.

Sacred Heart scored two goals in the first 1:08 of the second period to open up at 3-0 lead. First, twenty-seconds in, with the Pioneers on the power play, sophomore Dave Grimson (Mozart, SK) blasted a shot from the right side that went over Tomes right shoulder. Just after that, freshmen Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON) and Matt Gordon (Lynnfield, MA) hooked up for the third goal. Jarman, brought the puck behind the goal and fed it to Gordon in the face-off circle. Gordon wound up and fired a shot that beat Tomes for his second goal of the year.

The game was delayed for nearly an hour in the middle of the second period when a pane of glass broke and had to be replaced. After the delay, the Huskies came out buzzing and scored two goals in a 1:23 window to get back in the game.

With 9:37 left in the second, sophomore Chris Myrho took an outlet pass from defenseman Sean Erickson and skated into the offensive zone. When he reached the face-off circle to the right of Smith, Myrho wound up and fired a shot that beat Smith for his eighth goal of the year.

The Huskies cut the deficit to 3-2 on a goal by Matt Scherer with 8:21 left in the second. Erickson fired the puck around the boards and Scherer picked it up on the rightwing. Scherer snapped a shot to the far corner of the net that went past Smith for his team-leading tenth goal of the year.

The teams played a scoreless third period although both sides had some opportunities to score goals. Tomes was solid for the second straight night, making 40 saves for the Huskies. Smith turned in another excellent performance, stopping 32 shots to earn the victory for Sacred Heart.

The Pioneers out-shot the Huskies 43-34. SHU was 1 for 5 on the power play while UConn failed to score in seven chances with the man advantage.

The Pioneers are back in action Friday night when they travel to Colorado Springs to face Air Force. Face-off is set for 9:05 pm ET and coverage can be heard on WICC 600 AM.