November 30, 2008

Pioneers Salvage Weekend Split With 3-2 Win Over Holy Cross

Nov. 30, 2008

Final Stats

Worcester, MA - Junior Nick Johnson (Windsor, CT) had a goal and an assist, scoring the game winning goal early in the third period to lead Sacred Heart to a 3-2 victory over Holy Cross in Atlantic Hockey action Sunday at the Hart Center. The victory snapped a nine game losing streak away from home for the Pioneers, dating back to February 8, 2008.

Four of the five goals in the game were scored on special teams with SHU scoring two powerplay goals and one shorthanded. Holy Cross netted one power play goal in seven chances with the extra skater.

Sophomore Adam DeJong (Kitchener, ON) opened the scoring with a powerplay tally 6:51 into the game. DeJong took a pass from Johnson and put a shot past Crusader goaltender Adam Roy for his second goal of the year. The Crusaders answered back to tie the game at 1-1 at the 12:27 mark when freshman Matt Clune scored off a slap shot from the blue line for his second goal of the season.

Holy Cross took a 2-1 lead while on the power play at the 10:51 mark of the second period when junior Rob Forshner fired a slap shot from the right blue line into lower left side of the net for his third goal of the year. Sacred Heart tied the game at 2-2 when Erik Boisvert (Drummondville, QC) stole the puck at center ice and then scored on a shorthanded breakaway with 2:06 left in the second.

Johnson scored the game winner just 40 seconds into the third. As SHU set-up their powerplay cycle, Johnson took a pass from defenseman Corey Laurysen (Ottawa, ON) and fired a shot from the blue line that went into the upper right corner of the net, giving the Pioneers the lead for good.

Senior Stefan Drew (Oakbank, MB) stopped 25 shots for Sacred Heart to earn the victory in net while Roy made 30 saves for Holy Cross in a losing effort. Sacred Heart outshot Holy Cross 33-27 for the game.

The Pioneers are back in action Tuesday when they host UConn in their final game before final exams. Face-off at the Milford Ice Pavilion is set for 7:05 pm.