December 1, 2007

Pioneers Earn Split With 4-2 Win Over Army

Dec. 1, 2007

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Milford, CT - Sophomores Nick Johnson (Windsor, CT) and Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON) each had a goal and an assist and juniors Paul Ferraro (Pleasantville, NY) and Bear Trapp (Balcarres, SK) added a pair of assists apiece as Sacred Heart defeated Army, 4-2, in Atlantic Hockey action Saturday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion. The Pioneers and Black Knights split their weekend series.

Johnson got SHU started with his team leading fifth goal of the year late in the first period. With 4:42 left and the Pioneers on the power play, Trapp found Johnson with a perfect centering pass and Johnson one-timed a shot from the slot past Black Knights goaltender Josh Kassel. With 1:23 left in the first, Johnson fed junior Eric Giosa (Detroit, MI) a pass at the point. Giosa wound up a blasted a shot that beat a screened Kassel to put the Pioneers up 2-0.

Sophomore Owen Meyer put Army on the board 4:06 into the second period with a power play goal. Zach McKelvie fired an initial shot that rang off the goal post. However, the rebound came out to a trailing Meyer who snapped the puck into the top shelf of the net for his team leading 11th goal of the year.

The Pioneers scored two goals in a 1:47 window spanning the second and third periods to take control of the game. First with 16 seconds left in the second and SHU shorthanded, Erik Boisvert (Drummondville, QC) fired a shot on net from the blue line that went off the glove of Kassel and into the net. Then just 1:31 into the third period, Jarman converted on a rebound opportunity to make it 4-1. Senior Alexandre Parent (Boisbriand, QC) snapped a shot on net that was stopped by Kassel but Jarman followed the play and was able to pound home the rebound for his third goal of the year.

Freshman Cody Omilusik converted a shorthanded goal at the 11:34 mark to draw the Black Knights within two. However, they would get no closer as junior Stefan Drew (Oakbank, MB) made 27 saves in goal for the Pioneers to preserve the victory. Kassel stopped 30 shots in a losing effort.

In a penalty-filled game, Army finished just 1-for-12 with the man advantage while the Pioneers converted once in six chances with the extra skater.

Johnson now has at least one point in nine straight games. Meanwhile, Boisvert and Trapp each have registered a point in seven of their last eight games.

The Pioneers visit Bentley Wednesday night in another Atlantic Hockey contest. Face-off at John Ryan Arena is set for 7:05 pm.