Dec. 5, 2007
Watertown, MA - Senior Alexandre Parent (Boisbriand, QC) had two goals and two assists and junior Dave Grimson (Mozart, SK) added three assists as Sacred Heart built a 6-2 lead and held off a furious comeback by Bentley to come away with a 6-5 win in Atlantic Hockey action Wednesday night at Ryan Arena.
Junior Eric Giosa (Detroit, MI) got the Pioneers off to fast start, scoring his fifth goal of the year 5:36 into the game. Giosa took a pass from sophomore Nick Johnson (Windsor, CT) and fired a backhand shot top shelf past Falcon goaltender Joe Calvi. Junior Bear Trapp (Balcarres, SK) also had an assist on the play.
The Falcons tied the game midway through the period. Dustin Cloutier and Erik Peterson broke out on a two-on-one rush. Cloutier fed the puck through the slot to Petrson who redirected the puck into an open right corner of the net for his fourth goal of the year.
Sacred Heart grabbed the lead back with 6:07 left in the first. With the Pioneers on the power play, sophomore Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON) took a pass from Scott Marchesi (South Portland, ME) and fired a shot that trickled through the pads of Calvi. It was Jarman's fourth goal of the year.
Sophomore Erik Boisvert (Drummonville, QC) gave the Pioneers a two goal lead with 2:41 left in the first. Grimson led a rush up ice and, after crossing into the offensive zone, dropped the puck back to Boisvert who snapped a shot into the back of the net.
Both teams had scoring opportunities early in the second but only the Pioneers converted on their's. First, Marc Menzione appeared to have a wide open net to shoot at. However, as he let the shot go, SHU goaltender Stefan Drew (Oakbank, MB) dove back into the net and made an outstanding save to rob Menzione of a goal. Just moments later, during a traffic jam in front of the Bentley net, Parent was able to corral a loose puck and pound it home for his fifth goal of the year to give SHU a three goal lead.
The Falcons appeared to regain some momentum when Jeff Gumaer tallied his seventh goal of the year at the 6:30 mark of the third period. Dain Prewitt led a Bentley rush up icde and fired a shot on goal. Drew stopped the puck but the rebound came out to the weakside wear Gumaer snapped home the rebound to make it 4-2. However, just thirty seconds later Parent scored his fifth goal of the year when he blasted a shot from the point that went off the glove of Calvi and into the net.
Junior Paul Ferraro (Pleasantville, NY) tallied his second goal of the year at the mark at the 8:25 mark to make it 6-2 and seemingly put the game away for Sacred Heart. However, Bentley scored three goalsover the next seven minutes to draw within one goal. All of Bentley's goals came on the powerplay and the final one came with an extra attacker 6-on-4 skating advantage. In the Falcons comeback Prewitt scored two goals while Menzione tallied one. However, the Pioneer defense held strong in the final minute to perserve the victory.
Parent's two assists give him 71 for his career, moving him into fourth place all-time in assists. Johnson's two assists extended his point scoring streak to 10 straight games. Trapp and Boisvert have now recorded points in eight of nine games.
Sacred Heart is off for the next three weeks for final exams and the holidays. The Pioneers will comepte in the Denver Cup December 27-30. SHU will face Denver Univeristy in the opening round on December 28 at 9:30 pm ET.