Dec. 22, 2006
Milford, CT - Sophomore Bear Trapp (Regina, SK) had two goals and an assist and senior Pierre-Luc O'Brien (Nicolet, QC) added two assists as Sacred Heart held off Bentley, 3-1, in men's ice hockey action Friday night at Milford Ice Pavilion. The win completed a series and season sweep of the Falcons by the Pioneers.
The win extended Sacred Heart's unbeaten streak to five games. The Pioneers (11-4-4, 9-2-4 AHA) have now picked up at least one point in 12 of their last 13 games. O'Brien's pair of assists gave him 142 total points in his career, tying the all time school record held by Martin Paquet.
For the Falcons, the loss wasted an outstanding effort in goal by senior Ray Jean, who made 39 saves. Jason Smith (St. Lambert, QC) was solid for a second straight night for the Pioneers, stopping 18 shots for the victory.
Bentley jumped on top late in the first period when sophomore Casey Russell scored with 1:46 left in the opening stanza. Russell took a pass from Tom Dickudt and ripped a shot from the blue-line that found its way inside the left post, past Smith.
Trapp tied the game with a power play goal 3:55 into second period. As the Pioneers cycled the puck with the man advantage, O'Brien and Alexandre Parent (Boisbriand,QC) set Trapp up to blast a shot from the point that hit a Bentley defenseman and went into the net. The game would be tied at one after two periods for the second straight night.
The Pioneers would strike just 55 seconds into the third period to take the lead for good. Defenseman Kalen Wright (Candle Lake, SK) sent Trapp up the ice with a pass. Trapp moved in a fired a shot that was stopped by Jean, but Parent followed the play and pounded home the rebound for his ninth goal of the year.
Trapp notched his second goal of the night with 34 seconds remaining and the Falcon net empty. O'Brien fed Trapp a pass at center ice and he moved into the zone and rammed the puck into the open net to seal the victory.
Sacred Heart is off for the next two weeks for the holidays. The Pioneers will be back on the ice Saturday January 6th when they visit Cornell. Game time is set for 7:00 pm and coverage can be heard on WICC 600 AM.