Dec. 29, 2004
MILFORD, CT (December 29) - Five different Pioneers scored goals and Kevin LaPointe made 29 saves to lead the Sacred Heart University men's ice hockey team to a 5-2 victory over the St. Clair College Saints in exhibition action Wednesday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion.
The Pioneers wasted little time converting on their first shot on goal of the game just :20 into the contest. Garrett Larson (Rycroft, AB) dumped the puck into the St. Clair zone where it was picked up by Rocco Molinaro (Dearborn, MI) near the face-off circle. Molinaro then sent the puck across the front of the goal mouth to a wide open Bernie Chmiel (Pittsburgh, PA) who fired the puck past St. Clair goaltender Chris Gregoire for the 1-0 lead.
The Pioneers would run the lead to 2-0 later in the first on a slap shot from the blue line by Scott Marchesi (South Portland, CT). Alexandre Parent (Boisbraind, QC) and Andrew Billinghurst (Fort Collins, CO) picked up helpers on the goal.
Sacred Heart would score the eventual game winner late in the second period when Kalen Wright (Candle Lake, SK) fired home a rebound from a Larson shot with the teams skating four aside with 4:32 remaiing in the stanza. Molinaro would then put Sacred Heart up by four when he capitilized on a St. Clair turnover in front of thier own net, netting an un-assisted goal with 3:07 remaining, also in a four-on-four situation.
St. Clair would cut the lead to 4-1 when Dave Vink fired a shot through a screen and past LaPointe with just 2:36 left in the high-scoring second period.
The Saints threatened in the third period cutting the SHU lead to 4-2 8:31 in when Derek Graansma sent home a rebound off a Rob Simpson slap shot.
Sacred Heart would close the door with just 1:55 remaning when senior Barclay Folk (Westbank, BC) netted the fifth and final Sacred Heart goal.
LaPointe finished the night making 29 saves and Gregoire finished with 30 saves.
Sacred Heart returns to Atlantic Hockey action January 4, 2005 when they face off with the Holy Cross Crusaders for the first time since the two teams met in the Atlantic Hockey Championship game last season. The puck drops at the Milford Ice Pavilion at 7:00 PM.