Pioneers Start Second Half With Visit to Cornell Saturday

Jan. 4, 2007

Setting the Scene... The Pioneers open the second half of the season with a road trip to Central New York to face the Big Red of Cornell. The game is set for Saturday night at 7:00 pm at Lynah Rink and coverage can be heard on WICC 600 AM. SHU comes off two wins over Bentley before Christmas while Cornell was the runner-up in the Florida College Classic, falling to Maine in the championship game. SHU is unbeaten in their last five games and has at least one point in 12 of their last 13 games. The Pioneers went 2-0-2 in December, the first unbeaten month in program history.

The Series... The Pioneers have played one other game against the ECAC this year taking home a 5-4 win over RPI on November 17th.This will be the third all-time meeting between Cornell and Sacred Heart. The Pioneers won the first meeting, 5-3 in the 2000-01 season, while the Big Red took the last meeting in 2004-05 by a 7-1 score at Lynah Rink.

Pioneers Clip Falcons Twice... Just prior to Christmas, the Pioneers swept a two game series with Bentley, winning by identical 3-1 scores. Sophomore Bear Trapp led the attack, with 4 points, two goals and two assists. Senior Jason Smith stopped 48 of the 50 shots he faced and has now allowed just one goal in each of his last three games. Senior Pierre-Luc O'Brien had three assists in the series to raise his team leading point total to 30. The three helpers gave O'Brien 142 career points, tying him for the most points in school history.

Homecomings... The game marks a homecoming for Pioneer head coach Shaun Hannah who played for Cornell from 1990-94. In his four year career, Hannah played in 109 games, scoring 20 goals and adding 32 assists for a total of 52 points in his four year career. He was named team captain as a senior for the 1993-94 season. For his hard work over those four years he was awarded the Joe DeLibero/Stan Tsapis Award. Hannah graduated in 1994 with a B.S. in Business Management.

Up Next... The Pioneers return to Atlantic Hockey play Tuesday night when they visit American International College. The teams will face-off at the Olympia Ice Center at 7:00 pm. Next weekend SHU will host RIT in a two game set at Milford Ice Pavilion in a battle for first place in the AHA standings.