January 5, 2009

Men's Ice Hockey Back to AHA Play Against UConn Tuesday

Jan. 5, 2009

Setting the Scene... Sacred Heart returns to league play for the first time in a month as they host UConn Tuesday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion. SHU was swept in a weekend series with Niagara at home while the Huskies lost to Air Force Saturday night in Storrs. The puck drops at 7:05 pm and the game can be heard on SacredHeartPioneers.com

The Series... Juniors Gregg Rodriguez and Dave Jarman each had a goal and an assist and senior Dave Grimson added two assists as Sacred Heart scored a season high five goals enroute to a 5-3 win over UConn at the Milford Ice Pavilion last month. Sacred Heart has won seven of its last eight games against UConn, including last year's AHA quarterfinal playoff series two games to one. The all-time series Sacred Heart and UConn is even at 19-19-3.

Purps Sweep Pios... The Pioneers were swept by Niagara, 2-0 and 4-2, at the Milford Ice Pavilion over the weekend. Friday night was the first time the Pioneers had been shutout at home since a 4-0 blanking to RIT on January 12, 2007. Freshman Matt Gingera and senior Eric Giosa scored the Pioneers goals. Gingera's goal in the first period Saturday night snapped a 156 minute scorless streak for SHU, going back to the third period of the first game at Colorado College on December 19. The Pioneers have completed non-conference play for the season, going 0-5-1 in six games.

Between the Pipes... In net Stefan Drew has been busy during his senior season in net. Drew has already had four games with at least 39 saves has made at least 40 saves in three games. On October 25 against RIT Drew made a career high 41 saves. earning AHAGoaltender of the Week after making 71 saves in two games vs RIT. He made 40 saves against Colorado College on December 19th, helping the Pioneers earn a tie against the WCHA powerhouse. Drew made a career high 47 saves against Niagara on January 2, albeit in a losing effort.

Balancing Act on Attack... The Pioneers have had 14 different players score goals and have 18 players with at least one point. After each scoring double digit goals last season, Eric Giosa leads the way this year with six tallies while Erik Boisvert has scored five goals.

Scouting the Huskies... A young Husky team which features just four seniors is in the midst of a five game winless streak since beating Brown on November 29.Sophomore Andrew Olson has scored a team leading seven goals to go along with four assists. Sophomore Jason Krispel is sixth in the league in assists, with 14 helpers, along with one goal for a team leading 15 points. Freshman Marcello Ranello is off to a good start in his UConn career, having netted four goals and 10 assists. Junior Beau Erickson has seen the bulk of the time between the pipes, posting a 3.73 goals against average in 16 starts.

Up Next...The Pioneers have 10 days off after this game as they prepare for the second half of the AHA season. SHU will beging a seven week sprint through the second half of the conference season with a two game series at Mercyhurst January 16-17.