Pioneers Hold Off AIC, 3-1

Jan. 9, 2007

Springfield, MA - Junior Alexandre Parent (Boisbriand, QC) and sophomore Bear Trapp (Regina, SK) each had a goal and an assist as Sacred Heart scored three goals in a 3:45 span across the second and third periods for a 3-1 win over American International Tuesday night at the Olympia Ice Center. Senior Pierre-Luc O'Brien (Nicolet, QC) assisted on the last two SHU goals, giving him 81 career assists and 144 career points, setting new school records in each category. The win was the fourth in a row for the Pioneers, who are now unbeaten in seven straight games.

The Yellow Jackets scored the first goal of the game at the 3:53 mark of the second period. Junior Mike Field took a pass from Josh Froese and ripped a shot from the left face-off circle that beat Jason Smith. It was Field's first goal of the season.

Sophomore Kyle Tyll (Sandy Hook, CT) tied the game for the Pioneers on a shorthanded goal 30 seconds left in the middle stanza. With one second left in a penalty to Dave Grimson (Mozart, SK), Parent dug the puck out of the corner of the AIC zone and threw it in front of the net. Fenton tried to dive and poke it away with his stick, but Tyll grabbed it first and shot it over a sprawled out Fenton and into the net for his fourth goal of the season.

The game was tied at one after two periods, the fifth straight game the Pioneers had been at that score after two periods, and the sixth straight contest in which SHU was even with its opponent going into the final stanza.

Trapp scored the eventual game winner 59 seconds into the third period. Defenseman Scott Marchesi (South Portland, ME) sent O'Brien up the ice with a pass and O'Brien carried the puck into the AIC zone. Meanwhile, Trapp cut to the center of the ice towards the ice and O'Brien hit him with a perfect centering pass that Trapp simply had to redirect into the net for his 10th goal of the year.

Parent gave the Pioneers a two goal lead 3:14 into the third. Trapp blasted a shot from the face-off circle that was stopped by Fenton. However, the rebound bounced in front to a waiting Parent who put the puck inside the post into the opener corner of the net for his 11th goal of the year.

The Yellow Jackets out-shot the Pioneers 39-23. Smith made 38 saves and allowed just one goal for the fifth straight game. Neither team was able to convert on the power play, although SHU had three opportunities while AIC had seven chances.

The Pioneers (13-4-4, 10-2-4 AHA) are back in action Friday night when they open a two game series with RIT at Milford Ice Pavilion. First place in the Atlantic Hockey standings will likely be on the line in the series. Face-off both Friday and Saturday night is set for 7:00 pm and coverage all weekend can be heard on sacredheartpioneers.com.