Jan. 15, 2009
Setting the Scene... Sacred Heart begins the stretch run of the Atlantic Hockey season with a trip to Erie to face Mercyhurst. The Pioneers will play 14 games over the next seven weeks. SHU beat UConn last Tuesday in Milford while Mercyhurst was swept in a weekend series at Army. The teams meet at the Mercyhurst Ice Center Friday and Saturday at 7:00 pm. Both games can be heard on across the Pioneer Radio Network and on the B2 Network.
The Series... The Pioneers split the season series from Mercyhurst, 2-2-1. The teams split a series in Milford in February after playing two overtime games in Erie, in on Thanksgiving, with the Pioneers winning the first and the second going to a draw. Mercyhurst won the most important game, ending SHU's season with a 4-1 win in the AHA Final Five game in Rochester in March. The Pioneers lead the all-time series with Mercyhurst 16-12-5.
Pioneers Dominate Huskies... The Pioneers beat UConn 6-1 last Tuesday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion. Senior Bear Trapp had two goals and assist to record his first multi-point game of the year. The three points gave him 135 for his career, moving him into third place on the Sacred Heart all-time list. Junior Erik Boisvert scored two goals to tally his first mutli-goal game of the year. The six goals were the most SHU has scored in one game this year. The Pioneers have now won three straight league games.
Balancing Act on Attack... The Pioneers have had 15 different players score goals and have 19 players with at least one point. After each scoring double digit goals last season, Erik Boisvert leads the way this year with seven goals while Eric Giosa has scored six times.
Home Stretch... This weekend begins a stretch in which the Pioneers will play 14 games in seven weeks to end the regular season. Nine of those games will be on the road, including six of the next eight games as the Pioneers visit Mercyhurst and RIT. SHU's only home series over the next month is a two game set with Bentley January 23-24.
Scouting the Lakers... The highpowered Lakers from Mercyhurst are in the midst of a five game winless streak after being swept at West Point last weekend. Sophomore Steve Cameron is second in the league and 11th in the country in scoring with 11 goals and 16 assists, 27 points. Matt Pierece is ninth in the nation with nine goals on the season. The powerful Laker offense ranks 10th in the country in scoring offense, averaging 3.43 goals per game. On the flip side, the Laker defense is sixth worst in the country, giving up 3.76 goals per game. Ryan Zaploski has the second best goals against average in the league at 2.56, having split time with Matt Lundin.
Up Next... The Pioneers are back home next week for a series against Bentley. The teams meet Friday and Saturday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion. Coverage will be available across the Pioneer Radio Network on Friday with Saturday's game exclusively on Sacred HeartPioneers.com.