Jan. 16, 2008
Setting the Scene... The Pioneers travel to upstate New York to face the defending AHA regular season champion RIT Tigers in a two game set this weekend. SHU and RIT start the weekend tied for second place in the AHA standings with 19 points apiece, two points behind Air Force. With Air Force playing non-conference this weekend, the winner of this series will grab at least a share of first place. Face-off both nights at Ritter Arena is set for 7:05 pm. Coverage of both games can be heard on WICC 600 AM.
The Series... After winning their first match-up two years ago, Sacred Heart was swept by RIT in a weekend series last year in Milford. The Tigers shutout the Pioneers Friday night and then won Saturday night as well. RIT leads the all-time series with Sacred Heart 2-1.
SHU Wins, Draws AIC... The Pioneers took three of four points from American International over the weekend in Milford. SHU posted a 5-4 win Friday night and then settled for a 2-2 draw Saturday night. Junior Bear Trapp registered four points (two goals and two assists) on the weekend including the overtime game-winning goal Friday night. The points put Trapp over the 100 point mark for his career. Sophomores Dave Jarman and Nick Johnson each tallied two goals and an assist on the weekend. Sacred Heart is now unbeaten in their last nine games against AIC, going 7-0-2.
Streaks and Trends... Johnson has tallied points in three of his last four games....With his four point weekend, Trapp surpassed the 100 point mark for his career....Trapp has registered a point in nine of his last 11 games...Parent needs three more assists to move into third place all-time...Sacred Heart is ranked ninth in the country in penalty minutes, with 338. The Pioneers are ranked fifth in the country in combined special teams at 55.9%.
Scouting the Tigers... RIT enters the weekend with an 8-5-3 record in league play, tied with Sacred Heart for second place in the standings. RIT has not played a home game since Thanksgiving, a string of 10 straight road games. The Tigers are 6-3-1 in thats stretch, most recently splitting a series with Air Force last week. RIT's high-powered offense boasts the league's leading scorer in Simon Lambert who has 10 goals and 15 assists, 25 points on the year. Lambert is also fifth in the league in goals and third in assists. Senior Matt Smith leads the league in goal scoring with 13. Sophomore Dan Ringwald has 14 assists. Sophomore Louis Menard has posted a 2.90 goals against and .903 save percentage. The Tigers powerplay is ranked 15th in the country at 18.3 percent. RIT is ranked 11th in country with 346 penalty minutes on the year. The Tigers are ranked 7th in combined special teams with a 55.2 percent rating.
Hobey Hopefuls... Senior Alex Parent and junior Bear Trapp have been nominated for the Hobey Baker Award, presented to the most outstanding player in college hockey. Fans can cast their vote for the winner from now until March 9 at HobeyBaker.com.
On the Road Again... This weekend begins a stretch in which Sacred Heart will play six of their next seven games on the road. The trip also includes a two game set at Canisius and one each at Holy Cross and UConn. Following this trip, the Pioneers will play five of seven games at home to close out the regular season.
Up Next... Sacred Heart will face Holy Cross in a home-and-home series next weekend. It will be the first meeting of the year between the Pioneers and Crusaders. The teams meet Friday night in Milford with the rematch Saturday night in Worcester. Face-off both nights is set for 7:05 pm.Friday's game can be heard on WICC 600 AM.