January 18, 2007

Pioneers Travel to Dartmouth Saturday Night

Jan. 18, 2007

Setting the Scene... The Pioneers move out of conference for the final time this year as they travel to New Hamphire to meet Dartmouth. The teams meet at Thompson Arena Saturday night at 7:00 pm and coverage can be heard on WICC 600 AM. Sacred Heart is coming off a weekend sweep at the hands of RIT at the Milford Ice Pavilion while Dartmouth shutdown Holy Cross Tuesday night in Hanover. This is the second all-time meeting between Dartmouth and Sacred Heart. In last year's game, the Big Green built a 3-0 lead and held on for a 4-2 win in Hanover. Chris Connerty and Rocco Molinaro scored the Pioneer goals.

SHU in Non-Conference... The Pioneers are trying to finish the season with a winning record in nonconference play. SHU is currently 3-2 against non-league opponents, and 2-0 against ECACHL teams having beaten Cornell and RPI.

Pioneers Bitten by Tigers... Last weekend SHU was swept by RIT at the Milford Ice Pavilion, 4-0 and 6-3. Friday night's 4-0 loss was the first time the Pioneers had been shutout this season. It was the first time SHU had been held scoreless on home ice since March 15, 2003 when they were blanked 2-0 by Bentley in the first round of the MAAC playoffs. The weekend sweep was the first time the Pioneers were swept at home since Canisius beat them twice on December 4th and 5th, 1998. The two defeats were the first two on home ice for the Pioneers this year, equaling their total number of home-ice losses in each of the last two seasons. The losses snapped a four game winning streak and a seven game unbeaten streak for SHU.

Scouting the Big Green... Dartmouth has had an up and down season, posting a 7-8-2 record and a 5-5-2 mark in ECACHL play. The Big Green boast a roster of five NHL draft picks, led by junior David Jones who has scored 10 goals with 13 assists for 23 total points. Senior Tanner Glass, a Florida prospect has five goals and 10 assists for 15 points, second best on the team. Goaltender Mike Devine has been the strongest part of the Big Green team, posting a 2.57 goals against average while starting all 16 of Dartmouth's game between the pipes. The Big Green's power play has struggled, converting at just a 13 percent clip. The penalty kills has been effective, killing of 86 percent of its penalties.

Hobey Nominees... Senior Pierre-Luc O'Brien and sophomore Bear Trapp have been nominated for the Hobey Baker Award, presented to the most outstanding player in college hockey. Fans now have the opportunity to select their favorite candidate for the list of top ten finalists on the new Hobey Baker Award website, www.hobeybaker.com.Voting in phase one will end on March 4. Fans may vote for one candidate at a time, but can vote multiple times per day. The standings will run concurrently on the Hobey Baker website. Phase two will begin on March 15 after the top ten finalists have been announced. To vote, visit the Vote For Hobey link on the Hobey Baker website, or just click on the Vote For Hobey button on the site's homepage.

Up Next... The Pioneers return home for a crucial Atlantic Hockey series with Canisius next weekend. The teams meet Friday and Saturday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion. Face-off is set for 7:00 pm both nights with coverage Friday night on SacredHeartPioneers.com