January 22, 2009

Men's Ice Hockey Returns Home For Set With Bentley

Jan. 22, 2009

Setting the Scene... Sacred Heart returns home for a two game series with Bentley. The Pioneers were swept in a set with Mercyhurst in Erie last weekend while Bentley is coming off a vitcory over AIC Tuesday night and a non-league win over Maine last Friday in Orno. Bentley and Sacred Heart face-off Friday and Saturday night at 7:05 pm at the Milford Ice Pavilion. Both games will be carried on the B2 Network with Friday's game on WICC 600.

The Series... The Falcons and the Pioneers split last year's series, played the Ryan Skating Arena with Bentley taking a 3-1 decision on November 6, while Sacred Heart used a 6-5 victory on December 5 to even the season series. The Pioneers have won five of their last six games against Bentley and hold an 18-13-2 advantage in the all-time series.

Pioneers Swept on the Lake... The Pioneers were swept in Erie over the weekend by scores of 2-1 and 7-0. Senior Bear Trapp needs two more assists to move into second place in SHU history. Goaltender Stefan Drew made 34 and 32 saves in the two games and has now made at least 30 saves in nine of his 19 starts this season. Senior Eric Giosa scored SHU's only goal on the weekend.

Leader of the Troops... Leading the Pioneers this year is senior captain Dave Grimson. The defenseman has played every game the last two years and is the top offensive defensemen on the team. He has led all Pioneer defensemen in scoring the last two years and has 15 goals and 49 assists, 64 points. Grimson had a goal and an assist against Colorado College, earning AHA Player of the Week honors. The senior has 13 points (2 goals, 11 assists) and is tied for fourth in the league in scoring by defenseman Juniors Corey Laurysen and Matt Gordon are the Pioneers' assistant captains.

Balancing Act on Attack... A large junior class of forwards includes the trio of Dave Jarman, Nick Johnson and Erik Boisvert. 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 and Eric Giosa leads the way this year with seven goals apiece.

Scouting the Falcons... The upstart Falcons from Bentley have won four of their last five games to vault themselves into third place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with a month remaining in the regular season. Bentley has a balanced offense, with three players in double digit goal scoring. Senior Dain Prewitt leads the way with 22 points, 11 goals and 11 assists. Sophomore Dan Cloutier has scored 10 goals while Jeff Guamer has 11 tallies. Senior Anthony Canzoneri has a team high 13 assists. Freshman Kyle Rank and sophomore Joe Calvi have split time in net. Rank has the fifth best goals against average in the league at 2.82.

Up Next... The Pioneers head back to the bus next weekend for a trip to Buffalo for a series with Canisius. The teams meet at Buffalo State Sports Arena Friday at Saturday at 7:05 pm with both games available on the Pioneer Radio Network.