Jan. 24, 2008
Setting the Scene... The Pioneer men's ice hockey team is set to meet Holy Cross for the first time this year. SHU is coming off a weekend sweep at the hands of RIT and sits in third place in the AHA standings while Holy Cross starts the weekend in seventh position in the standings.However, just four points separate the two teams in the standings. This weekend's set features a Friday game in Milford and a Saturday night rematch in Worcester. Friday's game can be heard on WICC while both games will be carried on the B2 Networks.
The Series... Sacred Heart swept the four game season series from Holy Cross last year and has won six straight and seven of their last eight meetings with the Crusaders. Despite the Pioneers run of late, Holy Cross still leads the all-time series with Sacred Heart 14-13-1.
SHU Swept by RIT... The Pioneers were swept by RIT in a two game series, losing by identical 4-2 scores. It marked the second straight year SHU has been swept by RIT. The weekend marked the first time Sacred Heart had ever played at RIT. Four different Pioneers scored goals on the weekend. Junior Dave Jarman and senior Alex Parent each had two points on the weekend.
Balancing Act... Thirteen players have scored goals for SHU already this year. Sophomores Dave Jarman is tied for the team lead with eight goals. Junior Eric Giosa and sophomore Nick Johnson each have have seven goals. Bear Trapp has a team leading 14 assists while Boisvert has 13 and Johnson 11 helpers. Defensively, junior Paul Ferraro has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) and Dave Grimson has 9 points (2-7) on the year.
Streaks and Trends... Parent has tallied points in five of his last six games. Trapp has surpassed the 100 point mark for his career. Trapp has registered a point in nine of his last 12 games. Parent needs one more assists to move into third place all-time...Sacred Heart is ranked 13th in the country in penalty minutes, with 364. The Pioneers are ranked ninth in the country in combined special teams at 54.6%.
Scouting the Crusaders... Holy Cross starts the weekend with a 6-7-3 record in league play, seventh place in the standings but still within striking distance of the top half of the league. A potent Holy Cross attack is led by rookie phenom Everett Sheen who is tied for third in the league with 12 goals. Sophomore Brodie Sheahan is tied for fourth in the league in scoring with 23 points and is tied for third in assists with 16 to go along with seven goals. Senior Dale Reinhardt is sixth in the league in assists with 15 alonng with four goals of his own. In goal, freshman Adam Roy and sophomore Ian Dams have split time. Roy has a 2.89 goals against average in 14 games while Dams has a 2.93 goals against in nine games. The Crusaders' special teams have been a key factor. Their power play is ranked second in the country with a 24.6 percent conversion rate. On the flip side, their penalty kill is in the bottom ten in the country, with a 78.6 percent mark.
Up Next... Sacred Heart will travel to Canisius for a two game series next weekend. The teams meet Friday and Saturday night at the Buffalo State Sports Arena. Face-off both nights is 7:05 pm. Coverage of the game is on the B2 Networks.