Pioneers Open AHA Stretch Run With Home Set Against Canisius This Weekend

Jan. 25, 2007

Setting the Scene... The Pioneers return to Atlantic Hockey action as they welcome Canisius to the Milford Ice Pavilion for two important league games this weekend. The teams meet Friday and Saturday night at 7:00 pm. The Pioneers are coming off a 4-3 non-conference loss to Dartmouth Saturday night, while the Golden Griffs also fell to the Big Green last Friday by a 6-3 count. The Pioneers are looking to snap a three game losing streak. SHU enters the weekend third in the AHA standings, one point behind Army and three in back of RIT.

The Series... The Pioneers and Griffins split their first series of the season, in October in Buffalo. SHU won the first game by a 3-1 score, but Canisius came back on Saturday to earn a 5-2 win and split of the series. The Pioneers have won six of the last seven meetings with the Griffs. However, Canisius leads the all-time series 14-12-1.

Pioneers Fall to Big Green... The Pioneers fell to Dartmuth in non-conference action 4-3 Saturday night in Hanover. Sacred Heart finished their non-conference schedule at 3-3, the second straight year the Pioneers have been .500 in non-league action. The Pioneer wins included two victories over ECACHL teams. Sophomore Eric Giosa had agoal in the loss, breaking out of a 10 game scorelesss slump. Senior Pierre-Luc O'Brien scored the Pioneers first goal Saturday snapping a personal seven game streak without a goal.

Scouting the Golden Griffs... Canisius makes the trip south with a 6-17-2 overall record and a 6-11-2 mark in league play, sitting in eighth place in the standings. The Golden Griffs have striuggled on the road, winning just one contest away from Buffalo in 13 tries this year. The Griffs top four players are all freshman. Defenseman Josh Heidinger, one of the top newcomers in the league, leads the team with 29 points, eight goals and 21 assists, tied for third in the league in assists. Freshman Jason Weeks has scored a team leading 12 goals and added eight assists for 20 points. In goal, freshman Andrew Loewen has the fifth best goals against average in the league at 2.98 and a .907 save percentage. The Griffins have had problems staying out of the penalty box, piling up 601 penalty minutes on the year. There average of 24 penalty minutes per game is the thrid highest average in the country.

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 face in-state rival UConn next weekend in a home-and-home set. The teams will meet Friday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion, with the rematch coming Saturday night at Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs. Face-off both nights is set for 7:00 pm.