Jan. 28, 2010
Setting the Scene... Sacred Heart will take the ride north to Storrs for a weekend clash with instate and conference rival UConn. The Pioneers are unbeaten in their last 10 games after a 6-1 victory over AIC Tuesday night. SHU enters the weekend in a tie for fourth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings. This weekend series will be the only meeting between these two teams in 2009-10. The Huskies last played Monday night in a 8-1 loss to Princeton. UConn earned a series split with AHA member Army last weekend.
The Series... Sacred Heart holds a slight lead over the Huskies in the all-time series with a 21-20-3 record. The Pioneers have won nine of the last ten meetings against the Huskies. The two teams met three times last season with the Pioneers earning all three victories, including in the first round of the AHA Tournament, which earned the Pioneers a berth in the quarterfinals.
Hottest Team in the Nation... The Pioneers current ten game unbeaten streak ranks first in the nation and is SHU’s longest streak in program history. The Pioneer offense has been clicking as SHU is averaging 4.50 goals per game in their last ten. SHU has outsocred opponents 45-19 during this stretch. The Pioneers concluded their longest homestand of the season last weekend with a 6-0-2 mark.
Hats Off David Berube... Junior David Berube (Quebec City, QC) exploded for three goals in the Pioneers 6-1 win at AIC Tuesday night. The forward scored his first goal just nine seconds after the Pioneers had opened the scoring in the contest, the goal gave SHU a 2-0 advantage. Berube scored a critical goal, an unassisted marker, in the third period that opened up a two goal cushion for the Pioneers at 3-1. The junior would make the final goal of his hat trick a dramatic one as he lit the lamp with just 1.5 seconds remaining in regulation.
Statistical Leaders... Nick Johnson (Windsor, CT), Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON), and Eric Delong (Oakville, MB) have all earned a place at the top of a statistical category in Atlantic Hockey. Johnson leads the conference, and is tied for first in the nation with 19 goals this season. Jarman leads the league posting 24 assists so far in his senior campaign. Both Johnson and Jarman have 33 points in 2009-10, tying them for second in the AHA. Delong has 19 points in his freshman year, making him first in the conference and 9th in the nation in points per game for rookies.
Adding to the Trophy Case... Senior Nick Johnson (Windsor, CT) was named the Atlantic Hockey player of the Week for the second time this season after posting a five point weekend, three goals and two assists, against Canisius. The Pioneer forward netted the Pioneers first and last goal in SHU’s 4-2 Friday night win. Saturday night Johnson lit the lamp for his 18th goal of the season to give Sacred Heart a 2-1 lead in the first period and provided two assists.
Scouting the Huskies... UConn enters the weekend series with the Pioneers after an 8-1 loss to Princeton Monday night. The Huskies have just one player in double digit points this season, freshman Sean Ambrosie. Ambrosie has five goals and seven assists for 12 points this season. Junior Andrew Olson is tied for the team lead with Ambrosie, also having five goals. The Huskies have three goaltenders who have all seen time between the pipes this season. Freshman Garrett Bartus has the best numbers of the trio with a .909 save percentage and 3.26 goals against average. Those numbers go up significantly in conference games with a .926 save percentage and 2.57 GAA.
Plenty Of Firepower... After a slow start to the season the Pioneer offense has kicked into high gear, average 3.58 goals per game. That mark ranks them fourth in the nation and first in the conference. The Pioneers top line of Nick Johnson, Dave Jarman and Patrick Knowlton (Colorado Springs, CO) has 88 points among them. Sacred Heart has not been shutout in the 2009-10 season and have scored at least five goals eight times this season.
Legatto: Lights Out... Freshman goaltender Steven Legatto (Kelowna, BC) has been a major reason for the Pioneers turnaround this season. In his last ten games the rookie has compiled an anemic 1.87 goals against average and a solid .943 save percentage.
Chance at 100... Seniors Nick Johnson and Erik Boisvert are having stellar senior seasons to approach the 100 point mark for their careers. Boisvert has 90 points while Johnson has 88 as the SHU forwards approach the end of their collegiate careers. Sacred Heart has 10 games and post season play remaining this season.
Up Next... Sacred Heart returns home next weekend for a weekend showdown with first place RIT.