Jan. 29, 2009
Setting the Scene... Sacred Heart travels to western New York to face-off against Canisius in a two game series as January comes to a close. The Pioneers split a series with Bentley next weekend while Canisius was swept by RIT last weekend after sweeping Air Force in Colorado Springs two weeks ago. The teams meet at Buffalo State Sports Arena Friday and Saturday night at 7:05 pm. Both games will be carried across the Pioneer Radio Network.
The Series... The Pioneers went 2-1-1 against Canisius last year. SHU won three of four points in Milford in October and the teams split a series in Buffalo during the first weekend February. Sacred Heart is unbeaten in 12 of its last 15 games against Canisius (11-3-1) going back to the 2004-05 season. The all-time series between SHU and Canisius is even at 15-15-2.
Pioneers Split With Bentley... The Pioneers split a series with Bentley in Milford last weekend, winning in overtime Friday night 6-5 before dropping the back end in a 4-3 decision Saturday night. Friday was the Pioneers first overtime victory since beating AIC on January 11, 2008. Junior Erik Boisvert had five points on the weekend, the most points any SHU player has had in a series this season. Freshman Matt Gingera recorded his first multi-goal game Friday by scoring twice. Freshman Ryan Miniaci scored his first collegiate goal Friday night. Senior Bear Trapp tallied two assists on the weekend to increase his career total to 87, moving him into a tie for second all-time with Alex Parent.
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 16 different players score goals and have 20 players with at least one point. After each scoring double digit goals last season, Eric Giosa leads the way this year with nine goals while Erik Boisvert has eight scores.
Making An Impact... Leading the group of Pioneer recruits is Matt Gingera. Gingera is third on the Pioneers in scoring this year with seven goals and seven assists, 14 points. He sits sixth in the league in scoring by rookies. Gingera earned AHA Rookie of the Week honors for the week of January 19th after registering four points (2 goals, 2 assists) against Bentley. Freshman Ryan Miniaci scored his first collegiate goal Friday against Bentley.
Scouting the Golden Griffins... The Golden Griffs of Canisius start the weekend in sixth place in the league standings, two points ahead of Sacred Heart. Rookie Dave Kostuch has taken Atlantic Hockey by storm, scoring 15 goals, second most in the league. The rest of a balanced Canisius lineup features juniors Jason Weeks who is tied for fifth in the league with 18 assists. Junior Andrew Loewen is fifth in the league in goals against average, having posted a 2.93 mark in 14 starts while splitting time with freshman Dan Morrison who has a 3.01 mark starting the weekend, sixth best in the league. Loewen is third in the league in save percentage with a .917 mark.
Up Next... The Pioneers return to the bus next weekend for a trip to Rochester for a series with RIT. The teams meet at Ritter Arena Friday at Saturday at 7:05 pm with both games available on the Pioneer Radio Network.