Pioneers and Huskies Renew In-State Rivalry on Ice

Feb. 1, 2007

Setting the Scene... The Pioneers renew their instate rivalary with UConn in a home-and-home series as the Atlantic Hockey season enters its final month. The teams meet Friday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion with the rematch Saturday night in Storrs. Sacred Heart starts the weekend tied for second in the AHA standings, even with Army and three points behind RIT. The Huskies sit in sixth place, one point ahead of Bentley and one behind Holy Cross.

The Series... The Pioneers and Huskies split their first series of the season, on Thanskgiving weekend. UConn won the first game by a 4-1 score, but SHU came back on Sunday to earn a 3-2 win and split of the series. The Huskies have won six of the last eight meetings with the Pioneers, including last year's AHA quarterfinal meeting between the two teams. UConn leads the all-time series with Sacred Heart 17-12-3.

Pioneers Sweep Griffs... The Pioneers posted a weekend sweep of Canisius, posting 5-2 and 4-0 victories. Sophomore Stefan Drew made his first start in goal since November 7th Saturday night, making 30 saves en route to his first shoutout of the season and the first shutout for a Pioneer goaltender since Drew blanked Army on February 4th, 2006. Sophomore Eric Giosa had a goal in Friday's win, making him the fourth Pioneer in double digits in goal scoring, joining Pierre-Luc O'Brien, Alexandre Parent and Bear Trapp. Friday's win snapped a three game losing streak, the Pioneers' longest winless streak of the season. Friday night was the first time the Pioneers had won when none of the trio of O'Brien, Trapp of Parent scored a goal.

Scouting the Huskies... Connecticut renews their in-state rivalry with a record of 9- 16-1 overall and 9-10-1 in AHA play. The Huskies currently sit sixth in the league standings, one point behind Holy Cross. UConn has a high powered offense, with two of the top five goal scorers in the league. Sophomore Chris Myrho is fourth in the league with 15 goals while Matt Scherer has lit the lamp 14 times, fifth most in the league. Scherer also has 10 assists for a team-leading 24 points. Senior Cole Koidahl has a team leading 15 assists to go along with nine goals, and is tied for the team lead with 24 points. Senior Trevor Stewart also has 15 helpers on the year. In goal, freshman Beau Erickson has started the last nine games between the pipes, posting a 3.57 goals against average, after sophomore Scott Tomes saw most of the action early in the season. The Huskies have struggled on the road, going just 3-10 away from Storrs.

Up Next... The Pioneers travel to Erie, PA next weekend to face archrival Mercyhurst in a two game weekend set. The teams will meet Friday and Saturday night at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. Face-off both nights is set for 7:00 pm and coverage can be heard on WICC 600 AM.