Feb. 5, 2009
Setting the Scene... Sacred Heart returns to upstate New York for the second straight week to face-off against RIT in a two game series. The Pioneers lost three of four points to Canisius last week in Buffalo while RIT has won 11 conference games in a row to sit atop the league standings. The teams meet at Ritter Arena Friday and Saturday night at 7:05 pm. Friday's game will be carried across the Pioneer Radio Network with Saturday's contest on the Internet.
SHU Shuffles Into Buffalo... The Pioneers picked up one point from Canisius, tying the Griffs, 3-3 Friday night before losing Saturday 5-1. Senior Eric Giosa had a goal an assist Friday night to increase his team leading totals to 18 points and 10 goals on the year. Senior Bear Trapp had three assists Friday night to increase his career total to 90, one shy of the school record. Junior Mike Rosata scored his first collegiate goal in Saturday's loss.
The Series... Sacred Heart took three of four points from RIT when the teams met in Milford in October. The teams played a 3-3 tie Friday night and SHU posted a 4-2 decision on Saturday. That was the first time SHU had beaten RIT since the Tigers joined Atlantic Hockey. RIT had won the previous four meetings, sweeping the Pioneers in Milford in 2007 and winning a pair of 4-2 games in Rochester last January. RIT leads the all-time series with Sacred Heart 4-2-1.
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 17 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 10 goals while Erik Boisvert has eight scores.
New Kids on the Block... Leading the group of Pioneer recruits is Matt Gingera. Gingera is third on the Pioneers in scoring this year with eight goals and seven assists, 15 points. He sits tied for fifth 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 against Bentley.
Up Next... The Pioneers are back home next Friday night to open a home-and-home series against Army. The teams meet Friday night in Milford with the re-match Saturday at West Point. Face-off both nights is set for 7:05 PM.