Feb. 7, 2008
Setting the Scene... The Pioneer men's ice hockey team enters the homestretch of the AHA schedule as they meet UConn for a home-and-home series this weekend. The Pioneers enter play in fourth place in the standings, but just one point out of second and three points behind first place RIT. The Huskies start the weekend tied for eighth place, but are just one point out of sixth place with four weeks left in the regular season. The teams meet Friday night at the Freitas Ice Forum with the rematch Saturday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion. Face-off both nights is 7:05 pm. Coverage of this weekend's game is available on B2 Networks with Saturday's game broadcast on SacredHeartPioneers.com.
SHU Splits Canisius Trip... The Pioneers split a weekend set with Canisius, winning Friday night 7-3, before dropping a 4-2 decision in Buffalo Saturday. Junior Bear Trapp became the first player in SHU history to record six points in a game when he tallied two goals and four assists Friday night. Junior Erik Boisvert had a four point weekend, with three goals and an assist, while Nick Johnson posted two goals and an asisst.The seven goals the Pioneers scored Friday were the most in a game since SHU scored eight against RIT on Nov. 27, 2005.
The Series... Sacred Heart swept the first series of the year with Connecticut back in November. The Pioneers won a 4-2 decision Friday night in Milford and then posted an impressive 5-0 win in Storrs the next night. Connecticut has won the season series with Sacred Heart in each of the last two seasons and leads the all-time series 19-14-3.
Balancing Act... Fourteen players have scored goals for SHU already this year. Eric Giosa and Nick Johnson each have nine goals, tied for the team lead. Sophomore Dave Jarman and Erik Boisver each have eight goals Boisvert has 14 assists while Jarman has added 13 helpers. Defensively, junior Paul Ferraro has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) and Dave Grimson has 10 points (3-7) on the year.
Bear Hunt... Bear Trapp became the first player in SHU history to record six points in a game when he tallied two goals and four assists Friday night. Trapp is the first SHU player to have four assists in a game in SHU's Division I history, and first in school history since Tony Cabana had four helpers against Scranton on November 7, 1995.Trapp retook the team scoring lead (8-18-26) with the big game. He is now fourth in the league in scoring and tied for second in assists.
Streaks and Trends... Parent has tallied points each of his last eight games....Trapp has surpassed the 100 point mark for his career....Jarman has a point in five straight games...Parent needs three more assists to move into second place all-time...Parent needs two more points to move into fourth all-time...Sacred Heart is ranked 11th in the country in penalty minutes per game with 17.1...SHU has the sixth ranked power play in the nation with a conversion rate of 22 pecent...The Pioneers are ranked first in the country in combined special teams at 57.3%.
Scouting the Huskies... The Huskies of UConn start the weekend 7-10-3 in league play, tied for eighth in the standings and just two points out of sixth. UConn was swept by Army in a two game set at West Point last weekend. Sophomore goalender Beau Erickson has been the Huskies MVP, posting a 2.91 goals against average and .915 save percentage on the season. Two weekends ago against RIT, Erickson made 70 saves to lead the Huskies to three points against RIT. The Huskies offense has struggled, ranking as the lowest scoring offense in the country at just 1.85 goals per game. Freshman Andrew Olson leads the attack with 10 goals and four assists, 14 points on the season. Sophomore Chris Ochoa also has 14 points, with six goals and eight assists. Freshman Justin Hernandez has a team leading 10 assists.
Up Next... The Pioneers will host Mercyhurst for a crucial two game series next weekend. The teams meet Friday and Saturday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion.