Feb. 9, 2004
FAIRFIELD, CT (February 9, 2004) - Sacred Heart junior goaltender Kevin LaPointe (Quebec, QC) was named Atlantic Hockey Goaltender-of-the-Week and freshman forward Pierre-Luc O'Brien (Nicolet, QC) was named Atlantic Hockey Freshman-of-the-Week for the week ending February 8th.
LaPointe made put in a 25 save effort on Friday night and followed that with a 42 save performance on Saturday, including 18 saves in the second period alone, as he posted back-to-back wins over Mercyhurst. He stopped 67 shots and allowed just four goals against the Lakers as he improved to 8-5-1 with a .916 save percentage and a 2.64 goals against average in conference play this season.
O'Brien scored the game-winning goal on Friday night and followed that with a two goal, one assist performance on Saturday, giving him three goal and one assist on the weekend as the Pioneers swept Mercyhurst. O'Brien is now tied for the team lead in scoring with 10 goals and eight assists for 18 points. His 10 goals are also tied for the team lead. He ranks second among Atlantic Hockey rookies and 14th overall with seven goals and seven assists for 14 points, and average of 0.88 points per conference game. He ranks 17th among all D-I rookies with a 0.72 points per game average.
LaPointe, O'Brien and the rest of the Pioneers will return to action when they open a weekend series against American International at 7:00 pm at the Olympia in West Springfield, MA. The two teams will meet again on Saturday at 5:00 pm at the Milford Ice Pavilion.