February 12, 2009

Pioneers Back on Home Ice Against Army

Feb. 12, 2009

Setting the Scene... Sacred Heart returns to home ice Friday night as they start a home-and-home series with Army at the Milford Ice Pavilion. The teams will meet again Saturday night in West Point. SHU split a series with RIT last weekend while Army lost three of four points to Canisius on home ice. Face-off of both of this weekend's games is set for 7:05 pm. Friday's game can be heard across the Pioneer Radio Network.

The Series... Army took three of four points from Sacred Heart when they met on Halloween weekend. The Black Knights won 6-3 in West Point on Halloween and then skated to a 3-3 tie in Milford on Saturday. In the last five years, the two teams have split their last 10 games with each team winning five games and playing two ties. Sacred Heart leads the all-time series with Army, 18-15-3.

Pioneers Split With Tigers... The Pioneers split their weekend series with RIT, winning Friday night, 6-4 before dropping the back end of the series 5-3 Saturday night. Senior Bear Trapp led the Pioneers with six points on the weekend, the most points any player has had in a series this season. Friday's win snapped a six game winless streak on the road for the Pioneers. Friday's victory was the first time SHU has ever won at Ritter Arena. For the first time since RIT joined Atlantic Hockey, the Pioneers won the season series from the Tigers, 2-1-1.

Bear Hunt... For the third straight year the Pioneers will have a senior forward that will go down as one of the most prolific scorers in school history in Bear Trapp. Trapp, who is on pace to break several school records this year, earned him Second Team All-Atlantic Hockey honors and a nomination for the Hobey Baker Award last season. Trapp tallied six points (2 goals, 4 assists) against RIT to earn AHA Player of the Week honors for February 2-9. Trapp has at least one point in 8 of his last 10 games.Trapp has set a new school record for career assists (94), and moved into second in points (147).

Milestones... Sophomore Dave Berube scored two goals Friday night, his first career multi-goal game. Sophomore Ryan Warsofsky had an assist on Saturday night to tally his first collegiate point. Senior Anthony Barela played in his first collegiate game Friday night.

Scouting the Black Knights... The Black Knights of Army enter the regular season stretch run in seventh place in the standings, one point ahead of Sacred Heart. Army snapped a four game losing streak by taking three of four points from Canisius at home last week. The Black Knights are led by their top line of Owen Meyer, Cody Omilusik and Eric Sefchik. Meyer leads the way with 27 points, as he is tied for the fifth in the league with 14 goals to go along with 13 assists. Omilusik has rung up 12 goals and 12 assists while Sefchik has a team leading 14 assists on the season. Goaltending has been a puzzle for Army with All-American Josh Kassel and Jay Clark sharing duties. Clark earned Goaltender of the Week honors last week in two games against Canisius. Army is disciplined, having been whistled for the fewest penalties in the league, just 11.4 minutes per game.

Up Next... In the regular season's penultimate weekend, the Pioneers will face-off against AIC in a home-and-home series. The teams meet Friday night at 7:05 pm at the Milford Ice Pavilion and will have a quick turnaround with a 3:05 pm face-off at the Olympia Ice Center on Saturday. Friday night's game can be heard along the Pioneer Radio Network.

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