February 13, 2008

SHU Welcomes Mercyhurst For Weekend Series

Feb. 13, 2008

Setting the Scene... The Pioneer men's hockey team entertains Mercyhurst for a crucial two game series as the race for seedings in the AHA playoffs continues. The teams meet Friday and Saturday at 7:05 pm at the Milford Ice Pavilion. SHU swept UConn last weekend while Mercyhurst split a series with Air Force. The Pioneers are tied for second place in the standings with 27 points while Mercyhurst is two points behind them in fifth place with 25 points. Coverage of this weekend's games can be found on the B2 Networks with Friday's game broadcast on WICC 600 AM and Saturday's on SacredHeartPioneers.com.

SHU Sweeps Huskies Away... The Pioneers swept a weekend set with UConn, winning Friday night 6-4 in Storrs, and posting a 4-0 shutout Saturday in Millford. Senior Alex Parent had a four point weekend, posting a goal and three assists. Junior Bear Trapp tallied a three point weekend with two goals and three assists. Goaltender Stefan Drew made 29 saves Saturday night to earn his second shutout of the year. The sweep was the second weekend sweep of the season for the Pioneers, the other coming against UConn in November. Sacred Heart swept the season series from UConn for the first time ever. It is the first time the Pioneers have won a season series from UConn since the 2003-04 season.

The Series... The Pioneers posted a win and a tie against Mercyhurst in Erie over Thanksgiving weekend. Bear Trapp had two goals and two assists in the series, including the overtime game winner in the first game. Sacred Heart is 8-1-1 in their last 10 games against the Lakers and lead the all-time series 15-10-5.

Balancing Act... Fifteen players have scored goals for SHU already this year. Eric Giosa has 10 goals, tied for the team lead. Sophomore Nick Johnson and Erik Boisvert each have nine goals. Boisvert and Dave Jarman each have 16 assists while Johnson has 15 helpers. Defensively, junior Paul Ferraro has 11 points (three goals, nineassists) and Dave Grimson has 12 points (5-7) on the year.

Streaks and Trends... Parent has tallied points each of his last 10 games....Trapp needs one more assist to move into fifth all-time....Jarman has a point in seven straight games...Parent needs six more points to move into third all-time...Sacred Heart is ranked 11th in the country in penalty minutes per game with 17.4...SHU has the fourth ranked power play in the nation with a conversion rate of 22.3 pecent...The Pioneers are ranked first in the country in combined special teams at 58.2%.

Scouting the Lakers... The Lakers of Mercyhurst start the weekend 10-7-5 in league play, good for fifth place in the standings and just three points out of first. Mercyhurst split a weekend series with Air Force last weekend in Erie, winning Friday night before dropping a Saturday's game. The Lakers are unbeaten in eight of their last ten games, going 5-2-3 in that stretch. Senior Ben Cottreau is the Lakers' leader, posting 24 points on the year, including eight goals and 16 assists. Mercyhurst has four freshmen in the top five in team scoring. Among them, Brandon Coccimiglio and Steve Cameron each have eight goals. The Lakers have gotten hot since goaltender Matt Lundin returned from an early season injury. In 20 starts in goal, Lundin has a 2.75 goals against average and .919 save percentage. Mercyhurst is ranked 12th in the country in penalty minutes, averaging 17.2 per game.

Up Next... The Pioneers face Holy Cross next weekend in a home-and-home series in the penultimate weekend of the regular season. The teams meet Friday night in Worcester and Saturday at the Milford Ice Pavilion at 7:05 pm both nights.