Pioneers Face Holy Cross in Home-and-Home Set This Weekend

Feb. 21, 2008

Setting the Scene... The Pioneers meet Holy Cross in the second to last weekend of the AHA regular season. SHU starts the weekend in second place, two points behind first place Army but just three points clear of fifth place Air Force. The Pioneers need two more points to clinch home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs. Holy Cross starts the weekend in eighth place in the standings, two points out of sixth. The teams meet Friday at the Hart Center and Saturday in Milford at 7:05 pm. Coverage of the weekend's games are available on WICC 600 AM and the B2 Networks.

The Series... Sacred Heart split a series with Holy Cross in January with both teams winning on their home ice. SHU's loss in Worcester snapped a seven game winning streak against Holy Cross.With the Pioneers run of late, Sacred Heart now leads the all-time series with Holy Cross 17-15-1.

SHU Splits With Hurst... The Pioneers split a weekend series with Mercyhurst in Milford, losing 4-3 Friday night before rebounding for a 6-3 victory on Saturday. Senior Alex Parent had a three goals and an assist to record his second straight four point weekend. Junior Bear Trapp had a three point weekend with a goal and two assists. Sophomore Dave Jarman had a four point weekend while Erik Boisvert recorded a three point series.Sacred Heart won the season series from Mercyhurst 2-1-1.

Balancing Act... Fifteen players have scored goals for SHU already this year. Of those, five players are in double digit goal scoring. Junior Eric Giosa and sophomores Nick Johnson and Erik Boisvert all have 10 goals, while Dave Jarman has nine. Jarman is tied for fifth in the league in assists with 19 while Boisvert has 17 helpers and Johnson 15. Johnson leads the league with four game winning goals. Defensively, junior Paul Ferraro has 15 points (four goals, eleven assists) and Dave Grimson has 14 points (5-9) on the year.

Streaks and Trends... Parent has tallied points each of his last 12 games....Jarman has a point in nine straight games...Boisvert has a point in seven straight games...Sacred Heart is ranked seventh in the country in penalty minutes per game with 18.4...SHU has the fourth ranked power play in the nation with a conversion rate of 23.1 pecent...The Pioneers have scored at least one powerplay goal in 11 of their last 12 games. The Pioneers are ranked first in the country in combined special teams at 58.3%.

Hobey Hopefuls... Senior Alex Parent and junior Bear Trapp have been nominated for the Hobey Baker Award, presented to the most outstanding player in college hockey. Fans can cast their vote for the winner from now until March 9 at HobeyBaker.com.

Scouting the Crusaders... The Crusaders of Holy Cross start the weekend 8-12-4 in league play, good for eighth place in the standings and just two points out of sixth. Mercyhurst split a weekend series with Canisius last weekend in Buffalo, winning Saturday night before dropping Sunday's game. The Crusaders' young line-up is led by freshman Everett Sheen who has scored a team leading 14 goals. Meanwhile sophomore Brodie Sheahan has 11 goals and 18 assists on the season for a team leading 29 points. Senior Dale Reinhardt makes up the final part of the top line with seven goals and 17 assists. Freshman Adam Roy has seen the bulk of the time in goal for the Crusaders, turning in a 2.87 goals against average and .914 save percentage on the season. Holy Cross' power play is ranked third in the country at 23.3 percent while their power play is near the bottom, killing off just 76.5 percent. The Crusaders are third to last in penalty minutes, averaging just 9.8 penalty minutes per game.

Up Next... The Pioneers close out the regular season with a home-and-home series against Army next weekend. Friday night SHU will celebrate Senior Night at the Milford Ice Pavilion. The regular season closes at West Point on Saturday night. Both games begin at 7:05 pm.