Men's Ice Hockey Takes On Connecticut In Opening Round Of Atlantic Hockey Touenament

March 12, 2004

FAILFIELD, CT - The Pioneers begin the quest for their first ever conference championship when they open the inaugural Atlantic Hockey Tournament on Saturday morning against fifth seeded Connecticut. Sacred heart is looking to improve on it's 1-5 conference tournament record and considering how balanced the conference has been this season the Pioneers could see themselves crowned champions and advance to their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance.

Despite stumbling out of the gate and enduring a two-month stretch between wins the team bounced back to win a school record seven straight games and finished the season with a record of 12-16-5, including a 12-8-4 Atlantic Hockey record. The Pioneers closed out their final 12 regular season games with an 8-2-2 record.

Senior Mike Reagan is enjoying his best season this year as he leads the team in scoring with 11 goals and 17 assists for 28 points. Junior Garrett Larson leads the team in goals with 18 on the season and ranks second on the team in scoring with 27 points. Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Pierre-Luc O'Brien is third on the team in scoring this season with 12 goals and13 assists for 25 points in his rookie season. Senior Marc-Andre Fournier and sophomore Rocco Molinaro are tied for fourth ion the team in scoring with 12 goals and 12 assists for 24 points each.

They each rank in the top 20 in the conference in scoring with Reagan leading the way as he is tied for fourth overall, averaging 1.08 point per conference game. Larson and Molinaro rank in the top five in the conference in goal while Reagan is in the top five in assists.

Kevin LaPointe has an 11-12-5 record this season, with a 3.02 goals against average and a .902 save percentage. Jason Smith has a 1-4-0 record this season, with a 3.78 goals against average and a .901 save percentage. They have a combined goals against average of 3.21 and a combined save percentage of .899 this season. In conference games LaPointe is 11-7-4 with a 2.64 goals against average and a .910 save percentage while Smith was 1-1-0 with a 3.43 goals against average and a .900 save percentage.

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