Men's Ice Hockey Gears Up For Atlantic Hockey Championship Game - Game Notes
March 18, 2004
For the first time in school history the Sacred Heart University men's ice hockey team has advanced to the conference championship game where they will take on Atlantic Hockey's regular season champion, Holy Cross. The Crusaders are in search of their second conference title. HC won the inaugural MAAC championship back in 1999. Holy Cross won the regular season series 2-1-0 over Sacred Heart. The Crusaders won 4-2 over SHU at the Black Bear Classic and 6-5 in overtime in Worcester, MA. The last meeting took place back on November 25th in a 2-1 Pioneers win at the Milford Ice Pavilion.
How They Got Here ...
The Pioneers quest for the inaugural Atlantic Hockey crown began this past Saturday, March 13th, as they defeated fifth seeded Connecticut 3-0 on a 26 save effort from Kevin LaPointe. Peter Giatrelis netted the game-winning goal at 4:19 of the first period and the team never looked back. Sacred Heart then downed Mercyhurst for the fourth time this season with a 3-2 win. The two teams traded goals until Atlantic Hockey Rookie-of-the-Year Pierre-Luc O'Brien scored the game-winning goal, his second goal of the game, while shorthanded for the second time in as many games against the Lakers. LaPointe made 22 clutch saves in goal for the Pioneers.
Holy Cross dispatched ninth seeded American International in their quarterfinal match-up 5-0. Tony Quesada made 28 saves in net for the Crusaders while Jeff Dams netted the game-winning goal at 7:03 of the opening period. HC then took on sixth seeded Canisius and defeated the Griffs 4-1 to advance to the league championship game. Jonas Tomiuk scored the game-winner while Quesada made 24 saves in goal. The Crusaders held a 2-0 lead entering the third period when Rob Martin brought Canisius within one goal at 2-1. Holy Cross' Greg Kealey responded with two goals to seal the win.