March 18, 2010
ROCHESTER, NY - First year head coach CJ Marottolo was named the Bauer Hockey Coach of the year and five Pioneers earned all-conference honors at the Atlantic Hockey tournament banquet tonight in Rochester, NY.
Nick Johnson (Windsor, CT) was unanimously named to the All-AHA first team. Fellow seniors Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON), also named best defensive forward of the year, and Paul Ferraro (Pleasantville, NY) were each named to the third team while freshmen Steven Legatto (Kelowna, BC) and Eric Delong (Oakville, MB) received nods to the all-rookie squad.
Marottolo took the head coaching job at Sacred Heart just three weeks before the team's first regular season game. He then took a squad that was picked to finish eighth in the conference in the preseason poll and turned them into the #2 seed for the Atlantic Hockey tournament. The Pioneers are currently 20-12-4 behind Marottolo, and at one point had the nation's longest unbeaten streak at 12 games.
Johnson is currently first in Atlantic Hockey and tied for tops in the NCAA with 27 goals this season en route to his first team selection. The senior's move from center to winger has helped him compile 52 points so far in his last year at SHU.
Linemate Jarman earned defensive forward of the year honors, this paired with his AHA leading 35 assists earned him a spot on the third all-conference team. Joining Jarman on the third team is fifth year senior Ferraro, who has eight goals and 14 assists for 22 total points in 2009-10.
Freshman Delong earned his spot on the all-rookie team leading the conference's first year players with 33 points on 14 goals and 19 assists. Legatto has become the anchor for the Pioneer defense, winning the starting goaltenders job during his rookie year. He is second in Atlantic Hockey with a .638 winning percentage and has a 3.07 goals against average.
The Pioneers will look to add to their honors by the end of the weekend, sitting just two victories short of the programs first conference title and trip to the NCAA tournament. They will compete in the second AHA semifinal against #3 Air Force tomorrow night at 7:05 pm at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY.