March 20, 2004

Men's Ice Hockey Players Receive Atlantic Hockey Honors

March 20, 2004

FAIRFIELD, CT - The Sacred Heart University men's ice hockey team received two of the three weekly Atlantic Hockey awards after advancing to the championship game versus Holy Cross. Junior goaltender Kevin LaPointe was named Atlantic Hockey Co-Goaltender-of-the-Week for the fourh time this season while freshman forward Pierre-Luc O'Brien was named Atlantic Hockey Freshman-of-the-Week for the second time this season.

LaPointe, a native of Quebec, QC, made 26 saves in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Hockey Tournament and recorded his second shutout of the season as the Pioneers defeated Connecticut 3-0. In the semifinals the following night LaPointe made 22 saves as Sacred Heart defeated Mercyhurst for the fourth time this season, 3-2, and advanced to the Atlantic Hockey Championship Game. LaPointe has a 2.89 goals against average and a .905 save percentage on the season. In the two tournament games thus far he has a 1.00 goals against average and a .958 save percentage.

O'Brien, a native of Nicolet, QC, scored two goals, including the game-winner while shorthanded, as the Pioneers defeated Mercyhurst 3-2 in the semifinals of the Atlantic Hockey Tournament. It was the second straight game against the Lakers that O'Brien scored the game-winning goal while SHU was shorthanded. The Atlantic Hockey Rookie-of-the-Year ranks third on the team in scoring with 14 goals and 13 assists for 27 points.

LaPointe, O'Brien and the rest of the Pioneers will be in action tonight, March 20th, when they take on the Holy Cross Crusaders at the U.S. Mlitary Academy's Tate Rink in West Point, NY at 7:00 pm to decide the inaugural Atlantic Hockey Championship. The game can be heard live on WSHU radio and on SacredHeartPioneers.com. Fans can also follow the game with live scoring updates at www.atlantichockeyonline.com.

For the official Atlantic Hockey release click here.