Oct. 18, 2007
Setting the Scene...The Pioneers return to New York's Capital District Saturday night for a meeting with RPI, their second straight ECAC Hockey opponent to open the season. SHU lost their opener to Colgate, 6-2, last Friday in Hamilton. RPI is off to a 1-2 start, beating Bentley in their first game before dropping a pair at the Minnesota Tournament last weekend. Face-off at Houston Fieldhouse is set for 7:00 pm on Homecoming weekend at RPI.
The Series... This is the fourth straight year that Sacred Heart and Rensselear have met, with SHU owning a 2-1 lead in the series. RPI won the first game at Houston Fieldhouse but the Pioneers have won in Troy the last two seasons, both games having been decided by a goal. Bear Trapp has been the key player in both meetings, scoring the game winning goal in 2005 and registerting three assists in last year's meeting.
For Starters... The Pioneers opened their season witha 6-2 loss at Colgate Friday night. Junior Eric Giosa led the SHU attack with a goal and an assist. Freshman Reade Wolansky scored his first collegiate goal in the first period of the game. Sacred Heart has never beaten Colgate, losing all six meetings. Sacred Heart has not won their season opener season the 1996-97 season.
Scouting the Engineers... Rensselaer enters the 2007-08 season seeking new firepower after graduating their top theree seniors from a year ago. RPI is off to a 1-2 start, shutting out Bentley in their first game before dropping a pair at the Minnesota Tournament last weekend. Juniors Matt Angers-Goulet and Andrei Uryadov each have scored a pair of goals for RPI. Freshman Tyler Helfrich already has registered three assists. The Engineers return all three of their goaltenders from last year, led by senior Jordan Alford who already has a shutout to his credit.
Scouting the Pioneers... The Pioneers are led by senior captain Alexandre Parent who has been perhaps SHU's most consistent player for the last several seasons. In each of his three years he has finished third on the team in scoring, and is one of the best assist men on the team. He is well known for his ability to play the point on the power play, serving as the "quarterback" of the squad. The returning firepower along with Parent includes sniper Bear Trapp who has finished second on the team in scoring the last two years. Trapp is poised to break many school records over the second half of his career if he can produce the same numbers he has over his last two years when he has piled up 33 goals and 50 assists. Trapp's outstanding goal scoring prowess earned him a Hobey Baker nomination last year.
Up Next... The Pioneers open their home schedule next weekend during the first full weekend of Atlantic Hockey play. SHU will host Canisius Friday and Saturday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion. Face-off both nights is set for 7:05 pm with coverage on WICC 600 AM Friday night and the Internet on Saturday.