October 25, 2007

Men's Ice Hockey Hosts Canisius in Home Opener This Weekend

Oct. 25, 2007

Setting the Scene... The Pioneer men's ice hockey team opens their home schedule as the kick-off the Atlantic Hockey schedule, hosting Canisius at the Milford Ice Pavilion. The teams meet Friday and Saturday nights at 7:05 pm at the Milford Ice Pavilion. Both teams are seeking their first win of the season. SHU dropped its first two games to Colgate and RPI the last two weekends. Meanwhile, Canisius has a tie and two defeats in its first three games. The Griffs did beat Manitoba Saturday in exhibtion action last weekend.

On the Air... Friday night's game can be heard on WICC 600 AM while Saturday's game will be carried by SacredHeartPioneers.com. Live video is available all weekend on the B2 Networks.

The Series... The Pioneers took three out of four meetings from Canisius last season. The teams split a pair of games in Buffalo early in the year and SHU swept a series in Milford in January. The Pioneers have won eight of the last nine meetings with the Griffs. The all-time series between the two teams is tied 14-14-1.

SHU, RPI Go Overtime... The Pioneers fell to RPI 1-0 in overtime Saturday night. The loss snapped a two game winning streak for SHU over RPI. It was the first time the Pioneers have been shutout since January 12, 2007 against RIT. Junior Stefan made 28 saves in goal before giving up the game winner. SHU is 0-2 for the first time since 2003-04 when they lost their first seven games.

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.

Scouting the Golden Griffs... The young Golden Griffins from Canisius return their top three scorers from last season. Leading the returners are 2006-07 AHA All-Rookie winner Josh Heidinger who had a team leading 26 assists last year. Also back are forward Jason Weeks and Carl Hudson. However, the most impressive player for the Griffs early on this year is freshman Vincent Scarsella who has two goals and an assist for three points in three games. Two goalies also return for Canisius as Bryce Luker and Andrew Loewen both step between the pipes for the blue and gold.

Up Next... The Pioneers will face UConn in a home-and-home series next weekend. The teams meet Friday night at Milford Ice Pavilion and Saturday at Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs. Game time both nights is 7:05 with coverage Friday night available on WICC 600 AM.