Pioneers Face-off Against Defending Regular Season Champs Army

Oct. 30, 2008

Setting the Scene... Sacred Heart meets the AHA defending regular season champion Army Black Knights this weekend. SHU is coming off a win and a tie against RIT while Army was swept at UConn last week. The teams will meet Friday night in West Point while the rematch comes Saturday in Milford. Face-off both nights is 7:05 pm. Friday's game will be carried on the B2 Networks with Saturday's contest broadcast on WICC.

Pioneers Finally Take Out Tigers... The Pioneers took three out of four points from RIT last weekend, skating to a 3-3 tie Friday and picking up a 4-2 win Saturday. The victory was SHU's first of the season. Goaltender Stefan Drew was spectacular in goal Saturday night, making a career high 42 saves. Drew is averaging almost 33 saves per game in his five games this season. Senior Eric Giosa scored two goals Friday night to record the first multi-goal game for a SHU player this year. Saturday's win was the first time Sacred Heart has beaten RIT since the Tigers officially joined Atlantic Hockey, snapping a five game winless streak.

The Series... Army won three of the four meetings with Sacred Heart last year. The teams split a series at the end of November with Army sweeping a pair of games in the last weekend of the regular season enroute to clinching the regular season championship. The two teams have split their last 10 games with each team winning five games and playing two ties. Sacred Heart leads the all-time series with Army, 18-13-2.

Streaks and Trends... Senior Bear Trapp two assists against RIT Friday night gave him 80 in his career, moving him into third place in school history...The Pioneers have had six different players score their 11 goals and have 15 players with at least one point...Freshmen Matt Gingera, Ryan Miniaci and Chris Bailer all tallied their first collegiate points last weekend against RIT.

Tough Start... Over the first eight games of the season, the Pioneers will play the defending AHA conference champions (Air Force), the national runner up (Notre Dame), archrival RIT and the defending regular season champions (Army).

Scouting the Black Knights... The defending Atlantic Hockey Regular Season Champion Army Black Knights lost 12 seniors to graduation. However, they still have arguably their best player, All-American goaltender Josh Kassel in goal. Kassel has struggled early on with a 3.70 goals against average in three games. Offensively, the Black Knights graduated three of their top four scorers. However, junior Owen Meyer is back after leading the team in scoring last year. The 39 point scorer from a year ago has two goals and an assist so far this year. Sophomore Cody Omilusik has two goals and two assists and is the only other Army player with two goals on the season.

Up Next... The Pioneers are off next weekend and will return to action November 14-15 in a home-and-home series against American International. The teams meet at the Olympia Ice Center Friday and rematch in Milford Saturday night. The puck drops both nights at 7:05 pm.