November 1, 2007

SHU Set to Skate Against UConn This Weekend

Nov. 1, 2007

Setting the Scene... The Pioneer men's ice hockey team faces UConn in a home-and-home series in the second weekend of Atlantic Hockey play. Friday night the teams meet in Milford with the rematch Saturday in Storrs. Face-off both nights is 7:05 pm. SHU took three out of four points from Canisius last weekend while the Huskies lost to Army Saturday night. Friday night's game can be heard on WICC 600 AM and video is available all weekend long on the B2 Networks.

The Series... The Huksies took three of four meetings from SHU last year. The Pioneers only win came in their first home game in November. UConn has had Sacred Heart's number recently, having won nine of the last twelve meetings between the teams, including a victory in the 2006 Atlantic Hockey quarterfinals in Milford. UConn leads the all-time series 19-12-3.

Working Overtime... The Pioneers took three of four points from Canisius in their home opening weekend. Junior Nick Johnson scored the game winning goal in overtime Friday night and senior Alex Parent scored the game tying goal Saturday night. Freshman Olivier St. Onge made 24 saves in his collegiate debut Saturday night to earn a draw. Sacred Heart has now played three straight overtime games for the first time since February 20-24, 2004. SHU went 1-1- 1 in that stretch and has the same record in the current run of extra sessions.

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. His leadership has already shown this year, posting a goal and two assists, including the tying goal against Canisius. 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. This year Trapp has three assists to his credit.

Breaking Out... With their top scorer gone in Pierre-Luc O'Brien the Pioneers will look to their returning supporting cast to fill some of those giant shoes. Early on in the season, sophomore Dave Jarman has been impressive, tallying a goal and two assists. Along the same line sophomore Nick Johnson already has a pair of goals and junior Eric Giosa has a a goal and an assist.

Scouting the Huskies... Connecticut lost their top three scorers from last year's team that went to the Atlantic Hockey semifinals to graduation. The Huskies graduated 10 seniors last year and are looking for new scoring firepower. Early on this year freshman Andrew Olson has been the sniper, posting four goals, while sophomore Chris Ochoa has a goal and three assists in the season's first three games. In goal, sophomore Beau Erickson returns and has posted a 3.36 goals against average and a .907 save perceentage in starting each of the first three games this season.

Up Next... The Pioneers travel to Bentley for a midweek game Tuesday night at 7:05 pm. The game can be heard live on SacredHeartPioneers.com and on the B2 Networks.