Nov. 5, 2007
Setting the Scene... The Pioneers travel to Bentley for an Atlantic Hockey contest Tuesday night. Face-off at Ryan Rink is 7:05 pm with coverage on SacredHeartPioneers.com and on the B2 Network. SHU is coming off a sweep of Bentley and is now unbeaten in four straight games. Meanwhile, Bentley took three of four points from AIC last weekend, including a win Saturday night.
The Series... The Pioneers won both meetings with Bentley in Milford last year. Both games finished 3-1 in favor of SHU. The Pioneers have won four straight games and are unbeaten in six of their last seven meetings with Bentley. Sacred Heart leads the all-time series with Bentley 16-12-2.
SHU Brings Brooms to Storrs... The Pioneers swept UConn over the weekend, winning Friday night in Milford by a 4-2 score and following that up witha 5-0 triumph in Storrs Saturday night. Sophomore Matt Gordon scored two goals in Saturday's win, his first career multi-goal game. Junior Paul Ferraro and sophomore Dave Jarman each tallied a goal and two assists on the week. It was the first shutout for the Pioneers' since blanking AIC, in the 2006 AHA quarterfinal playoff game. Saturday was the first time SHU had won in Storrs since January 31, 2004. It was the first time SHU swept a weekend series from the Huskies since winning a pair January 30-31, 2004.
Scouting the Pioneers... Sacred Heart is led by senior captain Alex Parent who has been perhaps SHU's most consistent player for the last several seasons. His leadership has already shown this year, posting trhee goals 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 a goal and four assists to his credit.
All Hands on Deck... The Pioneers have shown a balanced attack thus far this year. Nine players have scored goals for SHU already this year. Sophomore Nick Johnson is tied for the team lead with three goals while Dave Jarman has two goals and four assists to tie for the team lead with six points. Sophomore Matt Gordon and junior Eric Giosa each have a pair of goals as well.
On the Road... This game marks the beginning of a seven game road trip for the Pioneers and a stretch in which the Pioneers will play 10 of their next 11 games on the road. SHU's trip will take them to Niagara, Mercyhurst and Army. The only home game left in 2007 is December 1 against Army. Following that game, the Pioneers will visit Bentley again and then travel to Denver for the Denver Cup over the holidays. The schedule turns in SHU's favor in the second half, with 10 home games over the season's final nine weeks.
Scouting the Falcons... After losing their first four games in non-league play, Bentley is unbeaten in three of their last four games to open AHA play. A young Falcon team is anchored by their young goaltender, freshman Joe Calvi, who has been impressive in the first few weeks of his career. The rookie has posted a 1.65 goals against average and two wins on the year. He has the second best goals against average in the league. Up front, sophomore Marc Menzione leads the attack with five goals and two assists on the season. Junior Dain Prewitt, one of the Falcons offensive leaders the last few seasons, is second on the team with three goals and two assists.
Up Next... The Pioneers visit CHA foe Niagara for a two game series next weekend, November 16-17. Face-off Friday and Saturday night is set for 7:00 pm.