November 5, 2009

Pioneers and Holy Cross Set for Weekend Meeting

Nov. 5, 2009

Complete Game Notes in PDF Format

Setting the Scene... Sacred Heart opens the first of six straight conference match-ups as they take on Holy Cross in a home and home series this weekend. The two teams will play in Milford, CT at the Milford Ice Pavilion Friday night before heading north to play in Worcester, MA Saturday. The Pioneers are coming off of a 1-1-1 week in which they opened AHA play with a 5-3 win over AIC. SHU then earned a 3-3 draw in the series finale last weekend against St. Lawrence. The Crusaders will look to rebound from a tough series in which they earned just one point in two games against AIC.

The Series... In 2008-09 Sacred Heart and Holy Cross split four games, 2-2-0, with each team winning once on the road. The Pioneers hold a slight edge in the all-time series with a 20-18-1 record. The last time these two teams met SHU got the 4-3 victory in overtime as Eric Giosa netted the game winner.

Pack Your Bags... Friday’s game at the Milford Ice Pavilion will be the last time the Pioneers see home ice before the calendar turns to 2010. Sacred Heart plays nine straight road games before returning home to take on Air Force January 2-3. The Pioneers also begin a streak in which they will play six straight Atlantic Hockey tilts.

One Man Comeback... In the second game of their weekend series with St. Lawrence the Pioneers found themselves down 2-0 midway through the third period. Fifth-year senior Paul Ferraro (Pleasantville, NY) then put the team on his back as SHU scored three unanswered goals to put Sacred Heart on top 3-2. Ferraro scored the team’s first goal on a hard shot through traffic in the slot. The Pioneers scored their next two goals on redirections, both after a Ferraro slap shot from the blue line. Dave Jarman would be credited with the final two goals as SHU scored all three goals in the span of three minutes. The Saints would fight back and tie the game with just 1:33 remaining in regulation as the Pioneers were forced to settle for the 3-3 draw.

Jarman Breaks Out... Senior Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON) broke out last week, the senior forward scored four goals in the Pioneers three games. Jarman’s first goal of the week capped off Sacred Heart’s 5-3 win over AIC, posting the goal with 44 seconds remaining in regulation. His second goal of the week came in the series opener with St. Lawrence. Jarman found the back of the net late in the third period as the Pioneers converted on a power play. Jarman scored two goals in 2:04, both off of redirections, in the final period in the Pioneers 3-3 draw with the Saints. Jarman leads SHU in points tallying four goals and five assists for nine points.

In The Sin Bin... The Pioneers are currently first in Atlantic Hockey and 12th in the NCAA racking up 91 penalty minutes in just five games. Nick Johnson (Windsor, CT) leads the team with 23 minutes in the box. The Pioneers are 21 of 28 in killing off the man advantage in 2009-10.

Scouting the Crusaders... Holy Cross is 2-1-1 in its last four games, all conference tilts, after defeating Canisius 3-2 in two straight games while earning just a tie in a series with the Yellow Jackets. A pair of juniors lead the Crusader attack as Everett Sheen and Jordan Cyr both have seven points in 2009-10. Sheen holds the teams high mark in goals with four. Thomas Tysowsky has been brightest spot in the young season for Holy Cross. The rookie netminder has compiled a 2.39 goals against average and was named the AHA goalie of the month for October.

High Powered “O”... The Pioneers currently lead Atlantic Hockey and are tied for third in the country scoring 4.00 goals per game. The only teams with a higher average in the NCAA are Harvard and Yale, both teams have only played one game this season. Johnson leads Sacred Heart with six goals, including three power play markers and two game winners.

Delong Delivers... Freshman Eric Delong (Oakville, MB) scored his first two goals of the season last week. The highly touted recruit notched his first collegiate goal against AIC Tuesday night. Three nights later he put up the first SHU goal in their weekend series with St. Lawrence.

Legatto Remains Unbeaten... Freshman Steven Legatto (Kelowna, BC) made his second collegiate start Saturday night against the Saints making 31 saves in the 3-3 tie. Legatto now has a record of 1-0-1 and a .750 win percentage, tops in the conference.

Up Next... The Pioneers will face another Atlantic Hockey opponent as they continue a nine game road trip against Bentley. The next weekend Sacred Heart will make the long bus ride to Rochester as they take on the RIT Tigers.