November 29, 2007

Sacred Heart Set for Showdown With First Place Army

Nov. 29, 2007

Setting the Scene... The Pioneers and the Black Knights of Army renew their rivalry this weekend with a home-and-home series. The teams meet Friday night at Tate Rink and Saturday at the Milford Ice Pavilion. Face-off both nights is 7:05 pm. Sacred Heart took three of four point from Mercyhurst in Erie last weekend while Army played to a pair of ties at RIT. SHU is 2-3-1 on their current seven game roadtrip which conlcudes Friday night. Coverage of the games is available on the B2 Networks and Saturday's game will be broadcast on WICC 600 AM.

The Series... Sacred Heart and Army split eight points last year. The teams played two to draws early in the year and then split a series, with each side winning on the road, in the final weekend of the season. Sacred Heart leads the all-time series with Army, 17-10-2.

SHU Works Overtime in Erie... The Pioneers took three out of four points in their series at Mercyhurst, nabbing a 3-2 overtime victory Friday night and then skating to a 2-2 draw Saturday. Juniors Bear Trapp and Eric Giosa led the SHU attack. Trapp had two goals and two assists while Giosa netted the game winning goal Friday and had a pair of assists on the weekend. Sacred Heart is unbeaten in its last eight meetings with Mercyhurst, turning in a 7-0-1 record.

Balancing Act... Eleven players have scored goals for SHU already this year. Trapp, Parent and sophomore Nick Johnson share the team lead with four goals while junior Eric Giosa has had a hot hand recently and now has three goals and four assists. Sophomore Dave Jarman has two goals and four assists, six points. Sophomore Matt Gordon and junior Dave Grimson each have a pair of goals as well. Meanwhile, sophomore Erik Boisvert has a team leading seven assists on the year.

Streaks and Trends... Trapp has now scored a goal in four of his last five games...Sophomore Nick Johnson has now registered at least one point in seven straight games...Sophomore Erik Boisvert had his consecutive games with a point streak stopped at five, being held scoreless Saturday night...The Pioneers have now played five overtime games in their first eleven contests, going 2-1-2 in those games.

Scouting the Black Knights... The Black Knights of Army, the 2007 Atlantic Hockey runnerups, are off to a fast start this year, jumping out to a 5-2-2 record and a first place position in the league standings and are unbeaten in seven of their last nine games. Army boasts the top three scorers in the league in Luke Flicek, Owen Meyer and Bryce Hollweg. Meyer leads the league in goals with nine along with nine assists.Flicek has tallied a league leading 12 assists to go along with six goals. Meanwhile Hollweg has nine six goals and nine assists for 15 points. In goal, Josh Kassel has posted a 2.33 goals against average, third best in the league. Army has allowed just 26 goals this year, the fewest of any team.

Up Next... The Pioneers make their second trip of the year to Bentley Wednesday night. Face-off at John Ryan Arena is set for 7:05 pm. Following that game, SHU will be off for 23 days before traveling to the Denver Cup.