Men's Ice Hockey Heads Back to Colorado This Weekend

Dec. 18, 2008

Setting the Scene... Sacred Heart travels west for the second time in a month to face nationally ranked Coloardo College in a two game series this weekend. The Pioneers have been off since defeating UConn on December 2nd while Colorado College split a series at Minnesota last weekend. The teams face-off at World Arena Friday night at 9:07 EST and Saturday at 9:37 pm EST. Both of this weekend's can be heard across the Pioneer Radio Network and seen on the B2 Networks.

Pioneers Hold Off Huskies... The Pioneers won their second straight game, posting a 5-3 win over on December 2nd, in their last game action before their 17 day break exams. It's the first time this year SHU has won back-to-back games. Juniors Gregg Rodriguez and Dave Jarman each had a goal and an assist the win. Freshman Matt Gingera scored his fourth goal, second most team. This break is the longest layoff for the Pioneers this season.

The Series... This is the first ever meeting between Sacred Heart and Colorado College. SHU is 0-3 all-time against WCHA schools, having lost to Denver last and dropping a pair of games at St. Cloud in 2005.

Balancing Act on Attack... The Pioneers have had 14 different players score goals and have 18 players with at least one point. After each scoring double digit goals last season, Erik Boisvert and Eric Giosa lead the way this year with five tallies apiece.

Scouting the Tigers... Perrenial national powerhouse Colorado College is ranked ninth in the latest USCHO Poll. The Tigers split a series at Minnesota over the weekend. CC is stacked with five NHL draft picks including the reigning WCHA Player of the Year in goaltender Richard Bachman. Bachman starts the weekend with a 2.27 goals against average, fourth in the WCHA and .924 goals against average, second best in the league Senior Chad Rau is tied for the league lead in scoring with 25 points, 10 goals and 15 assists. Senior Eric Walsky has scored nine goals to go along with 13 assists, for 22 points on the year. CC's penalty kills has been strong, killing over nearly 90 percent of the Tiger's penalties on the season.

Up Next... After a two week holiday break, the Sacred Heart will ring in 2009 with a non-conference series at home against Niagara. The Pioneers and Purple Eagles meet at the Milford Ice Pavilion January 2-3 at 7:05 pm with coverage on the B2 Networks.