Setting the Scene... The Sacred Heart men's ice hockey team caps its four-game homestand with a two-game series against Canisius beginning on Saturday November 4 at 2:05 p.m.
Last Time Out... The Pioneers dropped its opening Atlantic Hockey series to Niagara with a 6-2 loss last Saturday. SHU opened the scoring on a Vito Bavaro goal in the second before the Purple Eagles scored five straight goals to take a commanding lead. Zach Tsekos added the other SHU goal in the third. Nathan Perry registered 33 saves in goal for the Pioneers.
Last Meeting... The Golden Griffs snuck by with a 6-5 win over the Pioneers on February 11, 2017. After a scoreless opening period, Canisius edged the Pioneers 4-2 in the second frame. SHU cut the deficit to one with back-to-back goals by Austin McIlmurray & Liam Clare, with the later coming at 18:48 in the period. But Jesse Pereira tabbed the empty net goal at 19:22 to seal the game for Canisius.
All-Time Series... In the overall series, Canisius owns a 27-20-6 record over Sacred Heart. The series has been split 4-4-2 in the last 10 meetings between both teams. SHU has owned the last five games with a 3-1-1 record over the Golden Griffs.
Scouting The Golden Griffs... The 2016-17 regular season champs enter the weekend 2-2-1, 2-2-0 in Atlantic Hockey. Canisius worked a series split against Air Force last weekend. Dylan McLaughlin leads the attack for first year head coach Trevor Large. McLaughlin sits at eight points on the season with three goals and five assists. Daniel Urbani steps between the pipes for the Golden Griffs following the graduation of Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year Charles Williams. Urbani boasts a 2.29 goals against average and .930 save percentage in three games.
Johnstone Leads Atlantic Hockey Rookies… Freshman Marc Johnstone leads Atlantic Hockey freshmen with seven points through seven games. Johnstone sits tied for seventh nationally among rookies with an average of one point per game. The Pioneers leading point scorer, picked up assists in back-to-back games along with his first collegiate goal in the Pioneers weekend series against Niagara.