FAIRFIELD, Conn.- The Sacred Heart University Men's Ice Hockey team heads to face in-state rival UCONN for the teams last non-conference matchup of the year on Tuesday after taking a short break from its recent series against Holy Cross. Puck-drop is set for 7:05p.m
Last Time Out..... The Sacred Heart University Men's Ice Hockey team took first game of a two game set against Holy Cross as the Pioneers defeated the Crusaders on Friday night by a final score of 5-2.first game of a two game set against Holy Cross as the Pioneers defeated the Crusaders on Friday night by a final score of 5-2. Three freshman scored for the Pioneers which consisted of Ryan Steele, Austin Magera and Nick Boyagian. Junior Vito Bavaro and senior Mike Lee also tallied goals for the Pioneers in the victory. On the second game the Pioneers fell to the Crusaders by a score of 4-1. Sophomore Marc Johnstone tallied the lone goal for the Pioneers in the loss.
Scouting The Huskies...The Huskies are in the midst of a four-game winless streak after tying New Hampshire at home, 2-2, and getting shutout by the Wildcats, 6-0, on the road over the weekend. Senior Karl El-Mir saw his career best seven-game point streak come to an end in Saturday's 6-0 loss at UNH. During the seven game stretch, El-Mir had nine points on three goals and six assists. On the season, El-Mir has a team-best 21 points, a career-high mark. Sophomore Evan Wisocky has piled up 11 assists on the season, second only to Kondelik. He has played a key role on the UConn power play all year with eight of his 11 assists coming with the man advantage. Junior Alexander Payusov has 13 goals this season which is a career-best mark for eclipsing his 12 from last season, and is currently ranked third among Hockey East goal scorers.
Last Meeting...The Pioneers downed the Huskies for the fifth consecutive time dating back to March 1, 2014 by a final score of 3-1 on October 14, 2017. Austin McIlmurray and Matt Tugnutt & Alex Bates scored their first goals of the season for the Pioneers. The SHU assists came from six different players including first collegiate points for Josh Allan, Marcus Joseph & Hunter Fargey. SHU was outshot by the Huskies 45-22 on the night. Goaltender Brett Magnus registered a stellar 44 saves in goal for the Pioneers.
Sophomores Leading the Way.... This years sophomore class has been the group to follow for the Pioneers as they lead the team with a total of 42 points on the season tallying 19 goals and 23 assists. The class is run by sophomore Jordan Kaplan who leads the team with six goals and has four assists for a total of ten points.
Benson Making His Mark.... Freshman goalie Josh Benson has started in goal in the past 11 games for the Pioneers. The freshman netminder is currently tallying a GAA of 2.59, (4th best in Atlantic Hockey) save percentage of .902 (6th best in AHA) and compiled a total of 321 saves.
Magera Madness... Freshman Austin Magera has been the top points leader for the Pioneers as he currently leads the team with 16 points and is tied for first on team in goals with six on the year and is second on team in assists with 10. He currently leads the Atlantic Hockey Association in game winning goals as he has tallied four game winners the season.
Johnstone The Assist Machine... Sophomore Marc Johnstone banked in his tenth assist of the season which led to a goal by fellow sophomore Jordan Kaplan in the 3-1 loss to Yale. Johnstone currently leads the team in assists with 11 and is second in total points with 13 on the year.
Boyagian Named Atlantic Hockey Rookie of The Week... Freshman Nick Boyagian was named Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week for his performances against Holy Cross in the teams last series. The first year compiled a total of three points which consisted of a goal and two assists. In the fifteen games he has played this season, Boyagian has tallied three goals, three assists for a total of six points. This is the first weekly award the freshman has been awarded this year.