Pioneers Shutout Black Knights, 5-0

Pioneers Shutout Black Knights, 5-0

Jan. 9, 2010

Box Score

Milford, CT - Erik Boisvert (Drummondville, QC) had a goal and three assists for four points as the Pioneers finished a three point weekend with a 5-0 victory over Army Saturday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion.  Steven Legatto (Kelowna, BC) had a spectacular night in goal for SHU recording 30 saves and earning the fist shutout of his career.  Evan Mladenoff (Leawood, KS) scored twice in the second period as Sacred Heart remains unbeaten in its last five games.

Army (7-10-3, 6-6-2 AHA) controlled the action early on and outshot the Pioneers 15-9 in the first period.  Sacred Heart created their scoring opportunites through transition offense.  SHU nearly got on the board first as David Berube (Quebec, QC) redirected a hard point shot that Army starting goaltender Jay Clark just kicked wide of the net.  The Black Knights had their best chance to score as Legatto played the puck behind his net but turned it over to create a one-on-one opportunity for Army sniper Cody Omilusik.  The freshman netminder would recover and made a sparkling save, one of his 15 in the period, to keep the game scoreless.  Sacred Heart would get the ice breaking goal with 3:29 remaining in the first period as Matt Gingera (Winnipeg, MB) lit the lamp for the fourth time this season on a one timer from a Boisvert centering pass.

Sacred Heart (7-9-3, 5-6-2 AHA) dominated the second period, scoring three goals and outshooting Army 16-3.  Mladenoff made it a 2-0 game with 9:19 on the clock as he put the puck through the five hole of Clark, Gingera and Boisvert earned assists on the play.  The Pioneers struck again just 1:19 later as freshman Eric Delong (Oakville, MB) took the rebound from a Matt Gordon (Lynnfield, MA) shot and deposited into the cage to extend the SHU lead to 3-0. 

The Pioneers third goal of the period started with a great individual effort by Boisvert who won the puck at the SHU blue line in traffic and sent a perfect long pass to Mladenoff who scored his second of the night to give the Pioneers a 4-0 lead at the second intermission.

Mladenoff nearly finished off a hat trick with 11:00 in regulation, shooting from the slot, but was robbed by Black Knights back-up goaltender Joe Spracklen.  Legatto would have to make 12 saves in the final period to secure the shutout including two against Kyle Maggard who broke through the Pioneer defense for a break away.  Boisvert would round out the scoring with an unassisted marker with 9:01 to play in regulation to make it a 5-0 game. 

After both teams played well on the power play in last night's game neither team was able to convert with the man advantage Saturday night.  Sacred Heart held the Black Knights to 0-6 on the power play while SHU had three opportunites of their own.

The men's ice hockey team continues its eight game home stand, currently 3-0-1, next weekend at the Milford Ice Pavilion.  The Pioneers host Mercyhurst both Friday and Saturday night at 7:05 pm.