Feb. 6, 2010
Milford, CT - The Pioneers used two goals from Paul Ferraro (Pleasantville, NY) and three points from both Patrick Knowlton (Colorado Springs, CO) and Nick Johnson (Windsor, CT) to earn a 5-4 victory over RIT Saturday afternoon as well as a series split with the Tigers. Steven Legatto (Kelowna, BC) made 27 saves for the day, but made several tremendous stops in the closing minutes to preserve the one goal win for SHU.
RIT (16-11-1, 16-5-1 AHA) would open the scoring 13:26 into the first period as Scott Knowles netted his fourth marker of hte season. Knowles through the puck towards the net from a tough angle and after a deflection off of Legatto's skates crossed the line to make it a 1-0 game. The Pioneers would tie the game 1:15 later on Knowlton's ninth goal of 2009-10. Knowlton took a perfect cross ice pass from Johnson and slammed into a wide open net to knot the game at one. SHU would strike on the power play just before the first intermission on a rocket from Ferraro. Ferraro let a slap shot fly on a one timer that bounced off of the RIT netminder and into the cage with 15 seconds remaining in the first stanza. The senior defenseman was set up on a pass from Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON).
Sacred Heart (14-10-4, 12-7-3 AHA) would extend its lead to 3-1 1:18 seconds into the middle period. Jarman took a shot from the left circle that RIT netminder Jared Demichiel just got a glove on. But the rebounder would come straight to SHU captain Corey Laurysen (Ottawa, ON) who sent a snap shot into the vacated net for his second goal of the season. RIT would get the Pioneer advantage in half as they scored 4-on-4 with a Tyler Brenner goal from a two-on-one rush with teammate Chris Haltigin. The Tigers would even the game before the intermission as Andrew Favot lit the lamp with RIT on a two man advantage after back-to-back SHU penalties.
The Pioneers would regain the lead in the opening stages of the third period on Ferraro's second goal of the day. Erik Boisvert (Drummondville, QC) made a rush up the left side of the ice before throwing a centering pass into the slot. Ferraro took the pass and used a one handed one time touch to float the puck into the net to give SHU a 4-3 edge. Sacred Heart would regain a two goal advantage on Johnson's nation leading 22nd goal of the season as the forward scored in transition with a feed from linemate Knowlton. The Tigers would make this interesting with 8:16 to play as a bouncing puck in the slot took a fortunate bounce for RIT onto the stick of Haltigan who roofed the shot to make it a 5-4 affair.
The Tigers would have several chances to level the game down the stretch but were turned away each time on several tremondous saves from Legatto. Legatto, the NCAA rookie of the month, made his best save on a one time chance off the stick of Knowles. The RIT player was camped on the doorstep and fed a pass through the crease. The puck look destined for the net before Legatto lunged full extension to make a terrific glove save and rob Knowles a game tying goal.
The Pioneers now sit in third place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with just six games remaining in the regular season. SHU returns to acton next weekend in a home and home series with the AIC Yellow Jackets.