Oct. 21, 2009
Setting The Scene... The Pioneers open up the 2009 season on the road against ECAC opponents Rensselaer and Union. Sacred Heart takes on RPI Friday night in Troy, NY before heading to Schnectady, NY to face off against Union Saturday. Both games are set for 7:00 pm. The Engineers return from a trip to Alaska in which they lost to Alaska-Anchorange and played #17 Alaska-Fairbanks to a 1-1 tie. The Dutchmen were also on the road last weekend and earned a loss and a tie with St. Cloud State.
The Series... Sacred Heart is 2-2-0 all-time against RPI while the Pioneers dropped both of their only two games with Union. SHU last defeated Rensselaer 5-4 in overtime in the 2006-07 season. Kyle Tyll scored the game winner just 84 seconds into the extra session to give the Pioneers the victory.
A Fresh Start... The Pioneers are more than ready to kick off a new season after a disappointing 2008-09 season. Despite a frustrating regular season Sacred Heart made some noise at the end of the year in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament. SHU defeated UConn in the opening round and pushed three-time defending AHA champion Air Force to a deciding third game in the quarterfinal round. The 2009 Pioneers will have their sites set on winning the school’s first ever AHA crown.
Senior Captains... The 2009-10 Pioneers will have two seniors wearing letters for the upcoming season. Defenseman Corey Laurysen has been selected as the teams captain. Forward, and fellow senior, Matt Gordon will serve as assistant captain for Sacred Heart. Laurysen is coming off of the best offensive season of his career compiling 4 goals and seven assists for 11 points. In his career the Ottawa, Canada native has 24 points on five goals and 19 helpers. Gordon has been a consistent player in his three years at SHU playing in 106 games, tied for second most on the active roster. He has contributed 10 markers and 15 assists in his career as a Pioneer. In 2009-10 the 6-2 winger totaled two goals and seven assists for nine points.
Between the Pipes... The Pioneers will be young in net for the 2009-10 season as junior Olivier St. Onge shapes up to be the starter. St. Onge has only played in 15 games in his collegiate career compiling a 2-7-2 record. Last season he posted a .880 save percentage, a 4.14 goals against average, and a 2-4-0 record. Behind St. Onge will be rookie Steven Legatto from Kelowna, British Columbia. Legatto comes from the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the AJHL. Last season Legatto earned 22 wins while compiling a .901 save percentage and 3.02 GAA.
Scouting the Pioneers... Sacred Heart should have some firepower this season despite losing their top two scorers from a season ago. Seniors Erik Boisvert and Dave Jarman will lead the charge in the offensive zone. Jarman is the teams active leader in all three offensive categories with 34 goals and 51 assists for 85 total poitns. Boisvert tallied 29 points last season, scoring 15 goals. In his career Boisvert has found the net 30 times and added 42 assists.
Scouting the Engineers... Rensselaer tied #17 Alaska 1-1 in their last contest October 18. The Engineers nearly pulled the upset but conceeded the game tying goal with just under 1:30 to paly. Junior Tyler Helfrich leads the RPI attack four games into the season with one goal and three assists. In net for Rensselaer is sophomore Allen York who has a career 2.90 goals against average and .905 save percentage.
Scouting the Dutchmen... Union returns home after going 0-1-1 in a trip to St. Cloud, Minnesota. The Dutchmen are scoring 3.50 goals per game and have four players with two goals already this season. Junior John Simpson leads Union in points with two goals and three assists. The Dutchmen were down two goals in the third period before making a comeback last Friday night against St. Cloud State. Adam Presizniuk played hero scoring the game tying goal with an extra attacker on the ice with just 1:21 remaining in regulation. Union has Junior Corey Milan in net who has not lost a game in this young season and has a career 2.54 goals against average.
Pioneers Picked Eighth... The Sacred Heart men’s ice hockey team has been projected to finish fourth in the Atlantic Hockey preseason coaches’ poll. Three-time defending tournament champion, Air Force was picked first in the poll. The Falcons collected eight first place votes en route to 80 total points. Mercyhurst was chosen second and earned the remaining two first place votes. RIT and Holy Cross were selected third and fourth, respectively. Canisius, Army, and Bentley garnered the fifth through seventh spot ahead of the eighth place Pioneers. Connecticut and Amerian International rounded out the bottom portion of the poll.