Pioneers Upended in Season Opener

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – The Sacred Heart University men's ice hockey team dropped a non-conference decision at Union Friday night by a score of 9-0.  The Pioneers were outshot 49-19 for the game.

Senior forward Stephane Boileau netted the first goal of the game, just over seven minutes into the first period, off an assist from classmate Justin Pallos.  The Dutchmen offense really started to click midway through the period as freshman Josh Jooris, assisted by classmate Daniel Carr, notched his first career goal at the 10:32 mark.  Only 27 seconds later Union was back on the board as Boileau lit the lamp again.

The first 10 minutes of the second period were very even and competitive between the two teams.  Sacred Heart had a prime opportunity to cut into the Union lead as they were given a two-man advantage 11:33 left in the second.  Unfortunately the Pioneers were unable to convert.  The Dutchmen responded by putting in a pair of power play goals, one on the two-man advantage, before the close of the period.

Sacred Heart changed goalies briefly in the third period as junior Oliver St. Onge (Wickham, Que.) started the third period and allowed three goals, while stopping five shots.  Sophomore Steven Legatto (Kelowna, B.C.) started in net for SHU and racked up 34 saves in the losing effort.

Offensively, sophomore Ben Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.) proved to be an offensive threat in his first game in a Pioneer uniform.  The transfer from Quinnipiac posted a team-high three shots on goal.

For Sacred Heart, it was the first time they had been shutout since a 7-0 blanking at Mercyhurst on January 17, 2009.  The Pioneers made it through all of last season without allowing the opposing team to keep a clean sheet against them.

Sacred Heart and Union face-off again tomorrow night at 7:00 pm at Messa Rink.