Sacred Heart Beaten by Canisius in Home Opener 4-1
|Canisius (3-1-0, 2-0-0 AHA)||1||0||3||4|
|Sacred Heart (0-3-0, 0-1-0 AHA)||0||1||0||1|
|1st - 06:11||SHAFER, Steven (Canisius)|
|2nd - 00:36||MLADENOFF, Evan (Sacred Heart)|
|3rd - 05:45||PP - LINDSAY, Torrey (Canisius)|
|3rd - 07:30||GIBBONS, Kyle (Canisius)|
|3rd - 19:09||EN - SHUPE, Preston (Canisius)|
4 Players (#8, #10, #14, #18 - 1)
A: SHAFER, Steven - 2
Sh: 4 Players (#3, #10, #14, #19 - 4)
Sv: MORRISON, Dan - 37
Evan Mladenoff - 1
A: 2 Players (#6, #15 - 1)
Sh: Eric Delong - 9
Sv: Steven Legatto - 32
|TEAM STATISTICS||Canisius||Sacred Heart|
|Power Plays||1 for 4||0 for 3|
|Penalties (min)||3 (9)||4 (8)|
|Shots on Goal||36||38|
|Face Offs Won||35||40|
(Milford, CT) - Steven Legatto (Kelowna, B.C.) made 32 saves and Even Mladenoff (Leawood, KS) scored his first goal of the season, but Preston Shupe led the Canisius Golden Griffins with a three-point night, spoiling the Sacred Heart men's hockey home opener 4-1 Friday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion.
Shupe scored twice in the third period, including the game-winning goal on the power play at the 5:45 mark of the final session to give Canisius a 2-1 lead. The goal came on the heels of a five-minute power play for the Pioneers, who were unable to score the go-ahead goal after a second period boarding major to Pat Kenney carried over to the third. With Sacred Heart on the penalty-kill for too many men on the ice, Shupe's goal-mouth pass deflected in off a Pioneer defender.
Kyle Gibbons scored an insurance goal, sneaking past the Sacred Heart defense in the neutral zone for a feed from Eric Rex that sent him on a breakaway. Shupe added an empty-net goal with 49 seconds left to round out the scoring.
Down 1-0 after one period, Mladenoff tied the game just 36 seconds into the second for Sacred Heart by going hard to the net and knocking in a rebound off a shot by Eric DeLong (Oakville, Man.). Chris Brown (Sherrills Ford, N.C.) earned the other assist. Steven Shafer put the Griffs on the board first with a wrist shot from the hash marks that snuck inside the left post off a quick left-wing pass from Torrey Lindsay, with Shupe setting up the rush, at the 6:11 mark.
Legatto made a number of tough saves, including 12 in both the second and third periods. However, Canisius goalie Dan Morrison denied everything after Mladenoff's goal , stopping 18 second period shots and a total of 37 for the game.
The Pioneers look for their first win of the season when they host the Griffs Saturday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion.