Pioneers Skate to 3-3 Tie with Canisius

MILFORD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart University men's ice hockey team played to a 3-3 tie with Atlantic Hockey opponent Canisius at the Milford Ice Pavilion, Saturday evening.  The tie earns the Pioneers their first point in the AHA standings as they close the weekend at 0-3-1 overall and 0-1-1 in league play, while the Griffins are now 3-1-1 and 2-0-1.

Senior forward David Berube (Quebec, Que.) put SHU on the board first with a quick score just 48 seconds after the opening face-off.  Fellow senior Patrick Knowlton (Colorado Springs, Colo.) started the play by firing a shot toward the cage that was blocked.  Junior Matt Gingera (Winnipeg, Man.) got a stick on the puck before it came to Berube to the right of the net who put it in for the score.

Canisius answered back a little less than two minutes later when senior Matt Zuke skated up the left side and sent a pass in front of the SHU net where freshman Patrick Sullivan received it and finished to tie the game at one.

At the 11:12 mark of the second period, Knowlton put the Pioneers ahead by one.  Berube flipped the puck up the ice and Knowlton corralled it with his hand, down to his stick, and went uncontested to the goal for the go-ahead score.  The Golden Griffins responded when senior Cory Conacher tallied his fourth goal of the season, on a power play, to add to his league-leading seven points.

Canisius grabbed its first lead of the night when Conacher netted his second of the game just 25 seconds into the third frame.  Midway through the period SHU freshman Ty Lewis (Vancouver, Wash.) took a shot that was blocked, but he got the rebound and went around the cage to sneak in the game-tying goal, the first of his career.

In the overtime period, Sacred Heart outshot Canisius 4-2.  Overall, like the score, the teams were dead even with 35 shots on goal, apiece.

Sophomore goaltender Steven Legatto (Kelowna, B.C.) stopped 32 shots, as did his counterpart junior Dan Morrison.

The Pioneers are back in action as they visit non-conference foe Colgate at 4:00 pm on Saturday October 30.