Milford, Conn. – The Sacred Heart University men's ice hockey team hosted an opponent from the ECAC for the first time in program history, but the result was not what the Pioneers desired. Clarkson came into the Milford Ice Pavilion Sunday afternoon and left with a 9-2 victory to improve to 10-5-2, while SHU dropped to 2-12-4.
Clarkson broke the ice with a goal just 52 seconds into the first period when senior Brandon DeFazio, assisted by linemates Scott Freeman and Louke Oakley, buried his seventh goal of the season. Sacred Heart went on the power play midway through the frame, but the Golden Knights went on the offensive with a shorthanded goal by Freeman at the 10:15 mark.
In the second period, Clarkson extended its lead to 4-0 with DeFazio scoring his second of the afternoon, 1:23 in, and sophomore defenseman Nik Pokulok adding a score 5:53 into the stanza. Junior defenseman Mark Borowiecki received a game misconduct at the 11:40 mark, but the Pioneers were unable to convert on the five minute power play opportunity.
Sacred Heart scrapped together for two goals in the third, but Clarkson was able to add five more. Freshman Tye Lewis (Vancouver, Wash.) scored his third of the season, while classmate Torin Snydeman (Groton, Mass.) lit the lamp for the first time in his collegiate career. Sophomore Ben Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.) picked up his team-leading seventh assist on Snydeman's goal.
For the Golden Knights, DeFazio finished with a hat trick and an assist, while freshman Will Frederick collected a pair of assists and added a score of his own.
In net, junior Paul Karpowich was good for 27 saves in the win. Sophomore netminder Steven Legatto (Kelowna, B.C.) made 37 saves for SHU.
The Pioneers are back in action after the first of the year as they host another ECAC foe, St. Lawrence, at the MIP on January 3 at 7:00 pm.