Setting the Scene...The Pioneers travel to Niagara for their first in-conference games with the Purple Eagles, who joined the Atlantic Hockey Association this season. SHU is 0-4 all time against Niagara in non-conference play. Niagara is currently tied for second place in the AHA. The Pioneers most recently took three points at home against Air Force two weekends ago.
Game Coverage...Video and audio for this weekend's games will be available at www.SacredHeartPioneers.com by following the video and/or links on the men's hockey schedule page. Randy Brochu and Brendan Flynn have the call through the America One Network.
Last Time Out...David Berube scored twice, and Torin Snydeman and Matt Gingera added goals in SHU's 4-2 win over Air Force Saturday, 1/8/11 at the Arena at Harbor Yard. Steven Legatto made 30 saves, including stopping all 13 third period Air Force shots to preserve the lead. Gingera's power-play goal halfway through the second stood up as the game winner.
Pioneers at Harbor Yard... At a press conference at the Arena at Harbor Yard on November 3 the partnership between Sacred Heart and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, was officially announced. The two organizations have teamed up to play five doubleheaders at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport throughout the season. The Pioneers will also play games in Bridgeport on January 8 vs. Air Force, February 5 vs. Bentley, and February 20 vs. Holy Cross. The team's senior day will also be held at the arena on February 26 against Army.
Up Next...The Pioneers are back in action in two weeks when they travel to Hobey Baker Rink and take on Princeton Tuesday, January 25 at 7 pm.