Special Teams Play Proves Costly for SHU Skaters

NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y. – The Sacred Heart University men's ice hockey team were outplayed 5-1 in the first period, allowing four power play goals, against Niagara in a 6-2 Atlantic Hockey Association defeat on Saturday night.  The Pioneers dropped to 3-15-5 overall and 3-9-5 in league play, while the Purple Eagles lifted their record to 15-7-2 and 12-5-0.

Niagara was a perfect four-for-four on the power play in the first period en route to a 5-1 lead heading into the locker room at the first intermission.  Senior Paul Zanette netted the first and third goals of the period for the Purple Eagles.

Freshman Torin Snydeman (Groton, Mass.) cut the NU lead to 2-1 midway through the first with his third of the season off a feed from junior Anthony Yelovich (Little Falls, N.J.).

In the second period, senior Evan Mladenoff (Leawood, Kan.) scored his fifth goal of the season, as he fell to the ice, on a shorthanded pass from classmate Patrick Knowlton (Colorado Springs, Colo.).

Freshman goaltender Cody Campbell made the start in place of junior Chris Noonan and was good for 13 saves to earn the win.  For Sacred Heart, sophomore Steven Legatto (Kelowna, B.C.) started and made nine saves, while allowing three goals.  For the second straight night, junior Oliver St. Onge (Wickham, Que.) came on in relief and stopped 29 shots as well as giving up three goals.

Niagara nearly tripled the number of shots on net that Sacred Heart had as the Purple Eagles put 44 shots on goal to the Pioneer's 15.  On special teams, Niagara was 4-8 on the power play as well as successfully killing off all five man advantages to be had by SHU.

The Pioneers play their final non-conference game of the season as they visit Princeton for a 7:00 pm mid-week game at the Hobey Baker Rink on Tuesday night.