Setting the Scene…The Pioneers return to action for a home-and-home series against the Bentley Falcons in two Atlantic Hockey Association games.
Game Coverage...Video and Audio of this weekend's games will be available at www.SacredHeartPioneers.com by following the video and audio links on the men's hockey schedule page.
About the Pioneers…Senior Matt Gingera leads SHU with nine goals and is second with 16 points. Freshman Brian Sheehan leads the team with 17 points and 10 assists. Junior captain Eric Delong has contributed 14 points, followed by Ben Ketchum with 12 points. Steven Legatto has seen the majority of time in net this year, making the fifth most saves in the AHA (675).
About the Falcons...Bentley finds itself in a tightly-packed race in the top tier of the AHA standings, with just six points separating the top seven teams. The Falcons boast the conference's top scorer, Brett Gensler, who is tops on points (30) and assists (20). Alex Grieve is tied for the team lead and second among AHA rookies in goals (10). The Falcons are the second-most penalized team in the AHA (14.7 pim/g).
Gingera Closing in on 100…Pioneer assistant captain Matt Gingera has scored a team-best nine goals and is second on the team with 16 points, putting him at 53 goals and 39 assists for 92 points in his career. He is now two behind fifth place (Garrett Larson-55) and three behind third place (Bear Trapp-56) on the all-time SHU hockey goals list. He is eight points away from becoming the 11th player in Pioneer Hockey history to accumulate 100 points or more for a career.
All-Time Vs. Bentley...The Pioneers hold a 20-18-3 all-time edge over the Falcons. Bentley beat SHU at the MIP earlier this year on 10/25/11. Dan Koudys and Brett Switzer both scored twice for Bentley, and Steve Weinstein picked up three assists. Brian Sheehan scored twice for SHU.
Last Time Out...The Pioneers snapped a 10-game losing streak Friday night with a 4-2 win at AIC. Drew George, Anthony Yelovich, Ben Ketchum, and Chad Filteau all scored for SHU, and Steven Legatto made 45 saves. The following night in Milford, SHU saw a 2-0 third period lead slip away, losing 3-2 in OT to AIC. Brian Sheehan and George scored for SHU, but Adam Pleskach scored his second of the game at 2:37 of OT on the power play. Legatto totaled 81 saves on the weekend.
More Power Coming...The Pioneers power play, while last in the league for most of the season, jumped up to ninth with a recent surge in success on the man-advantage. SHU is 4-13 on the power play over its last three games. Drew George has scored a power play goal in each of the last three games to take the team lead with three PP goals. SHU is now 10-93 (10.3%) for the season.
Up Next...Sacred Heart will play a home-and-home series with UConn next weekend, traveling to Storrs on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7:05 pm before hosting the Huskies at Webster Bank Arena Saturday, Feb. 11 at 4:00 pm.