November 16, 2012

Men's Hockey Loses Close One at Army 3-2

(West Point, NY) – The Sacred Heart Men's Hockey team once again battled to the end, only to fall by one in a 3-2 loss at Army Friday night at Tate Rink.

Army took the game's first lead on a goal by Thane Heller, who skated in for a stick-side wrist shot to put the Black Knights on top at 3:39.  Andy Starczewski and John Clark picked up the assists, with passes on the rush.  The Pioneers made it a short-lived lead, however, coming back to tie it 46 seconds later on a goal by Chad Filteau (Regina, SK).  Jacob Brightbill (Anneville, PA) led Nick Curry (Augusta, GA) intp the zone with a pass along the near boards to start a three-on-one.  Curry hit Filteau with a far-post pass for the easy knock in.

Zak Zaremba gave Army the lead back at 4:34, knocking in a rebound on a shot by Mac Lawlor off a pass from Starzcewski on the power play.  The Pioneers played the Black Knights almost even in the second period, but had to wait until the end of the second to tie it.  Eric Delong (Oakville, MB) took a brilliant saucer pass from Ben Ketchum (Greenwich, CT) and one timed the cross-ice flip for his team leading fourth of the year with 1:07 left before the intermission.  Brian Sheehan (St. Louis, MO) earned the secondary assist, sending Ketchum into the zone for the two-on-one opportunity.

Army stormed out of the locker room in the third to retake the lead.  Thane Heller sprung Willie Faust into the zone for a wrist shot, and Maurice Alverez jumped up on the play to fire in the rebound in the slot 44 seconds into the third.  SHU had a great opportunity to tie the game with a five-minute power play on a contact-to-the-head penalty against Christian Pomarico, but was unable to convert.

Andrew Bodnarchuk (Saskatoon, SK) made 35 saves in net and took the tough-luck loss.

SHU looks to the rebound when the Pioneers host AIC Saturday, Novemeber 17 at 4:00 pm at Webster Bank Arena.