Setting the Scene...The Sacred Heart Pioneers travel to Army on Friday night at 7:05, then host AIC at Webster Bank Arena at 4:00 pm on Saturday.
Pioneers in AHA Play...The Pioneers are 108-111-30 in this their tenth year of play in the Atlantic Hockey Association. While they are looking for their first AHA title, they have been to the conference championship twice, falling 4-0 to Holy Cross in the inaugural season of 2003-04 and 6-1 to RIT in 2009-10. SHU posted its best conference record in 2005-06, when the Pioneers went 18-8-2 in AHA play.
Sheehan and Delong Lead the Way...Sophomore Brian Sheehan and senior captain Eric Delong lead the team with seven points each. Sophomore Drew George joins them both as the team tri-leaders with three goals each.
Last Time Out...SHU lost 5-3 at UConn Friday night and 6-3 Sunday afternoon against Holy Cross. Ryan Stanimir, Eric Delong, and Nick Curry scored against the Huskies, and Brian Sheehan, Ben Ketchum, and Mitchell Stretch scored against the Crusaders.
Legatto All-Time SHU Saves Leader...No goalie in SHU Hockey history has stopped more pucks than Steven Legatto, who broke the all-time SHU Saves record last year. He has 2,853 saves coming into this weekend,.
Scouting the Army Black Knights..Army is led by Andy Starczewski, who is third in the conference with 11 points. Army took three points against SHU Oct. 19-20, winning 5-2 at home on Friday Knight, and earning a tie thanks to a game-tying goal by Joe Kozlak with 33 seconds left in regulation at the MIP on Saturday.
Scouting the Yellow Jackets..While AIC is in search of its first AHA win, the Yellow Jackets have impressive non-conference wins against Quinnipiac, Penn State, and Alabama-Huntsville. Adam Pleskach (seven points) and Jon Puskar (four goals) lead the team offensively.
Delong Climbing Ladder to 100...Senior captain Eric Delong has registered seven points this season, putting him at 93 for his career. He is nine points away from becoming the 12th player in program history to reach 100 for his career.
"You Feel Shame, Then You Get Free"...The Pioneers are the second most penalized team in the AHA at 15.4 pim/g and 139 PIM. Niagara leads the league with 16.5 pim/g and 181 PIM.