Setting the Scene...The Sacred Heart Pioneers host the Princeton Tigers in non-conference action Friday afternoon at Webster Bank Arena.
Pioneers in AHA Play...The Pioneers are 108-112-31 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.
Last Time Out...The Pioneers earned one point in the AHA standings, skating to a 2-2 tie against AIC on Saturday afternoon at Webster Bank Arena after falling 3-2 at Army the night before. Chad Filteau and Eric Delong scored on Friday night, while Ben Lake and Brian Sheehan netted goals on Saturday. Andrew Bodnarchuk started against Army and Steven Legatto started against AIC. Both goalies made 35 saves in their respective starts.
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 2,888 saves coming into this weekend.
Scouting the Tigers..Tyler Maugeri and Andrew Calof lead the team with six points. Maugeri leads the team with three goals, while Calof shares the team lead in assists with Andrew Ammon and Eric Meland at four each.
SHU Against Princeton/ECAC...The Pioneers and Tigers have met only one other time, with Princeton prevailing 7-1 at Hobey Baker Rink on 1/25/2011. SHU is 8-28-1 all-time vs. teams from the ECAC, with their last coming on 11/22/11 in a memorable 7-6 victory over Yale at Webster Bank Arena.
Delong Climbing Ladder to 100...Senior captain Eric Delong has registered nine points this season, putting him at 95 for his career. He is five points away from becoming the 12th player in program history to reach 100 for his career. He enters the game with a four-game point streak, registering two goals and two assists in that time.
Pioneer Sports Network...Once again Sacred Heart men's ice hockey games will be broadcast by America One, formerly known as B2. Fans can access the network through the "America One" link here, on the men's ice hockey page at SacredHeartPioneers.com, or at AtlanticHockeyOnline.com. Live audio will also be carried for most games through Stretch Internet, also accessible on SacredHeartPioneers.com by following the audio links. Randy Brochu calls the play-by-play.