December 1, 2012

Men's Hockey Falls to Niagara 5-2

(Niagara, NY) – The Sacred Heart Men's Hockey team lost 5-2 to the #20 Niagara Purple Eagles Saturday night at Dwyer Arena.

The Pioneers went to the first intermission after an inspired period that included goals by Brian Sheehan (St. Louis, MO) and Chad Filteau (Regina, SK), as well as a penalty kill of a five-minute Purple Eagle power play.  Sheehan netted his team-leading sixth goal of the year with a one-timer, trailing through the slot while Eric Delong (Oakville, MB) carried the puck end-to-end behind the net before wielding the pass in front.  Filteau tipped a slap shot from the right point by Josh Phillips (Toronto, ON), who settled a cross-ice pass from Nick Curry (Augusta, GA) following a forced turnover thanks to a feverish forecheck by Kyle Verbeek (Birmingham, MI).

SHU took the momentum in the locker room after killing a major penalty for boarding to Matthew Solomon (Toronto, ON) towards the end of the period. Andrew Bodnarchuk (Saskatoon, SK) was credited with 12 saves on that penalty kill.  However, Niagara exploded for five second period goals to take the lead for good.  Patrick Divjak and and Ryan Rashid scored within 11 seconds of each other tie the game at 3:43 of the second. Michael Benedict poked in what proved to be the winning goal on a puck Bodnarchuk appeared to cover following a shot from Hugo Turcotte at 9:19.  Giancarlo Iuorio knocked in his league-leading goal at 18:29 in the final second of a power play thanks to a smart centering feed from Ryan Murphy, who would then score with 1.9 seconds left in the second following a SHU turnover.

Niagara remained undefeated in conference play, while SHU remains winless on the season.  The Purple Eagles extended their unbeaten streak to 11 games, the longest current streak in NCAA Hockey. 

SHU travels to RIT for a two-game series beginning next Friday, December 7 at 7:05 pm.

The Pioneers went to the first intermission after an inspired period that included goals by Brian Sheehan (St. Louis, MO) and Chad Filteau (Regina, SK), as well as a penalty kill of a five-minute Purple Eagle power play.  Sheehan netted his team-leading sixth goal of the year with a one-timer, trailing through the slot while Eric Delong (Oakville, MB) carried the puck end-to-end behind the net before wielding the pass in front.  Filteau tipped a slap shot from the right point by Josh Phillips (Toronto, ON), who settled a cross-ice pass from Nick Curry (Augusta, GA) following a forced turnover thanks to a feverish forecheck by Kyle Verbeek (Birmingham, MI).

SHU took the momentum in the locker room after killing a major penalty for boarding to Matthew Solomon (Toronto, ON) towards the end of the period. Andrew Bodnarchuk (Saskatoon, SK) was credited with 12 saves on that penalty kill.  However, Niagara exploded for five second period goals to take the lead for good.  Patrick Divjak and and Ryan Rashid scored within 11 seconds of each other tie the game at 3:43 of the second. Michael Benedict poked in what proved to be the winning goal on a puck Bodnarchuk appeared to cover following a shot from Hugo Turcotte at 9:19.  Giancarlo Iuorio knocked in his league-leading goal at 18:29 in the final second of a power play thanks to a smart centering feed from Ryan Murphy, who would then score with 1.9 seconds left in the second following a SHU turnover.

Niagara remained undefeated in conference play, while SHU remains winless on the season.  The Purple Eagles extended their unbeaten streak to 11 games, the longest current streak in NCAA Hockey. 

SHU travels to RIT for a two-game series beginning next Friday, December 7 at 7:05 pm.