December 7, 2012

Men's Hockey Set to Take on RIT in Two-Game Weekend Series

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Setting the Scene...The Sacred Heart Pioneers travel to RIT to take on the Tigers in a two-game conference series with four AHA points on the line.

Listen Live...Listen to the live play-by-play of this weekend's action on the Pioneer Sports Network by following this link.  Randy Brochu calls the play-by-play

Pioneers in AHA Play...The Pioneers are 108-113-31 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. 

Delong and Sheehan Lead the Way...Senior Eric Delong and Brian Sheehan are tied for the team lead with 12 points each.  Both come into the weekend with point streaks, with Delong's at seven games and Sheehan's at six.

Delong Climbing Ladder to 100...Senior captain Eric Delong has registered 12 points this season, putting him at 98 for his career.  He is two points away from becoming the 12th player in program history to reach 100 for his career.

Last Time Out...The Pioneers were swept in a two-game series at Niagara, falling to the first place Purple Eagles by scores of 5-3 and 5-2.  Steven Legatto made 50 saves in Friday's game, and Chad Filteau scored a goal in both games.

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 2,963 saves coming into this weekend, putting him 37 saves away from 3000 for his career.

Scouting the Tigers...Adam Mitchell and Jeff Smith lead the team with six goals each, while Mitchell is the team leader with 12 points.  RIT comes into the weekend with four conference points, just two better than SHU. The Tigers beat Michigan in a thrilling come-from-behind 5-4 OT win on Opening Night, then waited five games for their next win, a 3-0 victory over on AIC.  Since then, RIT is 0-4-2.

All-Time vs. RIT...SHU is 4-12-2 all time against RIT, including two loses at home last year.  The Pioneers last earned a point against the Tigers in a 3-3 tie on 11/27/10 here at Ritter Arena.  SHU last beat RIT 5-4 on 2/6/10 at the Milford Ice Pavilion.  That win came the night after RIT snapped a school-record 12-game unbeaten streak for SHU.  RIT and SHU went on to finish one-two respectively in the AHA that season and would meet in the AHA Championship Game - a 6-1 victory for RIT at Blue Cross Arena.