Setting the Scene...The Sacred Heart Pioneers travel to RPI to take on the
Engineers in a non-conference New Years' Eve matinee.
Pioneers in AHA Play...The Pioneers are 108-117-31 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 Hits 100...Senior captain Eric Delong registered a goal and an assist
in a 5-2 loss to RIT on December 8th, giving him 100 points for his career. He
is 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 RIT, falling
to the Tigers by scores of 5-3 and 5-2.
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 3,002 saves in his career.
Scouting the Engineers...Jacob Laliberte and Ryan Haggerty lead the team
with six goals each, while Laliberte is the team leader with 14 points. RPI
comes into tonights matchup after splitting a two game series at #16 St. Cloud
State over the weekend. The Engineers also have wins over #19 Ferris State
and #15 Yale on the season.
All-Time vs. RPI...SHU is 2-3 all time against RPI. The Pioneers and Enginners
last met on October 23, 2009, a 4-3 OT win for RPI. The Pioneers last
beat RPI on November 17, 2006. SHU defeated the Engineers 5-4 in overtime
at Houston Field House. Three of the five meetings between RPI and SHU
have been decided in overtime. The Pioneers are 14-41 all-time in games
against the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference. SHU lost 4-3 to ECAC
member Princeton earlier this season