January 16, 2010

Streaking Pioneers Sweep Lakers With 3-2 Win Saturday Night

Jan. 16, 2010

Box Score

Milford, CT - The Sacred Heart men's ice hockey team extended its unbeated streak to an impressive seven games with a 3-2 victory ove the Mercyhurst Lakers Saturday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion.  Patrick Knowlton (Colorado Springs, CO) notched a goal and an assist as the junior scored five total points for the weekend as SHU swept Mercyhurst.  Steven Legatto (Kelowna, BC) made 31 saves, including a spectacular glove save to stop a Mercyhurst break away, as the freshman picked up the win.

Mercyhurst (11-13-2, 11-7-2 AHA) scored first for the second straight night as they took a 1-0 lead with 5:14 to play in the first period.  The goal developed after the puck bounced off several sticks and bodies in the slot before finding the tape of Patrick Goebel.  Goebel fired the puck into the net for his fouth goal of the season, Chris Risi earned an assist on the play.  The Pioneers would tie the game two minutes later off of a fortunate bounce of their own.  Freshman Eric Delong (Oakville, MB) took the puck into the zone on a two-on-one rush with David Berube (Quebec, QC).  Delong's pass was blocked by a sliding defenseman but went right back to Delong who wristed the carom past Mercyhurst goaltender Ryan Zapolski.  Berube and Gregg Rodriguez (Sunnyvale, CA) earned the assists on the goal that sent the game into the first intermission tied at one.

Sacred Heart (9-9-3, 7-6-2 AHA) would take the lead midway through the second frame as Knowlton found the net for a power play goal.  Tommy Castonguay (Rimouski, QC) won the faceoff for SHU back to Alex Stuart (Sauk Rapids, MN) who slid the puck to Knowlton.  Knowlton made a couple of moves and wound up free in the slot, the junior forward put the puck into roof of the net for his seventh tally of the year.  Mercyhurst would have a golden opportunity to tie the game with five minutes to play in the period on a Risi break away.  But freshman goaltender Legatto came up huge for the Pioneers, going into the splits to make a sensational glove save to keep SHU on top 2-1 after two periods.

The Pioneers would extend their lead 1:46 into the final stanza as Nick Johnson (Windsor, CT) lit the lamp for his team leading 15th goal of the season.  Knowlton put a shot on goal but Zapolski kicked the rebound to the stick of Johnson who slid the puck off the post and into the net.  The Lakers would not go quietly as defenseman Jeff Terminesi made it a 3-2 game with 6:37 remaining in regulation, Scott Pitt and Paul Chiasson earned helpers on the Terminesi goal. 

The Lakers would get the extra attacker on the ice with 43 seconds remaining but three faceoff wins by Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON) would deny the visitors a chance to run any offense and seal the win for Sacred Heart.

SHU now has a seven game unbeaten streak, the second in the nation behind Wisconsin.  The win also moves the Pioneers into a fifth place tie in the AHA standings with Bentley.

The Pioneers will put their seven game unbeaten streak on the line next weekend as the host the Canisius Golden Griffins.  The series will close out an eight game homestand in which SHU is 5-0-1.  Game time is set for 7:05 pm on both Friday and Saturday night.