February 5, 2010

Streak Snapped: Power Play Stalls Out In 5-2 Loss To RIT

Feb. 5, 2010

Box Score

Milford, CT - The Sacred Heart men's ice hockey team was held to 1-for-11 on the power play as the RIT Tigers upended the Pioneers 5-2 Friday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion. to end SHU's 12 game unbeaten streak.  Matt Gingera (Winnipeg, MB) and Erik Boisvert (Drummondville, QC) each scored for the Pioneers in the loss.  The Tigers were led by two goals from Andrew Favot and two from Tyler Brenner as RIT went 3-for-8 with the man advantage.

RIT (16-10-1, 16-4-1 AHA) opened the scoring 6:50 into the first period on Chris Haltigin's fourth goal of the season.  Haltigin beat SHU goaltender Steven Legatto (Kelowna, BC), who made 29 saves on the night, with a wrist shot from the right circle.  The Tigers would open up a two goal advantage less than a minute later as they scored their first power play goal of the night off the stick of Favot.  Favot fired a slap shot from the point  that deflected off of a SHU defender in the slot and into the cage.

Sacred Heart (13-10-4, 11-7-3 AHA) nearly cut it to a one goal deficit at the ten minute mark as Tommy Castonguay (Rimouski, QC) had two shots on goal on a two-on-one rush.  But the freshman forward was turned away both times by saves from RIT netminder Jared DeMichiel, who made 28 saves for the game.  The Pioneers would cut the RIT advantage to 2-1 before the first intermission as Gingera lit the lamp.  The sophomore winger rang a wrist shot off the bottom of the crossbar and into the net for his sixth goal of 2009-10, Eric Delong (Oakville, MB) assisted on the play.

The Tigers opened up a 3-1 lead just 5:07 into the second frame as Favot scored his second power play goal.  The junior center set up in the slot and deflected a Cameron Burt point shot into the net.  The Pioneers would would then committ two penalties in 45 seconds to give RIT a five-on-three opportunity.  But the SHU defense stood tall and killed off the power play to regain momentum. 

That swing would pay off as the Pioneers would close the gap to 3-2 on a five-on-three power play chance of their own.  Boisvert lit the lamp on a one timer, Paul Ferraro (Pleasantville, NY) and Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON) earned assists on the play.  RIT would take a two goal advantage into the second intermission as Brenner netted a power play marker of his own, after gathering his own rebound, wijth just 2:26 remaining in the period.

Sacred Heart's best chance in the final period would again come off the stick of Castonguay during an odd man rush.  Mitchell Stretch (Saskatoon, SK) supplied a pass through the slot on the power play that Castonguay tipped just wide of the net.  The Pioneers would have four power plays in the final stanza but could not find the back of the net ot make it a one goal game.  Brenner scored off a faceoff in the SHU defensive end with just 1:06 remaining to put hte finishing touches on the RIT victory.

The game saw 28 penalties between the two sides and 72 total penalty minutes.  The Pioneers killed off two separate RIT two man advantages but only scored on one of their eleven power plays. 

The loss snaps the Pioneers 12 game unbeaten streak and keeps them in fouth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings.  Sacred Heat and RIT will meet again in tomorrow's series finale, faceoff is set for 4:05 pm.