Feb. 13, 2010
Milford, CT - Patrick Knowlton (Colorado Springs, CO) scored twice while Nick Johnson (Windsor, CT) and Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON) each posted three points as the Pioneers completed a series sweep of American International with a 4-3 win Saturday night. The Pioneers fell behind 2-0 but responded with four unanswered goals, moving them into second place in the Atlantic Hockey standings. Junior Olivier St. Onge (Wickham, QC) made 30 saves in net to earn the victory.
American International (5-21-2, 5-17-2 AHA) struck first as Steve Mele netted his first collegiate goal at the 13: 53 mark with assists from his brother Tom Mele and Josh Froese. The Pioneers would have numerous chances to even the score in the first but would come up empty. Evan Mladenoff (Leawood, KS) was turned away on a break away opportunity by AIC goaltender Dan Ramirez, who finished the night with 29 saves. Jarman almost slotted a goal with 4:00 minutes to play in the first but Ramirez poke checked the puck off of his stick on the doorstep.
Sacred Heart (16-10-4, 14-7-3) found themselves down two as the Yellow Jackets lit the lamp just ten seconds into the middle period. Adam Pleskach put away his 14th marker of the season on a two-on-one rush, the pass came from Nielsson Arcibal. The Pioneers responded six minutes later as Knowlton made a couple of moves around the AIC defense before hammering home his first goal of the night to cut the AIC lead in half. Matt Gingera (Winnipeg, MB) tied the game up exactly one minute later with his eighth goal of 2009-10. The sophomore forward threw the puck in front, it caromed off of an AIC defenseman and into the net to tie the game going into the second intermission.
Knowlton put SHU ahead 3-2 with his second of the game, and 11th of the season, scoring on a back hand wrap around shot 2:51 into the final period. Johnson extended the Sacred Heart advantage to 4-2 with his nation leading 23rd goal of the season, knocking in a loose puck to the short side of Ramirez. The Yellow Jackets would make it interesting though as Steve McLeod fired a wrist shot top shelf to make it a 4-3 affair just 28 seconds after Johnson’s marker. The Pioneer defense would stand tall and not allow a quality scoring chance down the stretch as they came away with the 4-3 victory.
The win puts the Pioneers in second in the AHA, while Sacred Heart is 13-1-2 in its last 16 games. SHU next takes the ice in a home and home series with Holy Cross. Friday will be senior night at the MIP as well as “pink the rink” for breast cancer awareness, faceoff is set for 7:05 pm.