October 30, 2009

Sacred Heart Drops 6-3 Decision at St. Lawrence

Oct. 30, 2009

Box Score

Canton, NY - Pete Child recorded a hat trick to lead the Saints past the Sacred Heart men's ice hockey team 6-3 Friday night at Appleton Arena in Canton, NY.  Nick Johnson (Windsor, CT) scored his AHA leading sixth goal of the season in the second period.  Eric Delong (Oakville, MB) and Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON) notched the other SHU goals while  defenseman Ryan Miniaci (Monroe, CT) added two assists. 

St. Lawrence (4-2-0, 0-0-0 ECAC) broke the scoring ice early as freshman Kyle Flanagan made a perfect lead pass to senior Mike McKenzie who redirected the puck past Pioneer goalie Olivier St. Onge (Wickham, QC)  with a backhand 6:24 into the game. The Saints controlled much of the first period despite having to kill off a trio of Sacred Heart power play chances.  The Saints made it a 2-0 game at 18:17 as Child scored his first collegiate goal on a shot from the point, Jeremiah Cunningham got the assist on the marker.

Sacred Heart (2-2-0, 1-0-0 AHA) cut the Saint lead to 2-1 just 2:46 into the second period when Delong tipped a shot from the point by Mitchell Stretch (Saskatoon, SK) past Saint goalie Robby Moss.  But SLU would storm back to build a 4-1 lead and chase starter St. Onge with two goals in just over two minutes.  St. Onge finished the night with 16 saves in just under 28 minutes.

Johnson scored his sixth of the season from his stomach at the 9:21 mark as Moss was down on the ice after a save, the SHU center swept the rebound inside the post to light the lamp.  The Saints and Child responded quickly as the defender completed his hat trick with a blast from the top of the faceoff circle at 9:51.   SLU made it a 6-2 game on the power play at 17:43 as Derek Keller's shot from the center point deflected off a Sacred Heart stick and into the net for Keller's third of the year.

Sacred Heart scored the only goal of the third period as Dave Jarman jammed home a power play shot from right in front with just 3.9 seconds to play in regulation.  The Pioneers and Saints are back in action tomorrow night to conclude this weekend series, the puck is set to drop at 7:00 pm.