October 31, 2009

Three Third Period Goals Earn Pioneres 3-3 Tie at St. Lawrence

Oct. 31, 2009

Box Score

Canton, NY - Sacred Heart lit the lamp three times in the final period as the Pioneers skated to a 3-3 draw at St. Lawrence Saturday night.  Paul Ferarro (Pleasantville, NY) and Erik Boisvert (Drummondville, QC) engineered the comeback each notching a goal and two assists while the Saints pulled the game even with just 1:33 remaining in regulation.  Freshman Steven Legatto (Kelowna, BC) made 31 saves, including 13 in the second period, in his second collegiate start.

Sacred Heart (2-2-1, 1-0-0 AHA) piled on the shots in the first period, building a 15-7 advantage in shots on goal, but the Saints scored the goals. The Pioneers had one of thier best scoring chances of the period with just over six minutes gone, but Saint goaltender Petizian robbed Erik Boisvert with a blocker save and the Saints turned it around in a hurry. St. Lawrence (4-2-1, 0-0-0 ECAC) would go into the first intermission with a 2-0 lead on the strength of Kyle Flanagan and Mac Startford markers.

Neither team scored in a wide-open second period which included three minutes of major power play for the Saints. Both goaltenders came through with big saves during the middle period as Petizian robbed Evan Mladenoff (Leawood, KS) on a one-on-one to keep it a 2-0 Saints advantage.

The Pioneers came storming back in the third period, scoring three goals in a span of 3:08, two on redirections, to take a 3-2 lead.  Ferraro was almost a one-man comeback as he scored the first SHU goal through traffic as his shot from the center slot beat Petizian.  Ferraro took two shots from the point on subsequent shifts and both were tipped into the net to give the Pioneers the lead. Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON) tipped the first one home at 6:11 to tie the game and Erik Boisvert redirected the next shot past Petizian at 8:15 to put Sacred Heart in front.

Sacred Heart had three chances on the power play in the third period but the Saints killed them all off.  Moments after Flanagan was released from the box he set up the goal that would tie the game at three.  Both teams had their chances in the extra period with the Saints mustering five shots on Legatto, but the Sacred Heart freshman kept the Saints off the board despite a couple of close calls to earn the tie.

The men's ice hockey team will return home to the Milford Ice Pavilion next Friday, November 6 as they face-off in a home and home series with Holy Cross.  The puck is set to drop at 7:05 pm.