Oct. 29, 2009
Setting the Scene...The Pioneers take to the road one more time, facing St. Lawrence in a weekend series before entering the bulk of their conference schedule next weekend. Sacred Heart opened Atlantic Hockey play on Tuesday with a 5-3 victory over AIC. The Pioneers have played two games this season against ECAC opponents, splitting a pair of overtime tilts. SHU fell 4-3 to RPI in their season opener before earning the first victory of the season, a 6-5 triumph against Union. The Pioneers and Saints face-off at 7:30 pm Friday night and 7:00 pm on Saturday.
The Series... This series will be the first ever meeting between the Pioneers and Saints. However, new SHU head coach C.J. Marottolo knows St. Lawrence quite well after competing in the same conference as the Saints during his 13 year tenure at Yale.
Successful Home Opener... Head coach C.J. Marottolo made his debut to the fans at the Milford Ice Pavilion a successful one as he earned his first victory in Atlantic Hockey with a 5-3 decision over AIC. Reigning AHA player of the week Nick Johnson and senior Erik Boisvert each chipped in a goal and an assist to propel SHU to the win. The two teams were tied at one through two periods before an offensive explosion saw six goals in the final stanza, including Johnson’s game winner.
Johnson's Heroics... The Pioneers earned their first win of the season and the first career win for new head coach C.J. Marottolo last Saturday night against Union. Johnson put in his seecond goal of the game with 1:29 remaining in overtime to seal the 6-5 victory. Johnson also netted the game winner in SHU’s first conference game of the season on Tuesday. The Pioneer forward’s five goals this season has already surpassed his total from a year ago. For his efforts the Windsor, CT native was named the Atlatnic Hockey player of the week for October 19-25. Johnson finds himself as the center of the Pioneers top line, paired with Matt Gingera and Patrick Knowlton.
Powerful Power Play... Sacred Heart currently leads Atlantic Hockey on the power play. The Pioneers have converted on five of 15 opportunities with the man advantage, 33.3%. Nick Johnson leads the way posting three power play goals already on the young season.
Senior Scoring... In 2009-10 three seniors top the points list for Sacred Heart. Nick Johnson has five goals and one assist, including both game winning markers for SHU. Erik Boisvert has notched five pionts on three goals and two assists. His line-mate Dave Jarman has tallied three assists and goal for four points this season. Captain Corey Laurysen leads the defensive unit in points with a goal and two assists.
St. Onge's Big Night... Junior goaltender Olivier St. Onge made 31 saves and was on his “A” game Tuesday night in SHU’s victory over AIC. The Pioneer netminder made several stops at point blank range and robbed Yellow Jacket captain Chris Campanale of a break away score with a quality glove save.
Legatto Picks Up First Win... Freshman Steven Legatto picked up his first career win in goal for the Pioneers in his first ever start last week against Union. The Kelowna, BC native made 36 saves to propel SHU to the victory.
Scouting The Saints... St. Lawrence will look to rebound from a 4-1 defeat to Clarkson last weekend. Special teams proved to be a critical factor as Clarkson scored three times on the power play while holding SLU to one for seven on the man advantage. Freshman Kyle Flanagan currently leads the Saints in scoring with three goals and three assists for six points on the season. Sophomore Robby Moss statistically leads the St. Lawrence goalkeepers. So far in 2009-10 he has compiled a 1.88 GAA, .944 save percentage, and a perfect 2-0-0 record.
Up Next... The Pioneers will return to Atlantic Hockey action next weekend in a home and home series with Holy Cross. SHU then will travel to RIT and Bentley for conference tilts before visiting Yale, head coach C.J. Marottolo’s previous squad.