Nov. 12, 2009
Setting the Scene... Sacred Heart makes its second trip to Massachusetts this weekend as they take on the Bentley Falcons in a weekend series. The Pioneers are coming off of a home and home series split with Holy Cross in which each team got a road victory. The Crusaders picked up the 4-2 win Friday night but the Pioneers would rebound with a 5-4 triumph Saturday night in Worcester, MA. The Falcons return home after the long trip out west to face AHA member Air Force. Bentley earned just one point against the defending Atlantic Hockey champion with a 3-3 tie Friday night in the series opener.
The Series... In 2008-09 Sacred Heart and Bentley split two one-goal games at the Milford Ice Pavilion. Sacred Heart won the series opener 6-5 in overtime on a Patrick Knowlton game winner. The Pioneers lead the all-time series over the Falcons 18-14-2.
On the Road Again... The Pioneers continue a stretch in which they play nine consecutive games away from the Milford Ice Pavilion. Sacred Heart is 2-2-1, 1-0-0 in conference play, on the road this season. The schedule will even out once the calendar turns to 2010 as SHU opens an eight game home stand January 2-3 against Air Force.
Ferraro on Fire... Senior Paul Ferraro (Pleasantville, NY) is on a hot streak, scoring a point in four consecutive games. Ferraro added three assists to his line last weekend against Holy Cross. The fifth year player posted two assists in the Pioneers' 5-4 win Saturday night. In the first period he created a turnover in the SHU zone and made a good outlet pass to start a two-on-one break that lead to the game's first goal. Early in the third period Ferraro wristed a shot from the blue line that freshman Reid MacLeod (Teulon, MB) redirected into the net to give Sacred Heart the lead. Ferraro ranks second among defenseman in Atlantic Hockey in points with eight (1 G - 7A) in 2009-10.
Legatto Shines... Freshman goaltender Steven Legatto (Kelowna, BC) turned heads this weekend, making 67 saves in two starts against Holy Cross. The rookie tallied 30 saves Friday night, including 15 in the second period to hold off the Crusaders and keep the Pioneers in the game. His solid effort on Friday earned him another start Saturday and he rewarded his team with a win. Legatto turned away 37 total shots and came up huge in the first period with 17 stops, inclduing several fantastic glove saves. Legatto was also the team's best penalty killer, totaling 10 saves each night against the Holy Cross power play unit that converted just once in eight tries through the weekend.
Berube on the Power Play... Junior David Berube (Quebec, QC) lit the lamp twice against the Crusaders with the Pioneers on the man advantage. Sacred Heart went 2 for 7 for the weekend on the power play and both goals leveled the score. Berube now has four goals in 2009-10, matching his total from last season.
Scouting the Falcons... Bentley returns to the east coast after a tough weekend in Colorado against Air Force. The Falcons were shutout for the first time in 2009-10 in a 3-0 defeat Saturday night. Senior Mark Mensione currently leads the Falcons attack with four goals and three assists for seven points on the season. Goaltenders Joe Calvi and Kyle Rank have split time between the pipes all season for the Falcons. Calvi is 2-0-1 in conference play with an overall 2.71 goals against average and .900 save percentage. Rank is still searching for his first win of the season with a 0-3-0 record and a 3.67 goals against average in 2009-10.
Knowlton Strikes Twice... Junior Patrick Knowlton (Colorado Springs, CO) found the back of the net twice and added two assists for four total points in Sacred Heart's split with Holy Cross. The junior forward scored in the third period Friday night after gathering a loose rebound in front of the net. Knowlton led the Pioneers to a fast start Saturday night scoring on an odd man rush 3:01 into the first period. He also provided an assist on both of the Pioneers power play goals over the weekend.
Bouncing Back... Sacred Heart has had to rebound in the second game of a weekend series three times this season. The Pioneers are 2-0-1 in the second game of each series with a 6-5 win over RPI, a 5-4 victory at Holy Cross, and a 3-3 tie with St. Lawrence.
Top Gunners... The Pioneers currently rank first in Atlantic Hockey and fifth in the nation scoring 3.86 goals per game. Nick Johnson (Windsor, CT) is tied for second in the conference with six goals for the season. Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON) leads the team in points with 10, four goals and six assists.
Up Next... Sacred Heart will make the long bus ride to Rochester, NY next weekend as they faceoff with the RIT Tigers. Despite a tough season the Pioneers played well against the Tigers last year going 2-1-1 in four games.