Dec. 12, 2009
Setting the Scene... Sacred Heart concludes the fall semester with a non conference match-up against ECAC member Dartmouth. The Pioneers will look to snap a five game skid while the Big Green enter the tilt with a three game winning streak. Sacred Heart was swept last weekend in a series with Army, 2-1 and 4-2, as the third period proved to be the difference in both contests. Dartmouth is rolling after victories over Providence and Harvard last weekend to bring its record back to 3-6-0. The Big Green started the season losing six straight, three of those games were one goal affairs.
The Series... The Pioneers are 0-2-0 all-time against the Big Green in a series that opened up in 2005-06. The two teams last met January 20, 2007 as Dartmouth edged out a 4-3 victory. Sacred Heart has played five games versus ECAC members this season posting a 1-3-1 record.
One For The Road... Sunday’s game concludes the Pioneers grueling nine game road trip in which they are currently 1-6-1. After the holiday break Sacred Heart will return to the friendly confines of the MIP, where they are 1-1-0 this season. The Pioneers will be able to set up shop in Milford, CT as they kick-off an eight game homestand with Air Force January 2-3.
100 Point Club... Senior Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON) notched two points in a weekend series with Army to bring his career total to 100. Jarman had an assist in each of the Pioneers two games. Friday, his shot from the point led to Nick Johnson’s (Windsor, CT) power play goal in the first period. Saturday night he provided another power play assist that knotted the game at 2-2 in the second period.
Relying On Offense... The Pioneers have had to score at least five goals in each of their three wins this season. Sacred Heart has notched 11 goals in their last six games leading to a 0-5-1 record.Delong Delivers... Freshman Eric Delong (Oakville, MB) had a hand in all three SHU goals against the Black Knights of Army. Delong provided a nifty back hand pass through the crease Friday night to give SHU the lead. The rookie winger was the Pioneers only source of offense Saturday night as he scored both Sacred Heart goals in the second period. Each tally evened the score and gave SHU a chance to take the lead. Delong currently ranks second among Atlantic Hockey rookies posting 0.73 points per game.
Unlucky Legatto... Goaltender Steven Legatto (Kelowna, BC) played well in two games against Army but could not pick up a victory. Legatto made 75 saves over the weekend including 41 Friday night. He turned away 20 Army shots in the second period Friday night that temporarily preserved a 1-0 SHU lead. Legatto has now played 63% of the minutes in net for the Pioneers after starting the season splitting time with junior Olivier St. Onge (Wickham, QC).
Scouting the Big Green... Dartmouth comes into Sunday’s contest on a three game winning streak defeating St. Lawrence, Providence, and Harvard. Junior classmates Scott Flemming and Adam Estoclet lead the Big Green with 10 points each. Flemming is the team’s best goal scorer with seven on the season. Escolet has compiled two goals and eight assists for his ten points. Sophomore Jody O’Neill spends the majority of time between the pipes for the Big Green. O’Neill has a 3.29 goals against average and a .908 save percentage. For his career O’Neill has a 2.74 GAA and a .920 save percentage.
Triple Play... Nick Johnson (Windsor, CT) and Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON) have both earned at least one point in the Pioneers last three games. The combination makes up part of the SHU power play and combined for the Pioneers lone goal Friday night along with Eric Delong (Oakville, MB). Johnson scored both against #11 Yale and Army. Jarman has one assist in each of the last three games and now has 11 helpers on the year while leading Sacred Heart with 15 total points.
Third Period Trouble... Sacred Heart has struggled in the third period in the last month. In their previous seven games the Pioneers have been outscored 12-1 in the third. Army shutdown the Pioneers 4-0 in the final stanzas over the weekend to sweep Sacred Heart.
Penalty Kill Improves... The previously struggling SHU power play held the Black Knights to 2 for 18 on the weekend with the man advantage. Sacred Heart held Army 0-7 Friday night and killed six consecutive minutes of power play time.
Up Next... After Sunady’s meeting the Pioneers will enjoy the holiday break before continuing Atlantic Hockey play January 2-3 against three-time defending champion Air Force.