Pioneers Blanked by Army West Point on Friday Night

Pioneers Blanked by Army West Point on Friday Night

WEST POINT, N.Y.— The Sacred Heart University men's ice hockey team was held scoreless in a 6-0 loss to the Army West Point on Friday night at Tate Rink. 

The Pioneers (11-18-4, 9-14-4 AHA) four-game win streak on the road dating back to January 19 at Air Force was snapped by the Black Knights (14-13-6, 11-10-6 AHA) as goaltender Cole Bruns turned away all 30 of the Pioneers with shots. 

Sophomore Vito Bavaro led SHU with five shots on goal and Austin McIlmurray and Jordan Kaplan contributing four shots each. Junior Brett Magnus record 18 saves in the start for the Pioneers and senior Nathan Perry added five saves in nearly 12 minutes of action. 

Turning Point…

The Black Knights opened the scoring first as Mike Preston fired the slapshot from the point through a screen at 2:29. SHU drew the five-minute major penalty just under the halfway mark in the period, firing five shots on goal in that span but were denied by Cole Bruns. Fidler made the deficit two goals for SHU with his rebound goal at 18:34. The Pioneers recorded 10 shots out of the 17 for the period on the man advantage.

After the frantic pace set the tone in the first period, both pulled back the tempo in the second. Army took hold of a missed Pioneers chance at 3:33 in the second as Tucker DeYoung was on the trail of the rush. SHU had several chances late in the second period but couldn't sneak one by Bruns.

The Pioneers nearly got on the board five minutes into the third period but Jason Cotton's backhanded shot bounced off the crossbar and back into the crease. But momentum continued to swing toward the home team as Army put up three goals in a two in a half minute span ending at 9:01 in the third to seal the game at 6-0.

How They Scored…

2:29 – 1st Period: Army West Point 1, SHU 0: The Black Knights worked the puck in the Pioneers zone with several chances on goal. Army worked the puck back to the point as Soucie found Preston on the right point. He skated to the middle and fired the slap shot through a screen going top shelf past Magnus.

18:34 – 1st Period: Army West Point 2, SHU 0: Off the Pioneers power play, John Laurito picked up the puck in the neutral zone. He raced into the zone firing a shot on net. Preston was there looking for the rebound but Magnus made two phenomenal stops. The puck trickled out in front of the net as Fidler chipped in the rebound to put Army up two scores. 

3:33 – 2nd Period: Army West Point 3, SHU 0: The Black Knights went on the two-on-two rush into the SHU zone. Brendan Soucie found DeYoung wide open on the trail to beat Magnus glove side.
7:29 – 3rd Period: Army West Point 4, SHU 0; After the Pioneers killed the five-on-three power play, Army still had 45 seconds on the man advantage. Dalton MacAfee fired a shot from the point as Dominic Franco was there net front to deflect the puck in.

8:06 – 3rd Period: Army West Point 5, SHU 0: The Black Knights continued to go on the attack scoring just 37 seconds later on the rush. Laurito hit Connor Andrle in the neutral zone as the forward skated through the Pioneers end. He pulled up with the toe drag and buried the wrist shot top shelf. 

9:01 – 3rd Period: Army West Point 6, SHU 0: Army continued to get chances inside the Pioneers end as Michael Wilson worked the puck in front of the net. His chance was knocked down by the Pioneers defense but the puck stayed in the slot for DeYoung to bury his second goal of the night. 

Key Stats & Notes…

  • Army West Point broke the all-time series tie and now leads the series 29-28-9. 
  • The Pioneers fired 30 shots on goal on the night, reaching 30 or more shots since firing 32 in the 3-3 tie against Army on January 6.
  • SHU has been held scoreless on the power play in its last 13 chances in the past three games.

Up Next…

The Pioneers conclude the regular season tomorrow night with a 7:05 p.m. start from Tate Rink as they conclude the regular season series with the Black Knights.