FAIRFIELD, Conn.- The Sacred Heart University Men's Ice Hockey team heads to Springfield, Mass. to conclude the regular season with a two-game set against Atlantic Hockey leader AIC on Thursday. The team will have a day off the next day as the Pioneers will wrap up the season on Saturday.
Last Time Out... The Sacred Heart University Men's Ice Hockey team shutout Army in the first of a two game set against the Black Knights as senior Stephen Hladin led the day on Senior Night tallying two out of the five goals in the game. Senior Brett Magnus held Army to 25 shots as he recorded 25 saves. In the second game the Pioneers rallied from two goals down to tie Army 3-3. A last minute goal by sophomore Marc Johnstone helped the Pioneers send the game into OT.
Scouting the Yellow Jackets... AIC is coming off a recent loss to top ranked Arizona State as they fell 4-1 and 5-4 to drop the team's overall record to 17-14-1 on the year. The Yellow Jackets are currently led by sophomore forward Tobias Fladeby who currently leads the team with 16 goals on the year. On the assists front the AIC is lead by junior forward Blake Christensen who currently leads the team with 27 assists. In the back of the net AIC is led by Zackarias Skog who has played in 26 games for AIC and has a record of 14-11-0 and tallies a GAA of 2.99 while compiling a save percentage of 88.8.
Last Meeting.... The Pioneers fell to the Yellow Jackets on January 15, 2019 as SHU fell by a tight margin of 2-1. Junior Vito Bavaro had the long goal for the Pioneers as he scored it while the Pioneers were on the power-play but a pair of goals by Blake Christensen and Brenden Kapcheck were too much for the Pioneers to rally back to win.
Johnstone Keeps Pioneers in Top Playoff Seed Hunt.... Sophomore Marc Johnstone found the back of the net in the final minute of the third period in the second game against Army to tie the game up at 3-3 and to send the game into OT. With the goal, Johnstone now second on team in points with 19 (4g, 15a).
Hladin Shines on Senior Day... Senior Stephen Hladin picked up his first goals of the season in Friday nights match against Army as he tallied two goals for the Pioneers in the 5-0 win over the Black Knights. His career totals took a boost as he now tallies 17 goals, 20 assists for 27 points in his career.
Magera the Main Attraction... Freshman Austin Magera is currently first in Atlantic Hockey and tied for first in the country in game winning goals this season as he has tallied six for the Pioneers including the game-winner in overtime against RIT two weekends ago. Magera currently leads the team in points with 23 and is first in goals with 11 as well as third on team in assists with 12.
Pioneers Third in the Country in Short-Handed Goals.... The Pioneers have tallied a total of eight short-handed goals this season which is currently tied for third place in the national statistical average. The Pioneers are also ranked 12th in the country in penalty kill percentage tallying 85.1%.
Seniors Assisting .... This years senior class currently leads the team in total assists with 41 as well tallies 9 goals to add up to 51 points. The class is led by Liam Clare who currently leads the team in points and points as he has found the back of the net 1 time and assisting 16 times to tally 17 points on the year.
Magnus Tabbed Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week... Sacred Heart University senior goalie Brett Magnus was named Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week for his play against Army this past weekend. This is his first weekly award that he has received this season. Magnus had an impressive weekend against Army as he tallied a shutout in the first game while giving up three goals in a 3-3 tie during the second. The three points helped put SHU in the fifth spot of the Atlantic Hockey standings heading into the final weekend. Overall, he recorded 42 saves, a GAA of 1.44, and a save percentage of .933, with his GAA and save percentage ranking first and third, respectively, in the league this weekend.