Sacred Heart Blasts Yale in CT Ice Round One

by | Jan 26, 2020

Bridgeport, CT- The Sacred Heart Pioneers are in the midst of their program’s best hockey season. They earned their first national ranking earlier in the year and sit atop the Atlantic Hockey Association standings for the first time in program history. Saturday saw a huge step forward with the announcement of a new on-campus hockey rink. That night, CJ Marottolo’s team built on the momentum with a dazzling offensive display against the Yale Bulldogs.

SHU’s 4th ranked power play in the country took the ice 2:41 into the game on a Brett Jewell trip. Jason Cotton broke the ice 35 seconds into the power play with his 16th goal of the year. Less than two minutes later, Vito Bavaro got to the left face off dot and ripped a shot home for a 2-0 lead. Yale’s power play got a chance soon after, but failed to convert. In fact, Matt Tugnutt added a short handed goal for a 3-0 lead. The Pioneer’s scoring outburst ended 15:17 into the frame when Austin Magera made it 4-0 and chased the Eli’s starting goalie Corbin Kaczperski with four goals allowed on nine shots faced.

Yale did offer resistance in the second. Dante Palecco scored a power play goal to get the Bulldogs on the board 1:15 into the second. The Elis tested the Pioneer defense, but couldn’t stay out of the box themselves. Luke Stevens took a five minute major and a game misconduct for a hit from behind. On the ensuing power play, Ryan Steele apparently scored for a 5-1 lead. The officials reviewed and waived the goal off though. In the dying seconds of the major, Jordan Kaplan landed a score which withstood referee scrutiny and made the game 5-1 going into intermission.

Evan Wisocky tacked on a sixth Sacred Heart goal for his first collegiate tally. Brett Jewell notched a power play goal for Yale with a minute late, but the game was already decided by then. SHU claimed a 6-2 victory.

Yale drops to 8-10-0 on the season.

Nicholas MacNab stopped 18 of 20 shots in relief.

The Bulldogs play UConn on Sunday afternoon in the Tournament’s consolation game. Puck drops in Bridgeport at 4 pm ET.

Sacred Heart improves to 15-8-2.

This is the fifth time the Pioneers have scored six or more goals in a game this season. The offense now ranks second nationally (3.92 goals per game) behind only North Dakota.

Josh Benson stopped 21 of 23 shots faced.

“I was really proud of our guys tonight,” said SHU Head Coach CJ Marottolo. “We got off to an incredible start. Our execution was exactly where we wanted it to be. It was a great ambiance out there tonight. ur players enjoyed playing in that kind of environment.”

The Pioneers face the Quinnipiac Bobcats for the Connecticut Ice Festival’s inaugural championship on Sunday night. Puck drops at Webster Bank Arena at 7 pm ET.

K’Andre Miller on the Verge of Stardom

K’Andre Miller on the Verge of Stardom

The New York Rangers have assembled a very talented, young roster, highlighted by a former Norris Trophy winner (Adam Fox), a defending Vezina Trophy winner (Igor Shesterkin), a recent first overall pick (Alexis Lafreniere) and a recent second overall draft pick (Kappo Kakko). But though all of those players are critical to the Blueshirts’ future, K’Andre Miller could turn out be the most important of all.

read more
How the Kraken kept their new mascot Buoy a secret

Hundreds of ideas and names were submitted in the Kraken's quest for a mascot. Here's why they chose this particular troll -- and how they kept him under wraps for… [...]

NHL Future Power Rankings: Predicting best, worst teams for the next three seasons

Are the Avs and Lightning set up for long-term success? Which teams could shoot up the standings soon? How do teams with young stars fit in? [...]

Canadiens sign goalie Allen to 2-year extension

The Montreal Canadiens signed goaltender Jake Allen to a two-year, $7.7 million contract extension on Saturday. [...]

Ducks' Vaakanainen taken off ice on stretcher

Ducks defenseman Urho Vaakanainen was taken off the Honda Center ice on a stretcher after he crashed into the end boards in the first period of Anaheim's preseason game against… [...]

Lightning, Magic donate to Hurricane Ian relief

The Tampa Bay Lightning and team owner Jeff Vinik are donating $2 million toward Hurricane Ian relief efforts while the Orlando Magic are donating $1 million. [...]

Rasmus Sandin signed a two-year, $2.8 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the club announced on Thursday. [...]

Flyers' Couturier dodges surgery as season nears

Despite not participating in any preseason games yet, Philadelphia veteran forward Sean Couturier will not need surgery on an upper-body injury, the Flyers said Wednesday, though he remains week-to-week. [...]

Leafs captain Tavares to miss beginning of season

John Tavares will be out at least three weeks with an oblique injury, Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said Tuesday. [...]

Sharks', Preds' Russian players a go for Prague

Russian players will be allowed to play in Prague when the Sharks and Predators meet. [...]

Toronto out and Detroit in? Teams most likely to rise and fall in the playoff race

We identify the most vulnerable candidates in each division -- plus the non-playoff teams from last season that are ready to take their place. [...]

Ever wonder what it would be like if your everyday car was a ZAMBONI?!?!?

Wonder no longer…

Check out The Zambonis' latest hit, "Slow Whip"!