MILFORD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart men's hockey team came back from 2-1 down early in the second period to defeat the Canisius Golden Griffins 3-2 Friday night at Milford Ice Pavilion. Senior Drew George scored the game-winner on the power play with 1:24 remaining in the second period.
Andrew Bodnarchuk (Saskatoon, Sask.) made his second consecutive start in goal, making 26 saves for his first win of the season. Justin Danforth (Oshawa, Ont.) had his second multi-point game of the season with two assists. David Iacono (Newmarket, Ont.) also had two points on a goal and an assist.
It was Canisius (4-4-1, 3-2-0 AHA) that scored first Friday night. The Golden Griffins had a 5-on-3 power play early in the first period when defenseman Chris Rumble finished off some tic-tac-toe passing from Shane Conacher and Ralph Cuddemi to make the score 1-0 3:07 into the game. Sacred Heart (3-5-1, 3-3-1 AHA) answered at 10:37 of the period. Iacono started a rush out of the Pioneers' end, getting the puck to Danforth who put a shot on goal. After Canisius goaltender Keegan Asmundson made the initial save, Jacob Brightbill (Anneville, Pa.) found the puck out of a scrum of skaters and put it in the net to tie the game at 1-1. Canisius outshot Sacred Heart 11-9 in the first, but the game was tied heading into intermission.
The Golden Griffins took back the lead at 4:59 of the second as Josh Kielich scored off of a pass from Ryan Schmelzer. Once again, the Pioneers would level the game. Iacono knocked in his second goal of the season with 5:44 to play in the period, getting assists from Daniel Lisi (King City, Ont.) and Spencer Graboski (Quesnel, B.C.). Just over four minutes later, Sacred Heart took its only lead of the game. With the Pioneers on the power play, Drew George (Regina, Sask.) fired a shot right past the Asmundson's glove from the left circle to give Sacred Heart a 3-2 lead with 1:24 to play in the second. Danforth and Erlich Doerksen (Toronto, Ont.) assisted on the go-ahead goal, Sacred Heart's second power play goal in as many games. Bodnarchuk made the lead hold up, stopping all nine shots he faced in the third period to give Sacred Heart the 3-2 win.
Each team had 28 shots on goal in the game, with Sacred Heart holding a 13-8 edge in the deciding second period. Canisius was 1-for-3 on the power play as Sacred Heart was 1-for-5. Asmundson stopped 25 shots for the Golden Griffins.
The two sides wrap up their weekend series tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m.