BRIDGPEORT, Conn.- The Sacred Heart University Men's Ice Hockey team fell to Canisius this afternoon by a final score of 5-2. The Pioneers will return to action on Saturday Jan. 25 when they face Yale at the SNY CT Festival at 7:30 p.m. at Webster Bank Arena.
- The Pioneers outshot the Golden Griffs in the opening period 13-10.
- It would be Canisius that struck first in the period as a goal by Keaton Mastrodonato off an assist by Matt Stief 1:27 into the period put Canisius ahead 1-0 early.
- Then less than two minutes later Mastrodonato scored again this time on a short-handed goal 3:00 into the period to put the Canisius in a 2-0 lead.
- SHU answered by four minutes later at 7:42 into the period though as senior Austin McIlmurray cashed in his ninth power-play goal of the season off a pair of assists by senior Mike Lee and first-year Braeden Tuck to put SHU within one goal of Canisius with the score now 2-1.
- Then right before the midway point in the period Canisius answered back with a goal by Matt Long at 9:37 into the period to give Canisius a 3-1 lead heading into the second period.
- The Pioneers had an aggressive offensive attack in the second period firing off 12 shots on goal while holding Canisius to just four.
- SHU tightend the Canisius lead to 3-2 as a goal by Jason Cotton just 2:44 into the period off a pair of assists by junior Michael Gilroy and fellow junior Alex Bates.
- But Canisius answered back as a goal 15:25 into the period as Ryan Miotto found the back of the net off an assist by Mitchell Martan to give the Golden Griffins a 4-2 lead.
- The Pioneers still held the shots on goal edge in the third period as they fired off 10 shots on goal while holding Canisius to just four.
- Neither side would be able to find the back of the net for the first half of the period then at 12:01 into the third Nick Hutchison tallied the teams fifth goal of the game off a pair of assists by Lee Lapid and Matt Stief to give Canisius a 5-2 lead.
- The three goal edge was too much for the Pioneers while even on the power-play twice in the period the Pioneers were unable to cash in on the man advantage going 0-2 in the third thus resulting in a 5-2 loss for the Pioneers.