Makes a Point, Six Times Over
It was a line that Shaun Hannah could not
Junior Bear Trapp set a Sacred Heart record
with six points — two goals and four assists —
in a 7-3 win over Canisius on Friday night at Buffalo State
Arena. Trapp had missed three-plus games with an unspecified
injury, and Hannah was thrilled to have his star back in
Heart junior forward Bear Trapp collected two goals
and four assists in a win at Canisius last week. In
92 career games, he's scored 109 points.
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all week. Remember to tip your waiters.
Seriously, Trapp had a game for the ages.
His six points came in a span of less than 31 minutes. First,
he set up Nick Johnson’s eighth goal at 2:23 of the
second period. His next two points came on the power play:
he tallied his seventh goal at 7:11 and then set up Erik
Boisvert’s sixth goal at 8:24.
Canisius managed to tie the game at 3-3, but
Trapp set up Johnson’s second goal of the night at
16:42. In the third period, he added two more power play
points, scoring his eighth goal at the 4:40 mark and then
setting up Boisvert’s seventh goal at 13:11.
The four assists is also a Sacred Heart Division I record.
“I had that feeling about our team,
actually,’’ Hannah said. “They really
skated well and played hungry and determined and executed
well. Bear was shooting the puck and executing the play.
If he wasn’t shooting, he was making a good play to
somebody who could score."
Believe it or not, it was Trapp’s first
multiple-goal effort of the season and the sixth of his
career — his best outing was a hat trick against Connecticut
during his freshman season, and he had a pair of four-point
games that same season.
Trapp leads Sacred Heart with 26 points (eight goals, 18
assists). He posted 43 points as a freshman and added 40
as a sophomore, and now has 109 for his career.
“I think he’s having a good year,’’
Hannah said. “I think things are progressing well
for him. He is doing the things that he has to do."
“He is the type of kid that is always
up for a challenge. If guys are going to check him closer,
he’s going to play harder. He proved that in his sophomore
year — teams played him tighter and he rose to that
Trapp played on a line with high-scoring Pierre-Luc
O’Brien and Alex Parent as a sophomore. This season
he is playing the right side with Eric Giosa and centerman
Nick Johnson — Hannah said it’s three players
who share similar abilities with shooting, digging the puck
out of corners and playing well around the net.
"It takes a while for a group to get
accustomed to each other,’’ Hannah said. “His
line is coming together real well."
SEEN AND HEARD IN ATLANTIC HOCKEY
Poor Finishers: Sacred Heart
used to be the most-feared third-period team in Atlantic
Hockey. The Pioneers pumped in 50 goals in the final stanza
last season. There has been a huge power drop-off this season
as Sacred Heart’s production has dropped to just 16
third-period goals, second-lowest in the league.
“We weren’t playing determined
enough hockey in the third period to score a goal when we
needed it, either to go up or tie a hockey game,’’
Hannah said. “We spent a lot of time talking about
it. Last weekend we made progress in that area.’’
Sacred Heart had two third-period goals in
Friday’s 7-3 blowout of Canisius, and scored once
in the third in Saturday’s 4-2 setback.
Who has the best third-period offense? Air
Force, with 33 goals. Couple that with Air Force surrendering
only 21 third-period tallies, and that makes the Falcons
a tough team to catch.
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Force at Mercyhurst
It’s a top-five matchup in Erie
with Air Force trying to stay a point ahead of Mercyhurst.
Air Force halted a three-game slide by taking three
points from visiting Bentley. Mercyhurst has surged
in the last month, moving into a home playoff berth
with a 4-1-3 record — the Lakers are unbeaten
in four and are coming off a sweep at Holy Cross.
Ben Cottreau leads Mercyhurst with 24 points, and
eight Lakers have collected at least five goals. Brent
Olson leads Air Force with 13 goals and 27 points,
and seven healthy Falcons have at least 15 points.
Mercyhurst embarks on perhaps the toughest six-game
stretch of the season, all against top-five teams.
Air Force is making its sixth of seven trips east,
with three splits, one sweep and one empty weekend
thus far. The two teams split a November series in
Colorado: Mercyhurst took the opener, 5-3, and Air
Force won the second, 6-2.
are just happy to get a single point in a game. Bear
Trapp had a hand in all but one of Sacred Heart’s
goals in a 7-3 win over Canisius. The two goals and
four helpers established a school record..
penalty kill probably had a bit of extra work in practice
this week after surrendering four power play goals
to Sacred Heart. Despite a recent streak of six perfect
outings, the not-so-Golden Griffins rank eighth in
the league and 48th nationwide in penalty kill.
FRIES AT THE BOTTOM
OF THE BAG
• Home cooking: Air Force snapped a
three-game losing streak, securing a 4-4 draw and beating
visiting Bentley 3-1. In the opener, Josh Frider had a goal
and two assists for the pilots but Bentley’s Erik
Peterson’s second goal came with the extra attacker
and just nine seconds left. On Saturday, Brent Olson provided
a third-period insurance goal for Air Force and Andrew Volkening
stopped 25 shots for his 13th win of the year.
• Really good home cooking: Army has
won five in a row and is 5-1 on its current nine-game homestand.
The Black Knights swept Connecticut, 3-1 and 6-0, with nine
different players scoring. Goalie of the week Josh Kassel
made 15 saves on Friday and 26 on Saturday, posting Army’s
first shutout of the season and his first since blanking
Connecticut, 3-0, on Jan. 27, 2007. Kassel allowed just
one goal in each of the four games prior to his fifth career
It was the fourth time the Huskies have been
blanked this season (the most since 2004-05), and UConn
fell to 4-10-1 on the road. The line of sophomore Eric Sefchik
(career bests of three assists and four points), Robb Ross
and Drew Pierson each had a goal and totaled eight points.
Army won the season series, 3-1.
• Road show: Mercyhurst traveled to
Worcester, Mass., and took a pair from Holy Cross, 6-3 and
2-1. The Lakers have points in five of their last six road
games. Holy Cross jumped out to a 2-0 lead but Mercyhurst
scored the next five. Steve Cameron had two goals and five
players registered multiple points. The six-goal outburst
was the second of the season for Mercyhurst.
Laker goalie Matt Lundin had 24 stops on Friday
and 29 on Saturday, including all 13 in the third period.
Adam Roy gave up five goals and was chased after two periods
on Friday. He came back the next night with a 33-save effort,
but Mike Gurtler’s power-play tally and Neil Graham’s
short-hander preserved the sweep. Holy Cross has lost four
of its last five and eight of 11, and the Crusaders are
4-9-2 at home.
• And the last shall be first: Last-place
American International College has managed to beat first-place
Rochester Institute of Technology not once, but twice this
season, this after nine losses to the Tigers. AIC picked
up two goals from Chad Richardson and Dan Ramirez was 54
seconds away from a shutout after stopping a career-best
43 shots. RIT restored order on Saturday as defenseman Justin
Hofstetter and Simon Lambert each scored two goals for the
• Touchdown: Sacred Heart’s 7-3
win at Canisius on Friday was the Pioneers’ highest
offensive output of the season and the most goals since
an 8-3 win over Connecticut on March 3, 2006. Even with
the 4-2 loss on Saturday, Sacred Heart won the regular-season
• Nice job, rook: Canisius forward Cory
Conacher was named the league’s rookie of the week
for the second time this season. Conacher had an assist
in the 7-3 loss to Sacred Heart and added two goals and
an assist the next night. Conacher has three goals and eight
assists in 10 outings for the Golden Griffins.
• Let ‘er rip: Army fired 51 shots
on Connecticut on Saturday. It was the first time the Black
Knights have reached 50 since Dec. 8, 2005, against AIC.
Thanks to Army’s aggressive shooting, Connecticut
goalie Beau Erickson surpassed Michigan State’s Jeff
Lerg as the nation’s busiest netminder with 774 saves
• Not again: Bentley’s 4-4 draw
with Air Force was the third in a row for the Massachusetts
club, the first time that has happened since the 1994-95
season. The six ties this season is a school record and
ties the Atlantic Hockey record.
• Scoring from the blues: Air Force
blueliner Greg Flynn ranks seventh in the nation in scoring
for a defenseman with 21 points.
A variety of sources were utilized in
the compilation of this report. Ken McMillan can be reached