Hockey Preview: vs. Sacred Heart

Another Atlantic Hockey foe skates into town.

Woooo! Victory over Robert Morris for ownership of Pittsburgh was very sweet. That's become a nice little rivalry game, by the way, with lots of hard checking, and maybe even a touch of cross checking and boarding. In-state rivals don't like each other. Who would have guessed?

Feast On The Sacred Heart

Next Up: Sacred Heart University Pioneers (2-5-0)

When: Friday, November 8th, 7pmET

Where: Pegula Ice Arena

Last Season: Penn State 6, Sacred Heart 3 at Milford, CT

Sacred Heart University was founded......wait for it......in 1963, because there weren't enough Catholic schools in the northeast. Surprisingly, it's not Jesuit, so you might be able to have a modicum of fun on the campus (no, probably not). It was originally staffed by laity - that is, not priests or nuns, which is a big, big bonus. That's huge. And the bidness skool is named after GE's Jack Welch, because Jack forked over a ton of cash.

The "Pioneers" - - how can Sacred Heart, founded in 1963 by Catholics because Boston and New York were too far in those days, have "Pioneers" as a mascot? What, exactly, is pioneering about a small, private, Catholic school in 1963, in the northeast? In any event - - the "Pioneers" skate in the Atlantic Hockey lig, and set the world aflame when they upset pre-season #1 UMass-Lowell 2-1, in Lowell. Since then, though, the 'Neers have gone 1-5-0, including 4 straight losses, getting outscored 26-10.

Those 2 wins on the 2013/14 season match last year's grand total, when they finished 2-30-4. They lost 2 of their top 4 goal scorers from last year, and their top goalie. They return fewer letter-winners (14) than they lost overall (15). Though, with that record, maybe that's not such a bad thing. Look for the Lions to stayed unbeaten at home.

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