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Men’s Hockey Skates to Tie with Black Knights at Nassau Coliseum

Pioneers Play in First Collegiate Hockey Game at Historic Arena since Reopening Last Spring

The Sacred Heart men’s hockey team led the Army West Point Black Knights 3-2 heading into the third period on January 6 at NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island, but a power play goal halfway through the third period ensured a point for both teams as the game ended in a 3-3 tie.

This was the first college hockey game to be played at the Coliseum since it reopened last spring following extensive reconstruction. Back in December, Head Coach C.J. Marottolo talked about this great opportunity. “We are excited to be part of the first collegiate hockey game to be played at Nassau Coliseum – where so much hockey history has been made.”

The turning point in the game came when SHU scored two goals in the second period to take a 3-2 lead heading into the third period. Marc Johnstone set up Zach Tsekos for the first goal at 4:16 of the period. Johnstone then put the Pioneers in front at 7:38, as Hunter Fargey threw a cross-ice pass to him as he came out of the penalty box. SHU controlled much of the third period, but the Black Knights got a power play goal at 10:10 from Michael Wilson to tie the game 3-3. SHU held Army West Point to one shot on goal in overtime, but Jared Dempsey stopped all four Pioneer shots to ensure a point for each team.