PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Junior co-captain Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) recorded his 50th career point with his 27th career goal, but Daniel New scored the game-winner for the Friars to break a 1-1 tie at the 18:42 mark of the second period, as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Providence, 2-1, on Saturday evening at Schneider Arena in the season opener for both teams. With the loss, the Crusaders start the season 0-1-0 overall, while the Friars improve to 1-0-0.
The Friars jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 3:45 mark of the first period, when Kyle MacKinnon blasted a slap shot from the blue line that got through the pads of senior goalie Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) and trickled across the goal line. For the period, Holy Cross outshot Providence, 11-9, while the Crusaders went 0-3 on the power play including a two-man advantage and the Friars went 0-2.
Holy Cross tied the game at 1-1 at the 8:43 mark of the second period when Sheen knocked a loose puck by Friar goalie Alex Beaudry. Junior Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and freshman Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) earned assists. The Friars grabbed the lead back with just 1:18 to go when a shot by New deflected over Dams. Each team took 13 shots, while the Crusaders went 0-1 on the man-advantage and the Friars went 0-2.
The third period went scoreless as Holy Cross went with an empty net with 50 seconds left to play but was unable to tie the contest.
Dams stopped 35 shots, while Beaudry made 33 saves to earn the victory. The Friars outshot the Crusaders, 37-34, while each team went 0-5 on the power play.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday, Oct. 16, when they play their second straight game versus a Hockey East team with a contest at Merrimack at 7:00 p.m.