NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Jesse Todd scored the game-winner for the Warriors as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell at Merrimack, 3-1, on Friday night at Lawler Arena. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-2-0 overall, while the Warriors improve to 1-2-0.
The first period went scoreless as the Crusaders outshot the Warriors by an 8-6 margin, while each team went 0-1 on the power play.
Merrimack took a 1-0 lead at 3:41 of the second period with a power play goal by Chris Barton. Barton sent a loose puck by Holy Cross freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) for his fourth goal of the season. The Crusaders went on a two-man advantage for 40 seconds when Merrimack's Carter Madsen was given a five-minute major for hitting from behind while Holy Cross was on the power play. The Crusaders were unable to convert on either the two-man advantage or the rest of the five-minute major. For the period, the Warriors outshot the Crusaders, 11-7.
The Warriors increased their lead to 2-0 at 11:16 of the third period with a goal by Todd. The Crusaders went with an empty-net and with just 44.5 seconds left to go, junior Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) fired a wrist shot by Merrimack goalie Joe Cannata for his first goal of the season to make the score 2-1. Senior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) posted an assist. But the Warriors clinched the 3-1 victory when J.C. Robitaille scored an empty-net goal with 12.7 seconds left.
Tysowsky made his collegiate debut and tallied 25 saves, while Cannata stopped 26 shots. The Crusaders had 27 shots and went 0-3 on the power play, while the Warriors took 28 shots and went 1-4.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24-25, when they play their Atlantic Hockey season-opening series versus Canisius at the Buffalo State Sports Arena. Both games will start at 4:00 p.m.