BUFFALO, N.Y. - Junior co-captain Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) and freshman Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) each posted one goal and one assist as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Canisius, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon at the Buffalo State Sports Arena to start the Atlantic Hockey season. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 1-2-0 overall (1-0-0 Atlantic Hockey), while the Golden Griffins fall to 1-4-0 (0-1-0 Atlantic Hockey). The Crusaders remain undefeated in Atlantic Hockey season openers with a 6-0-1 record, including a 2-0-1 record versus Canisius as this was the third time that these teams have started the league season against each other. The Crusaders and the Golden Griffins will conclude their two-game season series on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 4:00 p.m.
The Crusaders scored all three of their goals during the first period, including Sheen's team-best second goal of the season as he gave Holy Cross a 1-0 lead at 6:29. Vos and junior Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) earned assists. The assist was Vos' first collegiate point. The Golden Griffins responded just 2:23 later with a goal on a two-man-advantage power play from Jason Weeks to tie the contest at 1-1. Holy Cross then posted a two-man-advantage power play goal of its own when Vos netted his first collegiate goal to give the Crusaders a 2-1 lead at 13:43. Sheen and junior Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) recorded assists. Then just 46 seconds later while on the power play, sophomore Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) found the back of the net for the first time this season to make it a 3-1 score. Freshman Brendan Baker (Edina, Minn.) and sophomore Matt Gordon (Perth, Ontario) each tallied their first collegiate point with an assist. For the period, each team took 10 shots, while Holy Cross went 2-3 on the power play and Canisius went 1-3.
The second period went scoreless as the Crusaders outshot the Golden Griffins by a 9-8 margin and Canisius went 0-3 on man-advantage opportunities.
With just 6:13 left to go, Vincent Scarsella cut the Holy Cross lead to 3-2, but the Crusaders were able to keep the Golden Griffins off the scoreboard the rest of the way for the 3-2 victory.
Freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) made 24 saves to earn his first collegiate win and improve to 1-1-0, while Dan Morrison stopped 28 shots and is now 1-3-0 on the season. Holy Cross outshot Canisius, 31-26, while the Crusaders went 2-5 on the power play and the Golden Griffins went 1-6.