BUFFALO, N.Y. - After trailing 1-0 the Crusaders scored three straight goals including the second consecutive game-winner by sophomore Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Canisius, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at the Buffalo State Sports Arena. With the win, the Crusaders earn their second straight victory and improve to 2-2-0 overall (2-0-0 Atlantic Hockey), while the Golden Griffins fall to 1-5-0 (0-2-0 Atlantic Hockey). Holy Cross wins the two-game season series between the teams as the Crusaders also won 3-2 on Saturday. This is the first time that the Crusaders have started the Atlantic Hockey season with a perfect 2-0-0 record since the 2005-2006 season when they started 3-0-0.
The Golden Griffins took a 1-0 lead at 9:47 of the first period with a goal by Pat Kenney. Just 26 seconds later, the Crusaders tied the game at 1-1 when senior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) scored his first goal of the season. Freshman Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) and junior J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) had assists. The assist was Fletcher's first collegiate point. At 17:27, junior co-captain Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) netted his team-best third goal of the season to give Holy Cross a 2-1 advantage. For the period, Canisius outshot the Crusaders, 9-5, while Holy Cross went 0-1 on the power play and the Golden Griffins went 0-2.
At 7:16 of the second period, Silvia scored the eventual game-winner for his second game-winning goal of the season to increase the lead to 3-1. Sophomore Matt Gordon (Perth, Ontario) and freshman Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) earned assists. Canisius outshot the Crusaders by an 8-6 margin, while Holy Cross went 0-1 on the man-advantage and the Golden Griffins went 0-2.
Canisius made it a 3-2 contest at 12:17 of the third period with a power play goal by David Cianfrini. But, Holy Cross was able to keep the Golden Griffins from tying the game for the 3-2 final score.
Freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) made 27 saves to earn his second straight win and improve to 2-1-0, while Dan Morrison stopped 23 shots and is now 1-4-0 on the season. Holy Cross had 26 shots and went 0-3 on the power play, while Canisius took 29 shots and went 1-6.
The Crusaders return to action when they play two games versus American International on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30-31. Holy Cross will play on the road on Friday and then play its first game at home this season on Saturday. Both games are set to start at 7:00 p.m. Last season, the Crusaders won the season series over the Yellow Jackets, 4-1-0.