WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) contributed on all four of the Crusaders' goals with one goal and three assists for four points as the Holy Cross men's hockey team tied American International, 4-4, at the Hart Center on Saturday evening for the home opener. With the tie, the Crusaders are now 2-3-1 overall (2-1-1 Atlantic Hockey), while the Yellow Jackets are 1-3-1 (1-1-1 Atlantic Hockey). AIC won this weekend's home-and-home series as it took the first game by a score of 3-0 on Friday. The Crusaders also had big games from junior co-captain Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) who recorded one goal and two assists for three points, while senior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) and freshman Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) each posted one goal and one assist for two points.
The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead at 10:16 of the first period when Vos scored on the power play for his second goal of the season. After receiving a pass from junior Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.), Cyr fired a shot that hit the boards and bounced to Vos at the left side of the goal as he then knocked the puck by AIC goalie Dan Ramirez. Holy Cross increased its lead to 2-0 at 13:12 when Cyr found the back of the net for the second time this season. Sheen had a shot saved Ramirez and then Vos also had a shot stopped, but Cyr was able to capitalize on the rebound from Vos' shot. With 2:12 left to go, Charles LaChance made it a 2-1 game with his first collegiate goal as he sent the puck by freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.). For the period, Holy Cross outshot AIC, 14-10, while the Crusaders went 1-2 on the power play and the Yellow Jackets went 0-1.
AIC tied the game at 2-2 at 6:26 of the second period with a power play goal by Adam Pleskach. The Yellow Jackets then took a 3-2 lead at 15:37 with their third straight goal as LaChance netted his second goal of the contest. The Crusaders outshot the Yellow Jackets by an 11-9 margin, while Holy Cross went 0-1 on the man-advantage and AIC went 1-2.
The Crusaders then tallied two consecutive goals to move out to a 4-3 lead. At 5:16 of the third period, Sheen netted his team-best fourth goal of the season with assists by Sheahan and Cyr. Just 2:43 later and on the power play, Sheahan gave Holy Cross the lead with his second goal of the season. Sheen and Cyr earned assists. The Yellow Jackets then went on their own power play and took advantage of it with a goal by Tom Mele at 8:42. The goal tied the contest at 4-4 and was his first of the season. The game remained tied through regulation and through overtime for the 4-4 final score.
Tysowsky made 25 saves and is now 2-2-1 on the season, while Ramirez stopped 41 shots and is 0-2-1. Holy Cross outshot AIC, 45-29, while the Crusaders went 2-5 on the power play and the Yellow Jackets went 2-4.
The Crusaders return to action when they play two games versus Sacred Heart on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7. Holy Cross will travel to Milford, Conn. on Friday to play at the Milford Ice Pavilion, while on Saturday Holy Cross will play at home. Both games will start at 7:00 p.m. Last season, the series was tied at 2-2-0, as each team won one game at home and one game on the road.