WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) scored two goals but the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Sacred Heart, 5-4, at the Hart Center on Saturday evening. With the loss, the Crusaders fall 3-4-1 overall (3-2-1 Atlantic Hockey), while the Pioneers improve to 3-3-1 (2-1-0 Atlantic Hockey). The two teams split this weekend's home-and-home series.
The Pioneers started with an early 1-0 lead at 3:01 of the first period with a goal by Patrick Knowlton. The Crusaders responded to tie the contest at 1-1 at 14:29 when Cyr netted his fourth goal of the season. Cyr and freshman Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) went on a two-on-one break as Linsmayer sent a pass from the right side to a waiting Cyr who buried the puck in the left side of the net. The Crusaders outshot the Pioneers, 18-6, while Holy Cross went 0-2 on the power play.
At 2:21 of the second period, sophomore Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) scored his first goal of the season to give Holy Cross a 2-1 lead. But at 9:47, the Pioneers tied the game at 2-2 with a goal by Erik Boisvert. The Crusaders then regained the lead when Cyr scored a shorthanded breakaway goal to the upper right corner of the net at 14:20. The goal was his team-best fifth of the season. Just 2:23 later, David Berube scored off a rebound while on the power play to tie the game. For the period, the Pioneers outshot Holy Cross 16-12, while the Crusaders went 0-1 on the man-advantage and the Pioneers went 1-3.
With the contest tied at 3-3, Reid MacLeod scored his first collegiate goal at 4:15 of the third period when he deflected a slap shot by Paul Ferraro past Holy Cross freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) to give the Pioneers a 4-3 advantage. With 57 seconds left to go, Boisvert scored an empty-netter for his second goal of the game. With just three seconds remaining and with an extra-man because of the empty-net, the Crusaders made it a 5-4 score when freshman Brendan Baker (Edina, Minn.) netted his first collegiate goal. But the Pioneers were able to secure the victory for the 5-4 final score.
Tysowsky made 23 saves and is now 3-3-1 on the season, while Steven Legatto stopped 37 shots to improve to 2-1-1. Holy Cross outshot the Pioneers, 41-28, while the Crusaders went 0-4 on the power play and Pioneers went 1-3.
The Crusaders return to action when they play Air Force at the Hart Center on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14. Both games are at 7:00 p.m.