November 24, 2009

Men's Hockey Blanks Connecticut, 5-0

Video: Coach Pearl's Postgame Comments

WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) and sophomore Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) each scored twice while freshman Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) added two assists as Holy Cross shut out Connecticut, 5-0, at the Hart Center on Tuesday night. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 4-7-2 overall (4-5-2 Atlantic Hockey) while the Huskies fall to 2-9-2 on the season (2-6-2 Atlantic Hockey).

Holy Cross took a 1-0 lead with 3:43 left in the first period when Nunn intercepted a pass in the Connecticut zone and drove to the net. Husky goaltender Jeff Larson made the initial save, but Miller converted the rebound for his second goal of the season. Holy Cross outshot Connecticut 12-2 in the period and won 14 of 20 faceoffs. The Crusaders finished the period 0-2 on the power play, while the Huskies were 0-1.

Both teams played a scoreless second period. The Crusaders added to their lead just 2:11 into the third when Sheen scored his first of the night on the power play. Sheen tallied his second goal of the night and team-best sixth of the season at the 7:38 mark to expand Holy Cross' lead to 3-0. Freshman Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) scored his first collegiate goal less than two minutes later. Miller capped off the scoring with his second of the game to give Holy Cross a 5-0 advantage.

Freshman Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) stopped all 19 shots he faced to earn the first shutout of his collegiate career. Larson made 23 saves on 27 shots for Connecticut, while Brad McInnis came into the game in the third period and faced five shots, making four saves. Holy Cross outshot Connecticut 32-19 and went 1-4 on the power play, while the Huskies finished 0-5 with the man advantage.

The Crusaders return to action Saturday, Nov. 28 when they host No. 11 Yale at the Hart Center. The game is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m.