WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore Matt Gordon (Perth, Ontario) scored his first collegiate goal to tie the game with only 42 seconds left in the third period as the Holy Cross men's hockey team tied first-place RIT, 1-1, at the Hart Center on Friday evening. With the tie, the Crusaders are now 4-8-3 overall (4-5-3 Atlantic Hockey), while the Tigers are 8-5-1 overall (8-2-1 Atlantic Hockey). The tie snaps the Tigers' eight-game winning streak but their nine-game unbeaten streak of 8-0-1 is currently the longest in the country. These two teams will conclude the two-game weekend series on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
The first period went scoreless as the Tigers outshot Holy Cross, 10-9, while the Tigers went 0-1 on the only power play of the period.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead at 12:54 of the second period when Chris Saracino scored his second goal of the season. For the period, the Tigers outshot the Crusaders by a 7-6 margin, while Holy Cross went 0-3 on the man-advantage and the Tigers went 0-1.
Gordon's goal with just 42 seconds remaining in the third was on a power play and with an empty-net as Holy Cross had a two-man advantage. After receiving a pass from sophomore Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.), freshman Brendan Baker (Edina, Minn.) sent a pass that Gordon tipped by Tigers' goalie Jared DeMichiel to tie the contest at 1-1. Neither team was able to score again for the 1-1 overtime tie.
Freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) made 24 saves and is now 4-6-3, while DeMichiel stopped 23 shots and is 7-5-1 on the season. The Crusaders went 1-4 on the power play and the Tigers went 0-2, while the Tigers outshot the Crusaders, 25-24.