WORCESTER, Mass. - Cameron Burt scored the game-winning overtime goal for the Tigers with just 47 seconds left as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to RIT, 3-2, at the Hart Center on Saturday evening. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 4-9-3 overall (4-6-3 Atlantic Hockey), while the Tigers improve to 9-5-1 overall (9-2-1 Atlantic Hockey). The Tigers 10-game unbeaten streak of 9-0-1 is currently the longest in the country. The Tigers won the weekend series, 1-0-1.
Holy Cross took a 1-0 lead at 6:47 of the first period when senior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) scored on the power play off a rebound from a shot by sophomore Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) for his fifth goal of the season, while sophomore Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) also was credited with an assist. At 12:08, Taylor McReynolds tied the game at 1-1 with his second goal of the season. Each team had nine shots, while the Crusaders went 1-2 on the power play and the Tigers went 0-1.
The second period went scoreless as the Tigers outshot Holy Cross by a 10-7 margin, while the Crusaders went 0-2 on the man-advantage and the Tigers went 0-3.
At 7:28 of the third period, Chris Haltigin scored on the power play for his third goal of the season to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead. The Crusaders tied the game with a power play goal at 14:36 by sophomore Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.). Silvia deflected a shot by junior Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) by Tigers' goalie Jared DeMichiel for his fifth goal of the season. Sophomore Matt Gordon (Perth, Ontario) also earned an assist. The game went to overtime and with just 47 seconds remaining Burt gave the Tigers victory.
Freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) made 27 saves and is now 4-7-3, while DeMichiel stopped 33 shots and improves to 8-5-1. The Crusaders went 2-6 on the power play and the Tigers went 1-7, while Holy Cross outshot the Tigers, 35-30.
The Crusaders return to action on Thursday, Dec. 10, when they play at the Hart Center versus No. 4 Quinnipiac. This will be the second nationally ranked team that the Crusaders have played at home this season as Holy Cross fell to No. 11 Yale, 7-3. The game is at 7:00 p.m.