WORCESTER, Mass. - With the Crusaders trailing 1-0 at 3:12 of the second period, junior Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season as the Holy Cross men's hockey team tied No. 7 Quinnipiac, 1-1, at the Hart Center on Thursday evening. With the tie, the Crusaders are now 4-9-4 overall, while the Bobcats are 12-3-1 as they have the nation's second best winning percentage with a .781. Quinnipiac entered the game with the nation's third ranked offense with 4.07 goals per game.
At 12:00 of the first period, Quinnipiac took a 1-0 lead when Greg Holt stole the puck and then scored on a breakaway for his fourth goal of the season. Quinnipiac outshot Holy Cross, 8-2, while the Crusaders went 0-1 on the power play and Quinnipiac went 0-2.
Holy Cross tied the game at 1-1 at 3:12 of the second period when after junior Jamie Jelinek (Great Falls, Va.) took two shots that were blocked by a defender and then sent a crossing pass to Sheen who then fired the puck to the left side of the net for the goal. For the period, Quinnipiac outshot the Crusaders by a 9-4 margin, while Quinnipiac went 0-1 on the only man-advantage of the period.
The third period went scoreless as the game went to overtime. The Crusaders outshot Quinnipiac, 3-0, but were unable to score the game-winner for the 1-1 final score.
Freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) made 23 saves and is now 4-7-4 on the season as his 2.20 goals against average is second around the league and 15th nationally, while Dan Clarke stopped 14 shots and is 8-2-1. Holy Cross went 0-1 on the power play and Quinnipiac went 0-4. Quinnipiac outshot the Crusaders, 24-15.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 2-3, when they compete at the Ledyard National Bank Classic hosted by Dartmouth. Holy Cross will play No. 9 UMass Lowell on Saturday at 4:00 p.m., while on Sunday the Crusaders will play either Dartmouth or Northeastern.