HANOVER, N.H. - Sophomore Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) scored his first collegiate game-winning goal and the Crusaders recorded three power play goals as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Dartmouth, 4-2, in the third-place game of the Ledyard National Bank Classic at Thompson Arena on the campus of Dartmouth on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 5-10-4 overall and wrap up their regular season non-conference schedule, while the Big Green fall to 3-10-0. Daly, who also had an assist, was named to the all-tournament team.
The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead with 2:50 remaining in the first period when senior Rob Forshner (Sundre, Alberta) scored on the power play for his second goal of the season. Junior Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) and sophomore Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) earned assists. For the period, Dartmouth outshot Holy Cross, 10-6, while the Crusaders went 1-2 on the power play and the Big Green went 0-3.
Holy Cross increased its lead to 2-0 at 1:32 of the second period with its second power play goal of the contest. Sophomore Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) knocked in a loose puck from in front of the net for his sixth goal of the season. Sophomore Matt Gordon (Perth, Ontario) and Daly each had assists. Dartmouth made it a 2-1 score when Kyle Reeds scored on a rebound at 12:41. Each team took 11 shots, while Holy Cross went 1-3 on the man-advantage and Dartmouth went 0-1.
The Crusaders regained their two-goal advantage with their third power play goal of the afternoon when Daly fired a slap shot from the blue line past Dartmouth goalie Jody O'Neill at 1:31 of the third period for his first goal of the season. Sophomore Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) and Silvia recorded assists. With 1:23 left, Dustin Walsh scored for the Big Green as Dartmouth went with an empty net to make the score 3-2. With seven seconds remaining senior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) posted an empty-net goal for his sixth goal of the season for the 4-2 final score. Junior Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) assisted on the goal.
Holy Cross freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) stopped a season-best 36 shots to improve to 5-8-4, while O'Neill made 23 saves and is now 3-9-0. The Crusaders went 3-7 on the power play and the Big Green went 0-7, while Dartmouth outshot Holy Cross, 38-27.
The Crusaders return to action on Jan. 8-9 when they travel to Rochester, N.Y., to play a two-game series with Atlantic Hockey opponent RIT at 7:00 p.m. The Tigers lead the season series, 1-0-1.