Holy Cross Men's Hockey Falls To RIT, 5-2

Jordan Cyr

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Brent Alexin broke a 2-2 tie in the third period as he scored the game-winner as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to the Rochester Institute of Technology, 5-2, in Atlantic Hockey action at the Frank Ritter Ice Arena on Friday evening. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 5-11-4 overall (4-7-3 Atlantic Hockey), while the Tigers improve to 10-8-1 (10-2-1 Atlantic Hockey). These two teams will conclude their four-game season series on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. RIT clinched the season series as it leads 2-0-1.

The Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 3:00 of the first period when Scott Knowles fired a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle to the upper left corner of the net. The Crusaders tied the game at 1-1 at 12:12 of the period, when junior Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) scored on the power play for his sixth goal of the season as a shot by junior Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) got through the pads of RIT goalie Jared DeMichiel, and Cyr then put the loose puck in the goal. The goal was also assisted by senior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta). The Tigers regained their one-goal lead at 15:25 when Dan Ringwald netted a goal as RIT had an extra man as there was a delayed penalty called on the Crusaders. For the period, each team took 11 shots, while Holy Cross went 1-1 on the power play and RIT went 0-1.   

The second period went scoreless as the Tigers outshot the Crusaders by an 18-8 margin, while Holy Cross went 0-2 on the man-advantage and RIT went 0-1.

At 5:46 of the third period, Sheahan tipped in a shot from Cyr while on the power play for his seventh goal of the season to tie the game at 2-2. Sheen also had an assist. The goal was Holy Cross' second power play goal of the game as 11 of its last 13 goals have been on the power play. Just 36 seconds later, Alexin gave the Tigers a 3-2 lead at 6:22 when he scored the game-winner. At 12:16, RIT increased its lead to 4-2 when a shot by Ringwald hit off the boards and bounced right to Tyler Brenner who was waiting in front of the net as he then sent a one-timer past Holy Cross freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.). With 2:08 remaining the Crusaders went with an empty net but could not convert as Cameron Burt scored an empty-net goal with 34 seconds left for the 5-2 final score.   

Tysowsky made a season-best 37 saves, while DeMichiel stopped 24 shots. The Crusaders went 2-7 on the power play and the Tigers went 1-5, while RIT outshot Holy Cross, 42-26.