ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Jared DeMichiel made 23 saves to earn the shutout as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to the Rochester Institute of Technology, 2-0, in Atlantic Hockey action at the Frank Ritter Ice Arena on Saturday evening. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 5-12-4 overall (4-8-3 Atlantic Hockey), while the Tigers improve to 11-8-1 (11-2-1 Atlantic Hockey). RIT wins the season series, 3-0-1.
RIT took a 1-0 lead at 13:29 of the first period when Cameron Burt found the back of the net while on the power play. Just 53 seconds later, the Tigers increased their lead to 2-0 with a goal by Taylor McReynolds. For the period, RIT outshot Holy Cross, 13-6, while the Crusaders went 0-1 on the power play and the Tigers went 1-3.
The second period went scoreless as each team had six shots, while each team went 0-1 on the man-advantage.
With 1:20 remaining in the third period, the Crusaders went with an empty net but were unable to score for the 2-0 final score.
Holy Cross freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) stopped 28 shots and is 5-10-4 on the season, while DeMichiel made 23 saves and improves 10-7-1. Holy Cross went 0-2 on the power play and RIT went 1-4, while the Tigers outshot the Crusaders, 30-23.
The Crusaders return to action on Jan. 15-16, when they play a home-and-home series with league opponent AIC at 7:00 p.m. HC will play its only home game of the month on Friday, while it will travel to West Springfield, Mass., on Saturday to take on AIC at the Olympia Ice Center. Earlier this season, the Crusaders lost to AIC, 3-0, on the road on Oct. 30, and then the teams tied in Worcester, 4-4, on Oct. 31.