WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) scored the Crusaders' lone goal of the game in the second period as the Holy Cross men's hockey team tied American International, 1-1, in Atlantic Hockey action at the Hart Center on Friday evening. With the tie, the Crusaders are now 5-12-5 overall (4-8-4 Atlantic Hockey), while the Yellow Jackets are 2-16-2 (2-12-2 Atlantic Hockey). AIC leads the season series, 1-0-2. These two teams will conclude their four-game regular season series on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in West Springfield, Mass., at the Olympia Ice Center.
The first period went scoreless as AIC outshot Holy Cross, 9-7, while the Yellow Jackets went 0-1 on the only power play of the period.
At 1:01 of the second period, AIC took a 1-0 lead when Richard Leitner sent a crossing pass from the right side to Steve McLeod who then knocked the puck past Holy Cross freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.). The Crusaders tied the game at 1-1 at 13:25 when Sheahan sent a pass from behind the net that hit an AIC defender and deflected past AIC goalie Dan Ramirez. The goal was Sheahan's eighth of the season which is tied for the team lead. Junior Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) and Tysowsky earned assists. The assist was Tysowsky's first collegiate point. For the period, the Yellow Jackets outshot Holy Cross by a 15-13 margin, while AIC went 0-1 on the man-advantage.
With the game still tied at 1-1, the Crusaders went on a power play with 3:12 left to go in regulation but could not convert as the game went to overtime. In overtime, Holy Cross outshot AIC, 8-2, but was unable to find the back of the net as the game ended in a 1-1 tie. This was the sixth overtime game for the Crusaders this season as they have a 0-1-5 record in those games. The five ties are tied for the third most ties in a season at the school as the record is seven set in the 2007-2008 season. The most overtime games played in a single-season at Holy Cross was last season when the Crusaders played 10.
Tysowsky made 32 saves and is now 5-10-5, while Ramirez stopped 38 shots and is 0-9-2 on the season. The Crusaders went 0-3 on the power play and the Yellow Jackets went 0-2, while Holy Cross outshot AIC, 39-33.