WORCESTER, Mass. - Five different Crusaders scored a goal as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Army, 5-3, in Atlantic Hockey action at the Hart Center on Friday evening. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 7-14-5 overall (6-10-4 Atlantic Hockey), while the Black Knights fall to 9-13-5 (8-9-4 Atlantic Hockey). These two teams will conclude their two-game regular season series on Saturday at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m.
The Black Knights took a 1-0 lead at 9:26 of the first period when Owen Meyer fired a slap shot past Holy Cross freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) on Army's first shot of the game. The Crusaders capitalized on a two-man advantage power play with 1:34 left in the period when sophomore Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) netted his fifth goal of the season. Freshman Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) sent a pass to Miller who was waiting right in front of the goal as he then buried the puck in the net. Sophomore Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) also had an assist. For the period, the Crusaders outshot the Black Knights, 11-8, while Holy Cross went 1-3 on the power play and Army went 0-2.
Sophomore Matt Gordon (Perth, Ontario) netted the only goal of the second period when he scored on a rebound off a shot by Clune. The assist was Clune's second of the game, while Tysowsky also earned an assist. The goal was Gordon's second of the season. Holy Cross outshot Army by a 17-11 margin, while the Black Knights went 0-1 on the only power play of the period.
At 4:31 of the third period, Meyer scored his second goal of the game when he lifted puck to the upper right corner of net while on the power play as Army tied the game at 2-2. The Crusaders jumped back out to a one-goal advantage at 8:43 when sophomore Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario) floated a puck through a screen and past Army goalie Jay Clark for his first goal of the season. Gordon and junior Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) were credited with assists. Just 1:25 later, junior Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) stole the puck and then scored the eventual game-winner to give Holy Cross the 4-2 edge. The goal was Cyr's eighth of the season. At 12:42, the Black Knights made it a 4-3 contest with a power play goal by Marcel Alvarez. Army pulled its goalie with 1:16 left in the period, but just two seconds later sophomore Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) found the back of the empty net for his seventh goal of the season for the 5-3 final. Atkins earned his second assist of the game on the goal.
Tysowsky made 27 saves to improve to 7-12-5, while Clark stopped 30 shots and is 9-11-4 on the season. The Crusaders went 1-4 on the power play and the Black Knights went 2-5, while Holy Cross outshot Army, 35-30.