WORCESTER, Mass. - Eric Sefchik scored two goals for the Black Knights as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Army, 4-1, in Atlantic Hockey action at the Hart Center on Saturday evening. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 7-15-5 overall (6-11-4 Atlantic Hockey), while the Black Knights improve to 10-13-5 (9-9-4 Atlantic Hockey). These two teams split the two-game regular season series as Holy Cross won by a 5-3 score on Friday.
Army scored the only goal of the first period when Sefchik netted a shorthanded goal at 17:37. For the period, the Crusaders outshot the Black Knights, 15-9, while Holy Cross went 0-3 on the power play and Army went 0-2.
The Black Knights increased their lead to 2-0 at 2:20 of the second period with a goal by Kyle Maggard. Holy Cross responded to make the score 2-1 when freshman Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) passed the puck to sophomore Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) who found the back of the net from right in front of the goal. Senior Rob Forshner (Sundre, Alberta) also had an assist. The goal was Miller's sixth of the season. Holy Cross outshot Army by a 13-10 margin, while each team went 0-1 on the man-advantage.
At 13:49 of the third period, Sefchik scored his second goal of the contest when he placed the puck to the lower right side of the goal. Trailing 3-1, the Crusaders went with an empty net with 1:14 to go in the period, but just 14 seconds later Cody Omilusik scored an empty-netter for the 4-1 final.
Holy Cross freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) stopped 25 shots and is now 7-13-5, while Jay Clark made 35 saves and improves to 10-11-4. Each team went 0-5 on the power play, while Holy Cross outshot Army, 36-29.
The Crusaders return to action when they conclude their two-game regular season series with Atlantic Hockey opponent Connecticut on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m. Earlier this season on Nov. 24, Holy Cross defeated the Huskies by a 5-0 score in Worcester.