WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) recorded one goal and one assist as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Connecticut, 3-2, in Atlantic Hockey action at the Hart Center on Tuesday evening. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 8-15-5 overall (7-11-4 Atlantic Hockey), while the Huskies fall to 4-23-3 (4-17-3 Atlantic Hockey). Holy Cross sweeps the two-game regular season series as the Crusaders defeated UConn earlier in the season on Nov. 24 by a 5-0 score.
The Huskies scored the only goal of the first period when Chris Waterstradt found the back of the net at 16:17. Just as a Holy Cross power play ended, Waterstradt stole the puck and passed it to Andrew Olson who then gave the puck back to Waterstradt who then fired the puck past Holy Cross freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.). For the period, the Crusaders outshot UConn, 7-5, while each team went 0-2 on the power play.
Holy Cross tied the game at 15:31 of the second period when junior Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) scored a shorthanded breakaway goal for his team-leading ninth goal of the season. Junior Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) assisted on the goal as he sent Cyr on the breakaway by knocking the puck out from a crowd to Cyr. Just 1:50 later the Crusaders took a 2-1 lead when sophomore Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) received a pass from sophomore Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) and then buried the puck in the net for the second time this season. Holy Cross outshot UConn by a 9-5 margin, while each team again went 0-2 on the man-advantage.
At 3:43 of the third period, the Crusaders increased their lead to 3-1 with the eventual game-winning goal by sophomore Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.). Junior J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) and Cyr were credited with assists. The goal was Silvia's eighth of the season and his team-best fourth game-winner which are the third most in the league. The Huskies made it a 3-2 contest at 14:43 with a power play goal by Marcello Ranallo. UConn went on a power play with 1:55 left in the period and then went with an empty net with 1:00 to go but were unable to score the tying goal for the 3-2 final score.
Tysowsky made 24 saves to improve to 8-13-5, while Garrett Bartus stopped 17 shots and is now 2-10-1. Holy Cross went 0-5 on the power play and UConn went 1-10, while the Huskies outshot the Crusaders, 26-20.
The Crusaders will return to action when they play a home-and-home series with Bentley on Feb. 12-13 at 7:00 p.m. Friday's game will be at the John A. Ryan Arena in Watertown, Mass., while Saturday's game will be at Hart Center as Holy Cross will "Pink The Rink." The Crusaders, who have not played Bentley yet this season, will meet the Falcons four of the last six games of the regular season. Only two points separate these two teams in the Atlantic Hockey standings as Bentley is in seventh with 20 points and Holy Cross is in eighth with 18 points.
On Saturday, Feb. 13, the Holy Cross men's hockey program will host "Pink The Rink" at the Hart Center during its game versus Bentley at 7:00 p.m. The team will be wearing a special edition pink jersey to show its support for breast cancer awareness. The jerseys will be auctioned off throughout the game with all proceeds going to the Levine Cancer Center in Worcester. Also a limited amount of special edition "Pink The Rink" t-shirts will be available for purchase. There will be 28 game jerseys available to bid on during the silent auction with a minimum bid of $200.00 for each jersey. The auction will start at 6:00 p.m. David Joy (Class of 1974) generously donated the jerseys so all of the proceeds from the auction of the jerseys will go to the Levine Cancer Center. A ceremonial puck drop will feature Holy Cross professors and breast cancer survivors Kathy Kiel (Economics) and Helen Freear-Papio (Modern Languages and Literature). The jersey numbers that will be available in the auction are #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #11, #12, #14, #15, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21, #22, #24, #26, #27, #28, #29, #30, #32, #33, #35 and #44.