Men's Hockey Starts Key Series With 6-4 Win Over Bentley

Matt Gordon

WATERTOWN, Mass. - After trailing 2-1 in the second period the Crusaders scored five of the next seven goals including four straight as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Bentley, 6-4, in Atlantic Hockey action at the John A. Ryan Arena on Friday evening. The Crusaders' six goals tied a season-best, while Holy Cross had six different goal scorers. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 9-15-5 overall (8-11-4 Atlantic Hockey) and are 4-2-0 in their last six games, while the Falcons fall to 11-15-3 (9-12-2 Atlantic Hockey). These two teams will play on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hart Center as Holy Cross will "Pink The Rink." 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.

Holy Cross and Bentley are now tied for seventh place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 20 points each. Both teams are also only two points behind Army for sixth place as the first six teams in the standings earn a spot in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament quarterfinals, while seventh through 10th place play in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament first round. All three teams have five conference games left.

The Falcons took a 1-0 lead at 14:23 of the first period when a shot by Brett Hartung was blocked but the puck then bounced right to Erik Peterson who blasted a slap shot to the upper right corner of the net. With just 29 seconds left to go in the period the Crusaders tied the game at 1-1 while on the power play when sophomore Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) fired the puck past Bentley goalie Joe Calvi from right in front of the net for his ninth goal of the season. Junior J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) and sophomore Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) had assists. For the period, the Falcons outshot the Crusaders, 9-5, while Holy Cross went 1-2 on the power play and Bentley went 0-1.

Only 16 seconds went off the clock in the second period when Hartung gave Bentley a 2-1 advantage. At 2:14, sophomore Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) sent a wrist shot to the upper left corner of the net for his seventh goal of the season and his fourth goal in the last six games to tie the game at 2-2. Senior Rob Forshner (Sundre, Alberta) and Clune assisted on the goal. Just 1:46 later, Martignetti put the Crusaders up 3-2 with his second goal of the season. Martignetti scored off a rebound from a shot by Silvia. Junior Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) also had an assist. Holy Cross increased its lead to 4-2 just 1:57 later when freshman Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) netted his second goal of the season. Junior Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) sent a pass from just above the left faceoff circle to Linsmayer at the bottom of the right faceoff circle as he then placed the puck in the right side of the net. The Crusaders scored their fourth straight goal at 14:47 when sophomore Matt Gordon (Perth, Ontario) found the back of the net off a pass from junior Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) for the eventual game-winner. The goal was Gordon's third of the season. Holy Cross outshot Bentley by a 14-8 margin, while the Crusaders went 0-2 on the man-advantage and the Falcons went 0-1.    

At 1:15 of the third period, Bentley made it a 5-3 game with a goal by Anders Olson. Just 1:49 later, sophomore Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) found the back of the net for the third time this season to increase the lead to 6-3. Junior Matt Celin (Gibsonia, Pa.) and sophomore Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario) had assists. The Falcons added a late goal by Joe Campanelli for the 6-4 final score.  

Holy Cross freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y) made 17 saves to improve to 9-13-5, while Calvi stopped 24 shots and is 4-6-1. The Crusaders went 1-5 on the power play and the Falcons went 1-3, while Holy Cross outshot Bentley, 30-21.