WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) earned his second shutout of the season, while junior Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) recorded one goal and one assist as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Bentley, 4-0, in Atlantic Hockey action in front of a crowd of 2,009 at the Hart Center on Saturday evening on "Pink The Rink" night. With the win, the Crusaders have won three straight and improve to 10-15-5 overall (9-11-4 Atlantic Hockey) as they are 5-2-0 in their last seven games, while the Falcons fall to 11-16-3 (9-13-2 Atlantic Hockey). The Crusaders sweep the weekend home-and-home series with the Falcons as Holy Cross won 6-4 on Friday.
Holy Cross wore a special edition pink jersey to show its support for breast cancer awareness. The jerseys were auctioned off throughout the game as they raised $8,070 with all the proceeds going to the Levine Cancer Center in Worcester. Today was also winter homecoming at Holy Cross as Tysowsky was awarded the MVP trophy after the game for his shutout.
Holy Cross is now tied with Army for sixth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 22 points each. 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. Bentley is now in eighth with 20 points. All three teams have four conference games left.
A ceremonial puck drop featured Holy Cross professors and breast cancer survivors Kathy Kiel (Economics) and Helen Freear-Papio (Modern Languages and Literature). Kevin Shea from WCTR-TV 3 was the MC for the event as he went through the crowd during the game talking to fans and keeping people up to date on the auction. Between the first and second period the men's hockey program honored David Joy (Class of 1974) and his wife Michele for generously donating the jerseys so all of the proceeds from the auction of the jerseys will go to the Levine Cancer Center. Holy Cross coach Paul Pearl presented David and Michele with a pink jersey of their own. Michele's sister and breast cancer survivor Mary Keenan was also honored at the ceremony and given a pink jersey with her name on the back. After the game each player personally handed the auction winners their jerseys as Shea announced the winners.
The first period went scoreless as the Crusaders outshot the Falcons, 9-7, while Holy Cross went 0-2 on the power play and Bentley went 0-1.
The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead at 11:15 of the second period when senior Rob Forshner (Sundre, Alberta) scored his fifth goal of the season and the game-winner. Junior Matt Celin (Gibsonia, Pa.) assisted on the goal. At 17:23, Holy Cross increased its lead to 2-0 with a power play goal by sophomore Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.). The goal was his third of the season. Freshman Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) and sophomore Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) had assists. For the period, Holy Cross outshot Bentley by a 12-7 margin, while the Crusaders went 1-1 on the man-advantage and the Falcons went 0-2.
At 1:14 of the third period Holy Cross scored its third straight goal when sophomore Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) found the back of the net for the 10th time this season. Cyr and junior J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) were credited with assists. At 16:19, Cyr scored on the power play for his 10th goal of the season for the 4-0 final score. Martignetti earned his second assist of the game, while sophomore Matthew Davis (Lancaster, N.Y.) also had an assist.
Tysowsky made 17 saves to improve to 10-13-5, while Joe Calvi stopped 30 shots and is 4-7-1. The Crusaders went 2-5 on the power play and the Falcons went 0-5, while Holy Cross outshot Bentley, 34-17.
The Crusaders will return to action when they play a home-and-home series with Sacred Heart on Feb. 19-20 at 7:00 p.m. Friday's game will be at the Milford Ice Pavilion in Milford, Conn., while Saturday's game will be at the Hart Center. These two teams split a home-and-home series earlier this season as the Crusaders won on the road and lost in Worcester. Last season the series was tied at 2-2-0.