WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) scored two goals and the Crusaders went 3-6 on the power play as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Bentley, 4-1, in Atlantic Hockey action on senior night at the Hart Center on Friday evening. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 11-17-5 overall (10-13-4 Atlantic Hockey), while the Falcons fall to 12-18-3 (10-15-2 Atlantic Hockey). These two teams will conclude the regular season on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at the John A. Ryan Arena in Watertown, Mass. Holy Cross wins the four-game regular season series as it currently leads the series, 3-0-0.
Holy Cross is in seventh place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 24 points with just one game to go and is just one point behind Army who is in sixth place with 25 points and is two points ahead of Bentley who has 22 points. The Crusaders can be either the sixth or the seventh seed in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament as Holy Cross holds the tie-breaker over eighth-place Bentley, but Army holds the tie-breaker over the Crusaders as the two teams split the two-game regular season series but Army outscored Holy Cross by a 7-6 margin which is the second tie-breaker. Holy Cross will be the sixth seed with a win over Bentley on Saturday and an Army loss to AIC. The Crusaders will be seventh with either a loss or tie against Bentley or an Army win or tie versus AIC. The first six teams in the standings automatically earn a spot in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament quarterfinals, while seventh through 10th place play in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament first round, to earn a position in the quarterfinals.
The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead at 6:55 of the first period when Sheahan scored on a rebound off a shot by junior Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) while on the power play. Sophomore Matt Gordon (Perth, Ontario) also had an assist. The goal was Sheahan's ninth of the season. At 10:26, the Falcons tied the game with a goal by Joe Campanelli. With 1:39 remaining in the period and on a two-man-advantage power play, Holy Cross took a 2-1 lead when senior Rob Forshner (Sundre, Alberta) found the back of the net for his second game-winner of the season on a rebound off a shot from freshman Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.). Holy Cross outshot Bentley, 14-8, while the Crusaders went 2-2 on the power play and the Falcons went 0-1.
The second period went scoreless as Bentley outshot Holy Cross by a 7-4 margin, while the Crusaders went 0-2 on the man-advantage and the Falcons went 0-4.
Holy Cross increased its lead to 3-1 at 1:21 of the third period when Sheahan netted his second goal of the contest on the power play for his 23rd career power play goal which are third on the all-time Holy Cross Division I list. The goal was his 10th of the season. Freshman Brendan Baker (Edina, Minn.) and junior Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) each earned assists. With just 18 seconds left, junior Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) scored an empty-netter for his team-leading 11th goal of the season for the 4-1 final score.
Senior Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) made 19 saves to earn the victory, while Kyle Rank stopped 21 shots for Bentley. The Crusaders went 3-6 on the power play and the Falcons went 0-8, while Holy Cross outshot Bentley, 25-20.
Seniors Dams, Forshner, Peter Lorinser (Marquette, Mich.), Sheahan and two-time captain Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) were honored before the game. Dams is all over the all-time Holy Cross Division I career records list. He is tied for second all-time with 18 victories and is third with 1,201 saves, while he is fourth with a 3.08 goals against average. As a freshman he was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week once, while as a sophomore he earned Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Month honors for December. As a junior Dams earned Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week accolades for his first collegiate shutout as he made 30 saves in the 1-0 Atlantic Hockey Tournament overtime win over AIC. Dams has also been outstanding in the classroom as he has been a member of the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team every season.
Forshner is one of four current Crusaders who have played over 100 games as he has competed in 116 contests. For his career he has recorded 24 goals and 39 assists for 63 points, including five game-winning goals. As a sophomore, Forshner posted a career-best 17 assists and 24 points, while as a junior he scored a career-best eight goals.
Lorinser has played in 85 career games with six goals and three assists for nine points. As a sophomore he played in a career-best 34 games, while as a junior he recorded a career-best six points with three goals and three assists in 32 games. Lorinser has also demonstrated his ability to lead and to give back to the local community as the director of the Crusader for Kids program. He has also been a strong student as he has been named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team every season.
Sheahan has the most career goals with 40, assists with 51 and points with 91 of any current Crusader. His 40 goals are ninth on the all-time Holy Cross Division I list and his 91 points are 10th. His 23 career power play goals are third. As a sophomore, Sheahan led the team with a career-best 20 assists and a career-best 33 points, while as a junior he led the team with 19 assists. Also as a sophomore he earned third team All-Atlantic Hockey honors and was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week twice.
Driscoll has been a mainstay in the Holy Cross lineup over the past four seasons as he has competed in all but four games for the Crusaders during his career. His 138 career games played are tied for fourth all-time at Holy Cross. As a junior he had a career season with seven goals and 12 assists for 19 points. Driscoll demonstrated his strong leadership abilities by being named a captain as a junior and a senior. He has 21 goals and 36 assists for 57 career points, while his 13 career power play goals are tied for 10th on the all-time Holy Cross Division I list.