Holy Cross Men's Hockey Ties Bentley, 1-1

Thomas Tysowsky

WATERTOWN, Mass. - Junior Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season and Holy Cross freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) made 15 saves as the Holy Cross men's hockey team tied Bentley, 1-1, in Atlantic Hockey action on Saturday evening at the John A. Ryan Arena in the regular season finale. With the tie, the Crusaders are now 11-17-6 overall (10-13-5 Atlantic Hockey), while the Falcons are 12-18-4 (10-15-3 Atlantic Hockey). Holy Cross wins the four-game regular season series, 3-0-1. The Crusaders will be the seventh seed in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament and play 10th seed AIC at the Hart Center in the first round on Friday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. With a win the Crusaders will advance to a best-two-out-of-three quarterfinals series versus second seed Sacred Heart at the Milford Ice Pavilion in Milford, Conn., on March 12-14. 

At 16:08 of the first period, the Crusaders took a 1-0 lead when Cyr scored his team-best 12th goal of the season as he knocked a loose puck from in front of the net past Bentley goalie Kyle Rank. Juniors Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) and Matt Celin (Gibsonia, Pa.) each had assists. The Crusaders outshot Bentley, 11-7, while each team went 0-1 on the power play.

At 4:43 of the second period, the Falcons tied the game at 1-1 when Marc Menzione scored a shorthanded goal on a rebound off a shot by Brendan Harrison. Holy Cross outshot Bentley by an 8-5 margin, while the Crusaders went 0-5 on the man-advantage and the Falcons went 0-1.

The third period went scoreless as the game went to overtime. With 52 seconds left in overtime the Falcons went on a power play but were unable to find the back of the net for the 1-1 final score.

Tysowsky made 15 saves and is now 10-15-6, while Rank stopped 34 shots and is now 8-11-3. The Crusaders went 0-6 on the power play and the Falcons went 0-4, while Holy Cross outshot Bentley, 35-16.