MILFORD, Conn. – The Pioneers had four different goal scorers as the Holy Cross men’s hockey team fell to Sacred Heart, 4-0, in the first game of a best-two-out-of-three Atlantic Hockey Tournament quarterfinal series at the Milford Ice Pavilion on Friday evening. With the loss, the seventh-seeded Crusaders fall to 12-18-6 overall, while the second seeded Pioneers improve to 19-12-4. The series will continue on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at the Milford Ice Pavilion with game three on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. if necessary. The winner of this series will advance to the semifinals on March 19 in Rochester, N.Y. The finals are on March 20.
The first period went scoreless as the Crusaders outshot the Pioneers, 12-6, while Sacred Heart went 0-1 on the power play. Holy Cross freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) made a big save with 2:28 left to go in the period when he stopped a shot on a breakaway by Matt Gingera.
The Pioneers took a 1-0 lead with 3:56 remaining in the second period when Nick Johnson lifted the puck to the upper right corner of the net on a five-on-three man-advantage power play. For the period Sacred Heart outshot Holy Cross by a 14-12 margin, while the Crusaders went 0-1 on the man-advantage and the Pioneers went 1-2.
At 12:13 of the third period, Sacred Heart made it a 2-0 game when Ryan Miniaci sent a shot through a screen and past Tysowsky. With 3:15 to go Dave Jarman increased the lead to 3-0, while with 1:43 remaining, Eric Delong added an empty-net goal.
Tysowsky stopped 32 shots and is 11-16-6, while Steven Legatto made 36 saves and is 17-9-3. The Crusaders went 0-1 on the power plays and the Pioneers went 1-3, while each team had 36 shots. Tysowsky’s 815 saves are the second most in a single-season at Holy Cross behind Tony Quesada’s 840 set in the 2005-2006 season.