MILFORD, Conn. – Matt Gingera scored the game-winning overtime goal for the Pioneers as the Holy Cross men’s hockey team fell to Sacred Heart, 4-3, in the second game of a best-two-out-of-three Atlantic Hockey Tournament quarterfinal series at the Milford Ice Pavilion on Saturday evening. The Pioneers sweep the series and advance to the semifinals on March 19 in Rochester, N.Y. With the loss, the seventh-seeded Crusaders conclude the season with a 12-19-6 overall, while the second seeded Pioneers improve to 20-12-4.
At 3:22 of the first period Nick Johnson gave the Pioneers a 1-0 lead when he knocked in a loose puck from in front of the net. At 12:35, Erik Boisvert found the back of the net to increase the lead to 2-0. For the period, Sacred Heart outshot Holy Cross, 9-3, while the Crusaders went 0-2 on the power play.
Just 21 seconds after the start of the second period, the Crusaders made it a 2-1 contest when freshman Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) scored his fourth goal of the season. Senior Rob Forshner (Sundre, Alberta) and junior Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) posted assists on the goal. Holy Cross then tied the game at 2-2 at 7:54 when Cyr stole the puck in the Pioneers’ zone and then blasted a shot to the upper right corner of the net for his team-best 14th goal of the season. Just 20 seconds later, the Crusaders netted their third straight goal to take a 3-2 advantage when sophomore Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario) recorded his second goal of the season. Linsmayer had an assist. The Pioneers tied the game at 3-3 at 15:28 when Dave Jarman netted the last goal of the second period. Sacred Heart outshot Holy Cross by a 12-8 margin, while each team went 0-1 on the man-advantage.
The third period went scoreless as the game went to overtime. Gingera’s game-winner was at 4:53 of overtime as he knocked in a crossing pass Patrick Knowlton to the left side of the net.
Holy Cross freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) made 24 saves and concludes the season with an 11-17-6 record, while Steven Legatto stopped 16 saves and is 18-9-3. Each team went 0-4 on the power play, while the Pioneers outshot the Crusaders, 28-19.