ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Anders Lee recorded a hat trick for the Fighting Irish as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to No. 17 Notre Dame, 6-3, on Friday evening at the Scottrade Center in the first game of the 14th annual Warrior Ice Breaker Tournament. With the loss, the Crusaders open the season 0-1-0, while the Fighting Irish improve to 1-0-0. The Crusaders will take on No. 13 Wisconsin on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. (CDT). The Badgers fell to No. 14 Boston University, 4-3, in the second game of the night.
Notre Dame moved out to an early 1-0 lead when Anders Lee scored off a rebound from a shot by Kevin Lind at 1:58 of the first period. The Crusaders responded when freshman Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) scored his first collegiate goal at 8:42 to tie the game at 1-1. Senior captain Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) and freshman Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) recorded assists. The Irish then took a 2-1 advantage when Lee netted his second goal of the contest. Notre Dame made it a 3-1 game when Joe Lavin scored a shorthanded goal at 18:13. Notre Dame outshot Holy Cross, 18-9, while each team went 0-1 on the power play.
The Fighting Irish increased their lead to 4-1 with a four-on-three power play goal by Nick Larson at 3:09 of the second period. The Crusaders made it a 4-2 game when Schmidt scored his first collegiate goal at 6:28. Sheen tallied his second assist of the game on the goal, while Stockton also recorded an assist. The Fighting Irish answered when Lee found the back of the net for the third time at 11:36. With just 19 seconds remaining in the period, T.J. Tynan gave Notre Dame a four-goal lead at 6-2. The Crusaders outshot the Irish by a 13-10 margin, while Holy Cross went 0-3 on the man-advantage and Notre Dame went 1-2.
The Crusaders scored the only goal of the third period at 17:59, when sophomore Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) found the back of the net as sophomore Brendan Baker (Edina, Minn.) and senior Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) recorded assists. The Crusaders were unable to get any closer as Notre Dame won 6-3.
Holy Cross sophomore goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) made 29 saves, while Mike Johnson stopped 32 shots to earn the victory. The Crusaders went 0-6 on the power play and the Fighting Irish went 1-4. Each team recorded 35 shots.