Men's Hockey Drops Contest To #13 Wisconsin, 6-0

Matt Gordon

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Craig Smith scored two goals for the Badgers as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to No. 13 Wisconsin, 6-0, on Sunday at the Scottrade Center in the third-place game of the 14th annual Warrior Ice Breaker Tournament in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-2-0, while the Badgers improve to 1-1-0. Holy Cross fell to No. 17 Notre Dame on Friday by a 6-3 score in the first game of the tournament. Notre Dame will play No. 14 Boston University in the championship game.

The Badgers took a 1-0 lead at 8:06 of the first period when Podge Turnbull scored his first goal of the season. The Badgers outshout the Crusaders, 12-8. Holy Cross went 0-4 on the power play including a two-man advantage for 1:25, while the Badgers went 0-2.

The Badgers increased their lead to 2-0 with a goal by Smith at 4:07 of the second period. The goal was his first of the year. At 18:00, Derek Lee made it a 3-0 game when he scored a power play goal off a rebound from a shot by Turnbull. It was Lee's second goal of the season. Just 41 seconds later, the Badgers extended their lead to 4-0 when Ryan Little found the back of the net for the second time this year. Holy Cross outshot the Badgers by a 13-11 margin, while the Crusaders went 0-1 on the man-advantage and the Badgers went 1-1.

At 8:06 of the third period, Michael Mersch scored on a delayed penalty to make the score 5-0. It was his first goal of the year. With just 1:35 left in the third period, Smith netted a power play goal for his second goal of the contest as the Badgers won 6-0.

Holy Cross senior goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) made 29 saves, while Brett Bennett stopped 26 shots to earn the victory and the shutout. The Crusaders went 0-6 on the power play and the Badgers went 2-6. The Badgers outshot the Crusaders, 35-26.

The Crusaders return to action when they travel to West Springfield, Mass., to take on AIC at the Olympia Ice Center in Holy Cross' Atlantic Hockey season opener on Friday, Oct. 15 at 7:00 p.m.