Crusaders Earn 5-4 Overtime Win Over Army

Everett Sheen

WEST POINT, N.Y. ­– Senior Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) scored two goals including the game-winner with just 11 seconds left in overtime as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Army, 5-4, on Sunday afternoon at Tate Rink in Atlantic Hockey action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 2-2-0 overall (2-0-0 Atlantic Hockey), while the Black Knights fall to 0-2-0 overall (0-1-0 Atlantic Hockey).

The first period went scoreless as Army outshot Holy Cross, 13-11, while each team went 0-1 on the power play.

The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead at 2:49 of the second period when junior Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) fired a shot from the blue line past Army goalie Jay Clark for a power play goal. Sophomores Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) and Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) each recorded assists. The goal was Clune's first of the season. Just 38 seconds later, the Black Knights tied the game as Bryant Skarda was able to get the puck past Holy Cross sophomore goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.). 1:18 later, Holy Cross moved out to a 2-1 lead when Fletcher scored his first collegiate goal. While on the power play, after receiving a pass from freshman Jeffrey Reppucci (Newburyport, Mass.), Fletcher sent a one-timer past Clark. Freshman Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) also assisted on the goal. The assist was Reppucci's first collegiate point.

At 7:44 of the second period, Army tied the game at 2-2 with a power play goal by Cheyne Rocha. The Black Knights took a 3-2 advantage at 12:53, when Skarda netted his second goal of the contest. At 17:15, Drew Pierson increased Army's lead to 4-2 with a goal. With just eight seconds remaining in the second period, Sheen recorded his first goal of the season to make it a 4-3 game, when he scored a power play goal off a rebound on a shot by freshman Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.). Senior Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) earned an assist as he passed the puck to Stockton. For the period, the Crusaders outshot the Black Knights by a 17-10 margin, while Holy Cross went 3-4 on the man-advantage and Army went 1-3.  

At 7:38 of the third period, Stockton scored his team-best third goal of the year when he tipped in a shot from Znutas to tie the game at 4-4. Sheen also recorded an assist. With 2:31 left in the third period, the Crusaders went on a five minute major power play that carried over to overtime but were unable to score. But with just 11 seconds left in overtime, Schmidt had a shot blocked as the puck went to Sheen as he then found the back of the net for the overtime victory.

Tysowsky made 31 saves to earn the win to improve to 2-1-0, while Clark stopped 41 shots. The Crusaders went 3-6 on the power play and the Black Knights went 1-6. Holy Cross outshot Army, 46-35.

The Crusaders return to action when they travel to Hamden, Conn., to play Quinnipiac at the TD Banks Sports Center on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 4:00 p.m.