Men's Hockey Defeats Northeastern In 4-3 Overtime Thriller

Gianni Baldassari

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BOSTON, Mass. ­– Junior Gianni Baldassari (Fort Wayne, Ind.) scored two goals including the game winner in overtime as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Northeastern, 4-3, in overtime on Friday evening at Matthews Arena in non-conference action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 3-3-0 overall, while the Huskies fall to 1-3-2 overall. This is the first time that Holy Cross has defeated Northeastern as the Huskies had won the previous three other varsity contests.

The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead at just 2:35 of the first period when sophomore Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) scored his second goal of the season. Sophomore Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) knocked the puck from out of the back netting of the goal to Fletcher who then spun the puck from the side of the net past goalie Chris Rawlings. At 6:55, the Huskies tied the game at 1-1 with a power play goal by Wade MacLeod as he fired a slap shot from between the faceoff circles past Holy Cross sophomore goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.). Northeastern moved out to a 2-1 advantage at 12:39 when MacLeod netted his second goal of the contest as he took the puck from behind the goal and then sent a shot that ricocheted off Tysowsky's pads and in the net. For the period, the Crusaders outshot the Huskies, 9-8, while Holy Cross went 0-1 on the power play and Northeastern went 1-3.   

At just eight seconds of the second period, the Crusaders tied the game at 2-2 when Baldassari scored his second goal of the season. After Linsmayer took the puck from a Northeastern turnover on the opening faceoff of the period, he then sent a crossing pass to Baldassari who sent the puck to the lower left side of the net for his second shorthanded goal of the year. The Huskies went back out in front at 3-2 when Steve Silva fired a wrist shot past Tysowksy at 11:22. At 16:52, Holy Cross tied the game at 3-3 when junior Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) scored on the power play for his second goal of the season. After receiving a pass from freshman Jeffrey Reppucci (Newburyport, Mass.), junior Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) sent the puck around the boards to Clune who blasted a slap shot from the blue line through a crowd of players and past Rawlings. Each team took 10 shots, while the Crusaders went 1-2 on the man-advantage and the Huskies went 0-2.   

Both teams had opportunities to score in the third period as the Huskies hit the post twice and the Crusaders went on a power play with 4:44 to go in the period but could not find the back of net as the game went to overtime. At 1:21 of overtime, Baldassari fired a shot from right in front of the net past Rawlings for his first career game-winning goal and third goal of the season. Junior Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) and senior J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) had assists.

Tysowsky made 28 saves to improve to 3-2-0 on the season, while Rawlings made 21 saves and is now 1-3-2. Northeastern outshot Holy Cross, 31-25, while the Crusaders went 1-4 on the power play and the Huskies went 1-5.

The Crusaders return to action on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5-6, when they play their first home games of the season. Holy Cross will play a two-game series versus Atlantic Hockey opponent Robert Morris. Friday's game is set for 7:00 p.m. and Saturday's game for 5:00 p.m. This is the Colonials first season in Atlantic Hockey and will be the first meeting between the two programs.