WORCESTER, Mass. - Robert Morris senior Nathan Longpre recorded a goal and a pair of assists as the Colonials defeated the Holy Cross men's hockey team 4-2 Friday night in an Atlantic Hockey contest played at the Hart Center in the Crusaders' home opener. The first ever meeting between the Colonials and Crusaders saw Holy Cross dip to 3-4-0 and 2-1-0 in the conference, while Robert Morris moves to 6-1-0 and 5-1-0 in Atlantic Hockey. Holy Cross is 23-17-5 all-time in home openers, including a 2-2-2 record over the last six seasons. Crusader junior Matt Gordon (Perth, Ontario) and sophomore Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) scored their first goals of the 2010-2011 campaign.
Robert Morris junior Chris Kushneriuk began a flurry of goals 5:05 into the second period when he capitalized on a power play. Holy Cross would answer just over a minute later when juniors Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) and Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario) setup Gordon for his first goal of the year and an early 1-1 score. Robert Morris would go ahead 2-1 as Longpre snuck one past Crusader sophomore goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) 8:26 into the period. The Colonials would quickly increase the lead as Kushneriuk would add another tally 10 seconds later for the 3-1 advantage. Holy Cross would make it a 3-2 game as Linsmayer scored his first goal of the season with 3:02 left before intermission on a pass from sophomore Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario). Robert Morris edged the Crusaders 11-9 on shots and the Colonials would go 1-1 on power play chances as Holy Cross would go 0-1.
In the third, Robert Morris junior Furman South netted a late empty-net insurance goal with 56 seconds remaining for a lead of 4-2. Robert Morris would have a slim 11-8 lead on shots and would go 0-1 on the power play.
Tysowsky would make 28 saves in the loss and sports a 3-3-0 record. Brooks Ostergard made 20 saves for the Colonials as he improves his record to 6-1-0. Robert Morris went 1-3 on power plays as the Crusaders went 0-1 on the night.
Holy Cross hosts Robert Morris on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 5:00 p.m. at the Hart Center.