WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) scored the game-winning goal with just five seconds left in overtime as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Robert Morris 3-2 in overtime at the Hart Center. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 4-4-0 (3-1-0 Atlantic Hockey), while Robert Morris falls to 6-2-0 (5-2-0 Atlantic Hockey). Holy Cross is a perfect 3-0-0 in overtime games this season. The three overtime wins are the most in one season for the Crusaders since they won three in the 1994-1995 season. Holy Cross' 3-1-0 Atlantic Hockey record is its best start since going 3-1-0 in the 2006-2007 season.
The Crusaders jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead at 6:49 in the first period when junior Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) took advantage of a power play to score his first goal of the season. Holy Cross made it a two goal game less than four minutes later when sophomore Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) found the back of the net from the top of the crease. Back and forth play, combined with aggressive skating, put four players in the box to end the period with the Crusaders on top, 2-0.
Robert Morris cut into Holy Cross' lead with a goal at 8:51 in the second period when the Colonials' Adam Brace converted a pass from Evan Renwick, second assist by Brock Meadows. Despite putting eight shots on net, Holy Cross was unable to get past Robert Morris goalie Brooks Ostergard, ending the period up, 2-1.
Just over halfway through the third period, Robert Morris tied the game on a goal by Furman South, eventually forcing overtime. With the clock ticking down in overtime, junior Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) recovered a rebound off a shot by junior Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario), and then fired a shot of his own that was saved. Sophomore Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) then deflected the puck to Fletcher who found the back of the net for his first collegiate game-winning goal.
Freshman Derek Kump (Falmouth, Maine) made his first career start in net for the Crusaders, earning his first career win in the same night. Kump gave up two goals, while turning away 30 shots on goal. Ostergard gave up three goals and recorded 25 saves. Holy Cross went 1-2 on the man advantage, while Robert Morris was unable to convert on the power play, going 0-5. The Crusaders sent seven men to the box, while Robert Morris served four penalties.
Holy Cross will hit the road for an Atlantic Hockey series at Canisius on Nov. 13 and 14. Both games are scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.