BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senior Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) recorded two goals and one assist for three points, while freshman Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) also tallied three points as he recorded one goal and two assists as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Canisius, 6-2, on Sunday afternoon at the Buffalo State Sports Arena. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 5-4-1 (4-1-1 Atlantic Hockey) as they have won five of their last eight games and are 2-0-1 in their last three, while the Golden Griffins fall to 4-5-3 (3-4-3 Atlantic Hockey). Holy Cross won the two-game series with Canisius, 1-0-1 as the teams tied on Nov. 13, by a 3-3 score. The Crusaders are off to their best Atlantic Hockey start since they went 5-0-1 in the 2003-2004 season. Holy Cross is tied for second in the Atlantic Hockey standings with nine points as its .750 league winning percentage is also tied for second.
The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead at 13:40 of the first period when junior Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) scored his first goal of the season. Holy Cross outshot the Golden Griffins, 13-5.
At 3:30 of the second period, sophomore Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) found the back of the net to increase the Holy Cross lead to 2-0. The goal was his second of the season. At 13:11, the Golden Griffins made it a one-goal contest with a shorthanded goal by Eric Rex. Just 54 seconds later, Sheen netted a power play goal to give the Crusaders a 3-1 advantage. The goal was his fifth game-winner of his career and his team-best second of the season. Holy Cross outshot Canisius by a 13-8 margin, while the Crusaders went 1-2 on the man-advantage and the Golden Griffins went 0-1.
At 11:37 of the third period, junior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) scored the fourth goal of the game for the Crusaders and his second of the season. At 15:25, Schmidt netted his second goal of the season for a 5-1 Holy Cross lead. With 32 seconds left in the period, Patrick Sullivan made it a 5-2 game. With just four seconds remaining, Sheen scored his second goal of the game and his team-leading fifth of the season for the 6-2 final score. Sophomore Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) tallied two assists for the game.
Sophomore goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) made 20 saves to improve to 4-3-0 on the season, while Dan Morrison recorded 29 saves and falls to 4-5-2. The Crusaders went 1-2 on the power play and the Golden Griffins went 0-4. Holy Cross outshot Canisius, 35-22.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday, Nov. 19, when they travel to Milford, Conn., to play Atlantic Hockey opponent Sacred Heart at the Milford Ice Pavilion at 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross will then return to Worcester to play Bentley in an Atlantic Hockey contest on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 7:00 p.m.