MILFORD, Conn. – Senior Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) recorded two goals and one assist for three points, while sophomore Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) scored two goals as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Sacred Heart, 7-2, on Friday evening at the Milford Ice Pavilion. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 6-4-1 (5-1-1 Atlantic Hockey) as they have won six of their last nine games and are 3-0-1 in their last four, while the Pioneers fall to 1-7-2 (1-4-2 Atlantic Hockey). Holy Cross went 3-3 on the power play. Holy Cross trailed 2-1 in the second period and then scored six consecutive goals. Holy Cross' seven goals were its most since its 7-4 win over Bentley on Jan. 5, 2007. The Crusaders are off to their best Atlantic Hockey start since they went 6-0-1 in the 2003-2004 season. Holy Cross is also off to its best overall start since it was 7-3-1 in the 2005-2006 season.
The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead at 15:21 of the first period when Linsmayer scored his third goal of the season. After receiving a pass from junior Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.), Linsmayer skated to the left side of the net and sent the puck off a Pioneer defender and in the net. Just 2:04 later, the Pioneers tied the game at 1-1 with a goal by Chad Filteau. The Pioneers outshot the Crusaders, 15-12.
At 3:20 of the second period, The Pioneers took a 2-1 advantage when Patrick Knowlton found the back of the net. At 8:48, Holy Cross tied the game at 2-2 when Znutas netted a power play goal for his second goal of the season. Znutas fired the puck to the upper right corner of the net from the lower edge of the right faceoff circle. Freshman Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) and freshman Jeffrey Reppucci (Newburyport, Mass.) tallied assists. At 17:41, Schmidt blasted a shot to the upper right corner of the net for his third goal of the year and his first collegiate game-winner to give the Crusaders a 3-2 lead. Senior Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) and Znutas had assists. With 46 seconds left in the period, Znutas netted his second power play goal of the game and his third goal of the year. Freshman Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) and Reppucci recorded assists. Then with just 14 seconds remaining, the Crusaders scored on a delayed penalty when junior Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) tipped in a shot by junior Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) for his first goal of the season. The Crusaders outshot the Pioneers by a 21-7 margin, while Holy Cross went 2-2 on the man-advantage and the Pioneers went 0-1.
At 1:39 of the third period, Holy Cross scored its fifth straight goal of the contest and its third power play goal when Linsmayer found the back of the net for his second goal of the game and fourth of the year. Silvia and sophomore Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) tallied assists. With 19 seconds left in the period, Clune scored on a slap shot for his third goal of the season. Juniors Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) and Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) assisted on the goal.
Sophomore goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) made 29 saves to improve to 5-3-0 overall, while Olivier St. Onge made 28 saves in the first two periods and Steven Legatto made 18 saves in the third period. The Crusaders went a perfect 3-3 on the power play and the Pioneers went 0-2. Holy Cross outshot the Pioneers, 53-31.
Holy Cross returns to Worcester to play Bentley in an Atlantic Hockey contest on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 7:00 p.m.