WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) and junior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) both recorded goals as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Bentley, 5-2, on Saturday evening at the Hart Center. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 6-5-1 (5-2-1 Atlantic Hockey), while the Falcons improve to 4-5-1 (3-2-0 Atlantic Hockey).
At 4:32 in the first period, Falcon freshman Jared Rickord found the back of the net on a rebound for his second goal of the season. Bentley junior Ryan Kayfes added to the Falcon lead with a power play goal by blasting a slap shot just in front of the blue line to give the Falcons an early 2-0 lead at 10:02. At the 14:15 mark, Bentley senior assistant captain Erik Peterson recorded his sixth goal of the season on the deflection from junior Ryan Kayfes' wrister to give the Falcons an early 3-0 cushion.
Holy Cross came out firing in the second period, with Silvia finding the back of the net for his second goal of the season at the 7:22. Sophomores Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) and Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) recorded assists on the goal. The goal came after a series of Holy Cross opportunities that were denied by Falcon goalkeeper Kyle Rank. Keeping up their aggressive style, Cox recorded his third goal of the season at the 14:13 mark off of assists by Matt Gordon (Perth, Ontario) and Jeffrey Reppucci (Newburyport, Mass.) to narrow the Falcon lead to 3-2.
The Falcons came roaring back in the third period, with sophomore Joe Campanelli notching his first goal of the season at 5:17, stretching the Bentley lead to 4-2. Shortly after, at 8:38, Bentley junior Aaron Stonacek recorded his second goal of the young season. The Crusaders were not able to beat Rank again and remained down 5-2 for the final 11:22.
Sophomore goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) made 19 saves to fall to 5-4 overall, while Kyle Rank made 30 saves in the victory to earn his first victory of the season. The Crusaders went 0-3 on the power play and the Falcons went 1-3. Holy Cross outshot Bentley 32-24.
After the first period of tonight's game, Holy Cross honored the memory of former assistant coach Bob Skinner with a ceremony unveiling a plaque honoring his contributions to the Holy Cross hockey program. Skinner was an assistant coach at Holy Cross between 1968-1974. Members of his family and the team from 1968-1974 were in attendance at the game.
The Crusaders return to action when they play Hockey East opponent Providence at the Hart Center on Saturday, Nov. 27, at 3:00 p.m.