WORCESTER, Mass. – Ben Farrer broke a 1-1 tie in the third period when he scored the game-winner for the Friars as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Providence, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon at the Hart Center. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 6-6-1 overall, while the Friars improve to 6-5-3 overall.
Providence took a 1-0 lead at 15:17 of the first period when Kyle MacKinnon scored on a rebound from a shot by Eric Baier. The Friars outshot the Crusaders, 12-7, while Holy Cross went 0-1 on the power play.
With just five seconds left in the second period junior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) tied the game at 1-1 with his fourth goal of the season. Sophomores Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) and Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) each tallied assists. Holy Cross outshot Providence by a 15-13 margin, while each team went 0-1 on the man-advantage.
At 10:27 of the third period, Farrer netted the game-winner on a rebound off a shot by Daniel New. With 29 seconds left, the Crusaders went on a power play and went with an empty net but could not find the back of the net for the 2-1 final score.
Freshman goalie Derek Kump (Falmouth, Maine) made 38 saves and is now 1-1-1 on the season, while Alex Beaudry made 25 saves to improve to 5-5-3. The Crusaders went 0-3 on the power play and the Friars went 0-2. Providence outshot Holy Cross, 40-26.
The Crusaders return to action when they travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., to play Atlantic Hockey opponent Air Force at the Cadet Ice Arena on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3-4, at 9:00 p.m. (EST).