STORRS, Conn. – Wade Finegan scored the game-winner in overtime with 1:07 left as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Bowling Green, 3-2, in the third-place game of the Toyota UConn Holiday Classic at the Freitas Ice Forum on Thursday afternoon. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 6-9-2 overall, while the Falcons improve to 7-13-2 overall. This was the first ever meeting between the two schools.
Bowling Green took a 1-0 lead at 11:29 of the first period when Marc Rodriguez knocked in a loose puck from in front of the net. At 18:03, the Falcons made it a 2-0 contest with a goal by Ryan Peltoma. Holy Cross outshot Bowling Green, 7-2, while the Crusaders went 0-2 on the power play.
At 15:50 of the second period, junior Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) cut the lead to 2-1 when he fired the puck to the upper left corner of the net for his fifth goal of the season. He has scored a goal in two straight games as he scored Holy Cross' goal in the 2-1 loss versus UConn on Dec. 29. Senior Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) and sophomore Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) recorded assists. The Falcons outshot the Crusaders by a 13-9 margin, while Bowling Green went 0-2 on the man-advantage.
With just 1:27 left in the period, senior J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) tied the game at 2-2 with his first goal of the season. Martignetti walked in all alone to the net and then sent the puck to the upper right corner of the net. Freshman Ryan McGrath (Pittsburgh, Pa.) recorded an assist for his first collegiate point in his Holy Cross debut. Senior Matt Celin (Gibsonia, Pa.) also had an assist. After neither team could score again in regulation the game went to overtime and with 1:07 remaining Finegan scored from right in front of the goal for the 3-2 final score.
Freshman goalie Derek Kump (Falmouth, Maine) played the first period, while senior Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) played the last two periods and made 26 saves as he is now 0-2-0 on the season. Andrew Hammond made 27 saves to improve to 3-8-1. The Crusaders went 0-4 on the power play and the Falcons went 0-2. Each team recorded 29 shots.
The Crusaders return to action on Sunday, Jan. 2, when they will travel to New Haven, Conn., to play No. 1 Yale at Ingalls Rink at 4:00 p.m. This will be the first time that Holy Cross has played a No. 1 ranked team in the program's Division I era. Yale has a 11-1-0 overall record this season.