NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale's Broc Little recorded three goals as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to No. 1 Yale, 10-3, at Ingalls Rink on Sunday afternoon. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 6-10-2 overall, while the Bulldogs improve to 12-1-0 overall. This was the first time that Holy Cross has played a No. 1 ranked team in the program's Division I era.
Yale scored the first goal of the game at 5:31 of the first period when Denny Kearney fired a wrist shot to the lower left side of the net. Just 35 seconds later, the Crusaders tied the contest at 1-1 when freshman Mark Williamson (Centennial, Colo.) recorded his first collegiate point when he knocked the puck from a Yale player to sophomore Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) who then netted his first goal of the season. At 7:59, the Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead with a goal by Kenny Agostino. Yale extended its lead to 3-1 at 13:43 when Brian O'Neill found the back of the net. Just 40 seconds later, Holy Cross made it a 3-2 game with a goal by sophomore Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) for his fourth goal of the season. Vos brought the puck from behind the net and then fired the puck past Yale goalie Ryan Rondeau. Junior Matt Gordon (Perth, Ontario) and sophomore Brendan Baker (Edina, Minn.) recorded assists. But 34 seconds later, Josh Balch gave Yale a 4-2 lead when he blasted in a shot from right in front of the goal. Broc Little then increased Yale's lead to 5-2 at 17:50. Yale outshot Holy Cross, 21-8, while each team went 0-2 on the power play.
Yale scored four goals in the second period to increase its lead to 9-2. At 2:57 of the second period, Agostino scored his second goal of the game to make the score, 6-2. Yale netted its fourth consecutive goal when Andrew Miller scored on a slap shot while on the power play from the left faceoff circle at 16:28 to make it a 7-2 contest. At 18:21, Little netted his second goal of the game for an 8-2 lead. Just 23 seconds later, Mike Matczak scored Yale's six straight goal to make the score 9-2. Yale outshot Holy Cross by a 14-8 margin, while the Crusaders went 0-1 on the man-advantage and the Bulldogs went 1-1.
At 59 seconds of the third period, the Crusaders scored their third goal when sophomore Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) tipped in a pass from junior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) for his fourth goal of the season. Sophomore Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) also recorded an assist on the goal. Little tallied his third goal of the contest and the last goal of the game at 6:16 while on the power play for the 10-3 final score.
Senior Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) played the first period as he allowed five goals and made 16 saves, while sophomore Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) allowed four goals and made 10 saves in the second period. Freshman goalie Derek Kump (Falmouth, Maine) played the third period as he allowed one goal and made four saves. Rondeau allowed two goals and made 14 saves in the first two periods, while Nick Maricic allowed one goal and made five saves in the third period. The Crusaders went 0-3 on the power play and the Bulldogs went 2-4. Yale outshot Holy Cross, 40-22.
The Crusaders return to action when they play two home games at the Hart Center versus Atlantic Hockey opponent Niagara on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 7-8. Friday's game is at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday's game is at 5:00 p.m. On Saturday, there will be an autograph session with the Crusaders following the game.