WORCESTER, Mass. – With the game tied 2-2, Patrick Divjak, Bryan Haczyk, and David Ross of the visiting Purple Eagles put up three goals in less than two minutes in the second period as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Niagara, 5-2, at the Hart Center on Friday night in Atlantic Hockey action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 6-11-2 overall (5-5-2 Atlantic Hockey), while the Purple Eagles improve to 11-6-2 overall (8-4-0 Atlantic Hockey). These two teams will conclude their two-game regular season series on Saturday, Jan. 8, at 5:00 p.m.
Niagara took a 1-0 lead at 10:03 of the first period when Haczyk poked a loose puck into the left side of the net. Holy Cross took advantage of a power play with several shots on net and eventually tied it up at 1-1 at 15:05 of the first period on a goal by senior Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J). Senior captain Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) and freshman Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y) each tallied assists. With less than two minutes (18:06) in the first, Haczyk scored with a man-advantage and off a rebound to give the Purple Eagles a 2-1 lead. Each team tallied 13 shots in the first, and both were 1-1 on the power play.
The Crusaders tied it up at 2-2 at 7:50 of the second period on a power play goal by junior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario). Sophomores Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) and Brendan Baker (Edina, Minn.) tallied assists on the play. At 10:31 of the second, Niagara took a 3-2 lead when Divjak scooped up a loose puck following a breakaway and found the back of the net. The Purple Eagles quickly scored again at 11:54 of the second period off a hat trick goal by Haczyk. Less than a minute later, Niagara took a 5-2 lead, as Ross reached the back of the net. The Crusaders went 1-2 on the power play, and the Purple Eagles went 0-1. Holy Cross outshot Niagara, 9-7.
Despite two power plays and 15 shots on net in the third period, the Crusaders failed to get on the board, with the contest ending in a 5-2 score.
Sophomore goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) made 14 saves in the first 32:19 of the game and senior Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) relieved him with seven saves in the end of the second and third period. In his collegiate debut, freshman goalie Cody Campbell recorded 35 saves in the victory. The Crusaders went 2-5 on the power play and the Purple Eagles went 1-2. Holy Cross outshot Niagara, 37-26.