WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) made a career-best 47 saves and senior Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) recorded two goals and one assist for three points as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Niagara, 5-1, at the Hart Center on Friday afternoon in Atlantic Hockey action. With the win, the Crusaders advance to 7-11-2 overall (6-5-2 Atlantic Hockey), while the Purple Eagles fall to 11-7-2 overall (8-5-0 Atlantic Hockey). The two-game regular season series ended with each team winning a game as Niagara won on Friday night by a 5-2 score.
The Crusaders came out with a vengeance at the start of the first period, firing shots and maintaining possession in their offensive end. However, it did not take long for Niagara to pick up momentum, causing Crusader goalie Roy to make 12 saves in just the first period. Holy Cross was first to put numbers on the board at the 9:38 minute mark when senior J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) found the back of the net in a tussle right in front of the goal. Fellow senior Matt Celin (Gibsonia, Pa.) and junior Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario) assisted the play. Soon after, senior captain Sheen scored with help from junior Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) and freshman Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.). Niagara's goalie, Cody Campbell finished the first period with 11 saves.
Even with a five minute penalty against them, Holy Cross remained aggressive at the start of the second period. At the 3:30 minute mark, Sheen scored a shorthanded goal as he found the top right corner of the goal on a breakaway, putting the Crusaders ahead 3-0. The Purple Eagles answered with 46 seconds left in the period, on a flash goal by senior Bryan Haczyk, shortening the Crusaders lead to 3-1. Haczyk was assisted by freshman Ryan Rashid and senior Ryan Annesley. Niagara's relief did not last long. With just 14 seconds left in the second period, Miller scored with help from Sheen.
With Niagara's Haczyk in the penalty box, the Crusaders put the game out of reach by taking advantage and scoring early in the third period with a goal by junior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario), who was assisted by sophomores Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) and Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario). Play was back and forth for the majority of the third period, with Niagara's offensive attempts shut down by Roy, who recorded a career-best 47 saves.
Despite outshooting the Crusaders 48-36, the Niagara Purple Eagles were held to just one lone goal.
In just his second collegiate game, Campbell recorded 31 saves on the day. The Purple Eagles went 1-5 on the power play and the Crusaders went 2-5.
The Crusaders return to action when they travel to Erie, Pa., to play two games versus Atlantic Hockey opponent Mercyhurst at 7:00 p.m., on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 14-15, at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.