Holy Cross Men's Hockey Shut Out By First-Place RIT, 4-0

Adam Roy

WORCESTER, Mass. – Four different Rochester Institute of Technology skaters scored goals as the Holy Cross men's hockey team was downed by the Tigers, 4-0, at the Hart Center on Friday night in Atlantic Hockey action. With the loss, the Crusaders dip to 7-14-2 overall (6-8-2 Atlantic Hockey), while the first-place Tigers improve to 13-8-4 overall (12-3-3 Atlantic Hockey). The two-game regular season series between these two teams will conclude on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 7:00 p.m. Senior goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) made 31 saves on the night.

Junior Tyler Brenner deposited the puck in the top right of the net on dishes from senior Andrew Favot and freshman Ben Lynch at 9:06 of the first period to give RIT a 1-0 lead. Just under four minutes later the Tigers struck again, this time rookie Mike Colavecchia scored on a pass from  freshman Adam Mitchell and junior Chris Haltigin. Both teams went 0-1 in power plays, while RIT edged the Crusaders 15-10 on shots.

In the second period, sophomore Chris Saracino and Lynch setup Mitchell for his ninth goal of the season at 10:27. The power play goal was one of the Tigers' three chances. RIT and Holy Cross each had a five-on-three opportunity and both teams did not capitalize.

With 3:31 left in the game, Mike Janda teamed up with junior Cameron Burt and Favot for the final goal of the contest and the senior's eighth goal of the season.

Roy dips to 1-6-0, while sophomore Shane Madolora (11-0-3) stopped 22 shots for his second shutout of the season. Holy Cross took six shots as they went 0-5 in power play chances on the evening. RIT took nine shots and converted two power play chances on six opportunities. The Tigers outshot the Crusaders, 35-22.