Men's Hockey Ties First-Place RIT, 3-3

Mike Daly

WORCESTER, Mass. – With the Crusaders trailing 3-2, junior Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) tied the game with 3:38 left in the third period for his third point of the contest as the Holy Cross men's hockey team tied RIT, 3-3, at the Hart Center on Saturday evening in Atlantic Hockey action. With the tie, the Crusaders are now 7-14-3 overall (6-8-3 Atlantic Hockey), while the first-place Tigers are 13-8-5 overall (12-3-4 Atlantic Hockey). RIT wins the two-game regular season series between these two teams, 1-0-1, as it won on Friday by a 4-0 score.

The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead when sophomore Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) tipped in a shot by Daly at 4:43 of the first period. The Tigers then tied the game at 1-1 with a goal by Chris Saracino at just 1:12 later. At 15:15 and with the Crusaders on the power play, sophomore Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) fired a wrist shot to the upper left corner of the net after receiving a pass from sophomore Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.), while Daly earned his second assist of the contest. But just 20 seconds later, the Tigers tied the game at 2-2 when Ben Lynch found the back of the net. Holy Cross outshot RIT, 12-3, while the Crusaders went 1-3 on the power play.  

RIT took a 3-2 lead at 14:37 of the second period when Lynch netted a power play goal. The goal was his second of the game. RIT outshot Holy Cross by a 12-11 margin, while the Tigers went 1-1 on the man-advantage and the Crusaders went 0-1.

With 3:38 remaining in the third period, Daly blasted a slapshot for his second goal of the season to tie the game at 3-3. Vos recorded his second point of the game with an assist. The game then went to overtime as the Crusaders outshot the Tigers, 6-3, but neither team could find the back of the net for the 3-3 final score.

Senior goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) made 23 saves and is now 1-6-1, while Shane Madolora made 37 saves and is 11-0-4. The Crusaders went 1-5 on the power play and the Tigers went 1-3. Holy Cross outshot RIT, 40-26.

The Crusaders return to action on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 28-29, when they play two home games at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m., versus Atlantic Hockey opponent Connecticut.