WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) recorded his second career shutout as the Holy Cross men's hockey team grabbed the 4-0 win over Connecticut at the Hart Center on Saturday evening in Atlantic Hockey action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 9-14-3 overall (8-8-3 Atlantic Hockey) and are 2-0-1 in their last three games, while the Huskies dip to 7-15-4 overall (7-10-2 Atlantic Hockey). This was the final game in the two teams three-game regular season series. With the win Holy Cross takes the series, 2-1-0. The Crusaders only loss to the Huskies came on Dec. 29, when Connecticut bested Holy Cross 2-1.
The Crusaders began the game peppering shots at Connecticut goalie Matt Grogan as Holy Cross outshot the Huskies 10-6 in the first period. Sophomore Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) put the puck past the glove of Grogan, four minutes into the first period to put the Crusaders up 1-0. Sophomores Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) and Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) were credited with the assist. With eight minutes left in the period the Crusaders struck again as junior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) placed the puck between the legs of Grogan. Sophomore Evan Zych (Kilbride, Ontario) and senior Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) assisted on the goal.
After surviving a five-on-three early in the second period the Crusaders were able to take advantage of their own power play with 44 seconds left in the period. Controlling the rebound off a blocked shot, Sheen fired the puck into the top corner to record his second point of the night. Freshmen Jeffrey Reppucci (Newburyport, Mass.) and Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) assisted on the goal. Holy Cross outshot Connecticut in the second, 14-10 and went 1-3 on the power play while the Huskies went 0-3.
Just over a minute into the third period junior Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) scored during the Holy Cross power play off a slap shot from the left side of the ice. Linsmayer and Nunn assisted on the goal to record their second respective points of the night. Despite being outshot 12-8 in the third period, Roy came up big recording a game high 12 saves in the last 20 minutes of play, bringing his total game saves to 28. With the win Roy now stands at 3-6-1 on the season. Grogan also recorded 28 saves but falls to 0-3-0 on the season.
The Crusaders went 2-6 on the power play while the Huskies went 0-3 on the night. Holy Cross also held the edge in shots, outshooting Connecticut 32-28.
The Crusaders return to the ice next Friday night when they take on Atlantic Hockey rival AIC on the road in West Springfield, Mass. The following night the Crusaders will return to the Hart Center for the 7:00 p.m. puck drop as they host AIC in the second annual "Pink the Rink" night. Proceeds will go to Pink Revolution, which is an alliance of dedicated individuals with a unified commitment to those touched by breast cancer at UMass Memorial and UMass Medical School here in Worcester. This year, the Crusaders will raise money for breast cancer awareness by selling 'Pink the Rink' T-shirts, holding a chuck-a-puck competition during an intermission, running a 50/50 raffle and promoting special hockey prize raffles. There will also be a ceremonial puck drop before the game which will honor Jackie Peterson, Holy Cross' Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students and breast cancer survivor.