WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Sophomores Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) and Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) each recorded two goals and three assists as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated American International, 5-2, at the Olympia Ice Center on Friday evening in Atlantic Hockey action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 10-14-3 overall (9-8-3 Atlantic Hockey) and are 3-0-1 in their last four games and have won three straight, while the Yellow Jackets fall to 6-16-1 overall (6-13-1 Atlantic Hockey). These two teams will conclude their three-game regular season series on Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m. for Holy Cross' second annual "Pink the Rink" night. Holy Cross has won the first two meetings in the series as the Crusaders defeated the Yellow Jackets by a 3-2 score on Oct. 15. The last time a Holy Cross player recorded five points in a game was when Jon Landry had one goal and four assists in a 7-4 victory versus Bentley on Jan. 5, 2007.
At 12:05 of the first period, the Crusaders took a 1-0 lead when Nunn sent a one-timer past AIC goalie Ben Meisner after receiving a pass from Linsmayer for his second goal of the season. Junior Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) also earned an assist on the goal. With just 16 seconds left in the period, Linsmayer netted a power play goal to increase the lead to 2-0. The goal was his ninth of the season. Nunn and junior Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) recorded assists. Holy Cross outshot AIC, 19-6, while the Crusaders went 1-2 on the power play and the Yellow Jackets went 0-1.
At 46 seconds of the second period, the Yellow Jackets made it a 2-1 contest with a goal by Mike Penny. The Crusaders went up by two goals at 3-1 at 13:39 when Nunn scored his second goal of the game for his third point of the contest. Sophomore Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) sent the puck from behind the net to Nunn who then lifted the puck past Meisner from in front of the net. The goal was his third of the season and his first collegiate game-winner. Linsmayer also recorded an assist for his third point of the contest. The Crusaders outshot the Yellow Jackets by a 14-7 margin, while AIC went 0-1 on the man-advantage.
The Yellow Jackets scored at 28 seconds of the third period with a goal by Chris Markiewicz to make the score 3-2. At 15:08, Holy Cross extended its lead with a goal by Fletcher while on the power play. Linsmayer and Nunn had assists. With 1:12 left in the period, Linsmayer scored his second goal of the game with assists by Fletcher and Nunn while on the power play. That would be the final goal of the game for the 5-2 final score.
Senior goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) made 17 saves and is now 4-6-1 on the season, while Meisner made 37 saves and is 6-13-1. Holy Cross outshot AIC, 42-19, while the Crusaders went 3-6 on the power play and the Yellow Jackets went 0-3.
Proceeds to Saturday's "Pink the Rink" 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 and running a 50/50 raffle. 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.