WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) scored two goals as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Army, 5-1, at the Hart Center on Friday night in Atlantic Hockey action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 12-14-3 overall (11-8-3 Atlantic Hockey). Holy Cross is now 5-0-1 in its last six games and have won five straight, while the Black Knights slip to 8-17-4 overall (7-11-4 Atlantic Hockey). During the last six games the Crusaders have outscored their opponents by a 29-12 margin. This is the Crusaders' longest winning streak since the 2005-2006 season when they won six straight games between March 3-March 24. Also, the Crusaders' 11 Atlantic Hockey wins are their most in a season since they won a program-best 19 games in 2005-2006. These two teams will conclude their three-game regular season series on Saturday at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders lead the season series 2-0-0. Holy Cross defeated the Black Knights by a 5-4 score in overtime earlier this season on Oct. 17 in the first meeting. Saturday will also be winter homecoming as an MVP trophy will be awarded after the game.
Holy Cross found the back of the net first just 1:35 into the contest as rookie defenseman Jeffrey Reppucci (Newburyport, Mass.) took a slap shot from the blue line that went into the left corner. Sophomore Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) assisted on Reppucci's second goal of the season. With 6:20 left in the opening period freshman Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) and classmate Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) setup a tip in for senior Everett Sheen's (Lethbridge, Alberta) 10th goal of the year and fourth game-winner.
Vos' first goal of the second stanza came courtesy of assists by junior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) and senior Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.). Just under eight minutes later junior Matt Gordon (Perth, Ontario) sent Vos a nifty pass that would find its way to the bottom right of the net to put the Crusaders up 4-0. Vos now has seven goals for the Crusaders this season. Army capitalized on a power play with a goal by Andy Starczewski on feeds from Mike Hull and Cody Omilusik with two seconds left on the scoreboard to cut the advantage to 4-1.
The third period was a stalemate until 59 seconds to go when Schmidt scored on a power play for his fourth goal of the season off passes from Sheen and Reppucci to put Holy Cross ahead for the 5-1 final score.
Senior goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) made 11 saves for the Crusaders as he improves to 6-6-1. For the Black Knights, senior Jay Clark stopped 28 in the loss and dips to 4-10-1. Both teams capitalized on a power play with Holy Cross going 1-4 and Army went 1-5 as Holy Cross held a 33-12 advantage on shots.