WORCESTER, Mass. – The senior class led the way as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Bentley, 4-3, on Friday night at the Hart Center in Atlantic Hockey action. With the win, the Crusaders move to 15-14-4 overall (14-8-4 Atlantic Hockey). The Crusaders extend their unbeaten streak to 10 games as they are now 8-0-2 in their last 10 games, while the Falcons slip to 10-17-5 overall (9-13-4 Atlantic Hockey). The Crusaders will conclude the regular season on Saturday, Feb. 26, versus Bentley at the John A. Ryan Skating Arena at 7:00 p.m. With their win the Crusaders' unbeaten streak ties the longest in school history as Holy Cross went 10-0-0 between Dec. 8, 1979-Jan. 16, 1980. The Crusader's streak is also currently tied for the longest in the nation as Union is 9-0-1 over its last 10 contests. During the last 10 games the Crusaders have outscored their opponents by a 44-20 margin.
The Crusader senior trio of J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.), Jamie Jelinek (Great Falls, Va.) and Matt Celin (Gibsonia, Pa.) started things off with a bang as Martignetti put the puck past the left pad of sprawling Bentley goalie Kyle Rank during the power play, four minutes into the first period. Jelinek and Celin assisted on the goal. Bentley's Brandon Graffunder scored with four minutes left in the period to knot the score at one a piece. Holy Cross outshot Bentley 12-8 and went 1-2 on the power play.
The senior class continued to dominate in the second period as senior Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) scored from the left side of the ice to put the Crusaders up 2-1 just under three minutes in. Freshmen Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) and Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) assisted on the goal. Less than a minute later, Jelinek teamed up with Celin and freshman Jeffrey Reppucci (Newburyport, Mass.) for the goal and assist, marking Jelinek and Celin's second respective points of the evening. Bentley's Brett Hartung scored with five minutes left to play in the second, making the score 3-2 to start the third period. Holy Cross held the edge in shooting 13-8, both teams went scoreless during power play action.
Bentley evened the score 3-3 to start the third period with a goal from Brett Gensler. But after a successful Crusader penalty kill, junior Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) put one behind the pads of Rank for his first game-winner of the season and the seventh of his career. Juniors Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) and Matthew Davis (Lancaster, N.Y.) assisted on the goal. Holy Cross outshot the Falcons 7-4.
Senior goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) turned away 17 shots on the night. Holy Cross outshot Bentley 32-20, while the Crusaders went 1-5 on the power play while the Falcons went 0-4.
Before tonight's game the Holy Cross Athletic Department and men's hockey program honored the six seniors, Celin, Jelinek, Martignetti, Roy, Sheen and Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) The senior class has been a part of 50 wins, including the 15 this season which are the most for the program since the 2005-2006 season. This group has also been involved in two of the longest unbeaten streaks in program history. The Crusaders' nine-game unbeaten streak in the 2008-2009 season is tied for third all-time in school history and their current 10-game streak is tied for the longest. Also this season, this class has contributed to the most Atlantic Hockey victories since the 2005-2006 season.
Celin has played 103 career games. He played his first 40 games at Holy Cross as a defender, he then scored three goals including a game-winner in his first two games as a forward in the 2008-2009 season as he was named the AT&T Crusader of the Week for his performance. For his career, Celin has recorded nine goals and 20 assists for 29 points. Celin is also a three-time member of the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team.
Jelinek has played in 57 games with four goals and six assists for 10 points. This season, he has been a major factor in the Crusaders' recent success as he has played in all 10 contests of the team's nine-game unbeaten streak, including recording two goals and two assists. Jelinek has been very successful in the classroom as he is a three-time member of the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team.
Martignetti has played in 125 career games with 16 goals and 25 assists for 41 points. As a freshman he was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week once. As a sophomore he recorded seven goals and nine assists for a career-best 16 points as he also scored two game-winning goals. Martignetti was also a member of the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team.
Roy has the second most career saves in the history of Division I men's hockey at Holy Cross with 1,799 career saves. He is also second all-time with 23 victories and his 2.99 goals against average is fourth. As a freshman he was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Month, while he earned Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week honors twice. This season he was named the Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week and the AT&T Crusader of the Week. Roy is a three-time member of the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team.
Znutas has played in 140 career games which are sixth all-time at Holy Cross. For his career he has 15 goals and 40 assists for 55 points. As a freshman he was named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie team as he recorded six goals and nine assists for 15 points. As a sophomore he tallied a career-best 16 points with four goals and 12 assists. This season he has played in 32 contests with five goals and seven assists for 12 points. He is also a three-time member of the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team.
Sheen has played in every game the Crusaders have played in during his career. His 144 games played are second all-time in the history of the program. For his career, Sheen has 49 goals and 50 assists for 99 points. He is sixth on the school's all-time Division I list for career goals, while he is ninth in points. Sheen is also ninth all-time on the Division I list with 17 career power play goals. He is also on the Hobey Baker fan ballot for the fourth time. He leads all current Crusaders in goals, assists, points and games played. This season Sheen has recorded a career-best 30 points and leads the team with 14 goals. He has been named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week twice in his career, including once this season. As a freshman he led the team with 15 goals as he was named to the AHA All-Rookie Team, earned Rookie of the Week honors three times and was named the Rookie of the Month once. Sheen has been named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team twice.