October 22, 2011

Men's Hockey Upsets No. 7 Boston University In 5-4 Thriller

Video: Holy Cross' Goals

Video: Postgame Press Conference With Coach Pearl & Adam Schmidt

BOSTON, Mass. ­– Sophomore Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) scored two goals and senior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) posted one goal and two assists as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated No. 7 Boston University, 5-4, in front of a crowd of 5,766 at Agganis Arena on Saturday in non-conference action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 2-1-0 overall, while the Terriers fall to 2-2-0 overall. This is Holy Cross' first ever win over Boston U., as the Terriers won the only other meeting by a 3-2 score on Nov. 25, 2008. It is also the Crusaders' first win over a ranked team since the 4-3 NCAA Tournament overtime victory over No. 3 Minnesota on March 24, 2006. Holy Cross' 2-1-0 record is its best start since going 2-1-0 to begin the 2007-2008 season. After Holy Cross scored the first goal of the game, the Terriers scored the next two, but Holy Cross then netted four straight goals for a 5-2 lead. Boston U. scored two more goals to cut the deficit to 5-4, but could not get any closer and the Crusaders clinched the win.

The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead at 6:24 of the first period when junior Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) sent a rebound off a slap shot by senior Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) to the lower right side of the net for his first goal of the season. Senior Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) also posted an assist as he passed the puck to Daly setting up his shot. But the Terriers then responded by scoring two straight goals. At 8:04, Adam Clendening sent a crossing pass to Sahir Gill who then fired a shot past Crusader freshman goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario). Just 40 seconds later, Matt Nieto passed the puck to a charging Alex Chiasson who then buried the puck in the net.

The Crusaders went on a two-man advantage power play and capitalized on it at 11:41 when Schmidt found the back of the net to tie the game at 2-2. Cox and sophomore Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) posted assists. Schmidt then gave the Crusaders a 3-2 lead with his second power play goal of the period at 17:37. Daly blasted a slap shot from the blue line that was tipped by junior Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) to an open Schmidt who sent the puck to the right side of the net for his team-best third goal of the season. For the period, the Crusaders went 2-3 on the power play and BU went 0-2. Holy Cross outshot the Terriers, 12-10.  

The Crusaders increased their lead to 4-2 at 12:09 of the second period when Cox netted his first goal of the season. Cox secured his own rebound and then sent a shot from the left corner of the net off a Terrier defender and in the goal. Senior Matt Gordon (Perth, Ontario) notched an assist. The Terriers went 0-1 on the man-advantage in the second period, while Holy Cross outshot Boston University by a 9-6 margin.

Holy Cross went on another two-man advantage power play and again capitalized with a goal by junior Brendan Baker (Edina, Minn.) off a slap shot at 7:17 of the third period to increase its lead to 5-2. The goal would be Baker's second career game winner. Sophomore Jeffrey Reppucci (Newburyport, Mass.) and Cox were credited with assists. The Terriers responded with a goal by Chiasson at 9:31 for his second of the contest to make it a 5-3 game. Boston University continued to get closer with a goal by Nieto at 12:45 to cut the deficit to 5-4. With the Crusaders still leading by one goal, the Terriers went with an empty net with 1:31 left in the period, but Holy Cross was able to keep Boston U. from finding the back of the net for the 5-4 victory.

Ginn made 27 saves to improve to 2-1-0 on the season, while Kieran Millan made 26 saves for Boston U. and is now 2-2-0 on the year. The Crusaders went 3-6 on the power play and the Terriers went 0-3. Each team took 31 shots.  

The Crusaders return to action when they play at Atlantic Hockey opponent UConn at Freitas Ice Forum at 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 27.