NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – With the Crusaders leading 2-0, the Purple Eagles netted four unanswered goals including a late empty-netter as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Niagara, 4-2, at Dwyer Arena on Friday night in Atlantic Hockey action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 2-3-0 overall (1-2-0 Atlantic Hockey), while the Purple Eagles improve to 2-3-2 overall (1-1-1 Atlantic Hockey). The two teams will conclude their two-game regular season series on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 7:00 p.m. at Dwyer Arena.
The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead at 15:44 of the first period when junior Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka Ill.) scored his first goal of the season. Junior Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) and senior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) each posted assists. With just 12 seconds left in the period, sophomore Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) netted a power play goal to increase the Crusader lead to 2-0. The goal was his team-leading fifth of the season and team-best fourth on the man-advantage. Schmidt has recorded at least one point in all five games. Junior Brendan Baker (Edina, Minn.) and sophomore Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) tallied assists.
The Purple Eagles made it a 2-1 contest at 6:36 of the second period with a power play goal by Kevin Ryan. Just 1:32 later, Sam Alfieri tied the game at 2-2.
At 7:33 of the third period, Giancarlo Iuorio found the back of the net for the game-winner. The Purple Eagles added an empty-net goal by Jeff Hannan with just one second remaining for the 4-2 final score.
Freshman goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) made 28 saves and falls to 2-3-0 overall, while Cody Campbell made 19 saves to improve to 1-1-2. The Crusaders went 1-4 on the power play and took 21 shots for the game, while the Purple Eagles went 1-5 on the man-advantage and tallied 32 shots.