Men's Hockey Defeats Sacred Heart, 6-4

Jay Silvia

WORCESTER, Mass.  – A total of 10 goals were scored at the Hart Center as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Sacred Heart, 6-4, on Saturday evening in Atlantic Hockey action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 4-4-0 overall (3-2-0 Atlantic Hockey), while the Pioneers remain without a win, at 0-10-0 overall (0-6-0 Atlantic Hockey). Junior Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) and senior Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) led the Crusaders with two goals each.

The Crusaders took the lead in the first period, as Nunn netted the period's only goal at 12:23, his third of the season. Junior Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) and senior Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) assisted on the goal.

The Crusaders scored four goals in the second period alone, as junior Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) began the second period action with a goal assisted by senior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) to put the Crusaders up by two, 5:28 into the period. Just over a minute later,  Sacred Heart answered back with a goal from senior assistant captain Matt Gingera. Ben Lake and Brian Sheehan assisted on the goal. Silvia added to the score with his first goal of the season at 8:00, off passes from Miller and sophomore Jeffrey Reppucci (Newburyport, Mass.). At 10:23, Nunn found the net again, for his second goal of the night, and his fourth on the year. Miller contributed with a second straight assist, and his third of the game. Senior defenseman Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) was also credited with an assist. Silvia added another at 16:06, unassisted, sending the Crusaders into the second intermission with a 5-1 lead. 

The Pioneers struck back in the third period. Kyle Verbeek found Will Rayner at 3:06. At 10:45 it was Lake who fired a shot from the blue line which found its way past freshman goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario), with assists from Gingera and Sheehan. The Pioneers went with an empty net with 1:51 to go in the period. Sacred Heart took advantage of the extra man, by scoring a third straight goal when Tye Lewis fed the puck to Drew George who found the back of the net, allowing the Pioneers within one goal of the Crusaders with a score of 5-4, with 1:33 remaining in regulation. Sophomore Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) answered Sacred Heart's comeback attempt, by scoring an empty net goal with 1:05 to go in the contest. The final score was 6-4, with four different Crusaders adding goals.

Ginn allowed four goals and made 16 saves in his sixth start in net for the Crusaders to improve to 3-3-0 on the season. Steven Legatto allowed five goals and saved 22 shots in the first two periods, while Andrew Bodnarchuk stopped six shots in the third period for the Pioneers.

The Crusaders return to action on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18-19 when they travel to Rochester, N.Y., to play two games versus Atlantic Hockey opponent RIT at 7:00 p.m.