WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) scored two goals including the game-winner breaking a 2-2 tie with 2:14 remaining in the third period as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Canisius, 3-2, on Friday night at the Hart Center in Atlantic Hockey action. With the win, the Crusaders move to 6-7-0 overall (4-4-0 Atlantic Hockey), while the Golden Griffins fall to 4-7-3 overall (4-2-2 Atlantic Hockey). These two teams will conclude their two-game regular season series on Saturday, Dec. 3, in Worcester at 3:00 p.m.
In the first period the Crusaders got on the scoreboard first with a goal from sophomore and team leading goal scorer Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) at 6:39, assisted by senior Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) and recording his first collegiate assist freshman goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario). The goal was Schmidt's career-best seventh goal of the year. The Golden Griffins answered back with a goal of their own at 9:59 when Kyle Gibbons found the back of the net. At 12:03 the Crusaders took the lead once again on a power play goal that found the lower left of the net as Cox deflected a slap shot from senior Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario). Junior Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) also posted an assist. Ginn made four saves in the period and Tony Capobianco made 10 for Canisius.
At 12:26 of the second period the Golden Griffins tied the game up with a power play goal by their senior captain Scott Moser. The Crusaders outshot the Golden Griffins by a 9-7 margin.
In the third period Cox scored his second goal of the night and third of the season. The power play goal was assisted by Vos and senior Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario). The goal ended up to be the game-winner that Cox put right over the glove of Capobianco. The goal is his first career game-winner.
The Crusaders went 2-3 on the man-advantage as the Golden Griffins went 1-2. Ginn recorded 16 out of 18 save opportunities while Capobianco recorded 31 out of 34.