WORCESTER, Mass. – Four different Crusaders netted goals and freshman goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) posted his first collegiate shutout as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Canisius, 4-0, on Saturday afternoon at the Hart Center in Atlantic Hockey action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 7-7-0 overall (5-4-0 Atlantic Hockey), while the Golden Griffins fall to 4-8-3 overall (4-3-2 Atlantic Hockey). The Crusaders win the two-game regular season series between these two teams as they won on Friday night by a 3-2 score.
The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead at 1:07 of the first period when senior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) netted a power play goal for his fourth goal of the season and his third in the last two games. Senior Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) blasted a slap shot that was deflected by junior Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) in front of the net. Cox then buried the loose puck in the right side of the net for his second career game-winner. Cox posted his first collegiate game-winning goal in Friday's win over Canisius. The Crusaders went 1-2 on the power play and the Golden Griffins went 0-2. Holy Cross outshot Canisius, 14-4.
At 17:40 of the second period, sophomore Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) sent a crossing pass to senior Matt Gordon (Perth, Ontario) who then sent the puck to the right side of the net for his first goal of the season to increase the lead to 2-0. Senior Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) also tallied an assist. Just 1:24 later, Vos scored on the power play for his sixth goal of the season. Daly fired a shot that was then knocked by Cox to Vos who sent the loose puck to the left side of the goal. The points gave each Vos, Cox and Daly two for the game. The Crusaders went 1-3 on the man-advantage and the Golden Griffins went 0-2. Holy Cross outshot Canisius by a 14-2 margin.
The Crusaders scored the only goal of the third period when junior Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) netted his third of the season at 11:43. Freshman Jake Youso (International Falls, Minn.) recorded an assist.
Ginn made 14 saves to improve to 5-5-0 on the season, while Dan Morrison posted 29 saves for the Golden Griffins and is now 2-5-1. The Crusaders went 2-6 on the power play and the Golden Griffins went 0-5. Holy Cross outshot Canisius, 33-14.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Dec. 10, when they play Atlantic Hockey opponent Army at the Hart Center at 4:00 p.m. for Armed Services Day. The Holy Cross men's hockey program will be raising money for the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund (MSLF) which provides educational assistance grants to the children of Massachusetts service members who were killed while deployed on Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. The team will be wearing a special edition camouflage jersey to show its support. The jerseys will be auctioned off throughout the game with all proceeds going to the fund. Tickets are five dollars for veterans and current members of the armed services. A limited amount of special edition Holy Cross hockey camouflage t-shirts will be available for purchase. There will be 26 game jerseys available to bid on during the silent auction with a minimum bid of $150.00 for each jersey. The jersey numbers that will be available in the auction are #1, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #10, #11, #12, #14, #15, #17, #19, #20, #21, #23, #24, #26, #27, #28, #29, #30, #33, #35 and #44. Jersey #2 will be raffled off to a student at the game. The auction will start at 3:00 p.m.