HANOVER, N.H. – With the Crusaders trailing 3-1 with 54 seconds left in the third period senior Matt Gordon (Perth, Ontario) found the back of the net to cut the deficit to one goal, but that is as close as the Crusaders would get as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Dartmouth, 3-2, on Friday night in front of a crowd of 3,874 at Thompson Arena at the first day of the Ledyard National Bank Classic. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 8-8-0 overall and will play No. 7 Merrimack in the third-place game on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 4:00 p.m., while the Big Green improve to 6-5-1 overall and will meet St. Lawrence in the championship game at 7:00 p.m. St. Lawrence and Merrimack tied 6-6 in the first game, but St. Lawrence won the shootout. Sophomore Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) recorded one goal and one assist for two points for the Crusaders.
The Big Green took an early 1-0 lead at 2:02 of the first period when Jesse Beamish found the back of the net. At 5:31, the Crusaders tied the game at 1-1 when Schmidt netted his team-leading eighth goal of the season. Schmidt stole the puck at center ice and then went on a breakaway as he was able to get the puck through the pads of Dartmouth goalie Cab Morris. Each team took seven shots and went 0-1 on the power play.
At 13:30 of the second period, the Big Green moved out to a 2-1 lead when Doug Jones scored a power play goal. Then just 22 seconds later, Tyler Sikura increased the Dartmouth lead to 3-1 when he fired a loose puck past Holy Cross freshman goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario). The Crusaders went 0-2 on the man-advantage and the Big Green went 1-2. Holy Cross outshot Dartmouth by a 10-9 margin.
With the score still 3-1, the Crusaders went with an empty net with 1:27 remaining in the third period. With 54 seconds left, Gordon deflected a slap shot by senior Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) past Morris. Schmidt also recorded an assist. The Crusaders were unable to find the back of the net again for the 3-2 final.
Ginn made 18 saves and is now 6-6-0 on the season, while Morris posted 30 saves and improves to 2-0-0. The Crusaders went 0-5 on the power play and the Big Green went 1-4. Holy Cross outshot Dartmouth, 32-21.