HANOVER, N.H. – Crusader junior goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) recorded a career-best 38 saves, but the Warriors were able to score three goals and keep the Crusaders off the scoreboard as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to No. 7 Merrimack, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon at Thompson Arena in the third-place game of the Ledyard National Bank Classic. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 8-9-0 overall, while the Warriors improve to 11-3-3 overall. Sophomore Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) was named to the All-Tournament Team as he posted one goal and one assist for two points in the 3-2 loss versus Dartmouth on Dec. 30.
The first period went scoreless as Merrimack outshot Holy Cross, 15-6. The Crusaders went 0-1 on the power play and the Warriors went 0-2.
At 6:54 of the second period, Merrimack went on a five-on-three power play and took advantage of it when Karl Stollery found the back of the net at 6:41 to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead. The Crusaders went 0-1 on the man-advantage and the Warriors went 1-3. Merrimack outshot Holy Cross by a 17-4 margin.
At 5:28 of the third period and with the teams playing four-on-four, the Warriors increased their lead to 2-0 with a goal by Jordan Heywood. At 13:05, Brandon Brodhag made it a 3-0 contest. That would be the last goal of the game for the 3-0 final.
Tysowsky is 2-3-0 on the season, while Joe Cannata made 18 saves and improves to 10-3-3. The Crusaders went 0-3 on the power play and the Warriors went 1-5. Merrimack outshot Holy Cross, 41-18.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 6-7, when they play first-place Air Force in two Atlantic Hockey contests at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass., at 7:00 p.m.