PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Sophomore Derek Kump (Falmouth, Maine) was outstanding in his season-debut posting his first collegiate shutout and junior forward Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) scored the lone goal of the game as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Robert Morris, 1-0, on Saturday evening at Clearview Arena in Atlantic Hockey action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 10-10-1 overall (8-5-1 Atlantic Hockey), while the Colonials fall to 10-9-3 overall (8-4-3 Atlantic Hockey). The teams tie the two-game regular season series as Robert Morris won 4-3 in overtime on Friday.
At 5:09 of the first period, the Crusaders went on a five-minute power play but were unable to find the back of the net. Robert Morris entered the game with the best penalty kill in the nation with a .936 percentage allowing only six goals all season. The first period went scoreless as each team went 0-1 on the power play and took 11 shots.
The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead at 5:45 of the second period when Vos scored his team-leading 10th goal of the season when he buried the puck to the left side of the net. Senior forwards Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) and Matt Gordon (Perth, Ontario) posted assists. Vos has scored four goals over the last three games. The Crusaders went 0-2 on the man-advantage and the Colonials went 0-1. Holy Cross outshot Robert Morris by a 15-12 margin.
With the Crusaders still leading 1-0, RMU went with an empty net late in the third period. But the Crusaders were able to keep the Colonials from scoring for the 1-0 victory.
Kump made 29 saves and is 1-0-0 on the season, while Brooks Ostergard posted 37 saves and is 5-7-2. The Crusaders went 0-4 on the power play and the Colonials went 0-3. Holy Cross outshot Robert Morris, 38-29.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20-21, when they play Mercyhurst at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass., at 7:00 p.m.