WATERTOWN, Mass. – With the Crusaders trailing 4-1, they scored five straight goals, but the Falcons were able to net the next two as the Holy Cross men's hockey team tied Bentley, 6-6, on Tuesday night at the John A. Ryan Skating Arena in Atlantic Hockey action. With the tie, the Crusaders are now 10-11-3 overall (8-6-3 Atlantic Hockey), while the Falcons are 7-11-6 overall (7-5-5 Atlantic Hockey).
There were a total of seven goals scored in the first period. Bentley took a 1-0 lead at 4:58, when Trent Bonnett sent a shot past junior goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) who was screened. The Crusaders responded just 39 seconds later when senior defenseman Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario) sent a shot to the right of the net from right in front of the goal to tie the game at 1-1. The goal was his career-best third of the season. Senior forward Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) and junior forward Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) assisted on the goal. The Falcons then netted three straight goals to take a 4-1 lead. Just 35 seconds later, Alex Grieve gave Bentley a 2-1 advantage. Then just 10 seconds later at 6:22, Brett Hartung scored on a backhander. At 13:03, the Falcons increased their lead to 4-1 when Brett Gensler netted a goal on a wrist shot on the power play. The Crusaders then responded with two straight goals to make it a 4-3 contest. Silvia fired a shot to the right side of the net for a shorthanded goal at 13:53. The goal was his fifth of the season. Sophomore forward Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y) posted an assist. At 18:13, senior forward Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) sent a crossing pass to junior Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) who buried the puck in the back of the net for the power play goal. Senior defenseman Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) also tallied an assist. The goal was Fletcher's third of the season. For the period, each team went 1-2 on the power play. Bentley outshot Holy Cross, 12-11.
Holy Cross scored two goals in the second period to take a 5-4 lead. At 6:19, Cox tied the game at 4-4 with his seventh goal of the season. Freshman forward Mike McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) and junior Evan Zych (Kilbride, Ontario) each posted assists. At 15:16, senior forward Gianni Baldassari (Fort Wayne, Ind.) stole the puck and sent a turnaround wrist shot past Bentley goalie Branden Komm for his fourth goal of the season. Sophomore goaltender Derek Kump (Falmouth, Maine) started the second period for the Crusaders and made seven saves. The Falcons went 0-1 on the only man-advantage opportunity of the period. Holy Cross outshot Bentley by a 9-7 margin.
At 1:12 of the third period, junior forward Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) netted the Crusaders' fifth straight goal to give them a 6-4 lead. Nunn scored off a rebound from a shot by junior forward Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.). Cox also tallied an assist. The goal was Nunn's career-best eighth of the season. Just 1:15 later, the Falcons then made it a 6-5 contest with Gensler's second goal of the game. Bentley then tied the game at 6-6 at 13:01 when Gensler scored on a breakaway for his third goal of the contest. Neither team was able to score for the rest of the period as the game went to overtime. With 2:07 remaining in overtime, the Crusaders went on a power play, but were unable to find the back of the net for the 6-6 final.
Tysowsky made eight saves in the first period and Kump posted 15 saves and is now 1-1-2 on the season. Komm made 13 saves in the first 35:16, while Blake Dougherty tallied 24 saves and is 0-0-1. The Crusaders went 1-4 on the power play and the Falcons went 1-3. Holy Cross outshot Bentley, 43-29.
The Crusaders return to action when they play a home-and-home series with Atlantic Hockey opponent Connecticut at 7:00 p.m., on Jan. 27-28 with Friday's game on the road and Saturday's contest in Worcester.