WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) scored three goals as the Holy Cross men's hockey team beat American International, 6-1, on Friday night at the Hart Center in Atlantic Hockey action. With the win, the Crusaders advance to 11-13-3 overall (9-8-3 Atlantic Hockey), while the Yellow Jackets fall to 5-20-2 overall (4-14-2 Atlantic Hockey). These two teams will conclude their three-game regular season series on Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Olympia Ice Center in West Springfield, Mass., at 3:00 p.m. The Crusaders are 2-0-0 in the season series as Holy Cross defeated the Yellow Jackets by a 2-1 score earlier this season on Oct. 15.
The Crusaders came out strong this evening with two early goals in the first period. Nunn recorded the Crusaders' first goal of the game at the 4:00 mark, assisted by senior Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) and sophomore Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.). The second goal came two minutes later from junior Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) with seniors Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) and Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario) on the assist to end the period with a 2-0 Crusader lead.
Just 15 seconds into the second period Holy Cross' Nunn scored his second goal of the game off a pass from junior Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) and Atkins to increase Holy Cross' lead to 3-0. At the 15:50 mark the Crusaders scored a shorthanded goal as Holy Cross took a 4-0 lead to end the period. Sophomore Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) received a pass from Clune for a breakaway down the ice for his ninth goal of the season.
Early in the third period, at the 1:15 mark, senior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) received a pass from Schmidt to keep the Crusaders' lead at 5-0. Junior Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) also recorded an assist on the goal. At the 13:50 mark Nunn hit a shot that deflected off AIC goalie Chandler Long's pads and into the back of the net for Nunn's first career hat-trick. The goal was Nunn's team leading 11th of the season. With under five minutes to play AIC's Nielsson Arcibal managed to get one in the back of the net for the Yellow Jackets, but Holy Cross came away with the 6-1 victory and is now 8-3-2 at home.
Freshman Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) played all 60 minutes and recorded 28 saves. AIC started with Ben Meisner in net then switched to Long at the start of the third period. Meisner had 17 saves while Long recorded five. AIC went 0-5 on the power play while Holy Cross was 0-4. AIC outshot Holy Cross 29-28.