WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Freshman Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) posted his second shutout of the season and four Crusaders each netted a goal as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated American International, 4-0, on Saturday afternoon at the Olympia Ice Center in Atlantic Hockey action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 12-13-3 overall (10-8-3 Atlantic Hockey), while the Yellow Jackets fall to 5-21-2 overall (4-15-2 Atlantic Hockey). The Crusaders win the three-game season series, 3-0-0, as Holy Cross defeated the Yellow Jackets by a 2-1 score on Oct. 15 and 6-1 on Feb. 3. The Crusaders now have four shutouts on the season. Five shutouts are the school record and was set in 2001-2002.
The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead at 14:12 of the first period when senior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) netted his ninth goal of the season. Sophomore Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) and junior Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) posted assists. Schmidt sent a pass to Cox who was skating in front of the goal as he then buried the puck in the lower left side of the net. AIC went 0-1 on the only power play of the period. The Crusaders outshot the Yellow Jackets, 12-8.
At 12:14 of the second period, the Crusaders increased their lead to 2-0 with a power play goal by senior Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario) as he blasted a slapshot for his fifth goal of the season and his fourth in the last six games. Sophomore Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) and junior Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) recorded assists on the goal. Holy Cross outshot AIC by a 15-7 margin.
Schmidt scored his 10th goal of the season at 1:59 of the third period to give the Crusaders a 3-0 advantage. Schmidt found the back of the net off a rebound from a shot by senior Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario). Senior Matthew Davis (Lancaster, N.Y.) also posted an assist. At 9:39, senior Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) netted a power play goal when he deflected a shot from freshman Nilan Nagy (Canonsburg, Pa.) for his third goal of the season. Freshman Mike McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) also tallied an assist.
Ginn tallied 25 saves and improves to 9-6-1, while Ben Meisner posted 33 saves and is 5-17-2. The Crusaders went 2-4 on the power play and the Yellow Jackets went 0-2. Holy Cross outshot AIC, 37-25.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11, when they travel to West Point, N.Y., for two games with Atlantic Hockey opponent Army at Tate Rink at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders defeated Army earlier this season by a 3-1 score on Dec. 10.