Men's Hockey Ties Bentley, 2-2

Adam Schmidt

WATERTOWN, Mass. ­– Sophomore Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) tallied one goal and one assist for two points as the Holy Cross men's hockey team tied Bentley, 2-2, on Friday night at the John A. Ryan Skating Arena in Atlantic Hockey action. With the tie, the Crusaders are now 16-13-4 overall (14-8-4 Atlantic Hockey), while the Falcons are now 13-12-8 overall (13-6-7 Atlantic Hockey). The Crusaders are now 6-0-1 in their last seven games as they have outscored their opponents by a 31-9 margin over the last seven contests. The Crusaders will conclude the regular season on Saturday, Feb. 25 versus Bentley at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass., at 7:00 p.m. on Senior Night. The season series is tied at 0-0-2, as these two teams tied, 6-6, on Jan. 24 in Watertown.

The first period went scoreless as the Crusaders outshot the Falcons, 9-8. Each team went 0-2 on the power play.

The Crusaders went on a two-man-advantage power play in the second period and capitalized on the opportunity at 5:41 when a shot by Schmidt deflected off a Bentley defender's skate and went past Bentley goalie Branden Komm for his 12th goal of the season. Senior Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) and freshman Nilan Nagy (Canonsburg, Pa.) posted assists. Holy Cross increased its lead to 2-0 at 11:05, when Schmidt sent a crossing pass to junior Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) who then buried the puck in the left side of the net for his sixth goal of the season. Senior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) also posted an assist on the goal. The Falcons responded at 14:48 to cut the Crusader lead to 2-1 when Brett Gensler knocked in his own shot that had hit the post for his 17th goal of the season. The Crusaders went 1-2 on the power play and the Falcons went 0-3. Each team took 10 shots.

At 12:00 of the third period, the Falcons tied the game at 2-2 when a shot by Joe Campanelli deflected to the left side of the net for his fifth goal of the season. With 3:07 left in the third period, the Crusaders went on a five-on-three power play for a full 2:00 but were unable to find the back of the net as the game then went to overtime. Neither team was able to score for the 2-2 final.

Freshman goalkeeper Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) made 27 saves and is now 13-6-2, while Komm posted 29 saves and is now 13-10-7. The Crusaders went 1-6 on the power play and the Falcons went 0-8. Holy Cross outshot Bentley, 31-29.