ERIE, Pa. – Daniel Bahntge scored two goals for the Lakers as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Mercyhurst, 2-1, in the first game of a best two-out-of-three Atlantic Hockey Tournament quarterfinal round series on Friday night at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. With the loss, the No. 5 seeded Crusaders fall to 19-14-4 overall, while the No. 4 seeded Lakers improve to 19-14-4 overall. The loss snaps the Crusaders' 10-game unbeaten streak (9-0-1). The second game of the best two-out-of-three quarterfinal series will be on Saturday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. The Crusaders are 0-2-1 versus the Lakers this season.
The Crusaders took an early 1-0 lead at 2:25 of the first period when junior Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) netted his 13th goal of the season. Senior Jay Silvia (Burlinton, Mass.) sent a crossing pass to sophomore Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) who then sent the puck from the top of left face-off circle to Vos at the right post as he knocked the puck to the lower right side of the net for the power play goal. At 4:59, the Lakers tied the game at 1-1 when Bahntge buried the puck to the upper right corner of the net. The Crusaders went 1-2 on the power play and the Lakers went 0-1. Holy Cross outshot Mercyhurst, 12-2.
The Lakers scored the only goal of the second period when Bahntge netted his second goal of the contest at 1:27. The Crusaders outshot the Lakers by a 9-8 margin.
With the Lakers still leading 2-1, the Crusaders went with an empty-net with 51 seconds remaining. But the Crusaders were unable to find the back of the net for the 2-1 final.
Freshman goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) made 15 saves and is now 16-7-2 on the season, while Max Strang posted 29 saves to improve to 15-12-3. The Crusaders went 1-6 on the power play and the Lakers went 0-4. Holy Cross outshot Mercyhurst, 30-17.