PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Mark Naclerio broke a 2-2 tie in the third period with the game-winner for the Bears as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Brown, 3-2, at Meehan Auditorium on Sunday afternoon in non-conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 7-3-1 overall, while the Bears improve to 3-4-2 overall.
The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead at 10:27 of the first period when sophomore Mike McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) netted a power play goal. McNamara sent a loose puck to the lower right side of the net for his third goal of the season. Senior captain Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) and junior Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) each posted an assist. Just 1:52 later, junior Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) tipped in a shot from senior assistant captain Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) to increase the lead to 2-0. Stockton also tallied an assist. The goal was Schmidt's sixth of the season. Brown outshot Holy Cross, 15-6, while the Crusaders scored on the only power play of the period.
The Bears cut the Crusader lead to 2-1 at 3:50 of the second period when Garnet Hathaway knocked the puck in the right side of the net after receiving a pass from Ryan Jacobson. At 15:36, Brown tied the contest at 2-2 when Matt Lorito tipped in the puck from right in front of the net. The Bears outshot the Crusaders, 22-10, while Brown went 0-1 on the only power play of the period.
At 12:51 of the third period, Naclerio fired a slapshot to the upper right corner of the net to give the Bears a 3-2 lead. With 3:17 remaining, the Crusaders went on a power play but were unable to find the back of the net. The Bears then went on a power play with 1:15 left and with 54 seconds remaining the Crusaders went with an empty net. With 26 seconds left the Crusaders won a face-off in the Bears' zone but were unable to tie the game as Brown won 3-2.
Sophomore goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) made a career-best 51 saves and is now 7-2-1 on the season, while Anthony Borelli posted 21 saves for the Bears and is now 1-0-1. Brown outshot Holy Cross, 54-23, while the Crusaders went 1-2 on the power play and the Bears went 0-3.
The Crusaders return to action when they host Atlantic Hockey opponent Robert Morris at the Hart Center on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Friday's game is at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday's contest is at 3:00 p.m.