WORCESTER, Mass. – With five minutes left in the third period sophomore Tommy Dwyer (Ridgefield, Conn.) netted his second goal of the game to cut the Colonials lead to 4-3, but the Crusaders were unable score an equalizer as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Robert Morris, 4-3, at the Hart Center on Friday night in Atlantic Hockey action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 7-4-1 overall (6-3-1 AHA), while the Colonials improve to 5-4-0 overall (4-3-0 AHA). These two teams will conclude its two-game regular season series on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Hart Center at 3:00 p.m.
Robert Morris took a 1-0 lead just 1:20 after the opening face-off with a goal by Zach Hervato. At 13:19 of the first period, junior Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) scored his third goal of the season to tie the contest at 1-1. Stockton received a pass from senior assistant captain Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) and then sent the puck to the right side of the goal. Freshman Joe McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) also posted an assist. Holy Cross outshot Robert Morris, 13-6, while the Crusaders went 0-2 on the power play and the Colonials went 0-1.
Robert Morris found the back of the net at 7:06 of the second period to take a 2-1 lead on a goal by David Friedmann. The Colonials extended their lead to 3-1 at 13:30 when Scott Jacklin tipped in a shot from Andrew Blazek. Just 39 seconds later, Dwyer scored his first collegiate goal to make it a 3-2 contest. Junior Mark Williamson (Centennial, Colo.) and junior Ryan McGrath (Pittsburgh, Pa.) tallied assists. Robert Morris outshot Holy Cross by an 11-8 margin, while the Crusaders went 0-3 on the man-advantage and the Colonials went 0-1.
At 11:01 of the third period, Cody Wydo increased the Robert Morris lead to 4-2. Then at 15:00, Dwyer scored his second goal of the game to cut the lead to 4-3. Williamson posted his second assist of the contest and freshman Brett Lubanski (Farmington Hills, Mich.) tallied his first collegiate point with an assist on the goal. The Crusaders went with an empty net with 1:28 remaining in the period, but were unable to find the back of the net for the 4-3 final score.
Sophomore goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) made 20 saves for the Crusaders and is now 7-3-1 on the season, while Eric Levine posted 33 saves to improve to 4-2-0 on the season. Holy Cross outshot Robert Morris, 36-24, while the Crusaders went 0-7 on the power play and the Colonials went 0-2.