WATERTOWN, Mass. – With the game tied at 1-1 in the third period, senior Evan Zych (Kilbride, Ontario) scored the game-winner with his first career goal as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Bentley, 2-1, at the John A. Ryan Skating Arena on Saturday evening in Atlantic Hockey action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 13-9-2 overall (9-6-2 AHA), while the Falcons fall to 11-11-1 overall (9-7-1 AHA). The Crusaders win the regular season series 2-1-0 as the Falcons defeated the Crusaders, 4-1, on Jan. 25 in Worcester, while Holy Cross defeated Bentley, 4-3, in Worcester on Nov. 9.
The first period went scoreless as Holy Cross outshot Bentley, 12-8, while the Crusaders went 0-1 on the power play.
Bentley took a 1-0 lead at 15:16 of the second period when Alex Grieve fired the puck to the left side of the net for the power play goal. Bentley outshot Holy Cross, 13-8, while the Crusaders went 0-1 on the man-advantage and the Falcons went 1-4.
The Crusaders tied the contest at 1-1 at 5:30 of the third period when sophomore Jake Youso (International Falls, Minn.) netted his eighth goal of the season. Senior captain Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) sent a pass from the right side which was tipped by sophomore Mike McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) to a waiting Youso at the left post as he then sent the puck to the left side of the net. Zych gave the Crusaders a 2-1 lead at 7:41 when he blasted a slapshot to the upper right corner of the net for his first career goal. Freshman Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and senior Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) posted assists on the power play goal. While on the power play the Falcons went with an empty net with 2:05 left in the period for the two-man-advantage but were unable to find the back of the net as the Falcons hit the post twice. After the power play, the Falcons kept their goalie on the bench for the extra skater but could not find the equalizer for the 2-1 final.
Sophomore goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) made 31 saves to improve to 12-8-2 on the season, while Branden Komm posted 29 saves and is now 10-10-0. Bentley outshot Holy Cross, 32-31, while the Crusaders went 1-4 on the power play and the Falcons went 1-6.
The Crusaders return to action when they travel to Buffalo, N.Y., to take on Canisius at the Buffalo State Sports Arena on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 2-3. Saturday's game is at 3:00 p.m. and Sunday's contest is at 2:00 p.m.