WORCESTER, Mass. – Billy Latta scored the game-winner as the Holy Cross men's hockey team lost to Connecticut, 4-1, at the Hart Center on Saturday evening in Atlantic Hockey action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 15-11-2 overall (11-8-2 AHA), while the Huskies improve to 14-13-3 overall (11-10-2 AHA). Holy Cross wins the three-game regular season series, 2-1-0, as the Crusaders defeated the Huskies, 2-1, on Oct. 26 in Worcester, and 4-1 on Feb. 15 in Storrs, Connecticut.
The Holy Cross men's hockey program held its fourth annual "Pink the Rink." The team wore special edition pink jerseys to show its support for breast cancer awareness. The jerseys were auctioned off throughout the game with all proceeds going to Pink Revolution. The jersey auction alone raised $5,655. A ceremonial puck drop featured Randi Nunn, the mother of senior Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.). Brandon presented a check for $6,500 to Pink Revolution. Breast cancer survivor Robin Batchelder performed the national anthem. Also a limited amount of special edition "Pink the Rink" t-shirts were sold, along with a chuck-a-puck competition during an intermission and a 50/50 raffle. Bay State Savings Bank generously donated the jerseys so all of the proceeds from the auction went to Pink Revolution, which is an alliance of dedicated individuals with a unified commitment to those touched by breast cancer. Its mission is to support early detection and prevention strategies, fund clinical research advancements and promote survivorship programs in Central Mass. through its affiliation with the UMass Memorial Comprehensive Breast Center.
The game was also Winter Homecoming as Latta won the game's MVP trophy.
The Huskies opened up the scoring to take a 1-0 lead at 2:54 of the first period with a wrist shot from Brant Harris that beat sophomore goaltender Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) at the upper right corner of the net. Holy Cross outshot UConn, 12-11.
At 12:38 of the second period, UConn extended its lead to 2-0 on a power play when Latta fired a shot from the boards on the left side of the ice to the top right corner of the net. Holy Cross outshot UConn, 16-13, while the Huskies went 1-2 on the power play.
At 10:45 in the third period senior Nunn blasted a one-timer into the right corner of the net after receiving a pass from senior Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) on a power play, which brought the score to 2-1 in favor of the Huskies. Senior Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) also posted an assist on the play. The goal was Nunn's 11th goal of the season, which ties him for the team lead. At 14:59, Sean Ambrosie widened UConn's lead to 3-1 when he poked in a loose puck in traffic in front of the right side of the net. With 14 seconds left in the game, Patrick Kirtland scored on an empty net to end the game with a final score of 4-1.
Ginn made 27 saves and is now 14-10-2 on the season, while Matt Grogan is now 9-3-2 after posting 42 saves. Holy Cross outshot the Huskies 43-31 while Holy Cross went 1-6 on power plays and the Huskies went 1-4.
The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 19, when they take on Atlantic Hockey opponent Sacred Heart at the Milford Ice Pavilion at 7:00 p.m., in Milford, Conn.
The Crusaders have 16 power play goals at home this season after Nunn scored in the third period. Nunn is the founder of Power Play Points for Pink, which for every home power play goal scored by the Crusaders raises money for Pink Revolution. For more information and to donate go here: http://www.powerplaypointsforpink.com/.