WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) scored two goals and sophomore goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) posted his third career shutout with 20 saves as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Army, 2-0, at the Hart Center on Saturday evening in Atlantic Hockey action. With the win, the Crusaders conclude the regular season 19-12-3 overall (15-9-3 AHA), while the Black Knights fall to 7-20-5 overall (7-15-5 AHA). The Crusaders win the regular season series 2-1-0, as the Black Knights defeated the Crusaders by a 7-2 score on Oct. 27 and the Crusaders defeated the Black Knights 6-3 on March 1.
The Crusaders, who are the No. 3 seed in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament, will return to action on March 15-17 for a best two-out-of-three quarterfinal series at the Hart Center in Worcester. The Crusaders earned a first round bye and home ice advantage by finishing in the top four of the standings.
The first period went scoreless as Holy Cross outshot Army, 10-6. The Crusaders went 0-2 on the power play and the Black Knights went 0-1.
The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead at 5:31 when Schmidt fired a shot to the upper right corner of the net for his 13th goal of the season. Holy Cross outshot Army by a 10-7 margin, while each team went 0-2 on the man-advantage.
Schmidt scored his second goal of the contest at 7:23 of the third period while on the power play. Freshmen Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and Jake Bolton (Ellington, Conn.) each posted an assist on the goal. With 1:36 left in the third period, the Black Knights went with an empty net and then with 1:24 left went on the power play. Army kept its goalie on the bench for the two-man advantage opportunity but were unable to find the back of the net for the 2-0 final score.
Ginn is now 18-11-3 on the season. His 18 wins are second for a Division I season at the school. Ginn already holds the program's all-time season saves record with 905. Rob Tadazak posted 34 saves for the Black Knights. Holy Cross outshot Army, 36-20, while the Crusaders went 1-5 on the power play and the Black Knights went 0-6.
Before the game the team's six seniors were honored for their hard work and dedication to the team on and off the ice. The senior class has been a part of 68 wins, which are the most by a class since the 2007 senior class. Last year the team won 20 games for the sixth time in program history and for the first time since the 2005-2006 season.
Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) has played in 105 career games with 33 goals and 49 assists for 82 points. He has been named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week three times during his career. Fletcher led the team as a sophomore with 38 points, while this season he is currently tied for the team-lead with 26 points. As a sophomore he won the team's Seventh Player Award and was a member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy as a junior.
Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) has played in 106 games with 38 goals and 29 assists for 67 points. He has the most goals of any current Crusader. This season he leads the team with 15 goals. Also his nine power play goals are tied for fourth for a Division I season at the school. Nunn is a finalist for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award and is the founder of Power Play Points For Pink. He has been named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week once and the AT&T Crusader of the Week three times. He has also been named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team in every season.
Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) has played in 53 career games. As a freshman, Thomas made 839 saves which were the second most for a Division I season at the school. He has been named the Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week twice, the Goalie of the Month once, the Rookie of the Week once and the Rookie of the Month once. He also earned 2010 Holy Cross Winter Homecoming MVP honors. He is tied for fourth on the school's Division I career wins list, while he is fourth in saves and fifth in goals against average. Tysowsky is a two-time member of the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team.
Evan Zych (Kilbride, Ontario) has played in 88 career games with one goal and 25 assists for 26 points. This season he has tallied a career-best 16 assists and also scored his first career goal with the game-winner versus Bentley. Zych was selected to the 2013 Hobey Baker Award Fan Ballot.
Assistant captain Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) has played in 147 career games with 31 goals and 68 assists for 99 points. He has the most games played, assists and points of any current Crusader. He is second all-time in school history in games played, while he is ninth in assists on the school's all-time Division I list and is 10th in points. This season he leads the team with 19 assists and is tied for first with 26 points. As a freshman he won the team's Seventh Player Award, while as a sophomore he was a semifinalist for the Walter Brown Award and earned the Atlantic Hockey Best Defensive Forward Award. He was a member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy and was named to the 2011-2012 Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team.
Captain Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) has played in 138 games with 32 goals and 39 assists for 71 points. As a sophomore he was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week and as a junior he earned AT&T Crusader of the Week accolades. As a junior he tallied a career-best 13 goals and 14 assists for 27 points. He has demonstrated his strong leadership skills as he was named team captain for his senior year. Vos is also a two-time member of the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team.