Men's Hockey Concludes Season With 1-0 Loss To Mercyhurst

Matt Ginn

WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) set two single season Holy Cross records as the No. 3 seeded Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to No. 6 seeded Mercyhurst, 1-0, at the Hart Center on Sunday afternoon in Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinal action. With the loss, the Crusaders end their season 20-14-3 overall, while the Lakers advance to 18-16-5 overall. With the win the Lakers advance to the Atlantic Hockey Semifinal game in Rochester, N.Y. on Friday, March 22, 2013 against No. 4 seeded UConn.

The first period saw the only goal of the game. Mercyhurst's Grant Blakey scored 6:49 into the period to bring the Lakers up 1-0 over the Crusaders. During the first period the Crusaders outshot the Lakers 11-8. Mercyhurst went 0-1 on the power play, while Holy Cross did not have a power play opportunity.

During the second period, the Lakers could not capitalize on their two power play opportunities, and the Crusaders could not score on their one. The Lakers outshot the Crusaders 11-6 in the second.

Despite a last minute attempt of pulling Ginn with 0:53 on the clock, the Crusaders could not rally to put a goal past Mercyhurst goalie Jordan Tibbett. The third period gave the Lakers the only two power play opportunities of the period. Neither of which resulted in a goal.  The Lakers outshot the Crusaders 14-11.

During the game as a whole, Ginn recorded 32 saves while Tibbett made 28. The Lakers outshot the Crusaders 33-28 and went 0-5 on the power play. The Crusaders went 0-1 on their power play attempt.

During the game, Ginn set two single season school records. The first for the most games played in net in. Tonight marked Ginn's 35th game this season bringing him to hold the record by one game. During those 35 games, Ginn recorded the most minutes played in a single season. He tended for 2100:55 this season breaking the previous record by 51:33. In his career Ginn has played for 3761:26 making him third in D1 history and fifth in program history in career minutes played. He has now played in 63 career games, third in D1 history and sixth all-time in the program among goalies. Ginn finishes the season tied for second overall and solidly second in D1 for single season victories, 19. He moved into second in D1 program history and fourth overall with career victories, 36. He also tied for fourth with his single season save percentage, .915 and took second place with his career save percentage, .911. He broke both the record for single season saves in D1 and program history with 994 saves this season. His career saves after this season, 1,623, put him in third in D1 history and seventh in program history. His 2.63 goals against average this season puts him in eighth place in D1 and 10th place overall in single season goals against average. He records a 2.54 goals against average in his career which puts him in third overall and in D1 history.

Tonight's game also marked the 150th game played for senior assistant captain Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) breaking the tie set last night for the most career games played. Linsmayer tied for eighth in career assists in D1 program history with 69. His 100 points move him into 10th in D1 history for career points tallied.

Senior Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) tied for third in D1 and fifth in program history for single season power play goals with 10. He also recorded 18 power play goals in his career moving him to ninth in D1 program history.

Senior captain Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) played in his 141st game tonight, putting him in eighth place in career games.

The senior class of Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario), Linsmayer, Nunn, Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.), Vos, and Evan Zych (Kilbride, Ontario) tallied 69 victories in their careers, the most since the Class of 2007 which record