WORCESTER, Mass. – Northeastern's Kevin Roy posted two points as Northeastern topped the Holy Cross men's hockey team, 3-1, at the Hart Center on Friday evening in non-conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-2-0 overall, while the Huskies advance to 3-0-0 overall.
During the first period, the Huskies came out hungry. The Huskies outshot the Crusaders 18-5, however junior goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) did not let up at all. The Crusader defense blocked nine shots during the first period, led by junior Nilan Nagy (Canonsburg, Pa.) and sophomore Joe McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) with two blocks each.
Exactly nine minutes into the second period, the Huskies struck first. Kevin Roy brought the puck up stick side of Ginn and crossed the puck through the crease to teammate Braden Pimm who shot the puck up into the glove side to make the score 1-0. The Huskies came back again to bring the score to 2-0 with a goal by Torin Snydeman at 16:10.
In the third period, the Crusaders came back when they were given a 5-on-3 opportunity. Freshman Nick Finn (Canton, Mass.) received the puck in the offensive faceoff circle on the glove side of Husky goalie Derick Roy. Finn passed the puck to McNamara who was waiting at the blue line. McNamara sent the puck into the bottom of the faceoff circle to the right of the goal. Senior assistant captain Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) caught McNamara's pass and brought the puck into the faceoff circle, where he rifled a shot to bring the Crusaders within one. Less than three minutes later, Pimm brought the puck up into the Crusader zone and left it for Kevin Roy who beat the Crusader defense to score the final goal.
Ginn led the Crusaders through the game posting 34 saves on 37 shots. The Huskies outshot the Crusaders 37-27. The Huskies went 0-for-5 on their power play attempts, while the Crusaders were able to convert one of their six opportunities.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Oct. 19, when they head to Matthews Arena in Boston to finish the home-and-home series with Northeastern for a 7:00 p.m. game.