Men's Hockey Falls In Game One, 4-2, To #9 Quinnipiac

Castan Sommer

WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.) netted a shorthanded goal, but the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to No. 9 Quinnipiac, 4-2, at the Hart Center on Friday evening in non-conference action in front of a sold out crowd. With the loss, the Crusaders drop to 0-4-0 overall, while the Bobcats advance to 5-1-0 overall. 

The first period brought no success to either team. The Bobcats took six shots on junior goaltender Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario), but Ginn came up with six big saves. The Crusader defense blocked 10 shots during the first period.

In the second period the Crusaders came out hungry. Sophomore Tim Driscoll (Hingham, Mass.) struck first in the game at 2:16. Driscoll netted his first of the season on a pass from linemate sophomore Matt Vidal (Manorville, N.Y.). Vidal received the puck from fellow sophomore Jake Bolton (Ellington, Conn.), who tallied his third point of the season and became the team's leading scorer. Six minutes later, on a penalty kill, freshman Logan Smith (Littleton, Colo.) fired a shot from just outside the faceoff circle that was redirected by sophomore Brett Lubanski (Farmington Hills, Mich.). However, Bobcat goalie Michael Garteig came up with the save. On the rebound, Sommer shot the puck from outside the crease beating Garteig glove side to bring the Crusaders up 2-0. The Bobcats' Travis St. Denis responded with a goal of his own at 11:36 to make it a one goal game.

At 8:20 in the third period the Bobcats' Kellen Jones tied the score. Jones received the puck from teammate Devon Toews and scored on his own rebound. Quinnipiac took the lead at 15:07 when Sam Anas netted a goal from outside the crease on the stick side of Ginn. Their final goal came with 0:37 left in the game when St. Denis netted his second of the night.

Ginn tallied 18 saves on the night while Garteig came out with 11. Of their 74 total shots, Quinnipiac could only manage to get 22 on target, largely because of the Crusader defense. The Crusader defense blocked a total of 25 shots during the night, led by sophomore Joe McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) with six blocked shots, junior Nilan Nagy (Canonsburg, Pa.) with four, and sophomores Bolton and Ben Kaplan (Burlington, Vt.) with three each. Neither team could convert a power play opportunity. The Crusaders went 0-for-3 on their attempts, while the Bobcats went 0-for-7.

The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Oct. 26 when they travel to Quinnipiac to finish out the home-and-home series for a 4:05 p.m. puck drop.