HAMDEN, Conn. – Freshman Mike Barrett (Orland Park, Ill.) netted his first career goal, however the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to No. 9 Quinnipiac, 4-1, at the High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center on Saturday afternoon in non-conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-5-0 overall, while the Bobcats advance to 6-1-0 overall.
Despite being outshot during the first period 20-6, the Crusaders were able to strike first in the game. Barrett took the puck off a rebound from senior assistant captain Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.). Schmidt fired a shot, but Bobcat goalie Michael Garteig made the initial stop. Barrett took the puck and sent it past Garteig for his first career goal and point.
At 5:18 into the second period, Sam Anas tied the game when he took a shot that hit right under the cross bar to beat junior goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario). Quinnipiac's Kellen Jones fired one shortly after from Anas on the power play at 10:04. Jones poked in the shot past Ginn to bring the Bobcats ahead 2-1. Ginn made 14 saves during the course of the second period. The Crusaders could only get four shots on goal during the second period.
Early in the third on a Bobcat powerplay, Schmidt had a shorthanded opportunity when he grabbed the puck off a broken Bobcat stick. He took the puck up the ice, but the shot went wide high of the net. Bryce Von Brabant knocked the puck in after an unbelievable save by Ginn. With just seven seconds left in the game, the Bobcats netted an open net goal to bring the final score to 4-1.
Ginn made 45 saves during the game, the sixth most of any Division I Holy Cross goaltender. The Bobcats outshot the Crusaders 49-18 throughout the game. Qunnipiac converted two of their seven power play attempts while Holy Cross could not find the net on their five chances.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday, Nov. 1 when they host Sacred Heart for the first game of Atlantic Hockey action at 7:00 p.m.