Men's Hockey Tops Army With Four Second Period Goals

Ryan McGrath

WEST POINT, N.Y. –  The Crusaders scored four goals in just over eight minutes in the second period as the Holy Cross men's hockey team earned a 4-1 victory over Army at Tate Rink on Friday evening in Atlantic Hockey action. With the win, the Crusaders advance to 2-5-0 overall (2-0-0 AHA), while the Black Knights fall to 0-5-0 overall (0-3-0 AHA).

The Black Knights found the back of the net first. Army's C.J. Reuschlein caught a back-door pass from Joe Kozlak to bring the Black Knights ahead, 1-0. The Crusaders took 10 shots in the first period, but none could pass goaltender Rob Tadazak.

During the second period the Crusaders came alive and netted all four of their goals in an 8:09 span. Thirty-two seconds into the second period, an Army turnover led to the equalizing goal. Freshman Logan Smith (Littleton, Colo.) capitalized on the turnover and sent the puck to classmate Cameron Lawson (Vancouver, British Columbia) who tallied the game-tying goal for his second consecutive game with a goal. To bring the Crusaders ahead on the power play, sophomore Jake Bolton (Ellington, Conn.) fired a shot from the point that sophomore Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.) tipped past Tadazak. Twenty-four seconds later junior Mike McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) passed the puck to senior captain Ryan McGrath (Pittsburgh, Pa.) who rifled a shot from the point past Tadazak to bring the Crusaders up 3-1. For the Crusaders final goal, McGrath sent another puck in from the blue line that hopped and sophomore Sean Gustin (Stoneham, Mass.) put the puck in with 11:37 left on the clock in the second. Following the fourth goal, Army pulled Tadazak and Parker Gahagen played the remaining 28:29 of the game posting seven saves in the remaining eight minutes of the period

During the third period junior goaltender Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) posted seven saves and allowed no goals. Gahagen also posted seven saves in the third period and did not allow a goal.

Ginn posted 20 saves on 21 shots during the contest. Ginn now has 1,825 career saves which move him into fifth all-time among goaltenders at the school. This victory marked the 38th of his career, tied for the third most all-time among Holy Cross goalies. Tadazak posted 16 saves while allowing four goals and Gahagen came in to post 14 saves and allow no goals. The Crusaders outshot the Black Knights 34-21 during the game. Together the two teams only received three penalties. The Crusaders took advantage of their one opportunity with Sommer's goal, and the Black Knights failed to convert either of their power play opportunities.

The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 12 when they travel to Storrs, Conn. to take on Connecticut in Atlantic Hockey action for a 7:00 p.m. game.