WATERTOWN, Mass. – Junior goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) came up with 37 big saves, but the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Bentley, 3-2 in OT, at the John A. Ryan Skating Arena on Saturday afternoon in Atlantic Hockey action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 2-8-0 overall (2-3-0 AHA), while the Falcons advance to 4-7-0 overall (3-2-0 AHA).
On their second shot into their first power play opportunity, the Falcons' Alex Grieve sent a shot across the goal that beat Ginn glove side. The Falcons outshot the Crusaders 14-11 during the period.
At 6:40 into the second period, sophomore Matt Vidal (Manorville, N.Y.) took the puck from behind the net to teammate sophomore Tim Driscoll (Hingham, Mass.) who sent it on to sophomore Brett Lubanski (Farmington Hills, Mich.) who netted the equalizer. Just 2:53 later, sophomore Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.) gave the puck to freshman Mike Barrett (Orland Park, Ill.) who fired a shot that senior assistant captain Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) redirected into the net. The goal marks Schmidt's 40th career goal that brings him to tie the 10th most by any Division I player at Holy Cross. With 4:02 left in the second period the Crusaders had a delayed penalty call and Ginn was able to make three saves on the extra man opportunity. The Crusaders successfully killed off the following penalty. The Crusaders were outshot 13-9 during the second, but pulled out two big goals.
With 11:47 on the clock, Bentley tied the game with a wrist shot. Matt Maher rocketed the shot that hit off the top crossbar and fell over the line. With 38.9 seconds left in the period the Falcons drew Ginn out of the net glove side and the red light lit with a cluster of bodies lining the net. After discussion, the referees ruled no goal and the 2-2 tie remained. Ginn came out of the period making 13 saves while Brandon Komm only needed to make three.
With one second left on a power play opportunity in overtime, the Falcons' Andrew Gladiuk converted a shot and scored to win the game.
The Falcons outshot the Crusaders 40-23 during the contest. Ginn made 37 saves throughout the game. The Falcons went 2-for-4 on their power play while the Crusaders could not convert either of their two opportunities.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday, Nov. 22 when they travel to Pittsburgh, Pa. to face Atlantic Hockey opponent Robert Morris for a 7:00 p.m. contest.