PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Junior Mike McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) broke a 1-1 tie with the game-winner in the third period as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Robert Morris, 2-1, at the 84 Lumber Arena on Friday evening in Atlantic Hockey action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 3-8-0 overall (3-3-0 AHA), while the Colonials fall to 1-8-1 overall (1-3-1 AHA). These two teams will conclude their two-game series on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 3:30 p.m.
Robert Morris took a 1-0 lead at 13:55 of the first period when Matt Cope netted a power play goal when he sent a shot from the faceoff circle to the left side of the net for his first goal of the season. The Colonials outshot the Crusaders, 12-7, while Robert Morris went 1-1 on the man-advantage.
The Crusaders tied the contest at 1-1, just 58 seconds after the opening faceoff of the second period when sophomore Tim Driscoll (Hingham, Mass.) scored his second goal of the season. Junior Nilan Nagy (Canonsburg, Pa.) sent the puck from just past center ice to senior Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) who then sent a crossing pass to Driscoll who buried the puck in the back of the net. At 6:41, junior goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) made a save on a breakaway by David Rigatti to keep the contest tied at 1-1. Holy Cross outshot Robert Morris, 19-10, while the Crusaders went 0-1 on the power play.
At 5:21 of the third period, McNamara scored his second goal of the season when he tipped in a shot from sophomore Jake Bolton (Ellington, Conn.). The goal was McNamara's second career game-winner. With 1:18 left in the period, Robert Morris went with an empty net for the extra skater but was unable to score the equalizer.
Ginn made 35 saves to earn the win, while Terry Shafer posted 27 saves. Ginn has 1,941 career saves as he now is second all-time in Division I saves at the school. Robert Morris outshot Holy Cross, 36-29, while the Colonials went 1-2 on the power play and the Crusaders went 0-2.