PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Scott Jacklin scored the game-winner as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Robert Morris, 5-1, at the 84 Lumber Arena on Saturday afternoon in Atlantic Hockey action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 3-9-0 overall (3-4-0 AHA), while the Colonials improve to 2-8-1 overall (2-3-1 AHA). The two-game season series between the two teams went 1-1-0 as the Crusaders won on Friday, Nov. 22 by a 2-1 score.
The first period went scoreless as junior goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) made 11 saves for the Crusaders, while Terry Shafer posted six saves. Robert Morris went 0-1 on the power play.
Robert Morris took a 1-0 lead at 17:34 of the second period when Zac Lynch scored his fourth goal of the season. Lynch stole the puck in the Crusader zone and then went one-on-one with the goalie burying the puck in the lower right side of the net. Robert Morris outshot Holy Cross, 12-7, while each team went 0-2 on the man-advantage.
At 4:16 of the third period, the Crusaders tied the contest at 1-1 when sophomore Sean Gustin (Stoneham, Mass.) fired a wrist shot to the upper left corner of the net for his team-leading third goal of the season. Juniors Jake Youso (International Falls, Minn.) and Mike McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) each posted an assist. Just 1:14 later, Robert Morris took a 2-1 lead when Jacklin found the back of the net with his second goal of the year. At 10:57, the Colonials made the score 3-1 when Jeff Jones netted his first goal of the season. Lynch sent a pass to Jones who sent a backhander to the lower left side of the net. Matt Cope increased the lead to 4-1 while on the power play at 13:13 when he knocked in a loose puck from in front of the net for his second goal of the year. With 1:03 left, Robert Morris added an empty-net goal by Cody Wydo. The goal was his 11th of the season.
Ginn made 33 saves, while Shafer tallied 23 saves to earn the win. Robert Morris outshot Holy Cross, 38-24, while the Crusaders went 0-2 on the power play and Robert Morris went 1-4.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday, Nov. 29, when they travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass., to take on No. 7 Boston College at the Conte Forum at 4:00 p.m.