December 29, 2013

Men's Hockey Drops Contest, 4-1, To #11 Yale

NEW HAVEN, Conn. –  Sophomore Matt Vidal (Manorville, N.Y.) scored the lone Crusader goal as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to No. 11 Yale, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon in front of a sold out crowd at the Ingalls Rink in non conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders drop to 4-11-2 overall while the Bulldogs advance to 7-3-3 overall.

After more than 15 minutes of back and forth play, the Bulldogs got onto the board first with a 1-0 lead at 15:55. On a neutral zone turnover near center ice, Jesse Root passed the puck to an open Kenny Agostino in the faceoff circle who rocketed a shot through straight to the back of the Crusader net. The Bulldogs were afforded the first power play opportunity of the game with 0:27 left in the first period. The Bulldogs outshot the Crusaders 14-10 in the first period. 

The Bulldogs began the period with a power play and shortly after the return of the first penalty, the Crusaders allowed the Bulldogs another opportunity, but came up short on both chances. The Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead at 6:28 when Stu Wilson passed the puck to Anthony Day who fired a shot from the faceoff circle glove side of junior goaltender Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario). Freshman Mike Barrett (Orland Park, Ill.) sent the puck to sophomore Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.) who took a shot that bounced out off the pads of Alex Lyon to the stick of Vidal. Vidal shot the puck in behind Lyon and brought the Crusaders within one goal, 2-1, at 13:31. The Bulldogs outshot the Crusaders 13-8 during the period. 

Yale's Cody Learned sent a shot in from the right faceoff circle over the pad on the stick side of Ginn to bring the Bulldogs ahead 3-1 at 10:55 in the third period. The Crusaders pulled Ginn for a last chance effort with 0:30 remaining in the game.  With 0:09.9 seconds remaining in the period Wilson scored on the empty net to make the final score 4-1. 

Throughout the game Ginn posted 33 saves on 36 shots faced. Lyon posted 21 saves on the 22 Crusader shots. The Bulldogs outshot the Crusaders 37-22 during the contest. The Crusaders went 0-for-3 on the power play during the night and the Crusader penalty kill successfully prevented the Bulldogs from scoring on all four of their extra-man opportunities. This contest marked the 39th consecutive appearance by Ginn which ties him for 25th on the NCAA Division I career list for consecutive games played by a goalie. His 39 game streak began with the Yale contest on Dec 30, 2012. 

The Crusaders return to action Friday and Saturday, Jan. 3-4, 2014 when they take on Atlantic Hockey opponent Canisius for a two-game home series against the Golden Griffins with puck drops at 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. 

For the third straight season, every time the Holy Cross men's hockey team scores a power play goal in the Hart Center, money pledged will benefit PINK Revolution. The Crusaders have scored three power play goals at home. They will be hosting their fifth annual Pink the Rink game on Feb. 15 when they host Connecticut for a 7:00 p.m. game. This game will also be the Crusaders' winter homecoming contest. For more information and to donate go here: http://www.powerplaypointsforpink.com/.

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