WORCESTER, Mass. – Mercyhurst's Chris Bodo tallied a hat trick as Mercyhurst defeated Holy Cross , 4-2, on Saturday night at the Hart Center in Atlantic Hockey action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 4-15-2 overall (3-9-2 AHA), while the Lakers advance to 13-9-2 overall (11-1-1 AHA). Mercyhurst swept the two-game series winning Friday night by a score of 1-0.
The Crusaders came out and scored the first goal of the game only 0:35 into the game. Sophomore Matt Vidal (Manorville, N.Y.) gave the puck to freshman Brett McKinnon (Kelowna, British Columbia) just before the blue line. McKinnon took the puck up the stick side of Jimmy Sarjeant and sent it across the crease to freshman Mike Barrett (Orland Park, Ill.). Barrett caught the pass and chipped it into the net past Sarjeant to light the lamp. Four minutes later at 4:27, the Lakers tied the game up. Mercyhurst's Anthony Mastrodicasa shot the puck, but it was blocked by a Crusader defenseman. The puck ricocheted off the Crusader stick right to the stick of Bodo who beat junior goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) to net the equalizer. At roughly 12:10, McKinnon tried for a goal of his own. On a shorthanded opportunity, McKinnon skated the puck up the ice on the glove side of Sarjeant and from the top of the crease rocketed in a shot. McKinnon's shot was the only shot on goal during the Mercyhurst power play for either team. The Lakers came back with the go-ahead goal with 2:05 remaining in the first period. Bodo caught a cross ice pass from Ryan Misiak and sent it top shelf far side from the faceoff circle on Ginn's stick side. The Lakers went into the locker room leading 2-1 after the first period, converting one of their two power play chances. The Crusaders outshot the Lakers 11-9 during the first period, but could not net a goal on their power play chance.
At 2:31 in the second period, freshman Cameron Lawson (Vancouver, British Columbia) pulled the puck across the crease and took a shot on the stick side of Sarjeant. Sarjeant made the pad save and denied Lawson the tying goal. The next shot was Bodo, but senior captain Ryan McGrath (Pittsburgh, Pa.) denied Bodo the shot on net. Meryhurst's Nick Jones took a shot immediately following Bodo's that bounced out off Ginn's right pad to sophomore Sean Gustin (Stoneham, Mass.). Gustin took the puck up the wing and fired a shot in from the faceoff circle on the glove side. The rebound flew out to the far side to the stick of junior Tommy Dwyer (Ridgefield, Conn.). Dwyer beat Sarjeant on the blocker side and tied the game, 2-2 at 2:42 in the second. Bodo came down again to try to take the lead in the game and from the top of the faceoff circle sent the puck to a waiting Misiak. From the blocker side of Ginn, Misiak tried to get the go-ahead, but the butterfly goalie denied his attempt with his right pad. The Lakers took the lead at 16:04 when Randy Cure sent a backhand pass across the slot to Daniel O'Donoghue. O'Donoghue took a shot from the faceoff circle that drew a rebound to the stick of Matt Zay who beat Ginn. During the period the Crusaders and the Lakers each took 12 shots and scored a goal apiece.
At 4:35 in the third period the Lakers tacked on an insurance goal. Bodo took the puck from the top of the crease and launched it into the top corner of the net on Ginn's glove side for his third of the game and the team's fourth. With 9:40 on the clock Vidal caught a pass in front of the net and spun off a Mercyhurst defender. Vidal launched the puck in glove side, but Sarjeant came out with the glove save. With close to seven minutes on the clock Gustin stole the puck from the Lakers right at the corner of the net on Sarjeant's stick side. Gustin brought the puck behind the net and sent it to Dwyer at the top of the crease, but Sarjeant made the save. With just under four minutes remaining in the game, Mercyhurst's Kyle Cook blocked a shot by sophomore Ben Kaplan (Burlington, Vt.) at the blue line. Cook skated down the boards and shot the puck to the far side of the net where Ginn made a stretching save. Kyle Just picked up the rebound and tried to beat Ginn. The puck bounced off of Ginn's pads and went up and behind the net where it was picked up by a Crusader. The Lakers took a tripping penalty with 1:35 remaining while on a power play. The Crusaders pulled Ginn for a 5-on-4 opportunity, but despite the man-advantage, the Crusaders could not net another goal.
The Crusaders outshot the Lakers 38-27 during the night, but came up short of the win. Ginn posted 23 saves during the game while Sarjeant made 36. Each team had three opportunities on the power play, but only the Lakers could convert a chance. Tonight marked Ginn's 43rd consecutive appearance in net, which is tied for the 20th longest streak for consecutive appearances by a goalie in NCAA Division I history. The Crusaders also dominated the faceoff circle winning 41 of 61 faceoffs during the game. Each player who took a faceoff won at least one and went .500 or higher during the night. The faceoff charge was led by senior assistant captain Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) who went 12-4 in the circle. Sophomore Brett Lubanski (Farmington Hills, Mich.) went 8-2 during the night, maintaining his centerman-leading .605 percentage. Barrett went 12-10 on the night increasing his team-high faceoff wins to 219. Junior Jake Youso (International Falls, Minn.) went 8-3 and Gustin went 1-1 on his attempts. Dwyer earned the third star of the game for his first goal of the season.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17-18 when they travel to Niagara Falls, N.Y. to take on Niagara in a two-game Atlantic Hockey series with 7:00 p.m. puck drops.
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 four 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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