NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – Junior Tommy Dwyer (Ridgefield, Conn.) broke a 2-2 tie with 2:18 left in the third period when he scored his first collegiate game-winner as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Niagara, 3-2, at Dwyer Arena on Saturday evening in Atlantic Hockey action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 6-15-2 overall (5-9-2 AHA), while the Purple Eagles fall to 5-14-3 overall (5-7-3 AHA). The Crusaders win the two-game series as Holy Cross won on Friday by a 4-2 score.
At 2:45 of the first period, sophomore Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.) stole the puck in the Niagara zone and then fired a shot that was saved by Jackson Teichroeb. Then at 7:05, Hugo Turcotte stole the puck in the Crusader zone and sent a shot that was handled by junior goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario). Ginn then made an outstanding glove save at 10:27 on a shot by Brock Edwards. The Purple Eagles took a 1-0 lead at 10:36 when Patrick Conte sent a loose puck to the back of the net on the stick side of Ginn. While on the power play, freshman Logan Smith (Littleton, Colo.) blasted a slapshot that ricocheted off the boards to senior assistant captain Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.), but Teichroeb was able to keep Schmidt's ensuing shot from going to back of the net to keep the score at 1-0 at 17:17. At 19:06, the Purple Eagles netted their second goal to increase their lead to 2-0 when Brock Edwards buried the puck past the glove side of Ginn from right in front of the net. Niagara outshot Holy Cross, 17-8, while the Crusaders went 0-3 on the power play and the Purple Eagles went 0-1.
At 5:44 of the second period, the Crusaders went on a 28-second two-man advantage power play but were unable to find the back of the net. Then the Crusaders were called for a penalty at 6:25 ending the power play. At 11:56, freshman Mike Barrett (Orland Park, Ill.) sent a pass from behind the net to sophomore Matt Vidal (Manorville, N.Y.) who was waiting in front of the net as he sent a shot past Teichroeb for his fifth goal of the season. At 14:39, the Crusaders tied the contest at 2-2 when sophomore Tim Driscoll (Hingham, Mass.) netted his third goal of the season when he scored on a backhander. Senior assistant captain Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) and Schmidt each posted an assist on the goal. Holy Cross outshot Niagara by an 8-7 margin, while the Crusaders went 1-3 on the man-advantage and the Purple Eagles went 0-4.
At 12:14 of the third period, the Purple Eagles went on power play but the Crusaders were able to keep Niagara from scoring a goal as the game remained tied at 2-2. Dwyer scored the game-winner when he knocked in a rebound off a shot from junior Jake Youso (International Falls, Minn.). With 1:15 left, the Purple Eagles went with an empty net but were unable to score the equalizer for the 3-2 final.
Ginn made 38 saves to earn the win, while Teichroeb posted 21.Niagara outshot Holy Cross, 40-24, while the Crusaders went 1-8 on the power play and the Purple Eagles went 0-6. The Purple Eagles won 41 of the 76 faceoffs, The Crusaders blocked 22 shots and the Purple Eagles posted 19. Tonight marked Ginn's 45th consecutive appearance in net, which is the 20th longest streak for consecutive appearances by a goalie in NCAA Division I history.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Jan. 25, when they host Atlantic Hockey opponent Bentley at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m.
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