January 25, 2014

Men's Hockey Drops Game 5-3 To Bentley

WORCESTER, Mass. – Both teams netted short-handed goals as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Bentley, 5-3, at the Hart Center on Saturday evening in Atlantic Hockey action. With the loss, the Crusaders drop to 6-16-2 overall (5-10-2 AHA), while the Falcons advance to 13-8-3 overall (11-3-3 AHA). The Falcons' victory tonight completed their three-game regular-season sweep of the Crusaders.

During the first period the Crusaders and the Falcons played an evenly matched game. The Falcons outshot the Crusaders 10-9, but each team was able to score a goal. On the power play, at 5:44, the Falcons' Andrew Gladiuk took a shot from the bottom of the faceoff circle on the glove side of junior goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario). Ginn could not make the save, and the Falcons took a 1-0 lead. With just under five minutes remaining on the clock, the Crusaders struck to even the score. Senior assistant captain Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) sent the puck across the ice to linemate and fellow senior assistant captain Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.). Schmidt took the puck up from center ice on Bentley goalie Branden Komm's glove side and drew him out of the net. Schmidt rifled a shorthanded shot after sending the puck off the boards to himself that beat Komm and tied the game 1-1 with one second left on Bentley's power play. Shortly after, the Crusaders looked to take the lead when sophomore Joe McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) took a shot that forced a rebound to the stick of Stockton. Stockton tried to net a goal of his own on the power play chance, but Komm came out with the stop. Bentley went 1-for-3 on the power play during the period and the Crusaders could not convert their one chance. 

Bentley scored their second goal of the game just 18 seconds into the second when Brett Gensler took the puck up Ginn's glove side. Gensler weaved through the defense and stick handled his way to the goal line where from the corner of the crease he threw one in behind Ginn to bring the Falcons ahead 2-1. Holy Cross' junior Jake Youso (International Falls, Minn.) countered Gensler three minutes later at 3:02. McNamara sent the puck to sophomore Sean Gustin (Stoneham, Mass.) who took it up the wing. Gustin stick handled the puck up the glove side that forced a rebound out in front of the net. Youso capitalized on the empty half of the net left by Komm sending the puck over the blocker side and into the net to tie the game 2-2. At 7:58 in the second period, Matt Blomquist tried to take the lead for Bentley again when he waited at the blue line for the puck to cross and stay on sides. Once the puck flew across the line Blomquist took off and alone with Ginn took a shot. Ginn came out the victor and kept the game tied at 2-2. At 16:44 in the second, Steve Weinstein also tried to take a shot from Ginn's blocker side sending it far side that knicked off of Ginn's glove for a save that kept the game tied. McNamara tried to take the lead for the Crusaders with three seconds left on the clock when he sent the puck into the zone to Schmidt. Schmidt knocked a shot high in traffic that Blomquist gloved down while Komm was slightly out of the net and kept the score even. The Crusaders outshot the Falcons 16-9 during the second period, but only scored one goal. 

The Falcons took their final lead of the game when Blomquist netted a shorthanded goal. Brett Switzer sent the puck from the glove side faceoff circle of Ginn to Blomquist waiting at the corner. Blomquist scored shorthanded to bring Bentley ahead 3-2 just 20 seconds into the third. Just a minute later, Stockton tried to tie the game up with a shot that hit off of Komm's elbow on the far side and flew behind the net. At 5:14 in the third Gladiuk capitalized on his second power play chance of the night when he sent the puck in from the glove side faceoff circle to make the score 4-2. With 10:56 remaining in the game junior Tommy Dwyer (Ridgefield, Conn.) brought the Crusaders back to being within a goal. Dwyer caught the puck from Youso in the glove side faceoff circle of Komm and sent the puck near side to light the lamp. Bentley tried to take a two goal lead 12:58 into the third when Alex Grieve shot the puck from the faceoff circle that clipped the post and sailed by to the other side of the ice. At 15:23 in the third, McNamara tried to tie it up sending the puck in from the point. Sophomore Tim Driscoll (Hingham, Mass.) tried to take advantage of the rebound, but was denied by the blocker side of Komm. The Crusaders pulled Ginn with 31 seconds remaining in the game. Bentley's Jared Rickford took the puck from the neutral zone and sent it bouncing past the Crusader defense into the open net to make the final score 5-3 in favor of the Falcons.

Ginn posted 28 saves on the 32 shots he faced while Komm made 33 saves on his 36 shots against. The Crusaders outshot the Falcons 36-33, but the Falcons came out victorious. The Bentley power play netted two goals on its six chances while the Crusaders did not capitalize on any of their three chances. Dwyer's goal kept his streak alive as he now has points in the last four games he has played in, and earned him the third star of the game. The Dwyer, Gustin and Youso line tonight combined for a total of five points including two goals and three assists. Stockton and Schmidt are now on three-game point streaks, the second longest on the team. Schmidt's short-handed goal was the third of his career moving him to tying for fourth place in Division I school history. Ginn played in his 46th consecutive game tonight maintaining his streak that is the 20th longest in NCAA Division I history.

The Crusaders return to action on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, when they travel to Atlantic Hockey opponent RIT in Rochester, N.Y. for two 7:00 p.m. contests. 

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. For more information and to donate go here: http://www.powerplaypointsforpink.com/.

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