Schmidt Records 100th Career Point In 4-2 Win At RIT
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senior assistant captain Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) scored two goals and posted his 100th career point, while freshman Mike Barrett (Orland Park, Ill.) netted his first collegiate game-winner to break a 2-2 tie with 4:19 left in the third period as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated the Rochester Institute of Technology, 4-2, on Saturday evening at Ritter Arena in Atlantic Hockey action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 7-16-3 overall (6-10-3 AHA) and are 3-1-1 over the last five games, while the Tigers fall to 8-14-4 overall (7-10-2 AHA). The Crusaders win the two-game series as the two teams tied 3-3 on Friday night. This is the second straight season that the Crusaders have won the season series versus RIT also taking the series 1-0-1 last year. Schmidt, who has 46 goals and 54 assists, is the 41st player in program history to reach 100 points, while he is the 11th in the Division I era of the team.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead at 3:23 of the first period when Greg Noyes sent a pass to Todd Skirving who found the back of the lower corner of the net on the glove side of junior goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) for the power play goal. The goal was his seventh of the season. At 8:00, RIT went on a two-on-one break but were unable to score. Schmidt tied the contest at 1-1 at 8:26 when he stole the puck in the RIT zone and then fired a shot past the stick side of RIT goalie Mike Rotolo for his seventh goal of the year. The Tigers almost took the lead at 12:48 when Caleb Cameron sent a shot from in front of the net that Ginn was able to keep out the goal with his pads. At 18:29 and RIT with an extra man because of a delayed penalty call, Mike Colavecchia blasted a shot, but Ginn made a diving save to keep the game tied at 1-1. With just 24 seconds remaining in the period and on the power play RIT took a 2-1 lead. Colavecchia sent a pass from the faceoff circle to Skirving at the side of the net. Skirving then passed the puck to Noyes who fired a one-timer past Ginn for his fifth goal of the year. RIT outshot Holy Cross, 12-9, while the Tigers went 2-2 on the power play.
At 4:34 of the second period the puck deflected to Noyes who skated straight to the goal and sent a slapshot to the net that was saved by Ginn. Barrett took a slapshot at 12:30 from the faceoff circle that was saved by Rotolo. Holy Cross outshot RIT by a 9-8 margin, while the Crusaders went 0-2 on the man-advantage.
At 2:51 of the third period and the Crusaders on the power play, senior assistant captain Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) sent the faceoff to freshman Logan Smith (Littleton, Colo.) who fired a slapshot from the blue line that was tipped by Schmidt and past Rotolo for Schmidt's 100th career point. The goal was his team-best eighth of the season. At 15:19, Barrett took a shot from in front of the net and then knocked in the rebound for his seventh goal of the season. Sophomore Matt Vidal (Manorville, N.Y.) and freshman Brett McKinnon (Kelowna, British Columbia) each posted an assist. At 16:20, the Tigers had an opportunity to tie the game but a shot from Cameron from right in front of the net was saved by Ginn. With 44 seconds remaining the Tigers pulled Rotolo for the extra skater but with 38 seconds left junior Tommy Dwyer (Ridgefield, Conn.) scored an empty-net goal for the 4-2 final score. The goal extended Dwyer's career-best point streak to six games. He now has four goals this season. Sophomores Sean Gustin (Stoneham, Mass.) and Joe McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) each tallied an assist.
Ginn made 27 saves to earn the win, while Rotolo posted 23 saves. RIT outshot Holy Cross, 29-27, while the Crusaders went 1-3 on the power play and the Tigers went 2-3. The Crusaders won 41 faceoffs and lost 28, while the Tigers had 20 blocked shots and the Crusaders posted 15. Vidal led the Crusaders with three blocks as he made three key blocks during an RIT power play in the third period. Schmidt earned the first star of the game and Ginn was the second star. Ginn played in his 48th consecutive game tonight maintaining his streak that is the 20th longest in NCAA Division I history. Ginn leads the nation with 788 saves this season which are the fourth most for a Division I season at the school. Dwyer is on a six-game point streak with four goals and two assists for six points. Stockton is on a five-game point streak with one goal and four assists during that stretch, while Gustin is on a three-game streak with one goal and three assists for four points. Vidal and Smith are on two-game streaks as Vidal has two assists and Smith has one goal and one assist for two points.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8, when they play a home-and-home series with Atlantic Hockey opponent Sacred Heart at 7:00 p.m. Friday's game is at the Milford Ice Pavilion in Milford, Conn., while the Crusaders will host the Pioneers at the Hart Center on Saturday.
On Saturday, Feb. 15, the Holy Cross men's hockey program will host its fifth annual "Pink the Rink" at the Hart Center during its game versus Connecticut at 7:00 p.m. The team will be wearing a special edition white and pink jersey to show its support for breast cancer awareness. The jerseys will be auctioned off throughout the game with all proceeds going to Pink Revolution, which is an alliance of dedicated individuals with a unified commitment to those touched by breast cancer. 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. For more information and to donate go here: http://www.powerplaypointsforpink.com/.
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