Jan. 3, 2009
DENVER, Colo. - The Holy Cross men's hockey team had four different goal scorers and came back from trailing 2-0 after the first period to defeat Rensselaer, 4-3, on Saturday evening in the third-place game of the Wells Fargo Denver Cup at the Magness Arena. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 6-11-2 overall, while the Engineers fall to 3-15-1 overall. Holy Cross has now won three in a row over RPI, including two wins in the 2005-2006 season. The Engineers lead the all-time series, 4-3. The Crusaders are now 4-4-0 in their last eight games against teams from the ECACHL. Sophomore Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) was selected to the all-tournament team for his three goals in two games and for his goal in the shootout with Denver on Jan. 2.
RPI took a 1-0 lead at 3:34 into the first period when Kurt Colling sent a rebound into the upper left corner of the net for his first goal of the year. The Engineers increased their lead to 2-0 at the 10:52 mark as Peter Merth scored on a slap shot from the left blue line. The goal was his first of the season. RPI outshot Holy Cross by a 13-4 margin in the period, while each team went 0-2 on the man-advantage.
The Crusaders made it a 2-1 game with a goal by sophomore J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) at the 7:02 mark of the second period. Martignetti lifted the puck from the left side of the goal into the upper right corner of the net for his third goal of the year. Sophomore Matt Celin (Gibsonia, Pa.) and freshman Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) assisted on the goal. With just six seconds remaining in the period, Sheen gained the puck at center ice and then after skating with it into the Engineers' zone, he sent a wrist shot off RPI goalie Allen York's left shoulder and into the net to tie the game at 2-2. The goal was Sheen's seventh of the season and third in two games as he scored two goals in the 2-2 tie against No. 5 Denver in Holy Cross' previous game. The Crusaders outshot the Engineers, 13-5, while Holy Cross went 0-2 on the power play including a five-minute major, while RPI went 0-1.
Junior Rob Forshner (Sundre, Alberta) scored the Crusaders' third straight goal at the 13:57 mark of the third period when he fired a shot into the right side of the net just after a power play ended for his fourth goal of the season. Junior co-captain Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) and freshman Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) had assists. With 1:06 left in the period, sophomore Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) sent a back-hander into an empty-net for the Crusaders' fourth straight goal and eventual game-winner to make the score 4-2. The goal was Cyr's team-best ninth. With 47 seconds remaining, Josh Rabbani scored a goal for the Engineers to make it a 4-3 game, but Holy Cross was able to hold on for the 4-3 win.
Junior goalie Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) made 25 saves to improve to 2-1-0 on the year, while Allen York stopped 19 shots and is now 1-5-0. RPI outshot the Crusaders by a 28-23 margin, while Holy Cross went 0-5 on the man-advantage and Rensselaer went 0-3.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 9-10, when they take on Atlantic Hockey opponent American International in a home-and-home series. Friday's game will be in Worcester, Mass., at 7:00 p.m., while the second game of the series will be at the Olympia Ice Center in West Springfield, Mass., also at 7:00 p.m.