Jan. 8, 2008
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to American International, 3-2, on Tuesday night at the Olympia Ice Center in Atlantic Hockey action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 5-7-6 overall (4-6-3 AHA), while the Yellow Jackets improve to 5-13-2 overall (5-9-1 AHA).
Holy Cross jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 6:26 into the first period when freshman forward Jamie Jelinek (Great Falls, Va.) scored his first collegiate goal. Senior forward Matt Werry (Regina, Saskatchewan) sent a pass from behind the net to a waiting Jelinek in front of the goal as he then fired the puck into the net. At the 7:58 mark, the Crusaders increased their lead to 2-0 when senior defenseman Brian Gabriel (Kenai, Alaska) blasted a slap shot from the blue line into the net for his first goal of the season. For the period, AIC outshot Holy Cross, 13-10, while the Yellow Jackets went 0-2 on the power play.
AIC made it a 2-1 game at the 14:10 mark of the second period when Tom Mele sent a shot into the upper left corner of the net for his second goal of the year. The Yellow Jackets outshot the Crusaders by a 16-6 margin, while Holy Cross went 0-2 on the man-advantage and AIC went 0-1.
Just 22 seconds into the third period, the Yellow Jackets tied the game at 2-2 with a goal by Mike McMillan for his team-leading eighth of the season. AIC then took the lead with a power play goal by Frankie DeAngelis at 5:55. With 1:00 left to go in the period, Holy Cross went with an empty net but was unable to tie the game as it ended in the 3-2 final score.
Holy Cross freshman goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) made 37 saves, while Dan Ramirez stopped 19 shots for AIC. The Yellow Jackets outshot the Crusaders, 40-21, Holy Cross went 0-3 on the power play and AIC went 1-4.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday and Saturday, January 11-12, when they host Atlantic Hockey opponent Bentley at the Hart Center. Both games are set to start at 7:00 p.m.