Jan. 9, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior Rob Forshner (Sundre, Alberta) scored two goals including the game-winner as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated American International, 5-1, on Friday evening at the Hart Center in Atlantic Hockey action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 7-11-2 overall (6-8-1 Atlantic Hockey), while the Yellow Jackets fall to 4-15-1 overall (4-10-0 Atlantic Hockey). Holy Cross has also now won two in a row and is 2-0-1 in its last three games. These two teams will conclude their four-game regular season series on Saturday at the Olympia Ice Center in West Springfield, Mass., at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders lead this year's series 2-1-0.
Sophomore Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) gave the Crusaders a 1-0 lead at 3:22 into the first period when he followed up on his own shot that was blocked by a Yellow Jacket defender and then fired it into the net from right in front of the goal. The goal was his eighth of the year and fourth in three games. At the 7:44 mark, Forshner increased Holy Cross' lead to 2-0 with his fifth goal of the season and eventual game-winner, as sophomore Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) and freshman Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) each had assists. Miller sent a pass from the right faceoff circle to Znutas at the left blue line, who then passed it to a charging Forshner who blasted a shot into the goal. AIC outshot the Crusaders by a 9-8 margin, while each team went 0-1 on the power play.
At the 12:14 mark of the second period, Holy Cross made it a 3-0 game when Forshner netted his second goal of the game and sixth of the year as he fired the puck into the upper right corner of the goal. The goal was assisted by freshman Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) and Miller. Just 24 seconds later the Crusaders found the net again when junior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) scored his sixth goal of the season as he also put the puck into the upper right corner. Junior co-captain Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) and sophomore Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) had assists. The Yellow Jackets made it a 4-1 game when Nielsson Arcibal netted his third goal of the year at 18:36. Holy Cross had 13 shots and went 0-4 on the man-advantage, while AIC had four shots.
At 3:56 into the third period, Cyr gave the Crusaders back their four-goal lead with his team-best 10th goal of the season. Cyr stole the puck in the Yellow Jackets' zone and then sent the puck into the lower right side of the goal. Neither team scored again for the 5-1 final score.
Sophomore goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) made 17 saves to improve to 5-10-2 on the year, while Dan Ramirez stopped 23 shots and is now 4-9-1. Holy Cross outshot AIC, 28-18, while the Crusaders went 0-6 on the power play and the Yellow Jackets went 0-3.