Jan. 31, 2009
STORRS, Conn. - Sophomore Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) scored two goals as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Connecticut, 4-1, on Saturday evening in Atlantic Hockey action at the Mark E. Freitas Ice Forum. With the win, the Crusaders extend their unbeaten streak to nine games (5-0-4) and improve to 10-11-5 overall (9-8-3 Atlantic Hockey) as they also went 5-0-4 for the month, while the Huskies fall to 6-20-1 overall (5-13-1 Atlantic Hockey). Holy Cross sweeps the two-game season series, including the 5-3 win on Friday. After trailing 3-0 on Friday, Holy Cross went on to score nine unanswered goals in the series before UConn added a late goal in the Crusaders 4-1 win.
Holy Cross' nine-game unbeaten streak ties the second longest in school history as the Crusaders went 9-0-0 between Jan. 16, 1999-Feb. 13, 1999. The longest in school history is 10 games (10-0-0) between Dec. 8, 1979-Jan. 16, 1980. This streak is currently the second longest in the nation behind fellow Atlantic Hockey team RIT's 11-game streak (11-0-0). During this streak Holy Cross has outscored its opponents by a 34-20 margin. The Crusaders are averaging 3.8 goals scored per game and have only allowed 2.2 goals per contest during the streak.
The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead at 6:00 into the first period when freshman Gianni Baldassari (Fort Wayne, Ind.) followed his own rebound and then knocked the puck into the net for his second goal of the season. At the 10:28 mark, Cyr jumped on a loose puck and skated into the UConn zone as he then fired the puck into the goal to give Holy Cross a 2-0- lead. At the 12:41 mark, Cyr scored his second goal of the contest and team-leading 14th of the year when he received a pass from behind the net by junior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) and Cyr then sent a shot into the left side of the net for the 3-0 Crusader lead. Holy Cross outshot Connecticut by a 14-1 margin, while each team went 0-1 on the power play.
The second period went scoreless as UConn outshot the Crusaders, 16-9, while Holy Cross went 0-2 on the man-advantage and Connecticut went 0-3.
The Crusaders extended their lead to 4-0 early in the third period when Sheahan scored off a rebound on a shot by junior Rob Forshner (Sundre, Alberta). The goal was his eighth of the season. Senior co-captain Marty Dams (Manotick, Ontario) also had an assist. With 1:11 left in the period, Chris Coppola scored for UConn. Neither team scored again for the 4-1 final score.
Junior goalie Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) made 26 saves to improve to 4-1-1 on the season, while Beau Erickson stopped 24 shots and is now 5-18-1. Holy Cross outshot Connecticut by a 28-27 margin, while the Crusaders went 0-4 on the power play and UConn and 0-5.
The Crusaders return to action on Feb. 6-7 when they will meet Atlantic Hockey opponent Bentley in a 7:00 p.m. home-and-home series. Holy Cross will host the game on Feb. 6, while the contest on Feb. 7 will be in Watertown, Mass., at the John A. Ryan Arena.