Feb. 1, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Mercyhurst, 6-3, on Friday night at the Hart Center in Atlantic Hockey action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 8-11-6 overall (7-9-3 AHA), while the Lakers improve to 8-14-5 overall (8-6-5 AHA). These two teams will meet again on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
The Crusaders jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 5:40 into the first period when freshman forward Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) scored his team-leading 13th goal of the season when he knocked in the puck just after a Holy Cross power played ended. At 10:33, Holy Cross increased its lead to 2-0 when sophomore forward Rob Forshner (Sundre, Alberta) netted a shorthanded goal for his second goal of the year. Forshner stole the puck in the Mercyhurst zone and then fired a slap shot into the net. The Lakers made it a 2-1 game when Steve Cameron sent a slap shot into the goal at 15:35. For the period, the Lakers outshot the Crusaders by a 12-6 margin, while Holy Cross went 0-1 on the power play and Mercyhurst went 0-3.
Mercyhurst tied the game at 2-2 with a goal by Cody Collins at 9:45 into the second period. The Lakers then took a 3-2 lead at 10:50 with a goal by Mike Gurtler. At the 14:00 mark, Mercyhurst increased its lead to 4-2 when Chris Risi netted a goal, while at 17:14 Matt Fennell scored a power play goal for the 5-2 lead. Mercyhurst outshot Holy Cross, 17-6, while the Lakers went 1-1 on the man-advantage.
The Crusaders made it a 5-3 game at the 6:37 mark of the third period when freshman defenseman Matt Celin (Gibsonia, Pa.) scored his first collegiate goal. With 1:17 remaining in the period, Cameron netted a power play goal and his second goal of the game for the 6-3 final score.
Holy Cross freshman goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) made 24 saves and allowed five goals in the first two periods, while sophomore Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) stopped seven shots and allowed one goal in the third period. Matt Lundin made 24 saves to earn the win for the Lakers. Mercyhurst outshot Holy Cross by a 37-27 margin, while the Crusaders went 0-2 on the power play and Mercyhurst went 2-5.