Feb. 7, 2009
WATERTOWN, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Bentley, 4-1, on Saturday evening in Atlantic Hockey action at the John A. Ryan Arena. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 10-13-5 overall (9-10-3 Atlantic Hockey), while the Falcons improve to 15-12-1 overall (13-8-1 Atlantic Hockey). Bentley sweeps the two-game home-and-home series and wins the four-game regular season series, 3-1-0.
At the 11:55 mark of the first period, Bentley took a 1-0 lead when Anthony Canzoneri went on a breakaway down the left side of the ice and then sent a backhander into the net for his seventh goal of the season. Just 1:49 later, Holy Cross tied the game at 1-1 while on the power play when sophomore Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) fired a slap shot from the blue line into the goal for his third goal of the year. Sophomore J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) and freshman Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) each had assists. The Crusaders outshot the Falcons by a 12-8 margin, while Holy Cross went 1-2 on the only two power plays of the period.
The second period went scoreless as the Crusaders outshot the Falcons, 14-5, while Holy Cross went 0-2 on the man-advantage and Bentley went 0-3.
With 5:15 left in the third period, Marc Menzione gave the Falcons a 2-1 lead when he knocked a loose puck into the left side of the net. The goal was his 11th of the season. The Crusaders went with an empty-net with 1:07 remaining in the period and were not able to score as Bobby Preece then scored an empty-net goal with 51 seconds left for the 3-1 lead. The goal was his first of the year. Holy Cross kept the net empty as the Falcons added a late empty-net goal by Jeff Gumaer with one second remaining for the 4-1 final score.
Junior goalie Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) made 19 saves and is now 4-2-1 on the season, while Kyle Rank stopped 31 shots and is now 8-6-1. The Crusaders had 32 shots and went 1-6 on the power play, while Bentley had 23 shots and went 0-4.
The Crusaders return to action when they host Atlantic Hockey opponent RIT in a two-game 7:00 p.m. series on Feb. 13-14. Feb. 14 will be Holy Cross' winter homecoming game as a trophy will be given to contest's most valuable player.