Feb. 10, 2007
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Junior defenseman Matt Burke (Milton, Mass.) scored a power play goal just 21 seconds into the third period, to break a 1-1 tie and lift the Holy Cross men's ice hockey team to a 2-1 victory over Canisius at Buffalo State Arena. The Crusaders improve to 10-15-5 overall and 9-10-5 in Atlantic Hockey with the victory, while the Golden Griffins fall to 8-21-2 overall and 8-15-2 in the conference.
In a game featuring only 41 shots, Holy Cross got on the board at 15:50 of the first period. Freshman forward Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) gathered a loose puck after a faceoff in the Holy Cross zone and skated up ice. He got the puck to sophomore forward Dewey Thomson (Northbridge, Mass.) who was skating toward the left of the Canisius net. Thomson threw the puck into a group of players in front of the net, and it hit off the Canisius defense and bounced past goaltender Andrew Loewen to give the Crusaders the 1-0 lead.
Canisius responded at 5:56 of the second period when Joey Coccimiglio gathered the puck behind the Holy Cross net after Joel Kitchen dumped it into the Crusader zone. Coccimiglio hit Vincent Amigone with the pass, and Amigone tallied his third goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1.
Burke then scored his second goal of the season just 21 seconds into the third period, on a power play the Crusaders carried over from the second period. Burke had the puck at the right point and shot it over the left shoulder of Loewen for what proved to be the game-winner.
Freshman goaltender Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) picked up the victory for the Crusaders, allowing just one goal while making 20 saves.
Holy Cross returns to action on Friday, February 16, when it plays host to Sacred Heart in a 7:00 p.m. contest at the Hart Center.