Feb. 14, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to the Rochester Institute of Technology, 3-1, on Saturday evening at the Hart Center in Atlantic Hockey action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 10-15-5 overall (9-12-3 Atlantic Hockey), while the Tigers improve to 19-10-1 overall (18-5-1 Atlantic Hockey) and sweep the four-game regular season series. Today's game was Holy Cross' winter homecoming game. After the contest, RIT's Brennan Sarazin received the winter homecoming MVP trophy. He had one goal and one assist.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead at the 16:10 mark of the first period when Alan Mazur scored a power play goal. The goal was his sixth of the year. The Crusaders outshot RIT by a 9-8 margin, while Holy Cross went 0-2 on the power and the Tigers went 1-2.
The Crusaders tied the game at 1-1 at the 7:22 mark of the second period when junior co-captain Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) knocked in a rebound off a shot by senior co-captain Marty Dams (Manotick, Ontario) for his sixth goal of the season. Sophomore Jamie Jelinek (Great Falls, Va.) also had an assist. With 1:37 remaining in the period, RIT made it a 2-1 game with a power play goal by Matt Crowell. The goal was his 15th of the season. The Tigers outshot Holy Cross, 14-5, while the Crusaders went 0-2 on the man-advantage and RIT went 1-3.
Early in the third period Holy Cross was on a five minute major power play and then had a two-man-advantage power play when the Tigers committed a penalty, but RIT kept the Crusaders from scoring. At the 8:52 mark, the Tigers increased their lead to 3-1 when Sarazin scored RIT's third power play goal of the contest and his 15th of the year. Holy Cross went with an empty-net at 1:25 left in the third period, but the Tigers again kept the Crusaders from scoring for the 3-1 final score.
Junior goalie Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) made 31 saves and is now 4-3-1 on the season, while Louis Menard stopped 19 shots and improves to 8-5-1. The Tigers outshot Holy Cross by a 34-20 margin, while the Crusaders went 0-7 on the power play and RIT went 3-6.
The Crusaders return to action on Feb. 20-21 when they travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., to meet Atlantic Hockey opponent Air Force in a two-game 9:00 p.m. (ET) series.