Feb. 17, 2008
BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Canisius, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at the Buffalo State Sports Arena in Atlantic Hockey action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 9-14-7 overall (8-12-4 AHA), while the Golden Griffins improve to 10-16-5 overall (9-11-4 AHA). The teams split the weekend series, 1-1, and the season series, 2-2.
The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead when sophomore forward Rob Forshner (Sundre, Alberta) scored a power play goal at 10:44 into the first period. Sophomore forward Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) sent a crossing pass from the left post to Forshner who then buried the puck into the upper right corner of the net for his third goal of the season. For the period, Canisius outshot Holy Cross by a 9-8 margin, while the Crusaders went 1-1 on the power play and the Golden Griffins went 0-1.
At the 18:41 mark of the second period, Canisius tied the game at 1-1 with a power play goal by David Kasch. The goal was his 10th of the season. The Golden Griffins outshot the Crusaders, 18-8, while Holy Cross went 0-1 on the man-advantage and Canisius went 1-2.
With 3:57 remaining in the third period, Cory Conacher scored the game-winning goal. The Crusaders went with an empty-net with 1:03 remaining, but were unable to tie the game.
Holy Cross sophomore goalie Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) made 32 saves, while Taylor Anderson stopped 16 shots for Canisius. The Crusaders had 17 shots and went 1-3 on the power play, while the Golden Griffins had 34 shots and also went 1-3.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday and Saturday, February 22-23, when they meet Atlantic Hockey opponent Sacred Heart in a home-and-home series. On Friday, the Crusaders will host the Pioneers at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m., while Saturday's game will take place in Milford, Conn., at 7:05 p.m.