Feb. 22, 2009
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - With the game tied at 2-2 late in the third period, Michael Mayra scored the game winner with just 2:25 remaining as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Air Force, 3-2, on Saturday evening at the Cadet Ice Arena in Atlantic Hockey action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 10-17-5 overall (9-14-3 Atlantic Hockey), while the Falcons improve to 22-8-2 overall (19-5-2 Atlantic Hockey) and sweep the season series 4-0-0.
The Falcons took a 1-0 lead at just 1:34 into the first period when Scott Mathis scored a goal. Holy Cross answered back just 2:30 later when junior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) netted his ninth goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1. Sophomore J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) and freshman Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) each had assists. 2:17 later, Air Force made it a 2-1 game with a power play goal by Brent Olson. The Falcons outshot the Crusaders by a 12-10 margin, while Holy Cross went 0-1 on the power play and Air Force went 1-2.
At the 8:49 mark of the second period, the Crusaders tied the contest at 2-2 when sophomore Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) scored his fourth goal of the year. Freshman Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) and sophomore Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) assisted on the goal. Air Force outshot Holy Cross, 12-8, while the Crusaders went 0-3 on the man-advantage and the Falcons went 0-2. Mayra's game-winner came with just 2:25 left in the third period. Holy Cross went with an empty-net in the final minute of the period but was unable to tie the game.
Sophomore goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) made 30 saves and is now 6-13-4 on the season, while Andrew Volkening stopped 24 shots for Air Force and is 22-8-2. The Falcons outshot the Crusaders by a 33-26 margin, while Holy Cross went 0-6 on the power play and Air Force went 1-5.
The Crusaders return to action when they conclude regular season play with a 7:00 p.m. home-and-home series with Atlantic Hockey opponent Sacred Heart on Feb. 27-28. Holy Cross will host the game on Feb. 27 for Senior Day, while the game on Feb. 28 will be played at the Milford Ice Pavilion in Milford, Conn. The Crusaders are currently in seventh place with 21 points and the Pioneers are in eighth place with 19 points. Holy Cross can finish in either sixth, seventh or eight place as Army is in sixth with 23 points. The 2009 Atlantic Hockey Tournament is a four-round format that will begin on March 7 with a single-game elimination round as the seventh and eighth place teams host the 10th and ninth place teams respectively. Then on March 13-15 the best two-out-of-three quarterfinals series will take place. The semifinals and finals will be played at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y., on March 20 and March 21.