February 27, 2009

Holy Cross Men's Hockey Defeats Sacred Heart, 5-2

Feb. 27, 2009

 

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Freshman Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) scored two goals as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Sacred Heart, 5-2, on Friday evening at the Hart Center in Atlantic Hockey action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 11-17-5 overall (10-14-3 Atlantic Hockey), while the Pioneers fall to 8-21-4 overall (8-16-3 Atlantic Hockey). Holy Cross leads the season series 2-1-0. These two teams will play in the regular season finale on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at the Milford Ice Pavilion in Milford, Conn.

The Crusaders are currently in seventh place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 23 points. Holy Cross can finish in either sixth or seventh place, as Army who tied AIC, 3-3 today, is in sixth with 24 points. The Crusaders hold the tiebreaker over Army with more league wins. If Holy Cross earns the sixth seed by either passing or tying Army in the standings, it will play at Mercyhurst in the best two-out-of-three Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals series on March 13-15. If the Crusaders remain in seventh place, they will host American International in a single-game elimination round on March 7 with the winner advancing to the quarterfinals against either RIT or Air Force. The semifinals and finals will be played at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y., on March 20 and March 21.

The Pioneers took a 1-0 lead at 7:19 into the first period when Dave Jarman stole the puck in the Crusader zone and then fired it into the lower right side of the net for his ninth goal of the season. Holy Cross tied the game at 1-1 at the 12:49 mark when after receiving a crossing pass from sophomore Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta), Miller then lifted the puck into the net. Junior Peter Lorinser (Marquette, Mich.) also had an assist. With 1:02 left in the period, the Crusaders moved out a 2-1 lead when junior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) scored his 10th goal of the season. Freshman Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) blasted a slap shot that ricocheted off the boards to Sheahan at the right post, as he then put the puck into the net. Freshman Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario) also earned an assist. Holy Cross outshot the Pioneers by a 15-10 margin, while each team went 0-3 on the power play.

Sophomore Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) increased Holy Cross' leads to 3-1 at 2:13 into the second period when he scored his team-leading 16th goal of the year and his team-leading fourth game-winner. Sophomore Matt Celin (Gibsonia, Pa.) assisted on the goal. The Pioneers made it a 3-2 game at the 5:46 mark with a goal by Matt Gingera. Miller gave the Crusaders a 4-2 lead when he tipped in a pass from Sheen for his second goal of the contest and fourth of the season. Senior co-captain Marty Dams (Manotick, Ontario) also recorded an assist. Just 46 seconds later at the 15:06 mark, Silvia scored his seventh goal of the year to increase the Crusader advantage to 5-2. Sheahan and junior goalie Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) had assists. Each team had nine shots, while Holy Cross went 0-2 on the man-advantage and the Pioneers went 0-1.

The third period went scoreless for the 5-2 final score.

Dams made 30 saves to improve to 5-4-1 on the season, while Olivier St. Onge also stopped 30 shots and is now 2-4-0. The Crusaders had 35 shots and went 0-9 on the power, while the Pioneers had 32 shots and went 0-10.

Before the game, seniors Marty Dams, Charlie Lockwood (Breckenridge, Colo.), Shane McAdam (Hamilton, Ontario), and Dewey Thomson (Northbridge, Mass.) were honored for their hard work and dedication to the team on and off the ice. This class has left a huge impact on Holy Cross hockey. As freshmen they were factors in the Crusaders winning the 2006 Atlantic Hockey regular season and tournament titles. Also as a class, they were a key contributor to the program's first ever NCAA Tournament victory with the 4-3 sudden-death overtime win over Minnesota in 2006.

A defenseman, Dams has been a consistent force on defense over the last four seasons for the Crusaders. His 120 games played are the most by any current Holy Cross player, as he has four goals and 20 assists for 24 points. As a freshman he played in the win over Minnesota and as a junior he recorded a career-best seven points with seven assists. Also as a junior he received the Glenn "Spike" Crane Memorial Award which is given to the player who excels most in the little things and leads his teammates by example. As a senior captain, Dams has demonstrated that he is a strong leader.

A goaltender, Lockwood is a two-time member of the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team. Despite missing a good deal of time due to an injury, he played in career 10 games with nine starts making 240 saves.

Despite missing most of the last two seasons due to an injury, defenseman McAdam has played in 66 career games with three goals and 16 assists for 19 points. As a freshman he scored three goals and had nine assists for 12 points, as he also played in the victory over Minnesota in the NCAA Tournament. McAdam has had major success in the classroom as he has made the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team in every season.

A forward, Thomson is one of three current Crusaders to have played in more than 100 career games. He has 13 goals and 19 assists for 32 points in 103 games. Thomson had a career-best seven goals and nine assists for 16 points as a sophomore in 31 games. He was also named the Crusader of the Week as a sophomore. Thomson is a three-time member of the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team.