Feb. 28, 2009
MILFORD, Conn. - Freshman Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) scored two goals giving him four goals in the last two games, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Sacred Heart, 4-3 in overtime, on Saturday evening at the Milford Ice Pavilion in the regular season finale. Eric Giosa scored the game-winner with just 21 seconds left in overtime. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 11-18-5 overall (10-15-3 Atlantic Hockey), while the Pioneers improve to 9-21-4 overall (9-16-3 Atlantic Hockey). These two teams split the four-game regular season series, 2-2-0.
Holy Cross finishes in seventh place and will host American International who finished in 10th place in the single-game elimination first round of the Atlantic Hockey Tournament on March 7. With a win the Crusaders will advance to a best two-out-of-three quarterfinals series at second seed RIT on March 13-15. The semifinals and finals are in Rochester, N.Y., on March 20-21.
At 8:05 into the first period, the Pioneers took a 1-0 lead with a power play goal by Giosa. The goal was his 13th of the season. At the 12:00 mark, the Pioneers increased their lead to 2-0 when Mike Rosata scored his third goal of the year. Holy Cross answered with two straight power play goals to close out the period to tie the game at 2-2. Sophomore Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) scored the first goal at the 15:26 mark when he sent a one-timer into the right side of the net for his team-leading 17th goal of the season. Sophomores Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) and Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) each had assists. Miller scored his first goal of the game with just 31 seconds to go in the period. Cyr and Sheen were credited with assists. The Pioneers outshot the Crusaders by an 11-10 margin, while Holy Cross went 2-3 on the power play and the Pioneers went 1-2.
The second period went scoreless as Holy Cross outshot the Pioneers, 11-10, while the Crusaders went 0-2 on the man-advantage and the Pioneers went 0-3.
The Pioneers took a 3-2 lead at the 9:39 mark of the third period when Bear Trapp scored into the left side of the net on a power play. Just 22 seconds later, Miller found the back of the net for the second time in the game and the sixth time this season to tie the game at 3-3. Cyr and Sheen assisted on the goal. The assist gave Cyr his third point of the game and his sixth in the last four games, while the assist was Sheen's third of the game and seventh in the last four games. The game remained tied and went into overtime.
In overtime, Giosa scored the game-winner with just 22 seconds left in overtime for his 14th goal of the season.
Junior goalie Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) made 34 saves and is now 5-5-1 on the season, while Stefan Drew stopped 30 shots and is 7-17-4. The Pioneers outshot the Crusaders by a 38-33 margin, while each team went 2-6 on the power play.