March 13, 2009
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Junior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) recorded one goal and three assists for four points, while freshman Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) had two goals and one assist for three points, as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated the Rochester Institute of Technology, 5-3, on Friday evening at the Frank Ritter Memorial Ice Arena in the first game of a best two-out-of-three Atlantic Hockey Tournament quarterfinals series. With the win, the seventh seeded Crusaders improve to 13-18-5 overall, while the second seeded Tigers fall to 21-12-2 overall. The second game of this series will be on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. The winner of the series advances to Atlantic Hockey semifinals at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester on March 20. RIT had won 14 straight over the Crusaders.
At 8:53 into the first period, the Tigers took a 1-0 lead when Anton Kharin came from behind the goal with the puck as he then placed it into the net for his ninth goal of the year. At the 18:07 mark, Matt Crowell found the back of the net for the 17th time this season to give RIT a 2-0 lead. Holy Cross outshot the Tigers, 13-6, while the Crusaders went 0-2 on the only two power plays of the period.
At the 13:10 mark of the second period, Holy Cross made it a 2-1 game while on the power play, when Silvia knocked in a loose puck from in front of the net for his eighth goal of the year. Sheahan and freshman Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario) assisted on the goal. Just 2:28 later, Sheahan tied the game at 2-2 when he scored his 11th goal of the season. The goal was the Crusaders' second straight power play goal, while sophomore Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) and Atkins each had assists. RIT outshot Holy Cross by a 17-9 margin, while the Crusaders went 2-3 on the man-advantage and the Tigers went 0-4.
While on a five-minute major power play, Holy Cross took a 3-2 advantage when Silvia tipped the puck into the net for his second goal of the game and his ninth goal of the year at 1:07 into the third period. Sophomore Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Sheahan had assists. The Crusaders then scored their fourth unanswered goal to increase their lead to 4-2 at the 4:58 mark when sophomore J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) jumped on a loose puck and shot it into the lower left side of the net for his sixth goal of the season and his second game-winner. Sheahan and Silvia each had assists. At the 11:36 mark, Andrew Favot knocked in a rebound to make it a 4-3 contest with his 10th goal of the year. Sophomore Matt Celin (Gibsonia, Pa.) scored an empty-net goal with 35 seconds remaining as he flew down the ice taking the puck away from the RIT player and sliding the puck into the net for the 5-3 final score. Cyr and junior co-captain Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) had assists. The goal was Celin's fifth of the year.
Junior goalie Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) made 34 saves to improve to 7-5-1, while Louis Menard stopped 29 shots and is now 8-7-2. The Tigers outshot the Crusaders, 37-34, while Holy Cross went 3-7 on the power play and RIT went 0-6.