March 14, 2009
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Junior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) had one goal and one assist but the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to the Rochester Institute of Technology, 6-4, on Saturday evening at the Frank Ritter Memorial Ice Arena in the second game of a best two-out-of-three Atlantic Hockey Tournament quarterfinals series. With the loss, the seventh seeded Crusaders fall to 13-19-5 overall, while the second seeded Tigers improve to 22-12-2 overall. The third and deciding game of the quarterfinals series will be played on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. The winner advances to Atlantic Hockey semifinals at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester on March 20.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead at the 16:43 mark of the first period when Bobby Raymond knocked in a loose puck from in front of the net for his sixth goal of the season. RIT outshot Holy Cross, 12-10, while each team went 0-1 on the power play.
At 1:55 into the second period, RIT increased its lead to 2-0 when Chris Haltigin fired a wrist shot into the upper left corner of the net for his fourth goal of the season. At the 4:27 mark, sophomore J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) blasted a slap shot from the lower right faceoff circle into the upper left corner of the net to make the score 2-1. The goal was his seventh of the year. Sheahan and freshman Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) had assists. The Tigers moved up two goals when Dan Ringwald sent a shot into the upper right corner of the net from between the two faceoff circles at the 8:11 mark. Just 2:10 later, Holy Cross responded to make it a 3-2 game, when sophomore Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) received a pass from Clune and then knocked the puck into the lower right side of the net for his team-leading 18th goal of the year. Cyr's 18 goals are tied for third on the Holy Cross Division I single-season all-time list. RIT regained its two-goal advantage when Brennan Sarazin scored a breakaway shorthanded goal at the 16:54 mark for his team-best 19th goal of the season. With 1:58 left in the period, Sheahan scored his 12th goal of the year to make the score 4-3. The goal was on a two-man-advantage power play and freshman Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario) and sophomore Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) assisted on the goal. The Tigers outshot the Crusaders by a 14-11 margin, while Holy Cross went 1-3 on the man-advantage.
RIT again went up by two goals with a power play goal by Tyler Brenner at the 5:08 mark of the third period. At the 7:48 mark, Holy Cross scored a breakaway shorthanded goal of its own when junior Peter Lorinser (Marquette, Mich.) scored his third goal of the year. At 16:19, Cameron Burt scored on a slap shot while on the power play to give the Tigers a 6-4 lead. The Crusaders went with an empty net while on a power play at 1:14 but were unable to score. After numerous penalties by each team the game ended in the 6-4 final score.
Junior goalie Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) made 30 saves and is 7-6-1, while Louis Menard stopped 28 shots and is now 9-7-2. The Crusaders outshot the Tigers, 36-32, while Holy Cross went 1-6 on the power play and RIT went 2-8.