March 15, 2009
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Freshman Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) scored two goals, but the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to the Rochester Institute of Technology, 9-5, on Sunday evening at the Frank Ritter Memorial Ice Arena in the third and deciding game of a best two-out-of-three Atlantic Hockey Tournament quarterfinals series. With the loss, the seventh seeded Crusaders conclude the season with a 13-20-5 overall record, while the second seeded Tigers improve to 23-12-2 overall. RIT advances to Atlantic Hockey semifinals at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester on March 20.
RIT took a 1-0 lead at the 13:59 mark of the first period, when Brent Alexin scored a shorthanded goal. Stevan Matic sent a pass from behind the net to a waiting Alexin in front of the goal as he then knocked the puck into the net for his fifth goal of the season. With just 30 seconds remaining in the period and with each team down a player, Cameron Burt sent a slap shot into the right side of the net for his 11th goal of the season, to increase the lead to 2-0. Holy Cross outshot the Tigers, 13-7, while the Crusaders went 0-3 on the power play and RIT went 0-1.
Eight goals were scored in the second period as the Tigers five goals and Holy Cross had three. The eight combined goals were the most ever in a period in the Atlantic Hockey postseason game. At 1:36 into the second period, Holy Cross made it a 2-1 game when sophomore Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) received a pass from sophomore Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) and fired a shot into the right side of the net from the left faceoff circle for his 11th goal of the year. Freshman Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) also had an assist. At the 4:40 mark, the Tigers went up by a score of 3-1 when Tyler Brenner scored on a rebound for his 13th goal of the season. Just 17 seconds later, the Crusaders responded with a goal by Silvia who jumped on a loose puck and was able to get the puck in the net to make the score 3-2. The goal was his 10th of the year. Sophomore J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) and junior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) had assists. At the 10:08 mark, RIT again went up by two goals when Brenner scored his second goal of the contest and his 14th of the season. The goal was on the power play. But just 23 seconds later while on the power play, sophomore Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) scored his team-leading 19th goal of the year to make the score 4-3. His 19 goals rank third all-time on the Holy Cross Division I single-season list. Sheahan and freshman Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario) assisted on the goal. At the 15:22 mark of the second period, Chris Haltigin scored on a wrist shot for his fifth goal of the season. Then the Tigers increased its lead to 6-3 with a goal by Mike Janda at the 16:32 mark for his sixth goal of the season. The Tigers scored their third straight goal when Anton Kharin found the back of the net at 18:07 while on the power play for his 10th goal of the season and for the 7-3 score. Holy Cross outshot RIT by a 19-14 margin, while the Crusaders went 1-2 on the man-advantage and the Tigers went 2-3.
At just 35 seconds into the third period, Silvia scored his second goal of the contest and his 11th of the year to make it a 7-4 game while on the power play. Atkins had an assist on the goal. At the 7:15 mark, junior co-captain Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) deflected a shot from sophomore Matt Celin (Gibsonia, Pa.) into the net for his seventh goal of the year to make the score 7-5. Sheen also had an assist. Matic increased the RIT lead to 8-5 at the 8:14 mark with his sixth goal of the season. With 1:00 remaining in the period Kharin scored an empty-net goal for his second goal of the contest and his 11th of the season for the 9-5 final score.
Junior goalie Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) made 14 saves in the first two periods and concludes the season with a 7-7-1 record, while sophomore Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) stopped six shots in the third period. Louis Menard made 38 saves to improve to 10-7-2. The Crusaders outshot the Tigers, 43-29, as the 43 shots tied a season-best. Holy Cross went 2-7 on the power play, while RIT went 2-6.