Oct. 25, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior co-captain Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) scored two power play goals, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Providence, 6-4, on Saturday evening in front of a standing room only crowd of 2,032 at the Hart Center in non-conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 1-1-1 overall, while the Friars improve to 2-2-0. Holy Cross is now 3-2-2 in the last seven games against teams from Hockey East.
The Friars jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 5:46 into the first period when John Cavanagh scored his second goal of the year. The Crusaders responded just 1:14 later when junior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) sent a wrist shot into the net from the left faceoff circle for his third goal of the season. With just seven seconds left in the period, Daniel New gave Providence back the lead when he scored a power play goal.
At the 9:24 mark of the second period, Austin Mayer increased the Friars' lead to 3-1 when he stole the puck in Holy Cross' zone and then scored on a breakaway for a shorthanded goal. Only 59 seconds later, Driscoll scored his first power play goal of the evening, when sophomore Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) fired a shot that ricocheted off the boards to a waiting Driscoll who then knocked the puck into the net. At 14:27, Providence regained its two-goal advantage when Paul Golden stole the puck in the Crusaders' zone and fired a slap shot into the goal.
The Friars increased their lead to 5-2 when Kyle MacKinnon sent a slap shot into the left side of the net at 2:34 into the third period. Holy Cross would then go onto score two straight power play goals to make it a 5-4 game. Driscoll netted his second goal of the game and second of the year at 4:56, while sophomore Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) scored on a one-timer off a pass by Znutas at 7:18. The goal was Sheen's second of the season. With 1:01 left in the period, Ian O'Connor put the game out of the Crusaders' reach with his first goal of the year for the 6-4 final score.
Holy Cross sophomore goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) made 24 saves and falls to 1-1-1, while Justin Gates stopped 17 shots for the Friars and improves to 1-1-0. Providence outshot the Crusaders, 30-21, while Holy Cross went 3-8 on the power play and the Friars went 1-2.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, when they travel to Rochester, N.Y., to play RIT in two Atlantic Hockey contests.