Oct. 27, 2007
ERIE, Pa. - Junior Dewey Thomson (Northbridge, Mass.) and freshman Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) each scored a goal as the Holy Cross men's hockey team tied Mercyhurst, 2-2, on Saturday night at the Mercyhurst Ice Center in Atlantic Hockey action. With the tie, the Crusaders are now 2-1-1 overall (1-0-1 AHA), while the Lakers are 0-5-1 overall (0-1-1 AHA). Holy Cross won the weekend series 1-0-1 as it defeated the Lakers, 4-1, on Friday night.
The first period went scoreless as Holy Cross outshot Mercyhurst by a 12-11 margin, while the Crusaders went 0-1 on the power play and the Lakers went 0-3.
The second period also went scoreless with the Lakers outshooting the Crusaders, 13-9, while Holy Cross went 0-1 on the man-advantage and Mercyhurst went 0-6.
At 1:39 into the third period, the Crusaders took a 1-0 lead when Thomson scored a shorthanded goal for his second goal of the season. Sophomore Rob Forshner (Sundre, Alberta) stole the puck and went on a two-on-one with Thomson as he sent a crossing pass to Thomson who buried the puck into the ride side of the net. At 4:48, Holy Cross increased its lead to 2-0 when Znutas fired a shot into the upper right corner of the net on a two-man-advantage power play for his second goal of the year.
At the 7:18 mark, Mercyhurst made it a 2-1 game when Brett Robinson scored a shorthanded goal. The Lakers then tied the game at 2-2 with a power play goal by Ben Cottreau. Scott Pitt sent a pass from behind the net to a Cottreau who fired a shot into the net at the 10:08 mark. That would be the last goal of the game as it remained tied at 2-2 through overtime.
Holy Cross sophomore goalie Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) made 39 saves and is now 1-0-1 on the season, while Ryan Zapolski stopped 32 shots for Mercyhurst. The Crusaders had 34 shots and went 1-7 on the power play, while the Lakers had 41 shots and went 1-11.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday and Sunday, November 3-4, when they host Atlantic Hockey opponent Army in a two-game weekend series at the Hart Center. Both games are set to start at 4:00 p.m., while Sunday's game will be televised live on ESPNU.