Nov. 21, 2008
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to American International, 5-1, on Friday evening at the Olympia Ice Center in Atlantic Hockey action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 2-7-1 overall (2-6-1 Atlantic Hockey), while the Yellow Jackets improve to 3-8-0 (3-6-0 Atlantic Hockey). These two teams will conclude the home-and-home series on Saturday when Holy Cross hosts AIC at 4:30 p.m. The Crusaders will hold an autograph session after the game.
AIC jumped out to a 1-0 lead at just 2:59 into the first period when Chad Richardson scored on the power play for his fourth goal of the year. Just 35 seconds later, the Yellow Jackets increased their lead to 2-0 with a goal by Rody Selk. The goal was his second of the season. For the period, each team had 13 shots, while Holy Cross was 0-1 on the power play and AIC went 1-3 on the man-advantage.
Yellow Jackets made it a 3-0 game at the 7:09 mark of the second period when Nielsson Arcibal netted his second goal of the year. Only eight seconds later, the Crusaders cut the AIC lead to 3-1 when sophomore Joe Brock (Cumming, Ga.) scored his first goal of the season. Senior co-captain Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) assisted on the goal. At the 12:55 mark, the Yellow Jackets regained their three goal advantage when Steve McLeod sent a wrist shot into the upper left corner of the net for his first goal of the year. Holy Cross outshot AIC, 13-11, in the second, while the Crusaders went 0-3 on the only three power plays of the period.
AIC added an empty net goal by Matt Woodard with 1:22 left in the third period for the 5-1 win and his first goal of the season.
Holy Cross sophomore goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) made 20 saves in the first two periods and is now 2-6-1, while junior Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) stopped three shots in the third period. Dan Ramirez made 37 saves for AIC and improves to 3-5-0. The Crusaders outshot the Yellow Jackets by a 38-28 margin, while Holy Cross went 0-7 on the man-advantage and AIC went 1-5.