Nov. 30, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Sacred Heart, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at the Hart Center in Atlantic Hockey action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 4-9-1 overall (4-7-1 Atlantic Hockey), while the Pioneers improve to 3-9-2 overall (3-7-2 Atlantic Hockey). These two teams split this week's home-and-home series with each team winning on the road.
The Pioneers scored the first goal of the game when Adam DeJong scored on the power play at 6:51 into the first period for his second goal of the year. The Crusaders answered back to tie the game at 1-1 at the 12:27 mark when freshman Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) scored off a slap shot from the blue line for his second goal of the season. Junior Peter Lorinser (Marquette, Mich.) was credited with an assist. Holy Cross outshot Sacred Heart, 13-12, while the Crusaders went 0-3 on the man-advantage and the Pioneers went 1-2.
Holy Cross took a 2-1 lead while on the power play at the 10:51 mark of the second period when junior Rob Forshner (Sundre, Alberta) fired a slap shot from the right blue line into lower left side of the net for his third goal of the year. Junior co-captain Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) assisted on the goal. Then at 17:54, Sacred Heart tied the game at 2-2 when Erik Boisvert stole the puck at center ice and then scored on a breakaway for the shorthanded goal and his fourth goal of the season. The Crusaders had eight shots and went 1-2 on the power play, while the Pioneers had 13 shots and went 0-1.
At just 40 seconds into the third period, Sacred Heart took a 3-2 lead while on the power play when Nick Johnson sent a shot from the blue line that went into the upper right corner of the net for his third goal of the year. The score would remain the same for the rest of the game for the 3-2 final score.
Holy Cross sophomore goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) made 30 saves and is now 4-8-1, while Stefan Drew stopped 25 shots for Sacred Heart and improves to 2-8-2. The Crusaders had 27 shots and went 1-7 on the man-advantage, while the Pioneers had 33 shots and went 2-4.
The Crusaders will return to action on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6, when they play Atlantic Hockey opponent Bentley in a home-and-home series. Friday's game will be played at the John A. Ryan Arena in Watertown, Mass., while Holy Cross will host Saturday's contest. Both games are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Last year the two teams split a two-game season series with the Falcons winning 6-4 on Jan. 11, 2008, and the Crusaders winning 4-2 on Jan. 12, 2008. Both games were played in Worcester. Holy Cross leads the all-time series with Bentley, 22-10-3. The Crusaders have a 7-2-0 record against the Falcons in the last nine games.