Dec. 6, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore Matt Celin (Gibsonia, Pa.) scored two goals, including the game-winner, as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Bentley, 3-2, on Saturday evening at the Hart Center in Atlantic Hockey action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 5-10-1 overall (5-8-1 Atlantic Hockey), while the Falcons fall to 6-6-1 overall (5-4-1 Atlantic Hockey). These two teams split this week's home-and-home series as each team won on its home ice. Celin, who after playing his first 40 career games as a defender, now has three goals in two straight games as a forward.
The Crusaders scored the first goal of the game at 1:27 into the first period, when freshman Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) netted his fourth goal of the year. Sophomore J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) and freshman Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) were credited with assists. The Falcons tied the game at 1-1 at the 5:46 mark with a power play goal by Dustin Cloutier for his fourth goal of the season. Holy Cross had 10 shots and went 0-2 on the power play, while Bentley had 13 shots and went 1-2.
At the 14:52 mark of the second period, the Crusaders took a 2-1 lead while on the power play when Celin found the net for his first goal of the contest. Celin received a crossing pass from freshman Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) and tipped it out of the air and into the goal. Freshman Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario) also assisted on the goal. For the period, the Crusaders outshot the Falcons, 12-7, while Holy Cross went 1-3 on the power play and Bentley went 0-1.
The Crusaders increased their lead to 3-1 when Celin scored the eventual game-winner and his second goal of the game at 3:02 into the third period, when he deflected a shot from Atkins into the net. Freshman Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) also received an assist. The goal was Celin's third of the year. The Falcons made it a 3-2 game when Dain Prewitt knocked in a rebound off a shot by Anthony Canzoneri for his seventh goal of the season. Bentley went with an empty-net with 58 seconds remaining but was unable to tie the game as Holy Cross earned the 3-2 win.
Junior goalie Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) made 29 saves for the Crusaders to improve to 1-1-0, while Kyle Rank stopped 26 shots for the Falcons and is now 2-4-1. Holy Cross has 29 shots and went 1-6 on the man-advantage, while Bentley had 31 shots and went 1-5.
The Crusaders will return to action on Thursday, Dec. 11, when they travel to Durham, N.H., to play New Hampshire at the Whittemore Center at 7:00 p.m. This will only be the second meeting between these two teams in varsity action as UNH defeated the Crusaders, 4-1, in the championship game of the Dartmouth Tournament on Dec. 31, 1986 in the only previous contest. The Crusaders are 3-3-2 in their last eight games against teams from Hockey East.