December 11, 2008

Holy Cross Men's Hockey Falls To #15 New Hampshire, 9-4

Dec. 11, 2008

Box Score

DURHAM, N.H. - UNH's Mike Sislo scored four goals as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to No. 15 New Hampshire, 9-4, on Thursday evening at the Whittemore Center in non-conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 5-11-1 overall, while UNH improves to 8-6-3 overall. Sophomore Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) scored two goals and had one assist for Holy Cross. New Hampshire scored the first four goals of the game, while the Crusaders then answered with four straight goals to tie the game at 4-4. UNH then scored five straight goals in the third period for the 9-4 win. Holy Cross is now 3-4-2 in its last nine games against teams from Hockey East.

UNH jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Jerry Pollastrone scored his second goal of the year at 4:17 into the first period. James van Riemsdyk sent a pass from behind the net to a waiting Pollastone in front of the net, as he then knocked the puck into the goal. Just 1:18 later, New Hampshire increased its lead to 2-0 when Thomas Fortney fired a loose puck from the right faceoff circle into the net for his first goal of the season. At 8:09, Pollastrone netted his second goal of the game and third of the season. UNH scored its fourth goal of the period to extend its lead to 4-0 at the 13:01 mark, when Sislo found the net on the power play for his eighth goal of the year. van Riemsdyk sent a crossing pass from the right side through the goalie box to Sislo who then placed the puck into the left side of the goal. With seven seconds remaining in the period, the Crusaders got on the scoreboard when junior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) fired a wrist shot from the top of the right faceoff circle into the net while on the man-advantage for his fifth goal of the season. Sophomore Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) and junior Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) were credited with assists. For the period, New Hampshire outshot Holy Cross 13-8, while each team went 1-1 on the power play.

At the 10:20 mark of the second period, the Crusaders made it a 4-2 game when Cyr jumped on a loose puck in front of the goal and sent a shot into the net for his seventh goal of the year. Sophomore Matt Celin (Gibsonia, Pa.) and junior Peter Lorinser (Marquette, Mich.) had assists on the goal. Just 15 seconds later, Holy Cross made it a one goal game when sophomore J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) skated down the right side of the ice and took a wrist shot that deflected off UNH goalie Brian Foster and into the net for his second goal of the season. Freshman Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) and Cyr earned assists. Three minutes later, Cyr scored his second goal of the contest and team-leading eighth of the year for Holy Cross' fourth straight goal to tie the game at 4-4. Martignetti dumped the puck into the UNH zone as Silvia controlled the puck and sent a crossing pass from the left side to Cyr who then knocked it in from right in front of the goal. Each team had nine shots in the period, and New Hampshire went 0-1 on the power play.

At just 15 seconds into the third period, Sislo netted the game-winner and his second goal of the game as New Hampshire took a 5-4 advantage. van Riemsdyk sent a wrap around pass from the left side of the net to Sislo who then placed the puck into the right side of the net. The goal was his ninth of the season. At the 7:14 mark, Sislo recorded the hat-trick with his 10th goal of the year to increase the UNH lead to 6-4 when he sent a wrist shot into upper right corner of the net. At 8:36, van Riemsdyk scored a power play goal to give New Hampshire a 7-4 lead. The goal was his ninth of the season. At the 16:23 mark, Danny Dries scored to make it an 8-4 game. The goal was his sixth of the year. At 18:12, Sislo scored his fourth goal of the contest and 11th of the season for the last goal of the game for the 9-4 final score.

Holy Cross sophomore goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) made 25 saves and is now 4-10-1, while Matt DiGirolamo, who went into the game after the Crusaders' fourth goal of the game, stopped six shots to earn his first collegiate win and improve to 1-1-1 on the year. Brian Foster also made 12 saves for UNH. New Hampshire outshot Holy Cross by a 34-22 margin, while the Crusaders went 1-2 on the man-advantage and UNH went 2-3.

The Crusaders will return to action on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 2-3, when they travel to Denver, Colo., to compete in the Denver Cup. On Friday, Holy Cross will meet tournament host Denver at 9:30 p.m., while on Saturday the Crusaders will play either Boston University or Rensselaer.