Neil Robinson
Mark Seliger Photography
Mark Seliger Photography
Neil Robinson

Men's Hockey Edged By American International, 4-3

Holy Cross Athletics   11-27-2018

 

1st

2nd

3rd

Final

Holy Cross

2

0

1

3

American Int’l

1

1

2

4

 

 Box Score

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Holy Cross men’s hockey team was edged by American International, 4-3, on Tuesday Nov. 27. Neil Robinson and Ryan Leibold marked career-highs with two-point games. Holy Cross drops to 1-9-2 and 1-5-1 in league action as AIC moves to 6-7-1 and 6-4-1 in Atlantic Hockey.

 

In the first period, Holy Cross took a 2-1 lead with both goals coming from the freshman class. The Crusaders scored just over two minutes into the period from Erkka Vänskä. Around 10 minutes later, Holy Cross extended their lead to two goals, this time from Ryan Leibold. The Yellow Jackets got on the board with 58 seconds to play in the opening frame.

 

The Crusaders’ outshot the Yellow Jackets, 4-2, in the second period and tallied three shots on a five-minute power play opportunity but did not convert. With one second remaining in the period, AIC scored on the power play to even up the game heading into the third period, 2-2.

 

The third period saw a lot of action as the Yellow Jackets went ahead early. The Crusaders knotted things up once more when Robinson scored just over four minutes into the period. AIC took the lead yet again eight minutes into the final frame, 4-3.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

 

1-0 HC (1st – 2:18): In the defensive zone, Jay Mackie cleared the puck off the glass and to a streaking Anthony Vincent in the neutral zone. Vincent set up a two-on-one with Erkka Vänskä and looked off the shot. After Vincent took a hard shot off of AIC’s Zackarias Skog’s pad, Vänskä sent home the rebound.

2-0 HC (1st – 13:57): With a solid forechecking effort, Dalton Skelly sent the puck towards the slot and Neil Robinson collected. Robinson fired on a shot that rebounded to Ryan Leibold on the near post for a quick chip-in goal.

2-1 AIC (1st – 19:02): A turnover in the Crusaders’ defensive zone led to Luka Maver passing from the slot to the back post for a tap in goal from Joel Kocur.

2-2 AIC (2nd – 19:59): On the back door, Hugo Reinhardt backhanded the puck in after receiving a pass from the corner.

3-2 AIC (3rd – 1:21): AIC’s Tobias Fladeby scored on a rebound after the Yellow Jackets rushed the puck into the offensive zone.

3-3 HC (3rd – 4:12): Leibold forechecked along the half wall to pop out the puck for a breaking Robinson. Robinson skated toward goal alone and deked for his second of the season.

4-3 AIC (3rd – 8:01): Fladeby scored his second goal, again tapping in a rebound.

 

NOTES & NUMBERS:

  • Ryan Leibold scored his first career goal.
  • Jay Mackie got his first point of the 2018-19 season, assisting on Vänskä’s goal.
  • Leibold and Robinson each tallied one goal and one assist, both marking career-highs.
  • Erik Gordon made 23 saves.
  • AIC outshot Holy Cross, 27-19.

 

UP NEXT:

 

The Crusaders will complete the home-and-home with American International on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Hart Center at 7:05 p.m.

 

-Go Cross!-

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