MILFORD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart University men's ice hockey team dropped an Atlantic Hockey Association contest to Holy Cross, 7-2, at the Milford Ice Pavilion, Friday night. The Crusaders, who look to keep pace with Canisius for second place, improved to 6-4-1 overall and 5-1-1 in league play, while the Pioneers fell to 1-7-2 and 1-4-2.
Holy Cross opened the scoring with a strike at the 15:21 mark of the first period when sophomore forward Rob Linsmayer received a pass from junior defenseman Mike Daly and buried it into the back of the net. Roughly two minutes later, Sacred Heart responded when senior David Berube (Quebec, Que.) blocked a clearing attempt in the Crusader end that went to freshman Chad Filteau (Regina, Sask.) who netted his first collegiate goal.
The Pioneers nearly took the lead before the close of the first period when freshman Tye Lewis (Vancouver, Wash.) sent a centering pass to sophomore Eric Delong (Oakville, Man.) in the slot who's point blank shot was turned away by Holy Cross sophomore netminder Thomas Tysowsky.
Sacred Heart pulled ahead early in the second period. Lewis won the puck at his own blue line and fed senior forward Patrick Knowlton (Colorado Springs, Colo.) with a cross ice pass. Knowlton took the puck in one-on-one and tallied the go-ahead score.
Holy Cross tied the game at two with a power play score from senior defenseman Mark Znutas, 8:48 into the frame. With just over two minutes to play in the period, the Crusaders went on a tear and registered three goals before the buzzer sounded. Freshman Adam Schmidt got it started with an even strength goal, followed by Znutas' second power play score of the game, and junior Jay Silvia's first of the season with 14 seconds left.
The offensive outburst continued into the third period for Holy Cross as Linsmayer posted a goal 1:39 into the stanza. The Crusaders would tack on one more, in the final minute, when junior Matt Clune sniped a shot from just inside the blue line to cap off the victory.
For the game, Sacred Heart was outshot 53-31. Junior goaltender Olivier St. Onge (Wickham, Que.) started and made 28 saves and allowed five goals. In relief, sophomore Steven Legatto (Kelowna, B.C.) stoped 18 shots and gave up two goals in the third period. Tysowsky totaled 29 saves for the win.
The Pioneers' special teams continued to struggle as they went 0-2 on the power play and were unsuccessful on all three penalty kill opportunities.
Sacred Heart is on the road tomorrow night as league play continues at Army for a 7:05 pm face-off.