Holy Cross Downs Sacred Heart, 5-2
Feb. 27, 2009
Worcester, MA - Freshman Luke Miller scored two goals and freshman Jay Silivia had a goal and an assist as Holy Cross posted a 5-2 win over Sacred Heart in men's ice hockey action Friday night at the Hart Center. The loss locked the Pioneers into the eighth seed for the Atlantic Hockey playoffs.
Sacred Heart got off to a fast start, as junior Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON) scored the first goal of the game 7:19 into the contest. Jarman picked off a pass at the SHU blueline, skated in and snapped a shot from the right face-off, beating Crusader goaltender Ian Dams for his ninth goal of the year.
Holy Cross scored two goals late in the first period to take a lead into the locker-room. With 7:11 remaining, Luke Miller netted his third goal of the year to tie the score. Miller took a centering pass from behind the net courtesy of Everett Sheen and, as he was falling down, lifted the puck high over the shoulder of SHU goaltender Olivier St. Onge (Wickham, QC) for the score. Brodie Sheahan scored with 1:02 to go in the period, slamming home a loose puck following a hard carom off the boards.
The Crusaders continued to ride their momentum early in the second period, going up by two goals 2:13 into the second period when sophomore Jordan Cyr scored his team leading 16th goal of the year off a feed from Matt Celin. Freshman Matt Gingera (Winnipeg, MB) brought the Pioneers back within a goal at the 5:46 mark, netting his tenth goal of the year. As he raced down the right wing, David Berube (Quebec City, QC) hit Gingera with a perfect centering pass in the slot and the rookie flipped to his backhand, sliding the puck around Dams to make it 3-2.
Holy Cross scored two goals in a 46 second window late in the second period to put the game away. Miller scored his second goal of the night at the 14:20 mark, sending a puck past St. Onge from a bad angle on the left boards. Silvia made it 5-2, scoring off a feed from Matt Davis.
The third period featured a parade to the penalty box as there were a total of 10 minors called in the final stanza. Neither team could take advantage of their opportunities however and both sides finished 0-for-10 on the power-play in the game.
The Crusaders held a 35-32 advantage in shots on goal for the game. Dams made 30 saves for Holy Cross to earn the victory while St. Onge stopped 30 shots in a losing effort.
Sacred Heart and Holy Cross close out the Atlantic Hockey regular season Saturday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion. Senior night festivities will be held before the game, which is scheduled for a 7:05 pm face-off.