Nov. 6, 2009
Milford, CT - The Sacred Heart men's ice hockey team fell to Holy Cross 4-2 in Atlantic Hockey action Friday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion. Patrick Knowlton (Colorado Springs, CO) led the SHU attack posting a goal and an assist. Jay Silvia lit the lamp twice for the Crusaders and scored the goal that would prove to be the game winner. Freshman goaltender Steven Legatto (Kelowna, BC) made 30 saves in the first loss of his career.
Holy Cross (3-3-1, 3-1-1 AHA) struck first just 3:37 into the first period as Silvia and the Crusaders converted on an SHU turnover in the Pioneer zone. David Berube (Quebec, QC) put the game at 1-1 as Sacred Heart scored a power play goal. Knowlton held the puck in the right circle and put a great pass through the slot to a cutting Berube who slammed home the tally. Paul Ferraro (Pleasantville, NY) extended his scoring streak to three games with an assist on the play.
Sacred Heart (2-3-1, 1-1-0 AHA) dodged a bullet early in the second stanza as Legatto made a fantastic kick save to deny Holy Cross a power play goal. The Crusaders would score 4:10 into the frame on a marker from Jamie Jelinek. The Pioneers would have their best chance to score in the second period on a 43 second two man advantage. Sacred Heart would be unable to convert and Silvia found the back of the net with 1:16 remaining in the period to give Holy Cross a 3-1 advantage at the second intermission.
The Pioneers cut the Holy Cross lead to 3-2 on Knowlton's first goal of the season with 6:13 remaining in regulation. Nick Johnson (Windsor, CT) won the faceoff in the Holy Cross zone back to defenseman Alex Stuart (Sauk Rapids, MN). Stuart put a shot on goal that was turned away by Crusader goalie Thomas Tysowsky, but Knowlton gathered the rebound in front of the net and beat a helpless Tysowsky to post the goal. The Crusaders would extend the lead back to two goals with 3:16 remaining in the game on a goal from Jordan Cyr that came with just four seconds remaining on a Holy Cross power play. Tysowsky would end any hope of a SHU comeback as he made a save on his back to rob Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON) of his fifth goal of the season with just 1:10 to go.
Sacred Heart and Holy Cross wrap up this home and home series tomorrow night in Worcester, MA. Face-off is set for 7:05 pm at the Hart Center.