POTSDAM, N.Y. – Junior Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) scored the game-winning goal to break a 1-1 tie in the second period as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Clarkson, 3-1, at Cheel Arena on Saturday evening in non-conference action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 2-0-0 overall, while the Golden Knights fall to 0-3-0 overall. The Crusaders' 2-0-0 start to the season is their best since going 4-0-0 to begin the 2005-2006 season. The Crusaders defeated AIC 6-2 in the season-opener on Oct. 16 as their nine total goals are their most in the first two games since they scored a total of 10 over the first two games of the 2001-2002 season. Holy Cross is now 1-1-0 all-time versus Clarskon.
The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead at 14:33 of the first period when sophomore Jake Youso (International Falls, Minn.) found the back of the net for the second time this season. Senior Evan Zych (Kilbride, Ontario) posted an assist on the goal. The Golden Knights tied the contest just 1:56 later with a power play goal by Joe Zarbo. Clarkson outshot Holy Cross, 15-14 for the period, while the Crusaders went 0-1 on the power play and the Golden Knights went 1-3.
Schmidt gave the Crusaders a 2-1 lead at 18:45 of the second period when he scored his first goal of the season. Sophomore Nilan Nagy (Canonsburg, Pa.) and Zych tallied assists. Clarkson outshot Holy Cross by a 7-6 margin, while the Crusaders went 0-2 on the man-advantage.
At 8:50 of the third period, senior Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) scored a goal on a penalty shot to increase the lead to 3-1. The goal was his second of the season. The Crusaders were able to keep the Golden Knights from scoring in the third period to earn the 3-1 win.
Sophomore goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) was outstanding as he made 36 saves to improve to 2-0-0 on the season, while Greg Lewis posted 23 saves. Clarkson outshot Holy Cross, 37-26, while the Crusaders went 0-4 on the power play and the Golden Knights went 1-4.
The Crusaders return to action when they play their first two home games of the season at the Hart Center on Oct. 26-27. On Friday, the Crusaders will meet UConn at 7:00 p.m., while on Saturday they will play Army at 7:00 p.m.