WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) tied the game with 1:43 left in regulation as the Holy Cross men's hockey team tied the Rochester Institute of Technology, 3-3, at the Hart Center on Sunday afternoon in Atlantic Hockey action. With the tie, the Crusaders are now 7-2-1 overall (6-2-1 AHA), while the Tigers are now 2-7-2 overall (1-4-2 AHA). With a win and a tie, totaling three points in the two game series against RIT, the Crusaders win a regular season series against the Tigers for the first time since RIT joined the league in the 2006-2007 season.
The Crusaders took an early lead just 48 seconds after the puck drop when senior Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) scored his sixth goal of the season off assists from junior Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) and senior Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.). After receiving a long pass from Linsmayer, Schmidt skated into the Crusader offensive zone and dished the puck to Fletcher on the open left post of the Tigers' net where the play was finished, putting the Crusaders up 1-0. Less than three minutes later at 3:21, the Crusaders furthered their lead with another goal. Linsmayer netted his third of the season when he scored off a rebound from Schmidt's initial shot on goal, giving Schmidt his second assist of the game. Freshman Joe McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) was also credited with an assist on the play for his second of the season. Holy Cross outshot RIT 13-7 for the period. Both teams went 0-1 on the power play.
The second period of the game evened the score at 2-2 after two RIT goals. Sophomore Brad Reid scored the Tigers' first goal of the game 3:32 into the period off a shot from in front of the Crusader net that went by sophomore goalie Matt Ginn's (Lindsay, Ontario) lower right side. Greg Noyes and Anthony Hamburg were credited with assists on the play. The equalizing goal came from Adam Mitchell after he picked up a pass from Noyes. Mitchell skated the puck into the Crusader defensive zone and ripped a shot to the top right corner of the net. Though scoreless in the second period, the Crusaders matched the Tigers with 11 shots on goal each. Holy Cross went 0-2 on the only two power plays of the period.
Regulation ended in a tie after both teams came out of the third period with a goal a piece. An RIT goal came first after Jeff Smith's shot was initially saved but, then the puck bounced out of Ginn's possession and into the net, giving RIT their first lead of the game 16:36 into the period. Both Jeff Mitchell and Adam Mitchell assisted the play. Less than two minutes later with just 1:43 left in the game Stockton scored his second goal of the season and tied the game back up at 3-3. Stockton's goal was off a pass from Linsmayer, who tallied his second assist of the afternoon and fifth assist of the season. Freshman Karl Beckman (Okemos, Mich.) also tallied an assist on the play for his third assist of the season. The goal was scored when Stockton's shot hit first off the goalie's shoulder and then off the left post before crossing the goal line. The Crusaders and the Tigers evenly matched each other with shots for the period again, this time with 10 each. Holy Cross went 0-1 in power plays while RIT went 0-3.
After a close 60 minutes of regulation, both teams headed into overtime looking to come out with a win, but came up short as the final score of the contest remained 3-3 after five minutes of intense overtime play.
Ginn totaled 25 saves during regulation while Tiger goalie Josh Watson made 35. Overall Holy Cross outshot RIT 38-28, while the Crusaders and the Tiger both went 0-4 on the power play for the game.
The Crusaders return to action when they travel to Providence, R.I., to take on Brown on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 4:00 p.m.