WORCESTER, Mass. – After a close 60 minutes of regulation play, both Holy Cross and Robert Morris headed into overtime looking to come out with a win but the Holy Cross men's hockey team tied Robert Morris, 1-1, at the Hart Center on Saturday afternoon in Atlantic Hockey action. With the tie, the Crusaders are now 7-4-2 overall (6-3-2 AHA), while the Colonials are now 5-4-1 overall (4-3-1 AHA). Robert Morris won the two game regular season series by defeating Holy Cross 4-3 on Friday night.
At the end of the first period neither Holy Cross nor Robert Morris were able to convert its shots on goal, with the game remaining scoreless. Holy Cross outshot Robert Morris 13-9 and led in face-off wins 14-13. The Crusaders went 0-3 on the power play and the Colonials went 0-2. Sophomore goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) had nine saves for Holy Cross and Eric Levine had 13 saves for Robert Morris.
With 11:30 remaining in the second period, sophomore Jake Youso (International Falls, Minn.) found the back of the net and scored the first goal for the Crusaders, giving Holy Cross a 1-0 lead. Junior Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) and sophomore Nilan Nagy (Canonsburg, Pa.) recorded the assists. Nagy passed the puck from behind the Crusader goal to Schmidt, who then set up Youso with a pass right in front of the net. Robert Morris answered with 9:51 remaining in the second period with a power play goal by Andrew Blazek. Blazek scored on a slap shot from the blue line. The assists were credited to Zach Hervato and David Friedmann. The Crusaders outshot the Colonials 14-12 and recorded 15 face-off wins while the Colonials won nine face-offs. Ginn had 13 saves for Holy Cross and Levine had 11 saves for Robert Morris.
Entering the third period with a tied 1-1 game, both teams looked for a score on goal but were unable to convert their shots, forcing the game into overtime. In the third period the Crusaders outshot the Colonials 14-11. Ginn recorded 11 saves for Holy Cross while Levine had 14 saves for Robert Morris. Regulation time ended in a tie, sending the Crusaders and the Colonials into overtime. Both teams headed into overtime looking to come out with a win, but came up short as the final score of the game remained 1-1 after five minutes of intense overtime play. Robert Morris outshot Holy Cross 5-3, while Holy Cross took face-off wins 11-9.
The Crusaders recorded a total of 44 shots on goal while the Colonials recorded 37. Holy Cross went 0-6 for the power play while Robert Morris went 1-5. Goalies Ginn had a total of 36 saves and Levine had 43 saves.
The Crusaders return to action when they host Penn State at the Hart Center on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8. Friday's game is at 7:00 p.m., while Saturday's contest is at 5:00 p.m.