WORCESTER, Mass. – Four different Crusaders found the back of the net including sophomore Jake Youso (International Falls, Minn.) who scored the game-winning goal to bring the Holy Cross men's hockey team a 4-1 win over Penn State at the Hart Center on Saturday afternoon in non-conference action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 9-4-2 overall, while the Nittany Lions fall to 6-7-0 overall. The Crusaders swept the two-game series as Holy Cross defeated Penn State 5-4 in overtime on Friday. The Crusaders' current record is their best since 2005-2006 when they were 10-4-1 after the first 15 games.
Holy Cross took an early lead six minutes into the first period when senior captain Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) scored a goal assisted by senior Evan Zych (Kilbride, Ontario). Vos backhanded the puck from center ice to sneak the shot past goalie PJ Musico. Holy Cross outshot Penn State 18-7. The Crusaders went 0-4 on the power play, including failing to score on two two-man advantage power plays.
The Crusaders wasted no time in the second period when Youso fired a shot into the net off of a rebound by junior Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) to bring the Crusaders up 2-0 at just 25 seconds into the period. Freshman Joe McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) also posted an assist on the power play goal. Penn State outshot Holy Cross 11-6. The Crusaders went 1-4 on power plays while the Nittany Lions were 0-1.
Entering the third period the Crusaders advanced their lead to 3-0 when senior assistant captain Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) took advantage of the power play and netted the puck with help from seniors Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) and Zych. The assist was Zych's second assist of the game and team-best 12th of the season. With 4:48 to go, Penn State found its way onto the scoreboard with a goal from junior Nate Jensen. Penn State pulled its goalie with 1:46 remaining in the third period. With 29 seconds left in the period junior Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) found the back of the empty net to make the final score 4-1. The goal was Schmidt's team-leading eighth of the season. Freshman Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and sophomore Nilan Nagy (Canonsburg, Pa.) tallied assists.
The Nittany Lions outshot the Crusaders, 33-32. Holy Cross went 2-10 on the power play while Penn State went 0-4. Junior goalie Derek Kump (Falmouth, Maine) had 32 total saves and Musico had 28. With the win Kump improves to 1-1-0 for the season.
The Crusaders have now netted 11 power play goals at home this season. For every home power play goal scored the Crusaders raise money for Pink Revolution through Power Play Points for Pink. For more information and to donate go here: http://www.powerplaypointsforpink.com/. The Crusaders' annual Pink the Rink game will be on February 16 versus UConn at 7:00 p.m.
The Crusaders return to action on Sunday, Dec. 30, when they take on Yale at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Mass., at 2:00 p.m.