Men’s Hockey Falls To Bentley, 4-1

Castan Sommer

WORCESTER, Mass. – Brett Switzer posted two goals for the Falcons as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Bentley, 4-1, at the Hart Center on Friday night in Atlantic Hockey action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 12-9-2 overall (8-6-2 AHA), while the Falcons improve to 11-10-1 overall (9-6-1 AHA). These two teams will conclude its three-game regular season series on Saturday, Jan. 26, with a 7:00 p.m. game at the John A. Ryan Skating Arena in Watertown, Mass. The season series is now tied 1-1 as Holy Cross defeated Bentley, 4-3, in this season's previous meeting in Worcester on Nov. 9.

The Falcons took a 1-0 lead at 8:12 of the first period off a shot from Matt Blomquist that was deflected off two Holy Cross players before entering the net for a power play goal. The Crusaders outshot the Falcons, 12-10, while Bentley went 1-2 on the power play.

Bentley made it a 2-0 contest at 5:03 of the second period with another power play goal. Alex Grieve deeked the Holy Cross goalie and found the back of the net. Holy Cross had 16 shots during the period, while Bentley had nine. Bentley went 1-2 for the power play and Holy Cross went 0-4.

Freshman forward Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.) put the Crusaders back in the game with a goal at 1:04 of the third period, scoring in the high left corner of the net. Freshman defenseman Joe McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) took the initial shot that was saved by the goalie. Senior Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) collected an assist. At 7:53 the Falcons came back with another goal, making the game 3-1. The goal was tipped in by Brett Switzer after a long corner pass from Justin Breton. Then at 17:58 Breton passed the puck from behind the net to Switzer in front of the goal, who buried the puck for 4-1 finish.  

Sophomore goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) made 28 saves and is now 11-8-2 on the season, while Branden Komm posted 44 saves to improve to 10-9-0. The Crusaders outshot the Falcons, 45-32, while the Crusaders went 0-6 on the power play and the Falcons went 2-4.

The Crusaders have 15 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.