BUFFALO, N.Y. – Junior Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) scored two goals as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Canisius, 5-1, at the Buffalo State Sports Arena on Sunday afternoon in Atlantic Hockey action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 14-10-2 overall (10-7-2 AHA), while the Golden Griffins fall to 10-13-5 overall (9-8-2 AHA). These two teams each won a game in the two-game series as the Golden Griffins defeated the Crusaders, 3-0, on Feb. 2.
At 11:57 of the first period, the Crusaders took a 1-0 lead when Stockton sent a rebound off a shot by senior Evan Zych (Kilbride, Ontario) to the right side of the net for his sixth goal of the season. Senior Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) also posted an assist on the goal. Holy Cross outshot Canisius, 15-11, while the Golden Griffins went 0-2 on the power play.
The Golden Griffins tied the contest at 1-1 at 5:07 of the second period with a power play goal by Kyle Gibbons. Freshman Tim Driscoll (Hingham, Mass.) scored his second goal of the season to give the Crusaders a 2-1 lead at 17:16. The goal was Driscoll's first collegiate game-winner. Freshman Karl Beckman (Okemos, Mich.) sent a pass from the right side to a waiting Driscoll who knocked in the puck to the lower left side of the net. Freshman Joe McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) also posted an assist. Just 1:16 later, Stockton found the back of the net for the second time for his seventh goal of the season to increase the lead to 3-1 as he sent the puck to the lower right side of the net. Nunn and McNamara also each tallied an assist. Holy Cross outshot Canisius by a 13-9 margin, while the Crusaders went 0-1 on the man-advantage and the Golden Griffins went 1-2.
At 15:20, Beckman scored on the power play for his first collegiate goal to make it a 4-1 contest as he sent the puck to the lower right side of the net after skating with the puck right in front of the goal. At 17:54, senior Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) netted his sixth goal of the season for the 5-1 final. He now has 30 goals and 62 assists for 92 career points. His 92 points are tied for 10th on the school's all-time Division I list. Sophomore Jake Youso (International Falls, Minn.) posted an assist on the goal.
Sophomore goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) made 28 saves and improves to 13-9-2 on the season, while Tony Capobianco also posted 28 saves and is now 9-13-4. Holy Cross outshot Canisius, 33-29, while the Crusaders went 1-3 on the power play and the Golden Griffins went 1-5.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9, when they play a home-and-home series with Sacred Heart at 7:00 p.m. On Friday, the Crusaders will host the Pioneers at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass., while Saturday's game will be at the Milford Ice Pavilion in Milford, Conn.
On Saturday, Feb. 16, the Holy Cross men's hockey program will host its fourth annual "Pink the Rink" at the Hart Center during its game versus Connecticut at 7:00 p.m. The team will be wearing a special edition pink jersey to show its support for breast cancer awareness. The jerseys will be auctioned off throughout the game with all proceeds going to Pink Revolution, which is an alliance of dedicated individuals with a unified commitment to those touched by breast cancer. Its mission is to support early detection and prevention strategies, fund clinical research advancements and promote survivorship programs in Central Mass. through its affiliation with the UMass Memorial Comprehensive Breast Center.