WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) tallied two goals and two assists for four points as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated American International, 4-1, at the Hart Center on Saturday afternoon in Atlantic Hockey action. With the win, the Crusaders advance to 16-12-3 overall (12-9-3 AHA), while the Yellow Jackets fall to 9-15-6 overall (6-12-6 AHA). Holy Cross wins the regular season series 2-0-1 with the win, as the Crusaders defeated the Yellow Jackets this season by a 6-2 score on Oct. 16 and the two teams tied 4-4 on Feb. 22.
The Crusaders took an early 1-0 lead 11:48 into the first period. The team pulled ahead after Stockton netted a power play goal. The goal came when freshman Karl Beckman (Okemos, Mich.) crossed the puck from the blue line to the top of the circle to the stick of Stockton where he fired a slap shot under the pad of Ben Meisner on his stick side. The Crusaders outshot the Yellow Jackets, 13-9, and went 1-1 on the power play while AIC went 0-1.
Stockton struck for the second time at 18:08 of the second period. Again, Beckman crossed the puck on a power play from the blue line to Stockton at the top of the circle and fired a slap shot through the stick side of Meisner. Holy Cross led American International, 22-8, in second period shots and went 1-2 on the power play while AIC went 0-1.
On their fourth power play of the night, senior Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) blasted a shot by Meisner for power play goal number three. Senior assistant captain Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) received the puck from Stockton before crossing from the corner to Nunn. At 14:22 in the third American International's Jeff Ceccacci entered the box for cross-checking, and Nunn capitalized on the opportunity. At 14:57 Nathan Sliwinski joined Ceccacci in the box for slashing. 15:08 brought Nunn's second goal of the night as he threw the puck top shelf over the right shoulder of Meisner. The five-on-three goal also marked the second assists for both Linsmayer and Stockton. The Yellow Jackets' Jon Puskar came back with 4:02 remaining in the game to put a short-handed goal past sophomore goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario).
The Crusaders outshot the Yellow Jackets, 47-30, and went 4-6 on the power play. Ginn recorded 29 saves on the night increasing his season total to 836, which are ranked third for a Division I season at the school. The record is 840 set by Tony Quesada in 2005-2006. With the win, Ginn is now 15-11-3 on the season. Meisner posted 43 saves for the Yellow Jackets, but fell to 8-14-5.
The Crusaders return to action when they play Sacred Heart on Monday, Feb. 25 at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m.
The Crusaders have scored 20 power play goals at home this season. Every home power play goal scored by the Crusaders raises money for Pink Revolution. For more information and to donate go here: http://www.powerplaypointsforpink.com/.