Saturday 6 October 2012

Crusaders slip past Tommies

Holy Cross defeated STU today 2 - 1.
Courtesy - Greg Francis
The St. Thomas Tommies played their first exhibition game on the road this season and dropped a close one to the NCAA's Holy Cross Crusaders 2 - 1.  Rookie Jon Groenheyde was solid stopping 27 of 29 shots in the loss today.

The first period was scoreless but the Tommies were unable to find any jump being out played and out shot 10 - 1.  STU took three straight cross checking penalties but would eventually kill them off, including 20 seconds of five on three play that carried over into the second period.

St. Thomas got it together in the second but it was Holy Cross that would score the only goal of the period.  Rob Linsmayer would score on the PP at 5:15 from right in front of the Tommies net.     STU would finally get a couple of power play opportunities after the goal was scored but could not find the back of the net.  Shots favoured the Crusaders 11 - 10.

Holy Cross would pull ahead by two goals at 3:43 of the third period off the stick of Mike McNamara.  The Tommies would respond with their only goal 2 minutes later when Marc-Andre Levesque (Cheremetiev, Leduc) scored on the power play.  STU couldn't get Groenheyde out of the net long enough late in the third period to launch any sort of attack.  Final shots were 29 - 16 for Holy Cross.

The Tommies will try to find a road win tomorrow in Connecticut as they take on the Sacred Heart Pioneers  at 4 PM.

Holy Cross article 

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