Canisius was outshot, 30-18, by Holy Cross, but the Golden Griffins triumphed, 3-0, behind the goaltending of senior Charles Williams in Worcester, Mass.
All three Canisius goals came in the second period. Sophomore defensesman Cameron Heath had two of them, his first of the season while freshman forward Casey Jerry had the other tally for the Griffs against Holy Cross goaltender Paul Berrafato, a junior from Williamsville.
Canisius, now 7-8-3 overall and 6-6-3 in Atlantic Hockey, and the Crusaders (6-8-3, 3-5-3) will play again at 4:05 p.m. on Saturday.
The shutout was the third of the season for Williams, who has a 7-4-2 record in goal. He was busiest in the first (10 shots) and third period (11 shots). Six of the shots against him came on the three Holy Cross power plays.
Heath put Canisius in front at 1:43 of the second period with a wrist shot inside the left post. Jerry made it 2-0 less than a minute later. Heath’s second goal came on the power play at 13:55 of the second period. Nick Hutchison had a pair of assists.
"I thought Holy Cross had a lot more jump in the first period than we did," said Canisius coach Dave Smith. "It looked like we had not played in a month, which is the case. The crispness to which they started the game meant we needed Charles (Williams) to be big in the net for us and he was."