WATERTOWN, Mass. – Junior Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) scored two goals for the Crusaders, but Jeremy Robert tied the game for the Falcons with just 18 seconds left in the third period as the Holy Cross men's hockey team tied Bentley, 3-3, on Saturday evening at the John A. Ryan Skating Arena in Atlantic Hockey action. With the tie, the Crusaders conclude the regular season 15-14-5 overall (14-8-5 Atlantic Hockey), while the Falcons are now 10-17-6 overall (9-13-5 Atlantic Hockey).
With the tie Crusaders extend their unbeaten streak to 11 games as they are now 8-0-3 in their last 11 contests. This is now the longest streak in school history surpassing the streak when Holy Cross went 10-0-0 between Dec. 8, 1979-Jan. 16, 1980. The Crusaders' streak is also currently tied for the longest in the nation as Union is 10-0-1 over its last 11 contests. During the last 11 games the Crusaders have outscored their opponents by a 47-23 margin.
The Crusaders, who already clinched a first round bye, will play a home Atlantic Hockey Tournament quarterfinal series on March 11-13.
The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead at 4:58 of the first period while on the power play when Fletcher scored his 11th goal of the season. Juniors Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) and Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) tallied assists. Holy Cross increased its lead to 2-0, when Matt Gordon (Perth, Ontario) found the back of the net for the fifth time this season. Sophomore Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) posted an assist. Holy Cross outshot Bentley, 9-3, while the Crusaders went 1-4 on the power play.
Fletcher scored his second goal of the game and his 12th of the season to make it a 3-0 contest when he netted a power play goal at 13:57 of the second period. Daly and Clune recorded assists. Bentley outshot Holy Cross by a 12-7 margin, while the Crusaders went 1-2 on the man-advantage and the Falcons went 0-4.
The Falcons cut the lead to 3-1 at l0:35 of the third period when Dustin Cloutier scored on a wrist shot while on the man-advantage. Then just 59 seconds later, Bentley made it a 3-2 game with a goal by Herbie Kent. With 1:29 left in the third period, Bentley went with an empty net and took advantage of the extra man with just 18 seconds left with a goal by Robert as he sent the puck to the lower left side of the net to tie the game at 3-3. The game then went to overtime as neither team was able to score for the 3-3 final.
Senior goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) made 25 saves and is now 9-6-3 this season, while Joe Calvi made 21 saves and is 5-7-3. The Crusaders went 2-7 on the power and the Falcons went 1-7. Bentley outshot Holy Cross by a 28-25 margin.
Return to GoHolyCross.com for more details on the Atlantic Hockey Tournament as the Crusaders' quarterfinal opponent will be determined by first round action on March 5.