Jan. 3, 2009
DENVER, Colo. - Sophomore Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) scored two goals as the Holy Cross men's hockey team tied No. 5 Denver, 2-2, on Friday evening in the first day of the Wells Fargo Denver Cup at the Magness Arena in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. The Pioneers defeated the Crusaders, 4-3, in a shootout to advance to the championship game against No. 3 Boston University. Holy Cross will play Rensselaer in the third place game on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. (EST). With the tie, the Crusaders are now 5-11-2 overall, while the Pioneers are 13-5-2 overall. Holy Cross is now 1-1-1 in its last three games against teams from the WCHA, including a 5-2 loss at North Dakota in the 2006 NCAA West Regional Finals and a 4-3 overtime win over Minnesota in the 2006 NCAA West Regional Semifinals.
The Pioneers jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 1:05 into the first period, when Anthony Maiani sent a pass from behind the net that deflected off a Holy Cross defender to Jesse Martin who sent a shot into the goal from right in front of the net. The goal was his seventh of the year. Sophomore goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) was outstanding in net as he made 21 saves in the period as Denver outshot the Crusaders by a 22-6 margin. Holy Cross went 0-1 on the power play, while the Pioneers went 0-4 including a 53 second two-man advantage.
At the 13:59 mark of the second period, the Crusaders tied the game at 1-1 when Sheen found the net for the fifth time on the season. Denver goalie Marc Cheverie saved a shot by Sheen that then went straight up in the air as Sheen followed his shot and then knocked it into the goal. With just 52 seconds remaining in the period, the Pioneers regained their lead when Kyle Ostrow fired a wrist shot into the upper right corner of the net for his sixth goal of the year. Holy Cross outshot Denver, 6-5, while each team went 0-1 on the power play.
At the 7:27 mark of the third period, the Pioneers had a goal taken back when it was ruled that the puck had deflected off one of the official's skate at went directly into the goal. At 14:39, the Crusaders tied the game at 2-2 when Sheen scored on the power play for his second goal of the contest and sixth of the season. Sophomore Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) sent a pass from the blue line to Sheen at the lower right side of the net who then blasted a shot into the upper left corner of the goal. Freshman Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) also had an assist. With 1:10 left in the period, Denver went on a power play but could not score as the game went into overtime.
The game remained tied through the five-minute overtime and went into a best of three shootout to determine who would advance to the championship game. With the Pioneers up 2-0, Sheen came up huge again and kept the Crusaders in the shootout with a highlight reel goal as he spun around with the puck and then backhanded it into the net. After Roy stopped a shot by Ostrow, sophomore Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) extended the shootout with a goal. Junior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) answered a Denver goal to tie it at 3-3, but Maiani then scored the shootout-winner as the Crusaders last shot was saved by Cheverie.
Roy made 35 saves and is now 4-10-2, while Cheverie stopped 17 shots and is now 13-5-2. Denver outshot Holy Cross by a 37-19 margin, while the Crusaders went 1-4 on the man-advantage and the Pioneers went 0-7. Holy Cross held the second best scoring offense in the nation to two goals as Denver entered the contest averaging 3.89 goals per game.