Jan. 6, 2007
WATERTOWN, Mass. - Bentley's Pat Percella scored the game-winning goal with 26 seconds left in the third period as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Bentley, 3-2, in Atlantic Hockey action at the John A. Ryan Skating Arena on Saturday night. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 8-11-2 overall (7-8-2 AHA), while the Falcons improve to 8-10-1 overall (7-7-0 AHA). The teams split the season series as Holy Cross won on Friday by a score of 7-4.
Bentley scored the first goal of the game at 5:03 into the first period when Dain Prewitt knocked in a puck in front of the net on the power play to score his seventh goal of the season. At 10:21, the Falcons increased their lead to 2-0 when Percella sent a crossing pass from the left side to Jeff Gumaer who sent a one-timer into the right side of the net.
With only two seconds left in the period, senior captain James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) went the length of the ice on the power play through traffic and then buried the puck into the net for his 10th goal of the season. Junior Matt Burke (Milton, Mass.) and goaltender Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) were credited with assists. For the period, each team had 12 shots, while Holy Cross went 1-3 on the power play and Bentley went 1-1.
The second period went scoreless as Holy Cross had six shots and went 0-2 on the man-advantage, while Bentley had 12 shots and also went 0-2.
With 2:10 left in the third period the Crusaders went on the power play and went with the empty net for the six-on-four advantage. Holy Cross capitalized with a goal by freshman Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) to tie the game at 2-2 when he knocked in a loose puck into the lower left side of the net. With 26 seconds remaining Percella scored the game-winner for Bentley on a two-on-two rush as he received a crossing pass from Kane Osmars and then scored into right side of the goal.
Dams made 30 saves, while Bentley's Nick Moise stopped 26 shots. The Falcons outshot the Crusaders by a 33-28 margin, while Holy Cross went 2-7 on the power play and Bentley went 1-4.
Sixsmith now has 138 career points with 41 goals and 97 assists which ranks him tied for third on the Holy Cross all-time Division I points list. The record is 143 set by current San Jose Shark Patrick Rissmiller (1998-2002).
The Crusaders will return to action on Friday and Saturday, January 12-13, when they host Atlantic Hockey opponent Air Force at the Hart Center. Friday night's game is set to start at 7:30 p.m., while Saturday's game will begin at 7:00 p.m. This will be the first time Holy Cross has played at home since defeating Connecticut, 7-3, on November 21.