Men's Hockey Defeated By Bentley, 6-4

Jan. 11, 2008

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WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Bentley, 6-4, on Friday night at the Hart Center in Atlantic Hockey action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 5-8-6 overall (4-7-3 AHA), while the Falcons improve to 6-12-3 overall (6-6-3 AHA). These two teams will play again at the Hart Center tomorrow at 7:00 p.m.

Bentley jumped out to 1-0 lead at 2:41 into the first period when Dain Prewitt scored his team-leading 10th goal of the season. At the 9:18 mark, the Crusaders tied the game at 1-1 when senior defenseman Brent Franklin (Grosse Point Farms, Mich.) blasted a slap shot into the net for his first collegiate goal. At 16:51, Holy Cross made it a 2-1 game when senior defenseman Frank O'Grady (Kimberley, British Columbia) scored while on the power play for his first goal of the season. For the period, the Crusaders outshot the Falcons by a 14-5 margin, while Holy Cross went 1-1 on the power play and Bentley went 0-1.

Bentley tied the game with just nine seconds remaining in the second period when Bobby Preece netted a power play goal off a slap shot for his first collegiate goal. Each team had 10 shots, while the Crusaders went 0-2 on the man-advantage and the Falcons went 1-2.

In the third period, Bentley scored three consecutive goals in 18 seconds to take a 5-2 lead. Blake Hamilton scored at 1:55, while Erik Peterson netted a goal at 2:02 and at 2:13. The Crusaders made it a 5-3 game when freshman defenseman Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) netted his third goal of the year at the 9:39 mark. Then with 2:31 remaining the Crusaders went with an empty net as senior forward Cal St. Denis (Freelton, Ontario) scored with 1:45 on the clock to make it a 5-4 game. The goal was St. Denis' first of the year. Holy Cross then went on a power play, but with 52 seconds remaining Peterson scored an empty-net goal for a hat-trick and a 6-4 final score.

Holy Cross sophomore goalie Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) made 16 saves, while Joe Calvi stopped 35 shots for Bentley. The Crusaders outshot the Falcons by a 39-22 margin, while Holy Cross went 1-6 on the power play and Bentley went 1-3.