Jan. 13, 2006
WEST POINT, N.Y.- Senior goaltender Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) made 18 saves and set a school-record for career wins with 46 as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Army, 4-3, in Atlantic Hockey action this evening at Tate Rink. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 12-5-1 overall (9-3-1 AHA), while the Black Knights fall to 6-12-3 overall (4-7-3 AHA). These two teams will face each other again on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. The record for career wins was held by Paul Pijanowski (1984-87).
The Crusaders got on the board just 2:55 into the first period, when sophomore Brian Kolb (Sandwich, Mass.) netted his third goal of the season with assists given to freshman Marty Dams (Manotick, Ontario) and sophomore Chris Trovato (North Attleboro) to give Holy Cross an early 1-0 lead. At the 9:47 mark, the Crusaders increased their lead to 2-0 when senior Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ontario) scored on the power play, as freshman Shane McAdam (Hamilton, Ontario) and junior Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.) assisted on the goal.
The Black Knights answered back at the 14:05 mark of the first period when Michael Picone cut the deficit in half with his first goal of the season. Holy Cross outshot Army, 12-5 for the period.
McGregor scored his second goal of the game and 15th of the season as the Crusaders doubled their lead to 3-1 at the 9:43 mark of the second period. While on the power play Landry passed the puck to McGregor at the far side of the left face-off circle, as McGregor then fired a shot into the net. Only 25 seconds later the Black Knights responded with a goal of their own from Seth Beamer to make the score 3-2.
With just over a minute to play in the second period the Black Knights went on a two-man advantage and capitalized as Chris Bilec tied the game at 3-3. Army outshot Holy Cross, 10-7.
The Crusaders regained the lead for good at 4:41 into the third period, when sophomore Cal St. Denis (Freelton, Ontario) stole the puck in the Army zone, and then fired a shot into the upper right corner of the net past Army goaltender Brad Roberts. With four minutes to play Army went on a two-on-one break, but Quesada made a big save from a shot by Beamer to keep the game tied. In the last minute of the game, Holy Cross kept the puck out of its zone preventing Army from pulling its goalie until 20 seconds left.
Quesada is now 7-3-1 on the season, while Roberts made 26 saves and falls to 6-12-3. Holy Cross had 30 shots and went 2-6 on the power play, while Army had 21 shots and went 1-6 on the power play.