Jan. 14, 2006
WEST POINT, N.Y.- The Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Army, 3-2, in Atlantic Hockey action this evening at Tate Rink. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 12-6-1 overall (9-4-1 AHA), while the Black Knights improve to 7-12-3 overall (5-7-3 AHA). The teams split the weekend series with Holy Cross winning, 4-3, on Friday.
The first period went scoreless as Holy Cross outshot Army, 8-6. The Crusaders went 0-2 on the power play, while the Black Knights went 0-1.
Holy Cross freshman Marty Dams (Manotick, Ontario) broke the scoreless tie at 2:36 into the second period when he scored his first collegiate goal. Junior Tanner Fogarty (McMurray, Pa.) passed the puck from behind the goal out in front to a waiting Dams, who then sent a wrist shot past Army goaltender Brad Roberts. Sophomore Chris Trovato (North Attleboro, Mass.) was also credited with an assist.
Four minutes later the Crusaders went on a power play and extended their lead to 2-0, when sophomore Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) scored his fifth goal of the season when he fired a slap shot into the goal from the top of the right faceoff circle. Assists were given to juniors Rob Godfrey (Thunder Bay, Ontario) and James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.).
The Black Knights cut the deficit in half at 9:11 into the second period when Chase Podsiad netted a goal. Army's Tim Manthey tied the game at 2-2 at the 15:17 mark when he knocked in a loose puck in front of the net. For the period, Holy Cross had 14 shots and went 1-2 with a man-advantage, while Army had seven shots and went 0-1 on the power play.
With just under three minutes to play in the third period, the Black Knights went on their fourth power play of the period and capitalized to take a 3-2 lead. Casey Bickley sent a pass through the goalie box as Lyle Gal then placed the puck into an empty left side of the goal. The Crusaders went with an empty net for the final minute but could not tie the game.
Senior goaltender Ben Conway (South Hadley, Mass.) made 23 saves and is now 5-3-0 on the season, while Roberts stopped 29 shots and improves to 7-12-3. Holy Cross went 1-5 on the power play and Army went 1-7.
Before the game, Army honored its former team captain Derek Hines, who was killed in Afghanistan on September 1, 2005.
The Crusaders return to the ice when they host Connecticut at the Hart Center in Atlantic Hockey action, on Thursday, January 19, at 7:00 p.m.