Four unanswered-goals send Crusaders over Canisius

After trailing 2-0 midway through the second, Holy Cross responded with four unanswered-markers, including three power play goals, to defeat Canisius, 4-2, Saturday afternoon at the Buffalo State Sports Arena in an Atlantic Hockey contest.

With the victory, the Crusaders improve to 11-6-4 overall and remain in first-place in Atlantic Hockey with a record of 8-2-3. Holy Cross has not lost a conference game in nine matches dating back to Nov. 19 and has since compiled a 7-0-2 league record. The Crusaders have posted come-from-behind victories in their last four games and have tallied six come-from-behind victories this season.

Less than a minute after the Golden Griffins put the score at 2-0, the Crusaders put a tally on the board when sophomore James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) found the back of the net on a man-up opportunity, with help from freshmen Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) and Matt Burke (Milton, Mass.).

Senior Jonas Tomiuck (Wainfleet, Ont.) evened the score at two-all early in the third period at 2:02. Freshman Cal St. Denis (Freelton, Ont.) and junior Marc Bianchi (Ithaca, N.Y.) assisted on the power play goal. Late in third stanza Reinhardt posted the game-winner, with help from Sixsmith at 14:38.

Junior Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ont.) added an insurance, power play goal with 23 second remaining in the game, with help from linemates junior assistant captain Pierre Napert-Frenette (Bathurst, N.B.) and senior captain Andrew McKay (Bellefeuille).

The Golden Griffins opened up the scoring with a late, unassisted first-period goal by Joel Kitchen at 16:57. Mike Ruberto put Canisius ahead by two at 12:20 in the second with help from Kitchen and David Ovcjak.

Netminder Ben Conway (South Hadley, Mass.) made 15 saves and allowed only two goals for the win, while Bryan Worosz halted 29 shots on goal for the loss.

The Crusaders take on Atlantic Hockey foe Quinnipiac at the Northford Ice Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m. Holy Cross' next home games are not until Friday-Saturday, Jan. 28-29 when it host Canisius, since the Crusaders Jan. 21 contest against Quinnipiac has been moved to Feb. 12 at the FleetCenter in Boston, Mass. at 5 p.m.