Jan. 19, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior Pierre Napert-Frenette (Bathurst, New Brunswick) scored two goals as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Connecticut, 5-2, in Atlantic Hockey action this evening at the Hart Center. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 13-6-1 overall (10-4-1 AHA), while the Huskies fall to 7-14-1 overall (6-11-0 AHA).
The Crusaders got on the board first at 4:15 into the first period, when Napert-Frenette scored his first goal of the game. Junior James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) fired a pass from the right faceoff circle to a wide open Napert-Frenette in front of the goal, who then buried the puck into the lower right side of the net past UConn freshman goalie Jon Anderson. Holy Cross increased the lead to 2-0 just three minutes later when freshman Shane McAdam (Hamilton, Ontario) netted his third goal of the year with a shot from just inside the blue line at the far left side.
Napert-Frenette scored his second goal of the game and ninth of the season to give the Crusaders a 3-0 lead at the 12:24 mark of the first period. While on the power play, junior Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.) fired a shot from the blue line that was saved by Anderson, but Napert-Frenette was there to knock in the rebound. UConn sophomore goaltender Brad Smith was then put in the game for Anderson.
With four minutes left in the second period senior Blair Bartlett (Dryden, Ontario) scored his third goal of the season to give Holy Cross a 4-0 lead when sophomore Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) sent a pass through the goalie box as Bartlett then placed it into the left side of the net for the power play goal. For the period Holy Cross had 10 shots and went 1-2 on the power play, while UConn had 12 shots and went 0-4.
Just two minutes into the third period, UConn's Nick Marean scored his first goal of the season to cut the Holy Cross lead to 4-1. Marean chipped in a rebound from a Chris Uber shot into the lower right side of the net. Four minutes later the Huskies made it a 4-2 game when Uber scored his sixth goal of the season when he knocked in a rebound from a shot by Marean. Sixsmith added an empty net goal with two minutes to play for the 5-2 final.
Holy Cross senior goaltender Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) made 29 saves and is now 8-3-1 on the season, while Smith made 14 saves and Anderson stopped two. The Crusaders had 21 shots and went 2-5 on the power play, while the Huskies had 31 shots and went 0-7.
With the win, head coach Paul Pearl now has 167 career wins tying him with Peter Van Buskirk (1979-88; 1996-97) for career wins at Holy Cross. Pearl is in his 11th season as head coach of the Crusaders.
The Crusaders return to action when they travel to Hanover, N.H., to face ECACHL member Dartmouth at Thompson Arena. The game is set to start at 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross is 2-0-0 against an ECACHL opponent this season with two wins over Rensselaer.