Jan. 19, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to American International College, 4-2, in Atlantic Hockey action at the Hart Center on Friday night. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 8-13-4 overall (7-9-4 AHA), while the Yellow Jackets improve to 4-17-0 overall (4-14-0 AHA). These two teams will play again on Saturday at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m.
Senior captain James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) had two assists as he now has 143 career points (43 goals and 100 assists) which ties him for first on the Holy Cross all-time Division I career points list. He is tied with current San Jose Shark Patrick Rissmiller (1998-2002). Sixsmith is also just the fifth Crusader since the start of varsity action (1966-1967 season) to reach 100 assists.
Holy Cross scored the first goal of the game when senior Sean Nappo (Northville, Mich.) scored his sixth goal of the season at the 16:49 mark of the first period. Sophomore Shane McAdam (Hamilton, Ontario) sent a crossing pass from the left side to Nappo who then buried the puck into the right side of the net. Sixsmith was also credited with an assist.
The Yellow Jackets would then go onto score three straight goals in the second period. David Turco tied the game with his second goal of the season at 2:59 into the period, while Jeremy Leroux gave AIC the lead at 16:31 with his third goal of the year. Mark Pavli extended the lead to 3-1 when he netted his fifth goal of the season with 1:09 remaining in the period.
The Crusaders cut the deficit to 3-2 at just 17 seconds into the third period when junior Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) tipped in a slap shot by senior Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.) for his team-leading 13th goal of the season. Sixsmith also earned his second assist on the night. AIC answered back at 1:57 into the period when Jereme Tendler scored his 11th goal of the year. Holy Cross outshot AIC, 21-1, in the final period, but Tom Fenton made 20 saves as the game ended with a 4-2 final.
Holy Cross sophomore goaltender Charlie Lockwood (Breckenridge, Colo.) made 11 saves, while Fenton stopped 31 shots for the game. The Crusaders outshot the Yellow Jackets by a 33-15 margin, while each team went 0-2 on the power play.