Jan. 20, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior Bryce Nantes (Calgary, Alberta) scored the game-winning goal in the second period as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated American International College, 4-3, in Atlantic Hockey action at the Hart Center on Saturday evening. Senior captain James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) also scored a goal as he now has 144 career points (44 goals and 100 assists) which moves him to first on the Holy Cross all-time Division I career points list. He passes current San Jose Shark Patrick Rissmiller (1998-2002). With the win, the Crusaders improve to 9-13-4 overall (8-9-4 AHA), while the Yellow Jackets fall to 4-18-0 overall (4-15-0 AHA).
The Crusaders scored the first goal of the game at the 4:42 mark of the first period when junior Matt Werry (Regina, Saskatchewan) scored his third goal of the season. Sophomore Marty Dams (Manotick, Ontario) dug the puck out from behind the net to junior Matt Burke (Milton, Mass.) who then reflected it to Werry who knocked it into the net. The Yellow Jackets tied the game at 1-1 at 9:33 with a goal by Andy Gevorkyan.
Holy Cross regained the lead a little over a minute later in the first period when Sixsmith knocked in a loose puck in front of a crowded goal for his 13th goal of the season. At the 14:20 mark, AIC tied the game at 2-2 when Jeason Lecours scored a shorthanded goal.
The Yellow Jackets took a 3-2 lead at the 14:03 mark of the second period when Frankie DeAngelis scored his first goal of the season. The Crusaders answered back when they went with an empty net on a delayed penalty and freshman Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) fired in a slapshot. Just 13 seconds later Nantes scored his first career goal to give Holy Cross a 4-3 lead.
Nantes' goal would turn out to be the last goal of the game as the third period went scoreless. AIC went with any empty net for the final 1:10 but could not get the equalizer.
Holy Cross freshman goaltender Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) played the final two periods stopping 18 of 19 shots to earn the win and improve to 7-7-0 on the season. Freshman Tyler Chestnut (Faribault, Minn.) played the first period and made six saves. Tom Fenton stopped 36 shots for the Yellow Jackets. Holy Cross outshot AIC by a 40-27 margin, while the Crusaders went 0-4 on the power play and the Yellow Jackets went 0-2.
The Crusaders return to action when they travel to Hamden, Conn., to take on ECACHL opponent Quinnipiac, on Sunday, January 28 at noon. This will be the first game played in Quinnipiac's new TD Banknorth Sports Center. The game will be televised on ESPNU.