January 21, 2006

Men's Hockey Defeats Dartmouth, 3-2, In Thriller

Jan. 21, 2006

Box Score

HANOVER, N.H.- Junior James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) scored a shorthanded game-winning goal with 28 seconds remaining in the third period as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Dartmouth, 3-2, in non-conference action this evening at Thompson Arena. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 14-6-1 overall (10-4-1 AHA), while the Big Green fall to 8-10-1 overall (6-5-1 ECACHL). Holy Cross head coach Paul Pearl now owns the school record for career coaching victories with 168. The record was previously held by Peter Van Buskirk (1979-88; 1996-97). The Crusaders wrapped up their non-conference schedule with a 4-2-0 record, including a 3-0-0 mark against teams in the ECACHL, with two wins over RPI earlier in the year.

The Crusaders got on the board first at 6:57 into the first period, when sophomore Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) scored his sixth goal of the season. Sophomore Matt Burke (Milton, Mass.) blasted a shot from the blue line that senior Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ontario) tipped as the puck then bounced to Reinhardt who put it into the right side of the net. With three minutes remaining, the Crusaders went on a five-minute power play but could not capitalize before the period concluded. For the period, Holy Cross outshot Dartmouth, 8-7.

The Crusaders opened the second period with two minutes left on the power play but they were unable to convert. At the 11:32 mark, Holy Cross senior Blair Bartlett (Dryden, Ontario) gave the Crusaders a 2-0 lead when he scored his fourth goal of the season. McGregor earned his second assist of the game when he grabbed a loose puck in Dartmouth's zone and fired a shot that was saved by Dartmouth goalie Mike Devine, but he could not control the puck as Bartlett then sent the rebound into right side of the net.

The Big Green cut the deficit in half at the 18:54 mark, when Kevin Swallow drove to the right side of the goal and then sent a pass through the top of the goalie box to a waiting Connor Shields, who then buried the puck into lower left side of the net. Holy Cross had six shots in the second period, while Dartmouth took 16.

Dartmouth tied the game at 2-2, when Garret Overlock scored a power play goal at 7:47 into the third period for his ninth goal of the year. Assists were credited to Eric Przepiorka and Ben Lovejoy. With just under two minutes to play the Big Green went on a power play but Holy Cross kept the puck out of its zone preventing Dartmouth from scoring. With only 28 seconds remaining, McGregor and Sixsmith skated out to a two-on-one with McGregor sending a crossing pass to Sixsmith who then placed it into right side of net, beating Devine for the shorthanded game-winner.

Senior goaltender Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) made 32 saves and is now 9-3-1 on the season, while Devine stopped 19 shots and is 7-6-1. Holy Cross had 22 shots and went 0-2 on the power play, while Dartmouth took 34 shots and went 1-5.

The Crusaders return to the ice when they travel to Storrs, Conn., to take on Connecticut at Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum in Atlantic Hockey action, on Tuesday, January 24, at 7:00 p.m.