Jan. 28, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass.- Senior Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ontario) scored two goals as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated American International, 5-2, in Atlantic Hockey action this evening at the Hart Center. With the win, the Crusaders have won five in a row and improve to 17-6-1 overall (13-4-1 AHA), while the Yellow Jackets fall to 4-16-2 overall (4-13-2 AHA). Holy Cross wins the season series, 3-0-1. This is the longest winning streak of the season for the Crusaders as they won four straight to kick of the year.
The Crusaders got on the board at 10:13 into the first period when McGregor scored his 17th goal of the season off a rebound. AIC answered back just 36 seconds later when Chad Richardson tied the game at 1-1 with his third goal of the year. The Yellow Jackets took the lead with under two minutes in the period with a goal by Greg Genovese. For the period, the Crusaders had 20 shots and went 0-1 on the power play, while the Yellow Jackets had seven shots and also went 0-1.
The second period went scoreless until just under two minutes to play as the Crusaders tied the game at 2-2 while on the power play, when senior Blair Bartlett (Dryden, Ontario) tallied his eighth goal of the season and McGregor added his 10th assist in the last five games. Just 44 seconds later the Crusaders regained the lead for good with a goal from junior defenseman Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.). Holy Cross outshot AIC, 11-10, while the Crusaders went 1-2 on the man-advantage and the Yellow Jackets went 0-2.
McGregor scored his second goal of the game and 18th of the season at 4:10 into the third period to give Holy Cross a 4-2 lead. He now has 18 goals and 16 assists for a team-leading 34 points. McGregor is third in the nation in goals per game with .78 and fifth in the nation in points per game with 1.48.
With 45 seconds remaining the Yellow Jackets went with an empty net, but sophomore Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) added an empty net goal with seven seconds left as the game ended in a 5-2 score.
Holy Cross senior goaltender Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) made 22 saves and improves to 12-3-1 on the season, while AIC's freshman goalie Tom Fenton stopped 37 shots and is now 4-11-2. The Crusaders had 42 shots and went 1-5 on the power play, while the Yellow Jackets took 24 shots and went 0-4.
The Crusaders will return to the ice for a home-and-home series with Bentley on Friday and Saturday, February 3-4. On Friday, Holy Cross will travel to Watertown, Mass., for a 7:30 p.m. game at John A. Ryan Skating Arena, while on Saturday it will host Bentley at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m. This will mark the first time that these two teams have faced each other this season.