Feb. 3, 2006
WATERTOWN, Mass.- Senior goaltender Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) made 23 saves as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Bentley, 2-1, in Atlantic Hockey action this evening at John A. Ryan Skating Arena. With the win, the Crusaders have won six in a row for the first time since the 2003-04 season and are now in sole possession of first place in Atlantic Hockey with 29 points, as they are one point ahead of Mercyhurst. The Crusaders improve to 18-6-1 overall (14-4-1 AHA) and 11-2-0 on the road, while the Falcons fall to 9-11-4 overall (7-7-4 AHA). Holy Cross' six game unbeaten streak is currently the second longest in the nation. These two teams will face again on Saturday night at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m.
The Crusaders got on the board at 5:05 into the first period, when on a two-man advantage junior Sean Nappo (Northville, Mich.) pounced on a rebound from a shot by sophomore Matt Burke (Milton, Mass.) and fired it into the left side of net for his fifth goal of the season. With less than two minutes left in the period, the Falcons went on its own two-man advantage but Quesada held them scoreless as the period ended. For the period, Holy Cross had nine shots and went 1-3 on the power play, while Bentley had eight shots and went 0-1.
At just 1:24 into the second period the Crusaders extended their lead to 2-0 when sophomore Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) scored his eighth goal of the year. Senior Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ontario) sent a pass from behind the net to freshman Shane McAdam (Hamilton, Ontario) who blasted a shot from the top of the left face-off circle that was saved by Bentley's Ray Jean. Jean could not control the rebound as Reinhardt placed it into the right side of the goal.
The Falcons cut the deficit in half when Anthony Canzoneri knocked in a rebound into the lower right side of the net at the 12:13 mark. The Crusaders outshot the Falcons, 17-9. Both teams went 0-3 on the man advantage.
With 2:46 left in the third period, the Falcons went on a power play but Quesada came up big again preventing Bentley from tying the game, as the game ended in a 2-1 score.
Quesada is now 13-3-1 on the season and has won seven straight games. His .794 winning percentage is currently the second best in the country. Jean stopped 36 shots and falls to 6-8-3 on the year. The Crusaders had 38 shots and went 1-8 on the power play, while the Falcons had 24 shots and went 0-7. Holy Cross' 90.3 penalty kill percentage is third best in the nation.