Feb. 4, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass.- The Crusaders scored four unanswered goals and senior goaltender Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) made 26 saves as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Bentley, 4-1, in Atlantic Hockey action this evening at the Hart Center. With the win, the Crusaders have won seven in a row for the first time since the 2002-03 season and are in first place in Atlantic Hockey with 31 points, as they are two points ahead of Sacred Heart. The Crusaders improve to 19-6-1 overall (15-4-1 AHA), while the Falcons fall to 9-12-4 overall (7-8-4 AHA). Holy Cross' seven game unbeaten streak is currently the second longest in the nation and its .750 winning percentage is ranked third nationally.
The first period went scoreless as the Crusaders had 14 shots and went 0-1 on the only power play of the period, while the Falcons had seven shots.
Bentley took a 1-0 lead at the 16:10 mark of the second period when Jeff Gumaer scored his 11th goal of the season. With less than a minute to go, junior defenseman Rob Godfrey (Thunder Bay, Ontario) tied the game with his fourth goal of the year. Senior Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ontario) sent a crossing pass to Godfrey who placed it into the lower left side of the net. Sophomore Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) also had an assist. Holy Cross outshot Bentley, 15-12, while the Crusaders went 0-1 on the man advantage and the Falcons went 0-3.
Holy Cross put the game out of reach with three straight goals in the third period. Junior Tanner Fogarty (McMurray, Pa.) scored his third goal of the season at 5:29 into the period with assists credited to sophomores Chris Trovato (North Attleboro, Mass.) and Brian Kolb (Sandwich, Mass.). All three of Fogarty's goals this season have been game-winners. McGregor gave the Crusaders a 3-1 lead just a minute later, when he scored his team-leading 19th goal of the year. Assists were given to Reinhardt and senior Blair Bartlett (Dryden, Ontario). McGregor has tallied 16 points in the last seven games with four goals and 12 assists, while Reinhardt has earned points in eight straight games with four goals and 11 assists for 15 points.
Junior James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) scored the last goal of the game while on the power play with just under 10 minutes to play, when he notched his seventh of the season with assists to senior Pierre Napert-Frenette (Bathurst, New Brunswick) and freshman Shane McAdam (Hamilton, Ontario).
With the win, Quesada improves to 14-3-1 on the season and his .806 winning percentage is second in the country. Also, Quesada's 14 wins move him into a tie for ninth on the Holy Cross single-season wins list. Bentley goalie Ray Jean stopped 34 shots and is now 6-9-3.
The Crusaders had 38 shots and went 1-3 on the power play, while the Falcons had 27 shots and went 0-4. Holy Cross' 90.6 penalty kill percentage is currently the second best in the nation.
The Crusaders return to ice on Friday and Saturday, February 10-11, when they host Canisius at the Hart Center in Atlantic Hockey action. Both games are set to start at 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross swept the Golden Griffins earlier in the season in Buffalo, N.Y., on Dec. 2-3, by scores of 4-2 and 5-1.