Feb. 5, 2005
Troy, N.Y. - Holy Cross was unable to hold onto its second period 2-1 lead and was defeated by Rensselaer, 8-4, Saturday night at the Houston Field House in front of 2,663 fans.
Holy Cross took a 2-1 lead early in the second when freshman Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) came around the back of the net, feeding the puck to sophomore James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) for his six tally of the season at 1:11 in the period. Sophomore Rob Godfrey (Thunder Bay, Ont.) was credited with the second assist.
With their first shot of the game the Crusaders evened the score as junior assistant captain Pierre Napert-Frenette (Bathurst, N.B.) fired a shot from the right face off circle at 15:03 in the first. Sixsmith and sophomore Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.) also assisted on the play.
The Crusaders cut the Engineers lead by two when Sixsmith poked the puck past RPI's goaltender Andrew Martin at 4:43 in the third. Freshman Chris Trovato (North Attleboro, Mass.) and Reinhardt were credited with the assists.
Late in the fourth, Reinhardt posted Holy Cross' fourth tally of the game from the edge of the right face off circle at 14:14 with help from Sixsmith and Landry.
The Engineers jumped on the board early in the first period when junior Brad Farynuk fired a shot from the top of the left face off circle just 2:50 into the stanza.
Rensselaer responded with four unanswered goals in the second to take a 5-2 lead. Senior Cody Wojdyla netted a short-hander at 5:50 in the period to even the score at two-all. The Engineers used a man-up opportunity to take the lead at 12:14 in the second when Nick Economakos beat netminder Ben Conway (South Hadley, Mass.) on his glove-side.
Fifty second later RPI increased their margin by two when sophomore Oren Eizenman beat Conway on his glove-side again at 13:04. With one second remaining in the period Economakos netted RPI's fifth goal of game.
A third period goaltending change put junior Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) in the crease for the Crusaders. Economakos put the puck past Quesada at 5:14 in the period, netting his first collegiate-hat trick. Ten minutes later Jake Luthi used a man-up advantage to put the Engineers up 7-4 at 16:22 in the period. With 24 seconds remaining in the contest Jonathan Ornelas posted an unassisted goal for a final score of 8-4.
Conway made 16 saves in two periods of action, while Quesada halted six shots on goal in the third.
The Crusaders, who are now 12-9-5 overall, host Atlantic Hockey rival Sacred Heart on Friday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Holy Cross travels to Boston, Mass., on Saturday night as they take part in a conference doubleheader at the FleetCenter. The Crusaders go up against Quinnipiac at 5 p.m., with the Connecticut-Bentley match-up following at 8 p.m.