Feb. 9, 2007
BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Canisius, 5-2, in Atlantic Hockey action on Friday night at the Buffalo State Sports Arena. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 9-15-5 overall (8-10-5 AHA), while the Golden Griffins improve to 8-20-2 overall (8-14-2 AHA). These two teams will play again on Saturday afternoon at 5:00 p.m.
The Golden Griffins scored the first goal of the game at the 9:03 mark of the first period when David Cianfrini scored on the power play for his first goal of the season. At the 15:25 mark, the Crusaders tied the game at 1-1 when freshman Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) netted his fifth goal of the year, as he received a pass from junior Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) while on a two-on-one break and buried it into the left side of the net. Freshman Bill Pinel (Third Lake, Ill.) was also credited with an assist earning his first career collegiate point. Each team had 10 shots in the period, while Holy Cross went 0-1 on the power play and Canisius went 1-1.
Canisius took a 2-1 lead at the 9:53 mark of the second period with a power play goal by Michael Cohen. Holy Cross answered back 1:21 later to tie the game with a goal by junior Matt Werry (Regina, Saskatchewan) who fired in a loose puck from in front of the net. Seniors James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) and Rob Godfrey (Thunder Bay, Ontario) earned assists. It was Werry's fourth goal of the year. At 14:52, the Golden Griffins regained the lead to make it a 3-2 game when Greg Brown scored the eventual game-winner. For the period, the Crusaders outshot the Golden Griffins, 10-6, while Holy Cross went 0-1 on the man-advantage and Canisius went 1-1.
Canisius added to its lead at the 13:49 mark of the third period when Joey Coccimiglio netted his fifth goal of the year, while Peter MacDougall increased the lead to 5-2 at 14:24 with his first goal of the season.
Holy Cross sophomore goaltender Charlie Lockwood (Breckenridge, Colo.) made 21 saves, while Andrew Loewen stopped 29 shots. Holy Cross outshot Canisius by a 31-26 margin, while the Crusaders went 0-5 on the power play and the Golden Griffins went 2-3.