February 10, 2006

Men's Hockey Downs Canisius, 5-2, For Eighth Straight Win

Feb. 10, 2006

Box Score

WORCESTER, Mass.- Senior Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ontario) and junior Sean Nappo (Northville, Mich.) each scored two goals as the first-place Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Canisius, 5-2, in Atlantic Hockey action this evening at the Hart Center. With the win, the Crusaders have won eight in a row for the first time since the 1998-99 season, as the school-record is 10 straight wins in the 1979-80 season. The Crusaders improve to 20-6-1 overall (16-4-1 AHA), while the Golden Griffins fall to 8-18-1 overall (6-14-1 AHA). These two teams will meet again at the Hart Center on Saturday night, at 7:00 p.m.

Holy Cross' eight game winning streak is currently the second longest in the nation and its .759 winning percentage is tied with Miami (Ohio) for the best winning percentage in the country. This marks the fifth time in school-history that the Crusaders have reached 20 wins in a season, as they are two wins away from the school-record of 22, which was done by both the 1998-99 and 2003-04 teams.

Canisius got on the board at 5:37 into the first period while on the power play, when Joey Coccimiglio scored off a rebound from a shot by Michael Cohen. The Crusaders answered back just 53 seconds later when sophomore Cal St. Denis (Freelton, Ontario) scored his sixth goal of the year. St. Denis was wide open on the left side of the goalie crease as he received a pass and then placed the puck into the net. Senior Blair Bartlett (Dryden, Ontario) and McGregor were credited with assists.

At the 14:14 mark of the first period, the Golden Griffins regained the lead with another power play goal. Joel Kitchen tipped a Cohen shot past Holy Cross senior goaltender Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) for his seventh goal of the season. The Crusaders tied the game at 2-2 at just a little over two minutes later when McGregor scored his first goal of the game on a breakaway from a pass by sophomore Matt Burke (Milton, Mass.). The Crusaders had 11 shots and went 0-1 on the power play, while the Golden Griffins had nine shots and went 2-2.

Nappo scored the game-winner and the only goal of the second period with a power play goal at the 12:44 mark. Nappo pounced on a loose puck in front of the net and shot it past Canisius goalie Dan Giffin. Holy Cross outshot Canisius, 11-3, while the Crusaders went 1-2 with a man-advantage and the Golden Griffins went 0-2.

Holy Cross took a 4-2 lead when McGregor scored his second goal of the night and his league-leading 21st of the season, at the 8:09 mark of the third period on a slap shot from between the face-off circles. McGregor is currently on an eight-game scoring streak with six goals and 13 assists for 19 points. Nappo scored the last goal of the game and his seventh of the season at the 11:49 mark. Junior James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) sent a puck from behind the net that Giffin could not control as Nappo knocked it into the goal.

Quesada made 22 saves and improved to 15-3-1. His .816 winning percentage is second best in the country. Giffin stopped 29 shots and is nows4-8-0. The Crusaders had 34 shots and went 1-3 on the power play, while the Golden Griffins had 24 shots and went 2-4.