Feb. 11, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - The Crusaders fell to Sacred Heart, 5-3, despite taking an early 1-0 lead in the first period, Friday night at the Hart Center, in an Atlantic Hockey match-up.
The Crusaders struck first early in the first when junior Blair Bartlett (Dryden, Ont.) stuck the puck through the five hole of Sacred Heart's netminder Kevin LaPointe from just inside the left face off circle at 1:48 with help from senior Jonas Tomiuck (Wainfleet, Ont.) and sophomore Rob Godfrey (Thunder Bay, Ont.). It was Barlett's fourth tally of the season.
Sacred Heart answered with two goals, less than 30 seconds apart to take the lead. Newcomer Alexandre Parent evened the score, 1-1, when he fired a shot from the top of the right face off circle at 7:37. Shortly after, the Pioneers took the lead, 2-1 after junior Peter Giatrelis slipped the puck past junior Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) at 8:04.
Holy Cross evened the score at two-all in the first on a man-up advantage when senior captain Andrew McKay (Bellefeuille, Que.) made a pass from behind the net to junior assistant captain Pierre Napert-Frenette (Bathurst, N.B.) who's shot was tipped in by junior Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ont.) at 14:55.
The Pioneers would take the lead again with two more goals in the second. Junior Bernie Chmiel put the score at 3-2, when he fired a shot that bounced off Quesada's padding at 14:12 in the stanza. Parent increased Sacred Heart's margin by two when he fired a shot from the top of the left face off circle for the game-winner at 18:51.
Napert-Frenette decreased the Pioneer's lead to one when he fired a goal from the edge of the slot past LaPoint at 2:27 in the third. McGregor and McKay assisted on the play.
The Crusaders put a fresh body in the net at the start of the third. Junior Ben Conway (South Hadley, Mass.) made six saves in the period, as Sacred Heart's Pierre-Luc O'Brien netted final goal of the game on an empty net with 34 seconds remaining in the game.
Quesada made 18 saves in two periods of action, while LePointe halted 33 shots on goal for the win.
The Crusaders go up against Quinnipiac on Saturday, Feb. 12 at the FleetCenter, in Boston, Mass. at 5 p.m.