Feb. 11, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass.- The Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Canisius, 3-1, in Atlantic Hockey action this evening at the Hart Center. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 20-7-1 overall (16-5-1 AHA), while the Golden Griffins improve to 9-18-1 overall (7-14-1 AHA). Holy Cross won the season series, 3-1.
Canisius scored the only goal of the first period when Andrew Dawe scored a power play goal with just under three minutes left. Dawe reflected a shot by Tim Songin into the net. The Crusaders had 17 shots and went 0-4 on the power play, while the Golden Griffins had four shots and went 1-2.
The Golden Griffins increased their lead to 2-0 at 6:51 into the second period, when Fred Coccimiglio scored Canisius' second power play goal of the game. The Crusaders cut the deficit in half at the 12:14 mark while on the power play, when senior Pierre Napert-Frenette (Bathurst, New Brunswick) scored his 12th goal of the season, as he fired a shot into the right side of the net. Sophomore Matt Burke (Milton, Mass.) and senior Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ontario) were credited with assists. With the assist, McGregor extended his scoring streak to nine games. Each team had seven shots in the period.
Canisius clinched the win at the 16:29 mark of the third period, when Billy Irish-Baker scored an unassisted goal on a breakaway to give the Golden Griffins the 3-1 victory. The loss snaps Holy Cross' eight game winning streak.
Holy Cross senior goaltender Ben Conway (South Hadley, Mass.) made 18 saves and is 5-4-0 on the season, while Canisius' Dan Giffin stopped 39 shots and improves to 5-8-0. The Crusaders had 40 shots for the game and went 1-11 on the power play, while the Golden Griffins had 21 shots and went 2-4.
The first-place Crusaders will return to action on Friday and Saturday, February 17-18, when they travel to Erie, Pa., for a two-game series against second-place Mercyhurst. One point separates the teams as Holy Cross has 33 and the Lakers have 32.