Crusaders Ride Past Bobcats

Feb. 12, 2005

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Boston, Mass. - Senior captain Andrew McKay (Bellefeuille, Que.) netted two goals and added an assist, as junior netminder Ben Conway (South Hadley, Mass.) made a career-high 40 saves to lead Holy Cross over Quinnipiac, 5-2, Saturday evening at the FleetCenter.

The Crusaders jumped on the board midway through the first period when sophomore James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) made a pass from just inside to the blue line to freshman Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.), who left the puck for freshman Matt Werry (Regina, Sask.) to put past the Bobcat's netminder Jamie Holden at 9:28 in the period while on a man-up advantage.

Quinnipiac evened the score at one-all when Ben Nelson fired a shot that slipped through the five hole of Conway at 12:35 in first.

Holy Cross took its second lead of the game when freshman Cal St. Denis (Freelton, Ont.) found a loose puck in front of the crease after junior Blair Bartlett (Dryden, Ont.) fired a shot that was redirected by Holden to senior Jonas Tomiuck (Wainfleet, Ont.), who fired another shot that was saved by Holden to fall loose outside of the crease at 14:49 in the first.

The Crusaders increased their lead by three with two unanswered goals in the second period. McKay netted the eventual game-winner at 4:22 in the second. Junior Pierre Napert-Frenette (Bathurst, N.B.) took the puck from the right dot, finding McKay at the top of the left face off circle to net his seventh tally of the season. Later in the period, McKay found a loose puck and fired a shot that was blocked by Holden. Napert-Frenette grabbed the rebound and put past Holden, high over his glove side at 12:44 in the period. Sophomore Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.) also assisted on the play.

At 12:38 in the third the Crusaders went up 5-1 when McKay busted down the right side on a 2-on-1 with the puck beating Holden on his far side while on the power play.

The Bobcats used a 5-on-3 advantage to net their second goal of the game after Matt Craig pounded the puck past Conway at 15:14 in the third for a final score of 5-2.

Holden made 36 saves for the loss. Holy Cross converted half of their power play opportunities and killed off four of Quinnipiac's six man-up advantages.

Holy Cross travels to Storrs, Conn., on Tuesday, Feb. 15 to take on Connecticut at 7:05 p.m.