Feb. 16, 2008
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Senior forward Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) scored the game-winner as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Canisius, 3-2, on Saturday night at the Buffalo State Sports Arena in Atlantic Hockey action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 9-13-7 overall (8-11-4 AHA), while the Golden Griffins fall to 9-16-5 overall (8-11-4 AHA). With the victory, head coach Paul Pearl now has 200 career wins. Pearl is in his 13th season as the head coach of Holy Cross as he is the all-time winningest coach in the history of the program with a record of 200-181-43. These two teams will meet again on Sunday at 4:05 p.m.
The Golden Griffins jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 2:47 into the first period when Kyle Bushee scored on a two-man-advantage power play for his fourth goal of the season. The Crusaders tied the game at 1-1 when freshman forward Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) netted his team-leading 14th goal of the year at the 6:36 mark. Holy Cross took a 2-1 lead when sophomore forward Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) scored a power play goal at 17:55 for his 11th goal of the season. For the period, Holy Cross outshot Canisius by a 10-7 margin, while each team went 1-3 on the power play.
Holy Cross increased its lead to 3-1 when Reinhardt tipped in a slap shot by senior defenseman Frank O'Grady (Kimberley, British Columbia) while on the power play at 5:18 into the second period for the game-winner. The goal was Reinhardt's seventh of the year. Canisius made it a 3-2 game when Cory Conacher scored a power play goal at the 17:39 mark for his fourth of the season. The Crusaders outshot the Golden Griffins, 10-7, while Holy Cross went 1-1 on the man-advantage and Canisius went 1-3.
With under a minute to play in the third period, the Golden Griffins went with an empty-net but they were unable to tie the game for 3-2 final score.
Holy Cross freshman goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) made 22 saves to earn the win, while Bryce Luker stopped 30 shots for Canisius. The Crusaders had 33 shots and went 2-4 on the power play, while the Golden Griffins had 24 shots and went 2-7 on the power play.