Feb. 18, 2006
ERIE, Pa.- The Holy Cross men's hockey team tied Mercyhurst, 3-3, in Atlantic Hockey action this evening at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. With the tie, the Crusaders are now 21-7-2 overall (17-5-2 AHA), while the Lakers are 18-11-1 overall (16-7-1 AHA). The first-place Crusaders (36 points) remain three points ahead of the second-place Lakers (33). Holy Cross wins the season series, 2-1-1.
The first period went scoreless as each team had 12 shots. Holy Cross went 0-1 on the power play and Mercyhurst went 0-2.
The Lakers scored the lone goal of the second period with just 17 seconds remaining in the period while on the power play. Conrad Martin fired a slap shot from the blue line, which was then reflected into the net by Dave Borrelli for his 23rd goal of the season. For the period, the Crusaders had 12 shots and went 0-3 on the power play, while the Lakers had seven shots and went 1-3.
Mercyhurst extended its lead to 2-0 at 4:10 into the third period when Borrelli scored a shorthanded goal for his second goal of the game and 24th of the season. Borrelli shot the puck into the upper left corner of the net after receiving a centering pass from Ben Cottreau.
At the 9:30 mark the Crusaders went on a five-minute major power play and converted at the 10:27 mark to make the score 2-1, when junior Sean Nappo (Northville, Mich.) scored his ninth goal of the season. Junior Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.) fired a shot that was saved by Mercyhurst goalie Tyler Small, but Nappo was there to knock in the rebound. Nappo was then called for a penalty and the Lakers scored immediately at the 10:36 mark to increase their lead to 3-1, when Scott Reynolds scored his 12th goal of the season.
While back on the five-minute major power play, Holy Cross cut the deficit in half again when sophomore Cal St. Denis (Freelton, Ontario) scored his seventh goal of the year at the 14:13 mark. With an empty net the Crusaders tied the game with only 23 seconds left in the period to force overtime, when Landry netted his fifth goal of the season. Landry brought the puck into Mercyhurst's zone on the right side and then sent a crossing pass to sophomore Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J), who passed it right back to Landry, who then buried the puck into the right side of the net. Senior Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ontario) was also credited with an assist.
Senior goaltender Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) made 31 saves and is now 16-3-2 on the season, while Small stopped 38 shots and is now 10-4-1. The Crusaders had 41 shots and went 2-8 on the power play, while the Lakers had 34 shots and went 1-7. With tonight's game, Quesada has tied the school-record for most games played in goal with 96, which was set by Paul Pijanowski (1984-87).
The Holy Cross defense held Mercyhurst to a total of five goals on the weekend with two on Friday night and three tonight. The Lakers have the nation's top ranked offense as they entered the weekend averaging 4.32 goals per game.
With an assist, McGregor extended his scoring streak to 11 games and has now tallied seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points in the last 11 games.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday and Saturday, February 24-25, when they face Atlantic Hockey opponent Sacred Heart in a home-and-home series. On Friday, Holy Cross will host the Pioneers at the Hart Center, while on Saturday the two teams will play at the Milford Ice Pavilion. Both games are set to start at 7:00 p.m.