Feb. 24, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass.- Sacred Heart's Pierre-Luc O'Brien scored with four seconds left in sudden-death overtime as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Sacred Heart, 4-3, in Atlantic Hockey action this evening at the Hart Center. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 21-8-2 overall (17-6-2 AHA), while the Pioneers improve to 19-10-2 overall (16-7-2 AHA). With Mercyhurst's 6-2 win over Army tonight, Holy Cross (36 points) holds a one point lead over the Lakers (35 points) and a two-point lead over Sacred Heart (34 points) at the top of the Atlantic Hockey standings with three games left in the regular season. These two teams will meet again on Saturday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion at 7:00 p.m.
Sacred Heart got out to a fast start as it scored three unanswered goals in the first 10 minutes of the first period. Rocco Molinaro scored his 11th goal of the season at the 6:09 mark when he knocked in a rebound on the power play. The Pioneers increased their lead to 2-0, when Bernie Chmiel scored a power play goal at the 8:26 mark. Kyle Tyll scored his second goal of the season at the 9:47 mark to give Sacred Heart a 3-0 lead.
Holy Cross junior Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.) scored the only goal of the period for the Crusaders, when he fired a shot from the blue line for a power play goal at the 17:45 mark. The goal was Landry's sixth of the season. Holy Cross had nine shots and went 1-3 on the power play, while the Pioneers had 15 shots and went 2-2.
The second period went scoreless as Sacred Heart outshot Holy Cross, 11-6. The Crusaders went 0-1 on the man-advantage and the Pioneers went 0-4.
The Crusaders scored two straight goals to tie the game in the third period. Sophomore Matt Burke (Milton, Mass.) scored a power play goal for his third goal of the season at the 7:05 mark to cut the deficit in half. Junior Sean Nappo (Northville, Mich.) was in perfect position as he screened Sacred Heart goalie Jason Smith, while Burke sent a shot past Smith into the net. Sophomore Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) tied the game just over a minute later when he netted his ninth goal of the season.
The game remained tied until O'Brien scored the game-winner with just four seconds remaining in overtime. Senior goaltender Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) made 31 saves and is now 16-4-2 on the season, while Smith stopped 24 shots to improve to 16-9-1. Both teams went 2-6 on the power play, while Sacred Heart outshot Holy Cross, 35-27.
Quesada now holds the Holy Cross all-time records for games played in goal (97) and minutes played in goal (5553:57).