Feb. 25, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - After posting two goals in the third, Holy Cross was unable to hold onto 3-2 lead as Mercyhurst rallied with two late period goals to defeat the Crusaders, 4-3, in an Atlantic Hockey game Friday night at the Hart Center.
Mercyhurst netted the game-tying goal when senior David Wrigley fired a shot from the top of the slot at 18:45 in the third period while on the power play. With 11 seconds remaining in the game freshman Ben Cottreau posted the game-winner from high in the slot.
The Crusaders were led by junior Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ont.), who registered two goals and added an assist. In the third period junior assistant captain Pierre Napert-Frenette (Bathurst, N.B.) took the puck out from the boards to McGregor, who slipped the puck past Mercyhurst netminder Mike Ella to tie the game, 2-2, at 13:42. Senior assistant captain Tony Coskren (Walpole, Mass.) assisted on the play. On a delayed penalty the Crusaders used an extra-man to put Holy Cross ahead, 3-2, when sophomore Frank O'Grady (Kimberley, B.C.) fired a shot from the left point that was saved by Ella and redirect to McGregor, who tipped it in at 15:49. Napert-Frenette was also credited with an assist.
After a scoreless first period, Holy Cross leaped onto the board just 38 seconds into the second when sophomore James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) came along the goal line and grabbed McGregor's rebound and chipped it in for a 1-0 Crusader lead.
The Lakers tied the game late in the second when senior T.J. Kemp found the back of the net from just in front of the crease with seven seconds remaining in the period.
Midway through the third Mercyhurst took a 2-1 lead when Cottreau netted his first tally of the game at 10:03.
Junior netminder Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) made 36 saves, while Ella halted 45 shots on goal for the win. The Crusaders were 0-for-4 with a man-up, as Mercyhurst posted the only power play goal of the game.
Holy Cross returns to the Hart Center on Saturday, Feb. 26, when it hosts Mercyhurst at 4 p.m. on Senior Day.