Feb. 25, 2006
MILFORD, Conn.- The Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Sacred Heart, 5-2, in Atlantic Hockey action this evening at the Milford Ice Pavilion. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 21-9-2 overall (17-7-2 AHA), while the Pioneers improve to 20-10-2 overall (17-7-2 AHA). With Mercyhurst's 3-2 lost to Army tonight, Holy Cross (36 points) and Sacred Heart (36 points) are tied for first place in Atlantic Hockey, while Mercyhurst (35 points) is one point behind with two games left in the regular season.
The Pioneers got on the board at the 12:13 mark of the first period while on the power play, when Bernie Chmiel scored his sixth goal of the season. Sacred Heart increased its lead to 2-0 at the 17:08 mark as Pierre-Luc O'Brien netted his team-leading 18th goal of the year.
The Crusaders answered back just 28 seconds later when junior defenseman Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.) scored 10 seconds into a power play to cut the deficit in half. The goal was Landry's seventh of the season, while freshman Shane McAdam (Hamilton, Ontario) and sophomore Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) were credited with assists. Sacred Heart outshot Holy Cross, 8-6.
Holy Cross tied the game at 2-2, at 6:30 into the second period when junior James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) scored on the power play for his eighth goal of the season. Senior Pierre Napert-Frenette (Bathurst, New Brunswick) and sophomore Matt Burke (Milton, Mass.) had assists on the goal.
The Pioneers regained the lead at the 13:33 mark when Scott Marchesi scored an unassisted goal. The Crusaders had 12 shots, while the Pioneers had 14.
At the 14:21 mark of the third period, Peter Giatrelis gave Sacred Heart a 4-2 lead, when he scored his fifth goal of the season. The Pioneers clinched the victory when Erik Roos scored an empty net goal at the 18:25 mark.
Holy Cross senior goaltender Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) made 28 saves and is now 16-5-2 on the season, while Jason Smith stopped 30 shots and improves to 17-9-1. The Pioneers outshot the Crusaders, 34-32. Holy Cross went 2-3 on the power play and Sacred Heart went 1-2.
Napert-Frenette now owns the school record for most career games played with 139.
The Crusaders conclude the regular season next weekend when they face Bentley in a home-and-home series. On Friday night, the two teams will meet at John A. Ryan Skating Arena in Watertown, Mass., at 7:30 p.m., while on Saturday night the game will be played at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m.