Holy Cross Falls Short To Mercyhurst

Feb. 26, 2005

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Worcester, Mass. - Holy Cross was unable acquire an advantage over Mercyhurst as it was defeated by Mercyhurst, 3-2, Saturday afternoon at the Hart Center.

After skating to a scoreless first period the Lakers took a 2-0 lead in the second. Halfway through the period, Mercyhurst used their first man-up advantage of the stanza to take a 1-0 lead when sophomore Scott Champagne tucked the puck behind junior netminder Ben Conway (South Hadley, Mass.) at 9:04. Junior Scott Reynolds increased Mercyhurst's margin when he netted his sixth goal of the season from the bottom of the left face off circle at 16:43.

The Crusaders cut Mercyhurst's lead in half early in the third when senior Chris Sullivan (South Windsor, Conn.) netted his first tally of the season from high in the slot at 3:20 in the period. Sophomore Sean Nappo (Northville, Mich.) and junior Andrew Weber (Hanson, Mass.) were credited with the assists.

Midway though the third the Lakers took another two goal lead when newcomer Ben Cottreau pocked a goal from in front of the crease at 11:40.

Holy Cross dropped the Lakers lead to one when junior Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ont.) flung the puck out from the right side to senior captain Andrew McKay (Bellefeuille, Que.) who fired a shot from the right face off circle at 11:40 in the third. Senior assistant captain Tony Coskren (Walpole, Mass.) was assisted on the play.

Conway made 29 saves for the Crusaders while sophomore Mike Ella faced a season-high of 50 Holy Cross shots on goal, saving all but two. Holy Cross was 0-for-4 on the power play as Mercyhurst converted two man-up situations.

Holy Cross goes up against Bentley in a home-and-homer series next weekend, Friday-Saturday, March 4-5. The Crusaders hosts Bentley in its last regular-season home game on Friday, at 6 p.m.