March 3, 2006
WATERTOWN, Mass. - Senior goaltender Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) made 26 saves and earned his sixth shutout of his career as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Bentley, 1-0, in Atlantic Hockey action this evening at the John A. Ryan Skating Arena. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 22-9-2 overall (18-7-2 AHA) and 13-3-1 on their opponent's home ice, while the Falcons fall to 13-15-5 overall (11-11-5 AHA). Holy Cross' 22 wins ties the school record which was set by both the 1998-99 and 2003-04 teams. These two teams will meet again in the regular season finale on Saturday night at the Hart Center for Senior Night at 7:00 p.m. This group of seniors has been a part of 77 wins, which are the most wins in a four year period in the program's history.
With Sacred Heart's 8-3 win over Connecticut, Holy Cross remains tied with the Pioneers at the top of the standing with 38 points. Sacred Heart owns the tiebreaker with Holy Cross as it took the season series, 3-1. Mercyhurst (37 points) remains a point behind as it defeated Canisius, 3-2.
Holy Cross scored the only goal of the game at the 10:40 mark of the first period when sophomore Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J) scored his 10th goal of the season. Reinhardt knocked in a rebound into the right side of the net off a shot from senior Blair Bartlett (Dryden, Ontario). Senior Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ontario) was also credited with an assist. The Crusaders outshot the Falcons, 13-11, while both teams went 0-1 on the power play.
In the second period, Holy Cross had 12 shots and went 0-3 with the man-advantage, while Bentley had 10 shots and went 0-2.
At the halfway point of the third period, Quesada made an outstanding save to keep Bentley off the scoreboard. Bentley's Ryan Lessnau received a crossing pass and fired a shot towards the right side of the net that was grabbed out of the air by Quesada. With less than four minutes to play the Crusaders went on a five- minute major power play and then went on a five on three advantage with less than a minute to play. Bentley was unable to come up with a shorthanded equalizer as the game ended 1-0.
With the win Quesada improves to 17-5-2 on the season as his 17 wins ties his career high that he set in the 2003-04 season. He is currently tied for third on the Holy Cross single-season victories list. The record is 19 by Mark Young (1979-80). Bentley's Ray Jean stopped 40 shots and is now 10-11-4. Holy Cross outshot Bentley by a 41-26 margin, while the Crusaders were 0-8 on the power play and Bentley was 0-4.