March 11, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore Matt Burke (Milton, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal in the third period as the top-seeded Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated eighth-seeded American International, 3-1, in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament Quarterfinals this evening at the Hart Center. With the win, Holy Cross advances to the semifinals to face sixth-seeded Connecticut on Friday, March 17, at the Hart Center at 4:00 p.m. The Crusaders improve to 24-9-2 overall, while the Yellow Jackets conclude their season with a 6-21-5 overall record. Second-seeded Mercyhurst will face fourth-seeded Bentley in the second semifinal at the Hart Center at 7:30 p.m.
The Yellow Jackets scored the lone goal of the first period when Ryan Robin scored his eighth goal of the season at the 13:53 mark. Robin received a pass on the left side of the Holy Cross zone and drove to the goal firing a shot past Holy Cross senior goaltender Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine). Holy Cross outshot AIC by a 17-7 margin, while the Crusaders went 0-2 on the power play and the Yellow Jackets went 0-1.
The Crusaders tied the game at 1-1 with 48 seconds left in the second period when senior Blair Bartlett (Dryden, Ontario) scored his career high 12th goal of the year as he buried the puck in the upper right corner of the net past AIC goalie Tom Fenton. Holy Cross had 15 shots and went 0-3 on the man-advantage, while AIC had seven shots and went 0-1.
Burke's game-winner came at just 50 seconds into the third period. He sent a shot from the right face-off circle that snuck past Fenton to give the Crusaders a 2-1 lead. Junior Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.) put the game out of reach when he netted a goal at the 14:11 mark. Landry fired a shot over the net that hit the glass and bounced back hitting the skate of an AIC player and reflecting into the net.
Quesada made 20 saves and is now 19-5-2 on the season, while Fenton stopped 39 shots and is 6-16-5. Quesada's 19 wins ties the school record for wins in a season with Mark Young who set the record in the 1979-80 season. Holy Cross outshot AIC, 42-21, while the Crusaders went 0-6 on the power play and the Yellow Jackets went 0-4.