March 18, 2005
Northford, Mass. - After skating to a scoreless third period Holy Cross fell to Mercyhurst in overtime, 4-3, Friday night at the Northford Ice Pavilion in the Atlantic Hockey Semifinals.
Mercyhurst jumped on the board early in first when David Wrigley made a cross to Matt Warren, who came down the left side to put the puck past junior netminder Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) at 2:45 in the first.
The Crusaders evened the score 45 seconds later when senior captain Andrew McKay (Bellefeuille, Que.) took a shot from the right face off circle that was save by Mercyhurst goalie Mike Ella. Junior Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ont.) tapped in the rebound to put the score at 1-1 at 3:30 in the first. Junior assistant captain Pierre Napert-Frenette (Bathurst, N.B.) assisted on the play.
Freshman Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) gave Holy Cross a 2-1 lead early in the second when sophomore James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) grabbed a loose puck and skated down the right side before making a cross to Reinhardt, who was coming down the slot at 5:37 in the period. Senior Chris Sullivan (South Windsor, Conn.) was credited with the second assist.
The Lakers posted two goals in the second to take the lead. Dave Borrelli tied the game at two-all on a 2-on-1 when he found the back of the net with help from T.J. Kemp. at 7:20 in the period. Ben Cottreau fired a shot from the right face off circle. Scott Champagne grabbed the rebound to sneak it past Quesada for a 3-2 lead at 8:23.
With 1:47 remaining in the second, the Crusaders used the man advantage to even the score 3-3. McKay came around the back of the net with the puck to tuck it past Ella's gloveside with help from Napert-Frenette and McGregor.
After a scoreless third period, Mercyhurst netted the game-winner just 2:03 into overtime when Ryan Toomey scored off the face off when the net was crashed by several players.
Quesada made 32 saves for Holy Cross, while Ella hated 36 shots on goal for the win. The Crusaders netted the only power play goal of the game and killed off all six of Mercyhurst's man-up advantages.
The Crusaders end their season 16-14-6 overall and 12-7-5 in Atlantic Hockey.