Men's Hockey Defeats Providence, 6-4, In Thriller

Oct. 20, 2007

Box Score

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Sophomores Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) and Peter Lorinser (Marquette, Mich.) each scored two goals, while senior Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) scored the game-winner as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Providence, 6-4, on Saturday night at the Schneider Arena. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 1-1 overall, while the Friars fall to 0-4 overall. Holy Cross has now won three out of four games against teams from the Hockey East with a 2-1 win at Merrimack on Oct. 24, 2006, a 3-2 victory at UMass-Amherst on Oct. 21, 2005 and a loss to Northeastern on Dec. 30, 2006. The win is also Holy Cross' first against Providence as it is now 1-2 all-time against the Friars.

Early in the first period, the Crusaders went on a two man-advantage power player and jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Driscoll scored off a pass by sophomore Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) at 4:22 into game. Sheahan sent a crossing pass from the left side to Driscoll who was waiting on the right post of the goal and then buried the puck into the right side of the net.

Just 32 seconds later, Driscoll scored his second power play goal to give Holy Cross a 2-0 lead. Freshman Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) sent a pass from behind the net to Driscoll who was wide open in front of the goal as he fired a shot past Providence goalie Tyler Sims. Each team had 10 shots in the period, while the Crusaders went 2-3 on the power play and the Friars went 0-3.

At 2:53 into the second, Kyle Laughlin scored a power play goal for Providence to make it a 2-1 game. The Friars then tied the game at 2-2 at 5:29 when Eric Baier fired a slap shot into the goal on a power play. At the 7:34 mark, junior Dewey Thomson (Northbridge, Mass.) scored his first goal of the season to give Holy Cross a 3-2 advantage. Sophomore Rob Forshner (Sundre, Alberta) passed the puck from behind the net to a charging Thomson who had just came off the bench as he fired a shot into the upper right corner of the goal.

At 11:03 into the second period, Providence tied the game at 3-3 with a power play goal by Jon Rheault. Just 58 seconds later Lorinser gave the Crusaders back the lead when he netted his first collegiate goal. Lorinser skated with the puck on the right side into the Providence zone while on a two-on-one as he kept the puck and sent a wrist shot past Sims. At 15:41 Laughlin scored his second goal of the game to tie it at 4-4. For the period, Providence went 3-3 on the power play.

Reinhardt scored the game-winner and his first goal of the season when he netted a power play goal off a pass from freshman Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) at 2:52 into the third period. Lorinser added an empty-net goal with one second left in the period for the 6-4 final score.

Holy Cross goalie Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) made 31 saves to improve to 1-0 on the season, while Sims made 14 saves. The Crusaders had 20 shots and went 3-4 on the power play, while the Friars had 35 shots and went 3-7.

The Crusaders return to action on Friday and Saturday, October 26-27, when they travel to Erie, Pa, to take on Mercyhurst in the Atlantic Hockey season-opener for both teams. Friday night's game will start at 7:35 p.m., while Saturday is set to start at 7:05 p.m.