Nov. 3, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior Sean Nappo (Northville, Mich.) scored the game winning goal with 1:18 left to play as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Canisius, 5-4, in Atlantic Hockey action this evening at the Hart Center. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 3-3 overall (2-1 AHA), while the Golden Griffins fall to 1-7 overall (1-3 AHA). The Crusaders were led by senior Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.) who recorded a goal and two assists. Senior James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) and Nappo also each chipped in with a goal and an assist.
The Crusaders took an early 1-0 lead, when junior Brian Kolb (Sandwich, Mass.) scored his first goal of the season at 2:31 into the game. The assists were given to senior Tanner Fogarty (McMurray, Pa.) and junior Chris Trovato (North Attleboro, Mass.). Holy Cross increased its lead to 2-0 at the 8:54 mark, when junior Matt Burke (Milton, Mass.) scored a power play goal off a pass from senior Rob Godfrey (Thunder Bay, Ontario). It was Burke's first goal of the season.
Canisius cut the lead in half at 11:23 with a power play goal of its own from freshman Carl Hudson. Canisius then tied it up with 28.6 seconds to go before the break from a power play goal by Joey Coccimiglio from Hudson and Kyle Bushee. For the period, Holy Cross outshot Canisius 12-6, while the Crusaders went 1-1 on the man-advantage and the Griffs went 2-3.
Holy Cross regained the lead on a power play 1:41 into the second period. Junior Frank O'Grady (Kimberley, British Columbia) sent a long pass up from the defensive zone that was then crossed in front of the net by Sixsmith to be tipped in by Landry. The lead was short-lived however, when Hudson scored his second goal of the night on a power play just minutes later. William Irish-Baker and Josh Heidinger were credited with the assists. The Crusaders finished the second period with 13 shots and went 1-5 on the power play, while the Golden Griffins had five shots and went 1-2.
The senior trio of Sixsmith, Landry and Nappo struck again at 3:55 into the third period when Sixsmith scored his third goal of the season assisted by Landry and Nappo. With his three goals and seven assists Sixsmith now has a team leading 10 points. Canisius answered back only two minutes later when Alec Wright grabbed a loose puck in front of the net and put it past Holy Cross freshman goaltender Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario). Nappo scored the game winning goal with 1:18 left to play when Landry broke up a pass and found Nappo on the far side of the net. Junior Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) was also credited with an assist.
Dams, the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week, made 20 saves and is now to 2-2 on the season, while Canisius goalkeeper Bryce Luker made 32 saves in the loss. The Crusaders outshot Canisius, 37-24, and went 3-7 on the power play, while the Golden Griffins went 3-8. On the night, six of nine goals were scored on power plays.
The Crusaders return to the ice Saturday afternoon to face Canisius again at the Hart Center at 4:00 p.m.