Nov. 4, 2005
Storrs, Conn.- Four different Crusaders scored goals as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Connecticut, 4-1, in Atlantic Hockey action, on Friday night at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 4-0-0 (3-0-0 AHA), while UConn falls to 1-4-1 (0-3-0 AHA). The 4-0-0 start ties the best start for the Crusaders since 1993-94 season. The best start in school-history is 7-0-0 in the 1977-78 season.
The first period went scoreless as Holy Cross senior goaltender Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) made 13 saves and the Crusader defense killed four UConn power plays. Holy Cross had six shots and was unable to take advantage of three power play opportunities.
The Crusaders got on the board less than two minutes into the second period when senior co-captain Pierre Napert-Frenette (Bathurst, New Brunswick) scored from the right faceoff circle from a pass by senior Blair Bartlett (Dryden, Ontario), for his second goal of the season to give Holy Cross the 1-0 lead. Three minutes later senior co-captain Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ontario) scored his second goal of the year on a power play to double the Crusader lead.
With 6:52 remaining in the second period UConn went on a two man advantage and scored a minute into it when B.J. Crum scored to make the score 2-1. The Crusaders then went on their own two-man advantage with under four minutes, but could not increase their lead.
Freshman Shane McAdam (Hamilton, Ontario) scored his first collegiate goal when he blasted a slap shot from just inside the blue line past UConn goalie Brad Smith at 2:59 into the third period to give Holy Cross a 3-1 lead. Junior Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.) put the game out of reach and gave Holy Cross a 4-1 lead when he scored his first goal of the year with 3:35 left in the third period.
Quesada made 29 saves to improve to 3-0 on the season as he now has 42 career wins and is just three wins away from tying the school-record of 45. Napert-Frenette also had two assists in the game giving him 99 career points making him one point shy of becoming the 35th Crusader to reach 100 career points.
These two teams will face each other again tomorrow night, November 5, at the Hart Center with a start time of 7:00 p.m.