Nov. 11, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - Senior co-captain Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ontario) netted a hat trick as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Mercyhurst, 10-3, in Atlantic Hockey action, on Friday night at the Hart Center. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 5-1-0 and move into a first place tie with the Lakers as both teams have 4-1-0 Atlantic Hockey records. Mercyhurst falls to 5-2-0 overall. The 10 goals scored by the Crusaders mark the first time they have scored 10 goals or more since defeating Iona, 11-0, on February 4, 1998.
Senior co-captain Pierre Napert-Frenette (Bathurst, New Brunswick) opened up the scoring for Holy Cross at 3:45 into the game to give the Crusaders the early 1-0 lead. Mercyhurst's Scott Champagne tallied an unassisted goal a minute later to tie the game. Holy Cross then scored six straight times with three goals by McGregor and one goal each by junior Sean Nappo (Northville, Mich.), junior Tanner Fogarty (McMurray, Pa.) and senior Marc Bianchi (Ithaca, N.Y.).
The Lakers got on the board first in the second period when Brett Robinson scored a goal at the 3:03 mark, but the Crusaders answered three minutes later when freshman Shane McAdam (Hamilton, Ontario) scored his second goal of the year to increase the lead to 8-2. The period ended with an 8-3 score as Erik Johnson added a goal for Mercyhurst.
The Crusaders added onto their lead in the third period when Nappo scored his second goal of the game and freshman Dewey Thomson (Northbridge, Mass.) scored his first collegiate goal.
Senior goaltender Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) made 33 saves to improve to 4-0-0 on the season and he now has 43 career wins and is just two away from tying the school-record of 45. There were a total of 36 penalties in the contest as the Lakers had 19 and Holy Cross had 17. The Crusaders scored five penalty play goals and shutout Mercyhurst on 14 power play opportunities.
These two teams will battle it out for first place on Saturday night at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m.