Nov. 12, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - Senior co-captain Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ontario) scored two goals but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Mercyhurst, 4-3, in Atlantic Hockey action, on Saturday night at the Hart Center. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 5-2-0 (4-2-0 AHA), while the Lakers improve to 6-2-0 overall (5-1-0 AHA), as the two teams split the weekend series. McGregor scored five goals in the series including a hat trick in Friday's 10-3 win.
Mercyhurst's Mike Pochatek scored the lone goal of the first period at the 5:45 mark to give the Lakers a 1-0 lead. Holy Cross outshot Mercyhurst, 13-12 in the period.
McGregor scored his first goal of the game five minutes into the second period on a power play with assists from junior Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.) and senior goaltender Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine). Two minutes later, senior co-captain Pierre Napert-Frenette (Bathurst, New Brunswick) gave the Crusaders a 2-1 lead when he scored his fifth goal of the season. The Lakers tied the game at 2-2, when Kyle Gourgon scored a power play goal.
McGregor scored his second goal and seventh of the season to give the Crusaders a 3-2 lead with just over 10 minutes remaining in the third period. Just 25 seconds later, Scott Champagne netted a goal for Mercyhurst to tie the game at 3-3. Gourgon then scored his second goal for the game-winner with just under six minutes left in the game. Holy Cross went with an empty net for the last minute of action but could not tie the game.
The Lakers outshot the Crusaders by a 42-35 margin, while Holy Cross converted on one of four power plays and Mercyhurst went one for five. Tonight's game had nine penalties compared to Friday night's 36 penalties. Quesada made 38 saves to fall to 4-1-0, while Tyler Small stopped 32 shots to earn the win and improve to 3-0-0.
The Crusaders return to action when they face Atlantic Hockey opponent American International, in a home-and-home series. Holy Cross will host the Yellow Jackets at the Hart Center on Friday, November 18, at 7:00 p.m., while AIC will host Holy Cross in Springfield, Mass., on Saturday, November 19, at 7:00 p.m.