Nov. 11, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Sacred Heart's Pierre-Luc O'Brien scored at 2:34 into sudden-death overtime as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Sacred Heart, 5-4, in Atlantic Hockey action at the Hart Center on Saturday night. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 4-5-0 overall (3-3-0 AHA), while the Pioneers improve to 7-3-1 overall (6-1-1 AHA).
The Pioneers got on the board first when Erik Boisvert scored his third goal of the season at 5:29 into the game. The Crusaders then answered with two straight goals to take a 2-1 lead. Junior Brian Kolb (Sandwich, Mass.) knocked in his own rebound at the 10:51 mark with assists credited to junior Chris Trovato (North Attleboro, Mass) and sophomore Marty Dams (Manotick, Ontario). It was Kolb's second goal of the year.
Holy Cross' second goal came on the power play when junior Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) tipped in a slap shot by senior Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.) for his sixth goal of the season at 13:22. Senior James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) also assisted on the goal. Two minutes later the Pioneers tied the game at 2-2 with a power play goal by Alexandre Parent.
At the 16:57 mark of the second period, freshman Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) scored on the power play off a rebound from a shot by Landry to give Holy Cross a 3-2 advantage. Driscoll now has four goals on the season.
Sacred Heart tied the game at 15:39 into the third period when Parent scored his second goal of the game. Just 42 seconds later, Bear Trapp gave the Pioneers a 4-3 lead. With 1:47 remaining in the period, the Crusaders went with an empty net and took advantage of the extra man when Sixsmith tied the game with just 22 seconds left to send it into overtime. Landry sent a crossing pass to the lower left side of net where Sixsmith then placed the puck into the goal.
O'Brien's game-winner was his ninth goal of the season. Holy Cross freshman goalie Tyler Chestnut (Faribault, Minn.) made 25 saves and is now 2-2 on the season, while Jason Smith stopped 37 shots for the Pioneers and improves to 5-2. Holy Cross outshot Sacred Heart by a 41-30 margin, while the Crusaders went 2-8 on the power play and the Pioneers went 1-5.
Sixsmith now has 88 career assists which ties him for 10th all-time at Holy Cross with Larry Murphy (1966-70), while he is second all-time on Holy Cross' Division I assists list. Current San Jose Shark Patrick Rissmiller (1998-2002) owns the Division I record with 90 assists.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday and Saturday, November 17-18, when they host Army at the Hart Center. Both games are set to start at 7:00 p.m.