Nov. 21, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) scored two goals and the Crusaders went four-for-five on the power play as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Connecticut, 7-3, in Atlantic Hockey action this evening at the Hart Center. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 7-5-0 overall (6-3-0 AHA), while the Huskies fall to 3-9-0 overall (3-5-0 AHA). Senior James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) had three assists moving him into first on the Holy Cross all-time Division I career assists list with 93. The record was 90 held by current San Jose Shark Patrick Rissmiller (1998-2002).
Holy Cross wasted no time getting on the scoreboard when a shot from junior Frank O'Grady (Kimberley, British Columbia) was reflected by a UConn defender and went into the net at 2:12 into the game for a power play goal. The goal is O'Grady's second of the season. The Huskies bounced back and tied the game at 1-1 at the 4:55 mark with a breakaway goal by Alex Kirschner.
The Crusaders scored four goals in the second period to move out to a 5-1 lead. Reinhardt netted his first goal of the game at just 30 seconds into the second period when Sixsmith sent a pass from the left corner boards behind the net to Reinhardt, who then buried the puck into the lower right side of the goal. Sixsmith's assist gave him the all-time record.
Four minutes later, freshman Rob Forshner (Sundre, Alberta) fired in a slapshot from the right face-off circle while on the power play. At the 8:30 mark, senior Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.) received a crossing pass from Sixsmith from the right side and then knocked the puck into left side of the net for a power play goal and his eighth goal of the season. Junior Matt Werry (Regina, Saskatchewan) increased Holy Cross' lead to 5-1 when junior Cal St. Denis (Freelton, Ontario) sent a pass from behind the net to Werry who fired it in for his first goal of the year.
In the third period, the Crusaders scored their fifth straight goal when Reinhardt scored off a rebound from a shot by junior Matt Burke (Milton, Mass.). Reinhardt now has a team-leading nine goals. UConn made it a 6-2 game when Scott McDougall knocked in a rebound at 13:46. The Crusaders increased their lead to 7-2 when freshman Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) scored on a wrap around at 16:18. McDougall netted the last goal of the game with 58 seconds remaining for 7-3 final score.
Freshman goaltender Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) made 24 saves to earn the win and improve to 5-3-0 on the season, while Jon Anderson made 10 saves and allowed five goals in the first 34:46, before Scott Tomes stopped 11 shots and allowed two goals in the final 25:14. Holy Cross had 28 shots and killed all five of UConn's power play opportunities, while the Huskies took 27 shots.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday and Saturday, November 24-25, when they travel to Erie, Pa., to take on Atlantic Hockey opponent Mercyhurst. Both games are set to start at 7:00 p.m.