Nov. 24, 2007
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Freshman Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) netted his first collegiate hat trick as the Holy Cross men's hockey team tied Air Force, 5-5, on Saturday night at the Cadet Ice Arena in Atlantic Hockey action. With the tie, the Crusaders are now 4-4-2 overall (3-3-2 AHA), while the Falcons are 7-4-1 (5-4-1 AHA). Air Force won the two-game weekend series 1-0-1.
The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead at 4:38 into the first period when Sheen scored his second goal of the season. Sheen pounced on a loose puck in front of the net and buried it into the goal. The Falcons answered back with a power play goal by Josh Frider at the 7:10 mark to make it a 1-1 game. Air Force's Eric Ehn then netted his fifth goal of the year when he fired a slap shot into the goal at 13:08 to give the Falcons a 2-1 lead.
The Crusaders then tied the game at the 14:51 mark of the first period when sophomore Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) netted his fifth goal of the season. While on the power play, sophomore Rob Forshner (Sundre, Alberta) sent a pass from the left side from just inside the blue line to Driscoll at the right post of the goal, as he then placed the puck into the right side of the net. Senior Frank O'Grady (Kimberley, British Columbia) was also credited with an assist. Driscoll now has five power play goals which lead the team. With 40 seconds remaining in the period, the Falcons regained the lead with a goal by Brett Nylander. The goal was his fifth of the year. For the period, Air Force outshot Holy Cross, 10-2, while the Crusaders went 1-1 on the power play and the Falcons went 1-2.
At 1:13 into the second period, senior Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) stole the puck in the Air Force zone and then passed it to Sheen who sent a shot into the left side of the goal for his second goal of the game and third of the year to tie the game at 3-3. The Falcons jumped in front when Jeff Hajner scored on the power play at 5:22. Holy Cross answered right back to tie the game at 4-4 when sophomore Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) tipped in a slap shot by sophomore Bill Pinel (Third Lake, Ill.) at the 6:38 mark. The goal was Sheahan's team-best sixth of the season.
At the 14:54 mark of the second period, the Crusaders took a 5-4 lead when Sheen netted his third goal of the game and fourth of the season. Sheahan sent a pass to Sheen who redirected it into the left side of the goal. The Crusaders had seven shots and went 0-2 on the man-advantage, while the Falcons had 11 shots and went 1-2.
At 6:08 into the third period, Air Force tied the game at 5-5 when Frider sent a back hander off a rebound into the upper left corner of the net for his second power play goal of the game. The game would remain tied through overtime for the 5-5 final score.
Holy Cross sophomore goalie Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) made seven saves in the first period, while freshman goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) started the second period and stopped 25 shots and is now 2-3-1 on the season. Air Force goalie Andrew Volkening made six saves, while Ian Harper stopped one shot. Air Force outshot Holy Cross by a 37-12 margin, while the Crusaders went 1-3 on the power play and the Falcons went 3-6.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday, November 30, when they travel to Storrs, Conn., to take on Atlantic Hockey opponent Connecticut at 7:00 p.m. The two teams will meet again on Saturday, December 1, when Holy Cross hosts the Huskies at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m. On Saturday night, the eight hockey players that are members of the Holy Cross Athletic Hall of Fame will be honored.