Nov. 25, 2005
TROY, N.Y.- Junior Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) scored the game-winning goal with 5:01 remaining in the game and senior goaltender Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) made 33 saves as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Rensselaer, 3-2, in non-conference action at the 55th Annual Rensselar/Bank of America Holiday Hockey Tournament, on Friday night at the Houston Field House. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 7-2-1 overall, while the Engineers fall to 6-5-3 overall. On Saturday night, Holy Cross will face Nebraska-Omaha in the championship game at 7:00 p.m. Quesada's win gives him 44 for his career and is just one win away from tying the school-record of 45. This tournament is the oldest college hockey holiday tournament in the nation.
The first period went scoreless as both teams had eight shots. At the 11:31 and 15:55 marks Holy Cross went on power plays but could not get on the scoreboard. Then with 1:50 remaining Holy Cross freshman Kai Magnussen (Okotoks, Alberta) was called for a five minute major for hitting from behind. Just before the period ended junior Tanner Fogarty (McMurray, Pa.) had a great shorthanded opportunity but Rensselaer's goaltender Mathias Lange was able to make the save.
The second period started with RPI still on the power play, but the Holy Cross defense was solid allowing the Engineers only one shot on net on the five-minute power play. With 5:30 left in the period, Crusader junior James Sixsmith (Alexandria. Va.) gave Holy Cross a 1-0 lead when he stole the puck and went on a breakaway shooting it pass Lange for his first goal of the season. Senior goaltender Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) was impressive in net stopping 11 shots, as the Engineers outshot the Crusaders 11-6.
After a scoreless first 10 minutes of the third period, Holy Cross increased its lead to 2-0 when sophomore Cal St. Denis (Freelton, Ontario) scored off a rebound from a shot by junior Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.) for his first goal of the season. The Engineers then scored two goals in a 14 second period to tie the game at 2-2. Keith McWilliams scored the first goal with 8:50 left on the clock, while Kevin Croxton scored the second just 14 seconds later.
With 5:01 remaining in the period Reinhardt gave Holy Cross the lead for good when he placed the puck into the upper right corner of the net from a crossing pass by Sixsmith.
RPI outshot Holy Cross by a 35-18 margin. The win is the first for Holy Cross against RPI as the all-time series record is now 1-4.