Nov. 26, 2005
TROY, N.Y.- The Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Nebraska-Omaha, 6-1, in non-conference action in the championship game of the 55th Annual Rensselar/Bank of America Holiday Hockey Tournament, on Saturday night at the Houston Field House. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 7-3-1 overall (5-2-1 AHA), while the Mavericks improve to 7-6-0 overall (3-5-0 CCHA). Junior Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass) was named to the all-tournament team. This was the first ever meeting between the two schools. Earlier in the day, tournament host Rensselaer defeated Providence, 3-2, in the third place game.
Nebraska-Omaha's Dan Knapp scored the only goal of the first period when he netted a power play goal at 9:44 into the period. Holy Cross senior goaltender Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) kept the deficit at only 1-0 as he made 12 saves in the period as the Mavericks outshot the Crusaders by a 13-1 margin.
The second period started with the Crusaders on the power play but they could not convert, and then at 5:41 into the period, the Mavericks increased their lead to 2-0 when Dan Charleston scored. Nebraska-Omaha went on a two-on-one as Tomas Klempa crossed it in front of the net to Charleston who was then able to get it by Quesada.
Holy Cross then cut the lead in half when senior Pierre Napert-Frenette (Bathurst, New Brunswick) scored a power play goal at the 8:35 mark. Junior Rob Godfrey (Thunder Bay, Ontario) passed the puck from the left corner of the blue line to Napert-Frenette at the lower edge of the right face off circle, who then placed it into the net for his sixth goal of the season. The Mavericks regained their two-goal lead at 15:30 into the period when J.P. Platisha increased the lead to 3-1 with his third goal of the season. Both teams had eight shots in the period.
The Mavericks extended their lead to 4-1 at 6:36 into the third period when Alex Nikiforuk scored his sixth goal of the season. In the final minute the Mavericks scored two goals as Adam Bartholomay and Bill Thomas added late goals.
Quesada made 27 saves, as he is now 5-2-1 on the season, while freshman Jerad Kaufmann stopped 15 shots to earn the win and improve to 4-2-0.
The Crusaders will return to Atlantic Hockey action when they travel to Buffalo, N.Y., to take on Canisius at the Buffalo State Sports Arena on Friday and Saturday, December 2-3. Both games are scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.