Dec. 2, 2005
BUFFALO, N.Y.- Senior goaltender Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) made 31 saves earning the win and tying the school-record for career wins with 45 as the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeated Canisius, 4-2, in Atlantic Hockey action on Friday night at the Buffalo State Sports Arena. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 8-3-1 overall (6-2-1 AHA), while the Golden Griffins fall to 5-7-1 overall (3-5-1 AHA). Quesada is now 6-2-1 on the season and his 45 career wins ties the school-record set by Paul Pijanowski (1984-87). These two teams will face each other again on Saturday night in Buffalo at 7:00 p.m.
The Crusaders got on the board just 1:14 into the first period when freshman Kai Magnussen (Okotoks, Alberta) took the puck out of the air off a deflection and put it into the net for his second goal of the season. Assists were credited to senior Marc Bianchi (Ithaca, N.Y.) and sophomore Cal St. Denis (Freelton, Ontario). Holy Cross increased its lead to 2-0 at the 14:36 mark when senior co-captain Pierre Napert-Frenette (Bathurst, New Brunswick) scored a power play goal for his seventh goal of the year with assists by junior Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.) and senior co-captain Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ontario). For the period, the Crusaders outshot the Golden Griffins by an 11-9 margin.
Holy Cross started off the second period on a power play and capitalized when Napert-Frenette crossed the puck in front of net to Landry who then fired it into the net for the only goal of the period and his second goal of the season. Holy Cross outshot Canisius, 11-10.
The Golden Griffins got on the board a minute into the third period when Andrew Dawe netted his fourth goal of the season to make the score 3-1. The Crusaders answered right back just 24 seconds later when junior James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) scored his second goal of the season with assists by sophomore Matt Burke (Milton, Mass.) and junior Sean Nappo (Northville, Mich.). Canisius then cut the deficit to two when David Ovcjak scored an unassisted goal 30 seconds later. Holy Cross was able to keep Canisius off the scoreboard the rest away to earn the 4-2 win.
Max Buetow made 37 saves for Canisius, while the Griffs outshot the Crusaders by a 33-31 margin. Holy Cross went 2-6 on the power play and Canisius went 0-6.