Canisius got on the board just 2:55 into the first period when Andrew Dawe scored a power play goal for his fifth goal of the season. The Crusaders answered back to tie the game at 1-1 at the 8:05 mark, when on the power play senior co-captain Pierre Napert-Frenette (Bathurst, New Brunswick) fired a shot from the blue line which was saved by Canisius goaltender Max Buetow, but he could not control the puck as McGregor knocked it into the net.
Holy Cross took a 2-1 lead when junior Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.) scored his third goal of the season putting in his own rebound at the 14:12 mark. Junior James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) and sophomore Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) had assists on the goal. McGregor then scored his second goal of the game three minutes later on the power play to give the Crusaders a 3-1 lead. The goal was very similar to his first as Napert-Frenette fired a shot from the right face off circle and McGregor then knocked in the rebound. Each team tallied nine shots in the period, while Holy Cross went 2-2 on the power play.
Holy Cross extended its lead to 4-1 at the 7:36 mark of the second period when junior Sean Nappo (Northville, Mich.) scored his fourth goal of the season off a crossing pass from Reinhardt. Sophomore Matt Burke (Milton, Mass.) also received an assist on the play. Reinhardt then scored a goal of his own for his third of the season at 13:45 to make the score 5-1. Sixsmith and junior Rob Godfrey (Thunder Bay, Ontario) were credited with assists. For the period, Canisius outshot Holy Cross, 10-6.
There would be no more scoring in the game as Holy Cross senior goaltender Ben Conway (South Hadley, Mass.) made 24 saves to earn the victory and improve to 3-1-0 on the season, while Buetow stopped 10 shots in the first two periods and Dan Giffin made eight saves in the third. The Crusaders went 2-9 on the power play and the Golden Griffins went 1-9.
The Crusaders will return to action when they participate in the Ohio Hockey Classic on Thursday and Friday, December 29-30, at the Nationwide Arena, in Columbus, Ohio. On Thursday, Holy Cross will face tournament host Ohio State at 8:05 p.m., while it will face either Miami of Ohio or Rensselaer on Friday at 5:05 p.m. or 8:05 p.m.