Dec. 4, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - Freshmen forwards J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) and Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) each scored a goal as the Holy Cross men's hockey team tied Merrimack, 2-2, on Tuesday night at the Hart Center in non-conference action. With the tie, the Crusaders are now 5-4-4 overall and extend its unbeaten streak to four games (1-0-3), while the Warriors are now 6-6-2 overall. The Crusaders are 3-1-1 in their last five games against teams from Hockey East, including a 6-4 victory at Providence this season on October 20.
Merrimack jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Rob Ricci scored at 21 seconds in the first period. The Warriors increased their lead to 2-0 at 12:55 when Ricci scored on the power play for his second goal of the game. For the period, Merrimack outshot Holy Cross by a 15-6 margin, while the Crusaders went 0-2 on the power play and the Warriors went 1-2.
The Crusaders made it a 2-1 game at the 5:39 mark of the second period when Martignetti netted a power play goal for his third goal of the season. Sophomore forward Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) sent a pass from behind the net to Martignetti who was waiting out in front of the net as he then buried the puck into the goal. Holy Cross tied the game at 2-2 with 28 seconds remaining in the period when Sheen fired in a rebound off a shot from senior Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.). The goal was Sheen's team-leading eighth of the year as he has scored seven goals in the last four games. The Crusaders outshot the Warriors, 15-7, while Holy Cross went 1-4 on the man-advantage and Merrimack went 0-1.
The third period went scoreless as Merrimack had 11 shots and Holy Cross had eight, while each team went 0-1 on the man-advantage. The game remained tied at 2-2 through overtime as Merrimack took two shots and Holy Cross took one.
Holy Cross sophomore goalie Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) made 33 saves and is now 2-1-2 on the year, while Patrick Watson stopped 28 shots and is now 4-5-2. Merrimack outshot Holy Cross by a 35-30 margin, while the Crusaders went 1-7 on the power play and the Warriors went 1-4.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, December 29, when they travel to Burlington, Vt. to play Hockey East member Vermont in the Catamount Cup at 6:30 p.m. Holy Cross will then take on either Quinnipiac or Western Michigan on Sunday, December 30.