Dec. 5, 2008
WATERTOWN, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Bentley, 4-1, on Friday evening at the John A. Ryan Skating Arena in Atlantic Hockey action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 4-10-1 overall (4-8-1 Atlantic Hockey), while the Falcons improve to 6-5-1 overall (5-3-1 Atlantic Hockey). These two teams will conclude this week's home-and-home series on Saturday when Holy Cross hosts Bentley at 7:00 p.m.
The first period went scoreless as Holy Cross sophomore goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) was outstanding in net as he made 13 saves, while the Crusaders had four shots.
At 4:32 into the second period, the Falcons took a 1-0 lead when Pat Percella scored his fourth goal of the year when he fired in a rebound off a shot by Mike Switzer. Just 1:30 later, Bentley increased its lead to 2-0 with an unassisted goal by Erik Peterson. The goal was his second of the season. At the 11:58 mark, the Falcons scored their third straight goal when Ryan Kayfes found the net on a power play for his first goal of the season. For the period, Holy Cross had 10 shots and Bentley had eight.
The Crusaders made it a 3-1 game at the 6:09 mark of the third period when sophomore Matt Celin (Gibsonia, Pa.), who played his first game as a forward after playing 40 career games as a defender, scored his first goal of the year. Freshmen Gianni Baldassari (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Matthew Davis (Lancaster, N.Y.) each recorded their first collegiate points with assists on the goal. After Davis blasted a slap shot that was blocked, Falcons' goalie Joe Calvi then stopped a shot by Baldassari, but Celin was then able to knock in the rebound into the left side of the net. Bentley added a power play goal by Marc Menzione with one second remaining in the third period for his fourth goal of the season and the 4-1 final score.
Roy made 24 saves and is now 4-9-1, while Calvi stopped 26 shots and improves to 4-2-0. The Falcons outshot Holy Cross by a 28-27 margin, while the Crusaders went 0-4 on the man-advantage and Bentley went 2-5.