Dec. 8, 2004
Worcester, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's hockey team and Connecticut tied in overtime, 2-2, for the first time in 71 games, Wednesday night at the Hart Center.
With the decision Holy Cross is now 6-5-4 overall and 3-2-2 in Atlantic Hockey, as UConn notches its first league tie with a record of 2-4-1 and an overall record of 3-10-2.
After a scoreless first period the Crusaders jumped on the board at 1:42 in the second when sophomore James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) flung the puck from behind the net to freshman Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.), who knocked the puck out of mid-air over the shoulder of UConn netminder Scott Tomes (Windham, N.H.) for his first collegiate-goal while on the power play.
Holy Cross stuck a second time, putting them ahead by two at 7:35 in the second when junior Andrew Weber (Hanson, Mass.) found a loose puck in front of the Huskies goal and snapped it over Tomes for his first goal of the season. Sophomore Tanner Fogarty (McMurray, Pa.) and senior Chris Sullivan (South Windsor, Conn.) were credited with the assists.
The Huskies cut the Crusaders lead in half when sophomore Eric Helstedt (Minot, N.D.) skated around the top of the right face off circle and fired a shot that was tipped by senior Beau McLaughlin (Virginia Beach, Va.) to slip past Holy Cross netminder Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) at 14:51 in the second.
UConn tied the game midway through the third when senior Matt Grew (Yarmouthport, Mass.) came from behind the net and found sophomore B.J. Crum (Hampden, Mass.), who one-timed a shot at 10:10 in the third.
Quesada made 26 saves for the Crusaders, while Tomes halted 33 shots on goal for his first tie of the season.
Holy Cross travels to Storrs, Conn. for the Toyota UConn Hockey Classic, Thursday-Friday, Dec. 30-31, when they take on Connecticut at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, followed by Brown or Merrimack on Friday, at 1:30 or 4:30 p.m.