Crusaders post win in first league game

Nov. 5, 2004

West Springfield, Mass. - The Crusaders diminished the Yellow Jackets' hopes of winning their homeopener after scoring a barrage of third-period goals to conclude the game in favor of Holy Cross, 3-1, Friday night at the Olympia Ice Center.

The Crusaders were led by senior assistant captain Tony Coskren (Walpole, Mass.), who scored his first goal of the season to put the Crusaders on the board and evened the score at one-all with a slap shot from the blue line at 13:24 in the third. A duo of freshman, Cal St. Denis (Freelton, Ont.) and Matt Werry (Regina, Sask.) were credited with the assist.

With two minutes left in the game and a man-up, sophomore Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.) scored the game-winner from the bottom on the face-off circle on a rebound shot from sophomore James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.). Coskren added an assist to tally a two-point night.

Holy Cross scored one last time at 18:56 when junior assistant captain Pierre Napert Frenette (Bathurst, N.B.) scored on an empty net from the blue line with the help from junior Mark Bianchi (Ithaca, N.Y.) and Sixsmith.

After a scoreless first period American International jumped on the board first when Andy Walbert (Ford City, Pa.) scored from the front of the crease at 6:02.

Junior Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) stopped 23 shots for his first win of the season, while Frank Novello (Sault St. Marie, Ont.) made 44 saves for the loss.

With the victory the Crusaders post their first Atlantic Hockey victory and are now 3-1-1 overall, while the Yellow Jackets fall to 0-4-0 overall and 0-2-0 in Atlantic Hockey.

Holy Cross returns to the Hart Center on Saturday, Nov. 6, to take on league rival Bentley at 7:30 p.m.