Crusaders soar over Falcons

Oct. 30, 2004

Worcester, Mass. - Junior Pierre Napert-Frenette (Bathurst, N.B.) posted his first career-hat trick to lead the Crusaders over Air Force, 5-2, Saturday night at the Hart Center in front of a crowd of 1,687.

With the non-conference win Holy Cross improves to 2-1-1 overall, while the Falcons fall to 2-2-2 overall.

The Crusaders jumped on the board first when Napert-Frenette scored from the front of the crease at 1:40 into the first period. Senior Tony Coskren (Walpole, Mass.) and junior Blair Bartlett (Dryden, Ont.) were credited with the assist.

Sophomore James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) netted his third puck of the year, a power play goal at 11:26 in the first, to put the Crusaders up by two.

The Falcons answered with a goal with one second remaining in the first period when sophomore Brandon Merkosky (Queensbury, N.Y.) put the puck past junior netminder Ben Conway (South Hadley, Mass.).

Napert-Frenette opened up the second period scoring the eventual game-winner from the inside edge of the face-off circle at 3:32 . Sixsmith and freshman Cal St. Denis (Freelton, Ont.), who registered his first career-point, were assisted with the goal.

Sophomore Tanner Fogarty (McMurray, Pa.) then scored an insurance goal, his first of the season, at 7:03 to put the score at 4-1.

With 1:30 expired in the third period, Napert-Frenette scored his third goal of the game from the front of the crease to put the Cruasaders up by four. Sixsmith and Coskren juggled the puck back and forth before passing it to Napert-Frenette.

Air Force scored late in the third period, to get within three at 19:23 when freshman Peter Shenk (Minnetonka, Minn.) scored his first collegiate-goal from the blue-line. Sophomore Billy Devoney (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) assisted with the goal.

Conway received his first win of the season and halted 29 shots, while Peter Foster (Canton, Mich.) took the loss for the Falcons, stopping nine shots and allowing four goals in 27:03 minutes of action. Freshman Ian Harper (Colorado Springs, Colo.) stepped into goal for the Falcons midway through the second period and allowed only one goal and stopped 12 shots.

The Crusaders, who are now 2-1-1, travel to Springfield , Mass. to take on league rival American International on Friday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. Holy Cross returns to the Hart Center the following night, Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. to take on Atlantic Hockey foe Bentley.