Dec. 30, 2006
STORRS, Conn. - The Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Northeastern, 7-2, in the third place game of the Toyota UConn Hockey Classic at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 7-10-2 overall, while the Huskies improve to 5-10-2 overall.
Holy Cross took a 1-0 lead at the 12:18 mark of the first period when senior Tanner Fogarty (McMurray, Pa.) scored a shorthanded goal on a breakaway for his second goal of the season. A little over a minute later, Northeastern's Dennis McCauley tied the game at 1-1 with his fourth goal of the season. For the period, the Crusaders had five shots, while the Huskies had 10.
The second period went scoreless as the Huskies outshot the Crusaders, 11-5, while Holy Cross went 0-3 on the man-advantage and Northeastern went 0-2.
Just 15 seconds into the third period, senior captain James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) gave Holy Cross a 2-1 lead when he buried in a rebound off a shot by senior Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.) while on the power play. The goal was Sixsmith's seventh of the season.
Northeastern would then go onto score six straight goals. Ryan Ginand tied the game at 4:48 and then Joe Vitale gave the Huskies a 3-2 lead just 11 seconds later. At the 6:18 mark Kyle Kraemer netted a goal for the 4-2 Northeastern lead, while Joe Santilli extended the lead to 5-2 at the 13:50 mark. At 18:25 Jimmy Russo scored an empty net goal and then Jim Driscoll scored the last goal of the game with 16 seconds left.
Holy Cross sophomore goaltender Charlie Lockwood (Breckenridge, Colo.) made 25 saves, while Adam Geragosian stopped 15 shots for Northeastern. The Huskies outshot the Crusaders by a 32-17 margin, while Holy Cross went 1-7 on the power play and Northeastern went 1-8.
The Crusaders will return to action on Friday and Saturday, January 5-6, when they travel to Watertown, Mass., to take on Atlantic Hockey opponent Bentley for two games at the John A. Ryan Arena. Both games are set to start at 7:00 p.m.