December 30, 2007

Holy Cross Men's Hockey Ties Western Michigan, 1-1

Dec. 30, 2007

Box Score

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Holy Cross freshman forward Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) tied the game with 2:01 left in the third period as the Holy Cross men's hockey team tied CCHA member Western Michigan, 1-1, on Sunday afternoon in the third-place game of the Sheraton/TD Banknorth Catamount Cup at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Western Michigan won a shootout, 2-0, to earn a third-place finish in the tournament. With the tie, the Crusaders are now 5-4-6 overall and extend its unbeaten streak to six games (1-0-5), while the Broncos are now 6-11-1 overall. This was the first ever meeting between the two schools.

The first period went scoreless as Holy Cross sophomore goalie Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) made 11 saves, while Jerry Kuhn stopped 4 shots for Western Michigan. Each team went 0-1 on the power play.

The second period also went scoreless as the Crusaders outshot the Broncos by a 16-7 margin, while Holy Cross went 0-4 on the man-advantage and Western Michigan went 0-2.

Western Michigan took a 1-0 lead at the 9:37 mark of the third period when Mike Lesperance sent a backhand into the upper left corner of the net for his fourth goal of the season. The Crusaders tied the game at 1-1 with 2:01 left in the period when Sheen netted a shorthanded goal for his ninth goal in the last six games and team-leading 10th of the season. Senior Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) sent a crossing pass to Everett in front of the net as he then buried the puck into the goal. After a scoreless overtime period, Western Michigan won a shootout, 2-0, to decide third-place in the tournament.

Dams made 28 saves, while Kuhn stopped 30 shots for Western Michigan. The Crusaders outshot the Broncos, 31-29, while Holy Cross went 0-7 on the power play and Western Michigan went 0-5.

Sheen, who scored both of Holy Cross' goals this weekend, was named to the all-tournament team.

The Crusaders return to action on Friday and Saturday, January 4-5, when they host Atlantic Hockey opponent RIT at the Hart Center for two games. Both contests are set to start at 7:00 p.m.