March 6, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross senior goaltender Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) has been named the Atlantic Hockey Association Goaltender of the Week for his performance in the Crusaders' sweep of Bentley. Quesada made 48 saves on 50 shots in the two games. He made 26 saves as he recorded his sixth career shutout and second of the season in the 1-0 win on Friday, while in the 3-2 win on Saturday night, he stopped 22 shots. This is the sixth time is his career and third time this season that he has been named AHA Goaltender of the Week.
A semifinalist for the Walter Brown Award, Quesada is now 18-5-2 on the season, as his 18 wins is a new career high and ties him for second on the single-season all-time list at Holy Cross with Rob McGlory who had 18 wins in the 1982-83 season. The record is 19 set by Mark Young in the 1979-80 season. Quesada's .760 winning percentage this season ranks him third in the country. His .925 save percentage is second in the league and 10th nationally, while his 2.28 goals against average is second in the league and 18th nationally. Quesada's .925 save percentage also ties his career best and school record for a single-season that he set as a sophomore in the 2003-04 season.
Quesada currently owns five of the six all-time career goaltending records at Holy Cross. He ranks first all-time for save percentage (.914), goals against average (2.50), wins (57), games played (100) and minutes played (5733:26), while he is second in saves (2551).
With their 3-2 win over Bentley on Saturday night and Sacred Heart's 4-3 loss to UConn, the Crusaders won the Atlantic Hockey regular season championship for the second time in three seasons. Holy Cross is currently 23-9-2 overall (19-7-2 AHA) and will host American International College in the Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals on Saturday, March 11, at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m. As announced before the season, Holy Cross will also host the semifinals and finals at the Hart Center on March 17-18.
Holy Cross' 23 wins is a new school record. Both the 1998-99 and 2003-04 teams each won 22 games.