April 19, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - With 51 seconds remaining Holy Cross tied the game, 10-10, to send it into the extra stanza, before nationally ranked No. 7 Army netted the game-winner in the second overtime for a final score of 11-10.
The Crusaders opened strong, taking a 2-0 lead with 4:23 remaining in the first period. Sophomore Kyle Gwyn-Williams (Shrewsbury, N.J.) netted his first collegiate-goal in style as he put Holy Cross on the board halfway through the first quarter with help from senior Mike McKee (Sloatsburg, N.Y.). Less than four minutes later, Paul LeBlanc (Lexington, Mass.) gave the Crusaders a two-goal lead.
The Black Knights cut Holy Cross' lead in half when Brian Green scored his sixth goal of the season with 57 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Holy Cross answered with three straight goals in the second, including two tallies by Junior Billy Klotz (Derry, N.H.) and one by classmate John O'Sullivan (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.). With just under two minutes remaining in the first half, Green scored his second of three goals on the night to put the score at 5-2. But the Crusaders quickly took back their four goal lead as Klotz netted his third goal in span of 4:34 for a score of 6-2.
Army kicked off the second half with a pair of unassisted goals by Justin Bokmeyer and Jim Wagner, dropping Holy Cross' lead to just two, but the Crusaders matched the Black Knights two goals with a pair of their own. Klotz netted a man-up goal of the game with 7:51 remaining with help from newcomer Toby Banta (Melrose, Mass.). McKee put the score at 8-4 at the five minute mark of the third.
The Black Knights then exploded with five uninterrupted goals to take their first lead of the game. With 1:30 remaining in the third, Jon Burton scored his first goal of the season. Junior John Walker posted two back-to-back goals to commence the fourth quarter. Green evened the score 8-8 with 4:58 left in regulation before Bokmeyer gave Army a 9-8 lead.
With 2:03 remaining Holy Cross tied the game when Banta netted his second career-goal with assistance from McKee. The two teams exchanged goals before the end of regulation, Wagner gave Army a 10-9 lead with 1:03 remaining, but 12 seconds later LeBlanc answered with his 18th tally of the season to even the score, 10-10, to end regulation.
After a scoreless first overtime, Matt Scheel netted the game-winner 1:45 into the second extra stanza to give Army the victory.
With the loss, Holy Cross falls to 3-10 overall and ends conference action with a record of 1-4. the Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, April 27, for their final game of the season against Sacred Heart in Fairfield, Conn., at 5:00 p.m.