Men's Hockey Downs Sacred Heart, 3-1
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The Holy Cross men’s hockey team defeated Sacred Heart, 3-1, at the Webster Bank Arena on Friday night.
Holy Cross (8-8-7, 7-4-6 AHC) scored a power play goal early in the first period and extended its lead to 2-0 just over four minutes into the second period. Sacred Heart (5-13-4, 3-9-4 AHC) responded more than ten minutes later to cut the Crusader lead to 2-1.
In the third period, the team’s battled back-and-forth with the Pioneers holding a 12-11 advantage in shots. The Crusaders added an empty net goal with three seconds to secure the win.
HOW IT HAPPENED
1-0 HC (1st, 2:32, PP): T.J. Moore worked the puck along the blue line to Spencer Trapp at the center point. Trapp sent the puck towards the goal for a Scott Pooley tip shot that created a juicy rebound. Danny Lopez was wide open below the left faceoff dot and the senior forward fired a wrist shot into the yawning net.
2-0 HC (2nd, 4:14, EV): Charlie Barrow sent a stretch breakout pass from the defensive corner to Lopez on the offensive blue line. Lopez then walked the puck into the slot and deked around the Sacred Heart defense for a top-shelf shot past Perry.
2-1 SHU (2nd, 16:33, EV): After a scrum on the half wall, the puck popped to Alex Bates on the point, who sent a wrist shot through traffic that beat Paul Berrafato.
3-1 HC (3rd, 19:57, EN): Michael Laffin grabbed the puck from mid-air in the neutral zone and skated with Lopez on a two-on-one. Once they beat the defender, Lopez skated into the slot and tapped the puck into the open net.
- Danny Lopez scored all three Crusader goals. It is the first time a single Crusader tallied each goal for the team.
- Lopez’s hat trick is the second of his career.
- Michael Laffin and Scott Pooley stretch their point streak to six games.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Holy Cross outshot Sacred Heart, 29-24.
- Paul Berrafato made 23 saves.
- The Crusaders blocked 14 shots.
- Holy Cross won 51% of faceoffs.
Holy Cross close the Atlantic Hockey series with Sacred Heart at the Hart Center on Saturday, Jan. 13. The Crusaders and Pioneers will face off at 7:05 p.m.
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