Junior Tommy Muratore
Brian Foley Photography
Brian Foley Photography
Junior Tommy Muratore

Crusaders Tie Sacred Heart, 2-2

Holy Cross Athletics   01-14-2017

Score: Holy Cross 2, Sacred Heart 2 (OT)

Records: Holy Cross (9-9-4, 6-6-4 AHC); Sacred Heart (8-13-3, 6-11-2 AHC)

Location: Bridgeport, Conn. (Webster Bank Arena) 

Date: Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017

Time: 2:05 p.m.

THE LEAD:  Trailing 2-0 after the opening period, junior assistant captains T.J. Moore and Tommy Muratore each found the back of the net for the Crusaders as the Holy Cross men’s hockey team tied Sacred Heart, 2-2, on Saturday at Webster Bank Arena.

UNITED STATES MARINES THREE STARS

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • After fending off the first Sacred Heart power play 32 seconds into the first period, the Crusaders had the next three power play opportunities, but couldn’t find the back of the net in the opening period.
  • The Pioneers then scored twice to take a 2-0 advantage at the end of the first period. First at the 15:08 mark, Justin Danforth scored with a re-directed shot in the slot before Mitch Nylen netted the second Pioneers goal from the point with a wrist shot through heavy traffic.
  • Sacred Heart led in shots, 6-4, at the end of the first period, while the Crusaders went 0-3 on the power play and the Pioneers went 0-1.
  • The action picked up in the second period, as Holy Cross had a five power play surge and cut the deficit to one goal with a score by Moore. During one of the Holy Cross power plays, junior goalie Paul Berrafato skated off for the extra attacker advantage on a delayed penalty. Receiving the puck from junior forward Danny Lopez on the power play, Moore fired a wrist shot from the point for the high glove side goal at the 8:47 mark.
  • The Pioneers entered to the locker room with a 2-1 advantage at the end of the second frame. Sacred Heart led in second period shots, 12-11, as the Crusaders went 1-5 on second period power plays, while the Pioneers went 0-2.
  • Holy Cross carried the energy into the third period with Muratore finding the equalizer for the Crusaders at the 1:27 mark. Handling the puck, junior forward Scott Pooley deked a defender before putting a saved shot on frame. Muratore scored the bar down rebounder from the slot to tie the game at 2-2.
  • The score remained tied through the third period, bringing the contest to overtime. Both sides went 0-1 on third period power plays, while Holy Cross outshot Sacred Heart, 9-5.
  • In overtime, Berrafato made two major glove saves with under a minute left, as the score stayed tied at 2-2 at the final buzzer.

 INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Holy Cross had 26 shots on goal, while Sacred Heart took 30.
  • Berrafato posted 28 saves for the Crusaders, while Brett Magnus had 24 for the Pioneers.
  • The Crusaders went 1-9 on the power play, while the Pioneers went 0-3 on its power play attempts.
  • The Crusaders won 38 faceoffs, while the Pioneers secured 19.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • The Crusaders are now 34-30-4 all-time against Sacred Heart.
  • Moore picked up his fifth power play goal of the season. He now has 12 goals and nine assists for 21 points on the year. He has 38 goals and 34 assists for 72 career points.
  • Muratore earned his second goal of the season. He has two goals and five assists for seven points this season. In his career, he has three goals and 19 assists for 22 points.

UP NEXT

  • Holy Cross returns to the ice next weekend for a two-game home series versus Mercyhurst at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex on Jan. 20-21 at 7:05 p.m.

BE PART OF THE ACTION THIS SEASON

  • To purchase tickets for the 2016-2017 Holy Cross men's hockey season, call 1-844-GOCROSS or visit GoHolyCross.com/Tickets.    

STAY CONNECTED

  • There are numerous ways to stay connected with the Holy Cross men's hockey team. Follow the Crusaders on Twitter @HCrossMHockeyFacebook and Instagram.

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