Records: Holy Cross (13-13-6, 10-10-6 AHC); Army West Point (16-11-4, 15-9-2 AHC)
Location: West Point, N.Y. (Tate Rink)
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 7:05 p.m.
The Lead: Army forward Conor Andrle scored the game winning goal as the Holy Cross men’s hockey team was defeated by Army West Point, 4-2, on Saturday night at Tate Rink.
UNITED STATES MARINES THREE STARS:
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Black Knights opened the scoring early at 1:22 when Michael Wilson wrapped around the net and knocked the puck past the lower stick side Holy Cross junior goalie Paul Berrafato to give Army a 1-0 lead. Dalton MacAfee and Taylor Maruya each tallied an assist on the play.
Not long after, at 5:25, sophomore defenseman Johnny Coughlin took a shot that ricocheted off sophomore forward Peter Crinella into the net, tying the score at 1-1. Freshman defenseman Charlie Barrow also recorded an assist on the goal.
Then, at 15:20, Alex Wilkinson wristed a shot from the top of the left face-off circle to give the Black Knights a 2-1 lead. C.J. Reuschlein and Tipper Higgins recorded assists on the play.
Shortly after, junior forward Ryan Ferrill went on a breakaway and sent a shot past the stick side of Parker Gahagen to score the equalizer for the Crusaders at 16:52, making the score 2-2.
With just 16.2 seconds left in the first period, MacAfee fired a pass from the top of the left face-off circle to Andrle who then converted the power play goal as the Black Knights finished the first period leading 3-2.
Holy Cross outshot Army 15-7 in the first period, while the Black Knights went 0-1 on the power play.
Neither team was able to find the back of the net during the second period.
Army outshot Holy Cross 9-5 in the second period, while the Black Knights went 0-2 on the power play.
With 1:10 left in the game, the Crusaders went with an empty net. Then, with 47 seconds remaining, Trevor Fidler wristed a shot from the top of the right face-off circle to secure the 4-2 victory for Army.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Holy Cross outshot Army, 33-19.
The Crusaders went 0-1 on the power play, while Army went 1-3.
Berrafato made 15 saves, while Gahagen recorded 30 to earn the victory.
The Crusaders won 40 face-offs, while the Black Knights secured 30.
The Crusaders return to action when they travel to Watertown, Mass. on Friday, February 24 to take on Bentley at 7:05 p.m.
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