Mike Barrett recorded his first career hat trick.
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Brian Foley Photography
Mike Barrett recorded his first career hat trick.

Crusaders Win 5-4 Overtime Thriller At Bentley

Holy Cross Athletics   02-24-2017

Score: Holy Cross 5, Bentley 4 (OT)

Records: Holy Cross (14-13-6, 11-10-6 AHC); Bentley (11-16-6, 10-12-5 AHC)

Location: Watertown, Mass. (John A. Ryan Skating Arena)

Date: Friday, February 24, 2017

Time: 7:05 p.m.

The Lead: Sophomore defenseman Johnny Coughlin scored the game winning goal in overtime and senior assistant captain Mike Barrett recorded his first career hat trick as the Holy Cross men’s hockey team defeated Bentley, 5-4, at the John A. Ryan Skating Arena on Friday evening.

UNITED STATES MARINES THREE STARS:

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Falcons opened the scoring early at 2:44 when Drew Callin fired a pass to Max French from the left face-off circle. French then converted the power play goal with a shot over Holy Cross junior goalie Paul Berrafato’s glove side, giving Bentley a 1-0 lead. Alexey Solovyev also recorded an assist on the goal.
  • Then, at 10:30, Ryner Gorowsky collected the rebound off a shot by Jonathan Desbiens and found the back of the net past Berrafato’s glove side, making the score 2-0. French also tallied an assist on the play.
  • Barrett put the Crusaders on the board at 12:44. Junior assistant captain T.J. Moore sent a drop pass to Barrett who then blasted a one-timer slap shot from the top of the left face-off circle past the stick side of Falcon goalie Aidan Pelino to make the score 2-1. Sophomore defenseman Johnny Coughlin recorded an assist on the play.
  • The Crusaders evened the score at 2-2 at 18:36 when junior defenseman Tommy Muratore sent pass to sophomore defenseman Spencer Trapp who fired a shot that was deflected by sophomore forward Michael Laffin for the goal. 
  • Just 19 seconds later at 18:55, the Crusaders took their first lead of the game when Barrett intercepted the puck and sent a wrist shot from the top left of the slot to make the score 3-2.
  • The Crusaders had 13 shots on goal in the first period, while the Falcons had 15. Holy Cross went 0-1 on the power play while Bentley went 1-1.
  • The second period was scoreless until 17:54 when Falcon forward Cody DePourcq fired a pass to Tyler Deresky who tied the score at 3-3 with a slap shot from the right face-off circle. Brett Orr also recorded an assist on the goal.
  • In the second period, the Crusaders had six shots on goal, while the Falcons also had six. Holy Cross went 0-2 on the power play.
  • Just 48 seconds into the third period, Barrett scored his third goal of the game to give the Crusaders a 4-3 lead. Junior forward Danny Lopez fired a shot that was saved and Barrett then knocked the puck into the stick side of the net to convert the goal. This was Barrett’s first career hat trick.
  • Then, at 3:21, Depourcq sent a pass to Deresky who wristed a shot from the right face-off circle to the top right corner of the net to tie the score at 4-4. Will Suter tallied an assist on the goal.
  • Neither team was able to score again in regulation as the game went into overtime.
  • With 1:50 left in overtime, Coughlin scored the game-winning goal. Sophomore forward Mitch Collett took a shot and Coughlin collected the puck and knocked it in to secure the 5-4 victory for the Crusaders. Junior forward Scott Pooley also recorded an assist on the play.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Holy Cross outshot Bentley, 32-29.
  • The Crusaders went 0-2 on the power play, while Bentley went 1-2.
  • Berrafato made 25 saves, while Pelino recorded 27.
  • The Crusaders won 36 face-offs, while the Falcons also secured 36.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • Barret has now played 144 career games, which are ninth all-time in school history.
  • Barrett now has 98 career points with 43 goals and 55 assists. 
  • Tonight was Barrett’s first hat trick of his career. It is the 24th hat trick in the Division I history of the program. The four hat tricks this season by the team are the most ever in the Division I history of the program. Moore had two hat tricks in the first two games of the season and Lopez had a hat trick on Feb. 3 against AIC. 
  • Coughlin now has three game winning goals this season. Five of his seven career goals are game winners.
  • With the win, Holy Cross is now in fifth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 28 points with one game remaining in the regular season. The top five teams earn a first round bye in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament. 

UP NEXT:

  • The Crusaders return to action when they travel to Watertown, Mass. tomorrow, Saturday, February 25 to take on Bentley at 7:05 p.m in the regular season finale.

KEEP 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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