Peter Crinella
Mark Seliger Photography
Mark Seliger Photography
Peter Crinella

Crusaders Tie Bentley, 2-2; Clinch First Round Bye

Holy Cross Athletics   02-25-2017

Score: Holy Cross 2, Bentley 2 (OT)

Records: Holy Cross (14-13-7, 11-10-7 AHC); Bentley (11-16-7, 10-12-6 AHC)

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

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017

Time: 7:05 p.m.

The Lead: Junior assistant captain T.J. Moore and sophomore forward Peter Crinella each found the back of the net as the Holy Cross men’s hockey team tied Bentley, 2-2, at the John A. Ryan Skating Arena on Saturday evening. The Crusaders have earned a first round bye in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament and will be the fifth seed and travel to Pittsburgh to play at Robert Morris on March 10-12 in the Atlantic Hockey quarterfinals.

UNITED STATES MARINES THREE STARS:

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Crusaders opened the scoring at 13:05 in the first period when Moore stole the puck from behind the net, wrapped around and took a shot that was saved, and then scored off of his own rebound to make the score 1-0.
  • Holy Cross had 11 shots on goal in the first period, while Bentley had eight. 
  • The Falcons tied the score at 1-1 at 3:56 in the second period when Tanner Jago sent a pass to Max French who wristed a shot from the left face-off circle for the power play goal. Kyle Schmidt recorded an assist on the play.
  • At 13:18, Crinella forced a turnover that was picked up by freshman forward Kevin Darrar. Darrar sent a pass to sophomore forward Michael Laffin who passed the puck to the front of the goal where Crinella was then able to knock it in and give the the Crusaders a 2-1 lead.
  • Holy Cross had nine shots on goal in the second period, while Bentley had 14. The Crusaders went 0-1 on the power play and the Falcons went 1-2.
  • At 12:03 in the second period, Jago sent a pass to the front of the net that Schmidt was then able to knock in past Holy Cross junior goalie Paul Berrafato for the power play goal. French tallied an assist on the play.
  • Neither team was able to score again in regulation as the game went in to overtime.
  • Neither team was able to find the back of the net for the 2-2 final score.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Bentley outshot Holy Cross, 32-30.
  • The Crusaders went 0-3 on the power play, while Bentley went 2-3.
  • Berrafato made 30 saves, while Jayson Argue recorded 28.
  • The Crusaders won 34 face-offs, while the Falcons also secured 38.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • Senior assistant captain Mike Barrett has now played 145 career games, which are tied for seventh all-time in school history.
  • With the win, Holy Cross earns a first round bye in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament. The Crusaders will be the fifth seed in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament and will play Robert Morris on March 10-12 in a best two-out-of-three quarterfinal series.

UP NEXT:

  • The Crusaders return to action when they travel to Pittsburgh, Pa. to play at Robert Morris on March 10-12 in a best two-out-of-three quarterfinal series in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament. 

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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