The 2005-2006 team was honored before tonight's game.
Mark Seliger Photography
Mark Seliger Photography
The 2005-2006 team was honored before tonight's game.

Crusaders Post Fifth Straight Victory With 7-3 Win Over Mercyhurst

Holy Cross Athletics   12-05-2015

THE BASICS:

Score: Holy Cross 7, Mercyhurst 3 

Location: Worcester, Mass. (Hart Center)

Records: Holy Cross (9-6-0, 8-3-0 AHC); Mercyhurst (8-8-0, 6-4-0 AHC)

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2015

Time: 7:05 p.m. 

THE LEAD: Senior assistant captain Jake Bolton (Ellington, Conn.) led the Crusaders with one goal and two assists for three points as the Holy Cross men’s hockey team defeated Mercyhurst, 7-3, in Atlantic Hockey action on Saturday evening. The victory is the Crusaders’ fifth in a row and their ninth win in their last 11 games. Holy Cross swept the two-game series versus Mercyhurst as it also won 5-4 on Friday night. The Crusaders and Lakers entered the series tied for second place in the Atlantic Hockey standings at 12 points, but now Holy Cross has 16 points and is only one point behind first-place Robert Morris. 

BEFORE THE GAME:

  • The 2005-2006 team that defeated No. 1 seed Minnesota in the NCAA Tournament and won the Atlantic Hockey Championship was honored before the start of the game. Twenty-four members of the team returned for the ceremony.
  • The 2005-2006 Holy Cross men’s hockey team made history by defeating No. 1 seed Minnesota, 4-3 in overtime in the 2006 NCAA West Regional Semifinals earning a spot in the national quarterfinals and a program-best national ranking of No. 14. The Crusaders were the first No. 4 seed to ever defeat a No. 1 seed in NCAA action after the tournament expanded to 16 teams.
  • Watch Tyler McGregor's Game-Winning Overtime Goal vs. Minnesota 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • With 9:26 into the first period, the Crusaders struck first with a goal by freshman Peter Crinella (East Longmeadow, Mass.). Senior assistant captain Brett Lubanski (Farmington Hills, Mich.) fired a shot that was saved by Mercyhurst goalie Adam Carlson. Crinella then knocked in the rebound into the stick side corner of the net past Carlson. Senior Tim Driscoll (Hingham, Mass.) also picked up an assist. 
  • At 16:09, Mercyhurst went on a five minute major power play. 
  • The Crusaders outshot the Lakers 16-9 in the first period.
  • Holy Cross killed off the penalty and at 3:59 in the second period, sophomore Tommy Muratore (Mendham, N.J.) scored on a wrist shot to give the Crusaders a 2-0 lead. This was Muratore’s first career goal. He was assisted by senior captain Matt Vidal (Manorville, N.Y.) and freshman Spencer Trapp (White City Saskatchewan). 
  • Shortly after, at 7:27, sophomore Scott Pooley (Granger, Ind.) shot the puck into the bottom right hand corner of the net after receiving the assist from sophomore T.J. Moore (Edina, Minn.), to increase the lead to 3-0. 
  • At 13:33, the Crusaders added their fourth goal of the night off of a shot by freshman Michael Laffin (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.). Laffin found the back of the net on the power play off a rebound from a shot by junior Mike Barrett (Orland Park, Ill.). Bolton also had an assist.
  • Holy Cross outshot Mercyhurst, 13-11, while the Crusaders went 1-3 on the power play while the Lakers went 0-2. 
  • With just 26 seconds into the third period, Lubanski received the puck at center ice, skated to the goal and sent a shot into the upper right hand corner of the net, just past the glove of Carlson. Lubanski was assisted by Vidal and senior Karl Beckman (Okemos, Mich.).
  • Jack Riley put Mercyhurst on the board during a power play at 6:56 in the final period, as the Lakers trailed the Crusaders 5-1. 
  • Not long after, at 9:14, Moore scored a goal on a power play into the upper left hand corner of the net, increasing the Crusader lead to 6-1. He was assisted by Bolton and senior assistant captain Joe McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.)
  • With 2:11 left in the game, Jeremy Wu sent Kyle Cook on a breakaway as Cook then found the back of the net to score Mercyhurst’s second goal of the game. 
  • Shortly after, with 1:21 left Bolton scored on a slap shot while on a power play to give the Crusaders a 7-2 lead. Bolton was assisted by McNamara and Barrett.
  • With just 33 seconds left, Josh Lammon scored Mercyhurst’s third goal, making the final score of the game 7-3.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Holy Cross outshot Mercyhurst 42-31. 
  • Sophomore goalie Paul Berrafato (Williamsville, N.Y.) recorded 27 saves and allowed one goal to earn the victory and improve to 8-4-0 on the season. Carlson posted 35 saves for the Lakers.
  • Holy Cross won 47 face-offs while Mercyhurst won 35. 

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • The victory is the Crusaders’ fifth in a row. The Crusaders have won nine out of their last 11 games, outscoring their opposition 44-27.
  • This is the Crusaders’ longest winning streak since winning six in a row in the 2011-2012 season.
  • The Crusaders are 6-1-0 at home this season. The Crusaders six-game home winning streak is its best since winning eight in a row in 2010-2011.

UP NEXT:

  • The Crusaders return to action on Friday and Saturday Dec. 11-12 when they hit the road to take on Atlantic Hockey opponent Bentley at 7:05 p.m. 

BE PART OF THE ACTION THIS SEASON:

  • To purchase tickets for the 2015-2016 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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