Men's Hockey Ties at Robert Morris, 5-5
The Holy Cross men’s hockey team remains unbeaten in Atlantic Hockey play with a tie at Robert Morris, 5-5. Michael Laffin opened and closed the scoring for the Crusaders, securing the draw with a late third period goal.
The teams remained tied through the game, exiting the first period knotted at 1-1. Each team notched three second period goals to open the third, tied at four. Laffin scored his second of the game with three minutes remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime for the fourth time for the Crusaders this season. Paul Berrafato made five saves in the extra-time to help the Crusaders to a point in league play.
Score: Holy Cross 5 | Robert Morris 5
Location: Pittsburgh, Pa. | Colonials Arena
Date: Friday, Nov. 3, 2017
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Records: Holy Cross (3-1-3, 2-0-3 AHC) | Robert Morris (2-5-1, 2-3-1 AHC)
HOW IT HAPPENED:
RMU, 1-0 (1st, 2:17, PP): Off the faceoff, Robert Morris’ Alex Tonge took a point shot that Brady Ferguson got a piece of and sent past Paul Berrafato.
HC, 1-1 (1st, 6:04, EV): Michael Laffin scored his second of the season when Kevin Darrar blocked a Colonial shot in the defensive zone and started the Crusader offense. Jay Mackie moved the puck around the back of the net to a wide open Laffin on the back post to even the game.
HC, 2-1 (2nd, 4:12, EV): Peter Crinella helped break out the puck from the Crusaders defensive zone and moved it to Danny Lopez, who skated through the offensive zone and attempted a wrap-around. Robert Morris’ Francis Marotte stopped Lopez, but the rebound popped out to T.J. Moore in the slot and he wristed it over Marotte and for the lead.
HC, 3-1 (2nd, 9:37, PP): Scott Pooley scored his league best eighth goal on the powerplay. Michael Laffin moved the puck from the corner across the zone to Tommy Muratore on the point. Muratore tallied his third assist of the season on a slapshot that Pooley tipped past Marotte.
RMU, 3-2 (2nd, 14:21, PP): Matthew Graham lifted the puck above Berrafato’s glove on the back door after he was fed by Luke Lynch from behind the net.
HC, 4-2 (2nd, 14:36, EV): After the center ice faceoff, Logan Milliken stretched the puck up ice to Mitch Collett. Collett took a shot in the high slot that was deflected back to Frank Boie to shoot through traffic and to his first collegiate goal.
RMU, 4-3 (2nd, 15:32, EV): Luke Lynch capitalized on a loose puck that squeaked out to the far post and backhanded the puck in.
RMU, 4-4 (2nd, 19:43, EV): On an odd man rush, Alex Tonge netted the goal to tie the game going into the third period.
RMU, 5-4 (3rd, 6:06, EV): After Berrafato laid out to make a diving save, the puck moved back out to the center point where Alex Robert sent a shot through traffic to take the lead.
HC, 5-5 (3rd, 17:35, PP): Logan Ferguson sent a shot in on Marotte while rushing into the zone. Laffin crashed the net and in the process, the puck popped out and deflected in to send the game to overtime.
- With the Laffin goal, Jay Mackie tallied his first point of the season and now every Crusader who has dressed this season has recorded at least one point.
- Scott Pooley’s goal stretches his scoring streak to five games and point streak to six games. Pooley’s eight goals leads the league.
- Michael Laffin’s two goals and assist marks his first multi-point game of the season.
- Frank Boie’s goal marks his first goal as a Crusader.
- Holy Cross has now played in overtime four times in its seven games, skating to a 1-0-3 record in overtime.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Eleven different Crusaders recorded a point in the game.
- Paul Berrafato made 34 saves to Francis Marotte’s 27.
- The Crusaders went 2-5 on the powerplay and 4-6 on the penalty kill.
- The team blocked 20 shots, a new game high.
- Holy Cross won 44% of faceoffs.
The Crusaders will play again at Colonials Arena to finish the road series at Robert Morris at 7:05 p.m. on Nov. 4.
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