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Four Different Goal Scorers Sends Men's Hockey Past Sacred Heart

Holy Cross Athletics   12-29-2017

Stat Comparison
Category HC SHU
Goals 4 1
Shots 35 28
Power Play 1-4 1-3
Penalty Mins 3-6 4-8
Faceoff % 49% 51%
Saves 27 31
Box Score

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The Holy Cross men’s hockey team defeated Sacred Heart, 4-1, at Webster Bank Arena on Friday night.

The Crusaders (7-6-6, 6-2-5 AHC) opened the first period with a goal and held the Pioneers (4-12-2, 2-8-2 AHC) to just seven shots on goal. Holy Cross followed with three goals in a little over four minutes in the second period to take a 4-0 lead heading into the final frame.

The Pioneers added a goal in the third period and skated with an extra attacker for over four minutes, but the Crusaders held their lead for two league points.

HOW IT HAPPENED

1-0 HC (1st, 2:54, EV): T.J. Moore sent the puck from the far corner to Danny Lopez in the slot. Lopez quickly redirected the puck to Kevin Darrar on the back post, who then fired a shot that Sacred Heart’s Brett Magnus got his pad on. The rebound was sent right back to the sophomore forward. Darrar then maneuvered a backhander past Magnus for his first of the year.

2-0 HC (2nd, 4:01, PP): From the corner, Michael Laffin sent the puck to Moore at the hash marks. Moore one-touched the puck to Scott Pooley at the left faceoff dot for a one-timer past Magnus.

3-0 HC (2nd, 6:50, EV): In transition, Peter Crinella forced a turnover in the near corner and popped the puck out to a breaking Pooley at the far circle. Pooley sent the puck back across the crease to Laffin as he rushed the net. Laffin kicked the puck out to himself and sent a snap shot into the back of the net.

4-0 HC (2nd, 8:18, EV): Johnny Coughlin’s point shot gave off a rebound to Ryan Ferrill in the slot for another try at goal. Magnus turned aside Ferrill’s shot, but Mitch Collett was on the back door to lift the puck in with his backhand.

4-1 (3rd, 14:45, PP): Marc Johnstone chipped the puck past Berrafato on the power play after the puck was sent into the slot from the point.

TALKING POINTS

  • Kevin Darrar scored his first goal of the season.
  • Scott Pooley scored his sixth power play goal of the year and the team’s 11th.
  • The Crusaders outshot the Pioneers 17-6 in the second period.
  • Three Crusaders picked up two points and nine recorded at least one point in the game.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Holy Cross outshot Sacred Heart, 35-28
  • Paul Berrafato recorded 27 saves.
  • The Crusaders went 1-4 on the power play and 2-3 on the penalty kill.  

UP NEXT

The Crusaders will continue the home-and-home series with the Pioneers on Dec. 30 at the Hart Center for a 7:05 p.m. puck drop.

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As the calendar year ends, we ask you to help Holy Cross Athletics maintain its forward momentum by supporting the Crusader Athletics Fund. To make your gift, visit GoHolyCross.com/caf or call (877) 433-1843.

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