Crusaders improved to 4-1-2 at home this season with tonight's victory.
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Crusaders improved to 4-1-2 at home this season with tonight's victory.

Men's Hockey Posts 3-2 Victory Over Air Force

Holy Cross Athletics   12-03-2016

Score: Holy Cross 3, Air Force 2

Records: Holy Cross (6-5-3, 3-2-3 AHC); Air Force (7-6-3, 4-3-1 AHC)

Location: Worcester, Mass. (Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex)

Date: Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016

Time: 7:05 p.m.

THE LEAD:  Sophomore forwards Peter Crinella and Mitch Collett, and junior forward Danny Lopez each found the back of the net, while junior goalie Paul Berrafato made 28 saves as the Holy Cross men’s hockey team defeated Air Force, 3-2, on Saturday evening. The Crusaders won the two-game series against Air Force 1-0-1, with a 2-2 tie on Friday.

UNITED STATES MARINES THREE STARS

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Air Force’s Kyle Haak scored the first goal of the night at 1:05 in the first period. Haak sent a wrist shot from just outside the right face-off circle off the upper glove side post and into the net.
  • Air Force outshot Holy Cross in the first period 10-9, and went 0-3 on the power play.
  • The Crusaders took over in the second period, scoring two goals and taking a 2-1 lead.
  • Crinella scored the Crusaders’ first goal of the night at 11:51 in the second period on a stick side wrist shot from the slot assisted by sophomore defenseman Spencer Trapp, bringing the score to a 1-1 tie.
  • Minutes later, at 14:16, Holy Cross took the lead as Collett wristed a shot to the glove side of the Falcons’ goal, bringing the score to 2-1 Crusaders.

  • Holy Cross outshot Air Force 12-6, and went 0-2 on the power play.
  • At 7:50 in the third period, the Crusaders increased their lead to 3-1 as Lopez scored off a rebound with assists from freshman defenseman Charlie Barrow and junior forward T.J. Moore.
  • With 4:16 left in the period, the Falcons went with an empty net. Then with 3:00 remaining, Air Force went on a power play and kept goalie Shane Starrett out of the net for the two-man advantage, but were unable to take advantage.
  • But with just 13 seconds remaining, the Falcons cut the Crusaders’ lead to 3-2 as Haak, Air Force’s extra attacker, scored with assists from Matt Koch and Brady Tomlak.
  • The Falcons were unable to score an equalizer for the 3-2 final.

POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Holy Cross and Air Force each took 30 shots.
  • Berrafato recorded 28 saves over Starrett, who posted 27.
  • The Crusaders went 0-4 on the power play, while the Falcons went 0-3.
  • Holy Cross won 34 face-offs, while Air Force secured 25.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE

  • Lopez has posted at least one point in 12 straight games with seven goals and six assists for 13 points. His streak is the longest for a Crusader in 11 years when Tyler McGregor also posted a 12-game streak in 2005-2006. 
  • Lopez’s goal is his first game-winner of the year, and the second of his career.
  • The Crusaders are 4-1-2 at home this season.

UP NEXT

  • The Crusaders return to action for a home-and-home series with Army West Point on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9-10, at 7:05 p.m. The game on Friday will be at Tate Rink in West Point, N.Y., while the contest on Saturday will be at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex.

SKATING FOR HOPE

  • Tonight, the Crusaders partnered with Skating For Hope for a fundraising event.
  • This was the Sixth Annual Skating for Hope. This event assists cancer patients who are undergoing treatment with the cost of housing, transportation and daily needs. To date, Skating For Hope has raised over $50,000.
  • For more information on Skating for Hope, visit their website at Skatingforhope.org

BE PART OF THE ACTION THIS SEASON

  • To purchase tickets for the 2016-2017 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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