Michael Laffin nets a hat trick.
Mark Seliger Photography
Mark Seliger Photography
Michael Laffin nets a hat trick.

Laffin and Pooley Help Men's Hockey to 5-5 Tie with Sacred Heart

Holy Cross Athletics   12-30-2017

Stat Comparison
Category HC SHU
Goals 5 5
Shots 38 36
Power Play 0-1 3-4
Penalty Mins 4-11 0-1
Faceoff % 58% 42%
Saves 31 33
Box Score

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross men’s hockey team tied Sacred Heart, 5-5, at the Hart Center on Saturday night.

The Crusaders (7-6-7, 6-2-6 AHC) recorded the lone goal in the opening frame and entered the second period with a one goal lead. Holy Cross found themselves in the penalty box for much of the middle period, starting the period with nearly nine-consecutive penalty minutes. Sacred Heart (4-12-3, 2-8-3 AHC) capitalized with three power play goals to take a 3-1 lead. The Crusaders battled back with a goal of their own, but the Pioneers added two more goals to end the second period with a 5-2 lead.

Holy Cross rebounded with three unanswered goals in the third period, 5-5. Neither team converted in overtime as the Crusaders outshot the Pioneers 4-2 in the five minutes of extra time.

HOW IT HAPPENED

1-0 HC (1st, 17:10, EV): Jay Mackie won the offensive zone faceoff to Pete Kessel at the top of the faceoff circle in the slot. Kessel let go a one-timer that beat Sacred Heart’s Brett Magnus.

1-1 SHU (2nd, 3:30, PP): Austin McIlmurray tipped in a shot from Liam Clare at the point.

2-1 SHU (2nd, 6:04, PP): Vito Bavaro sent in a wrist shot to the top shelf from the high slot.

3-1 SHU (2nd, 8:29, PP): McIlmurray sent in a shot from the center point for his second of the game.

3-2 HC (2nd, 12:53, EV): Logan Ferguson fired a shot from the far half-wall that deflected off of Magnus’ pad to Scott Pooley on the goal line in the near corner. Pooley chipped the puck back into the slot for Michael Laffin to send the puck home.

4-2 SHU (2nd, 13:16, EV): Jordan Kaplan scored in a two-on-one play when Kory Kennedy sent a pass across the crease for Kaplan to beat Berrafato to the post.

5-2 SHU (2nd, 15:59, EV): In transition, Kennedy sent in a slapshot from the near halfwall that beat Berrafato.

5-3 HC (3rd, 9:44, EV): Ferguson rushed the puck into the offensive zone and sent a shot from the high slot off of Magnus’ pad to Pooley on the left side of the net. Pooley let go of a shot that bounced off the crossbar and right to an open Laffin on the backdoor for a goal.

5-4 HC (3rd, 11:22, EV): Frank Boie dumped the puck for Pooley to wrap around the goal where Laffin was waiting alone in the slot. The junior forward let go of a one-timer to complete his hat trick.

5-5 HC (3rd, 18:07, EV): Charlie Barrow crashed the offensive zone and sent a backhand shot across the crease that bounced to Peter Crinella who added a second attempt at goal. The puck trickled out to Pooley on the back post for a tap-in rebound goal.

TALKING POINTS

  • Michael Laffin and Scott Pooley each recorded points in back-to-back games with Sacred Heart.
  • Laffin tallied his first career hat trick.
  • Pooley added a career-high four points with three assists and one goal. The senior forward recorded six points over the weekend.
  • Peter Crinella and Logan Ferguson also posted two-assist efforts.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Holy Cross outshot Sacred Heart, 38-36
  • Paul Berrafato recorded 31 saves.
  • The Crusaders blocked 17 shots, led by Brett Mulcahy with three.

UP NEXT

The Crusaders will travel to Springfield, Mass. to open the Atlantic Hockey series with American International on Jan. 5 at 7:05 p.m.

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