Feb. 11, 2005
Worcester, MA (February 11) - Alexandre Parent scored a two goals, including the eventual game-winner to move Sacred Heart (11-15-1, 11-5-1 AHA) into a first place tie in Atlantic Hockey, defeating the Holy Cross Crusaders (12-10-5, 9-4-4 AHA) 5-3 in conference action Friday night at the Hart Recreation Center.
Holy Cross jumped on top early scoring just 1:48 into the contest as Blair Bartlett capitalized on the game first scoring chance, hesitating on the shot just long enough to throw Pioneer net minder Kevin LaPointe's (Quebec City, QC) timing off before sending a shot though the five hole for the games first tally.
The Pioneers tied the score 7:37 into the first on Parent's fifth goal of the season sending a wrist shot from the top of the right face off circle into the top right corner. The play started when Pierre-Luc O'Brien (Nicolet, QC) took a pass from Andrew Billinghurst (Ft. Collins, CO) and streaked into the Holy Cross zone. O'Brien then dropped a pass for Parent who quickly fired the shot into the net to the glove side of Holy Cross goaltender Tony Quesada.
The Pioneers would then quickly go on top of the Crusaders, as SHU would score on their very next shift. After Erik Roos (Milford, CT) picked off a pass in the neutral zone the touched it over to Barclay Folk (Westbank, BC) who came streaking down the right wing. With a defenseman hounding him, Folk slid a pass across the goalmouth to Peter Giatrelis (Wallingford, CT) who slid it in for his third goal of the season, and a 2-1 Sacred Heart lead. The two Pioneer goals came just 27 seconds apart.
Holy Cross would fire back late in the first, tying the score at 2-2 on the power play. Tyler McGregor, Atlantic Hockey's leading goal scorer, finished off a superb three-on-two rush tipping in a pass from Pierre Napert-Frenette to pull Holy Cross even.
The Pioneers would take their second lead of the game late in the second period thanks to a lucky bounce. Garrett Larson (Rycroft, AB) sprinted into the Holy Cross zone and sent a shot on Quesada who steered the puck into the corner. Bernie Chmiel, (Pittsburgh PA) who had been trailing the play quickly sent the puck back in front, where it kicked off Quesada's pads and slid into the net for the 3-2 Sacred Heart lead.
Sacred Heart would use the momentum to put another goal on the board before the period ended, scoring with just over a minute left. Parent would net his second of the game, this time on the power play to give SHU a two-goal cushion. The goal was setup by some fancy stick work by Rocco Molinaro (Dearborn, MI). After a Chmiel slap shot was deflected, Molinaro knocked the puck out of the air and settled it for a quick shot from Parent, which beat Quesdada to put SHU up 4-2.
Looking for a change in fortune, Holy Cross made a change in net, replacing Quesada with Ben Conway to start the third period, and it would pay off. The Crusaders cut the Pioneer lead in half just over two minutes in, on a Pierre Napert-Frenette goal from the face off circle to the right of LaPointe, beating him on the short side. The goal served to energize Holy Cross, but they would be unable to solve LaPointe as he stopped Holy Cross cold on every opportunity.
The Crusaders were forced to pull their goalie late, and the Pioneers capitalized when O'Brien put home an empty net goal to seal a 5-3 victory.
LaPointe finished the night making 33 saves to pick up the victory while Quesada and Conway stopped 24 between them, with Quesada taking the loss.
The Pioneers return to action on Saturday, February 12 when they travel to host American International at the Milford Ice Pavilion. Face off is at 5:00 PM.