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Minutemen Squander Lead to Holy Cross 3-2

The Minutemen suffered a hearbreaking loss to the Crusaders.

The Minutemen suffered a hearbreaking loss to the Crusaders.

Oct. 21, 2005

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The University of Massachusetts opened up the 2005-06 home season with a 3-2 loss at the hands of the Holy Cross Crusaders. The Minutemen were up 2-1 when HC scored the tying goal at 16:35 of the third, before scoring the gamewinner with 2:18 remaining.

Neither team got on the board on the opening stanza, despite five power play opportunities among them. Shots were 11-6 in favor of the Crusaders.

Minuteman senior Jamie Solon nabbed his first goal of the season at 6:42, assisted by Marvin Degon and Cory Quirk. Quirk's assist was the first point of his UMass career, while Degon's was his first of the season. Quirk won the faceoff in the Holy Cross zone and drew it back to Degon. Degon's shot on goal rebounded out to Solon, who buried it for the 1-0 lead.

Holy Cross tied it at one when Dale Reinhardt shot the puck past Gabe Winer at 18:44 of the second. Sean Nappo and James Sixmith assisted on the tying goal. Nappo passed the puck from behind the UMass net to a waiting Reinhard, who's shot found the back of the net to even the score.

In the third period, the Minutemen pulled ahead by a goal making the score 2-1 when Stephen Werner put home a rebound over the Crusader goalie Tony Qsuesada's leg. Werner picked up the loose puck after Matt Anderson fired a shot on goal from the opposite side of the Minutemen's offensive zone. However, that was all the scoring the Maroon and White could muster for the game.



Holy Cross tied the game with 3:25 remaining on the clock in the third period when defenseman Rob Godfrey fired home a shot from the point for his first goal of the season and his second goal of his career. Sean Nappo drew the puck back on a face-off in the UMass zone. Dale Reinhardt was able to corral the puck behind the face-off dot and slid it back to Godfrey who then put the puck past a screened Gabe Winer.

The game-winning goal came with 2:17 left in the third period when Godfrey forwarded the puck through the neutral zone to Dewey Thompson. Thompson then dished it to Kai Magnussen, who snapped off a shot from the left hash mark in front of the goal for the third and final Crusaders score of the game.

The Minutemen will be back in action next Friday night at home at the William D. Mullins Center when Hockey East foe New Hampshire comes to town. Game time is at 7:00 p.m.


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