March 18, 2006
Atlantic Hockey Championship
Another Crown for Holy Cross
Regular-season champs win second playoff title in three years

Holy Cross 5, Bentley 2
Team Goal Str
Time Assists
First Period
1-HC Tyler McGregor (24) PP
12:14 D. Reinhardt, B. Bartlett
1-B Dain Prewitt (11) EV
12:45 R. Lessnau, A. Canzoneri
2-HC James Sixsmith (12) PP
16:33 P. Napert-Frenette, M. Burke

Second Period

3-HC Pierre Napert-Frenette (15) PP
2:07 J. Sixsmith
2-B Jeff Gumaer (16) PP
8:24 J. Chase, A. Canzoneri
4-HC Jon Landry (9) PP
12:31 S. Nappo, J. Sixsmith
5-HC Sean Nappo (10) EV
18:41 P. Napert-Frenette, M. Burke
Third Period
No Scoring
B: Ray Jean, 40:00, 21 saves, 5 GA; Geordan Murphy, 20:00, 5 saves, 0 GA
HC: Tony Quesada, 60:00, 30 saves, 2 GA
Penalties: B 11/22; HC 9/18
Power Plays: B 1-7; HC 4-9
Attendance: 2,000
All-Tournament Team
G: Tony Quesada, Holy Cross
D: Jaye Judd, Bentley
D: Jamie Hunt, Mercyhurst
F: Tom Dickhudt, Bentley
F: Pierre Napert-Frenette, Holy Cross
F: James Sixsmith, Holy Cross (MVP)

Behind four power-play goals and with the support of a home crowd at the Hart Center, Holy Cross captured its second Atlantic Hockey championship in three years with a 5-2 victory over Bentley.

The win ends Bentley's impressive postseason run, as well as speculation that it might be better for the conference for Holy Cross to lose and possibly give Atlantic Hockey two bids to the NCAA Tournament. Instead, the regular-season champion Crusaders capture even more hardware and will prepare to hear their names called on Sunday's selection show.

Among the heroes on Saturday was Friday's best player, James Sixsmith, who added a goal and two assists in the championship game to earn tournament MVP honors.

Sixsmith scored with just under three and a half minutes remaining in the first perioda go-ahead goal that gave Holy Cross the lead for good. Pierre Napert-Frenette, who also had a goal and two assists on the night, added another power-play goal just 2:07 into the second, and that would stand up as the game-winner.

The first four Crusader goals all came on power plays, as they finished four-for-nine with the man advantage.

Holy Cross' Tony Quesada made 30 stops and was named the all-tournament goaltender. Quesada, a senior, will make his second career NCAA Tournament appearance. Two years ago he memorably battled North Dakota – and the flu – in a first-round game in Colorado Springs. Quesada enters the NCAAs with a record of 21-5-2 this season.