NORTHFORD, Conn. — Chad Poliquin, Chris Maniatis, and Jed Holtzman each had a goal and an assist to lead Quinnipiac to a 4-1 victory over Holy Cross in a MAAC contest before 721 at the Northford Ice Pavilion.
It was the fifth straight win for Quinnipiac, which clinched the second seed for the MAAC playoffs and improved to 20-10-4, 17-7-2 in the MAAC. The Braves will host Army in the quarterfinals of the MAAC tournament on Saturday, March 10.
Holy Cross ends its season at 8-22-2, 8-16-2. It was also the Braves’ sixth straight win over the Crusaders, dating back to the 1998-99 season.
Maniatis got the Braves on the scoreboard just 3:28 into the contest as he found the back of the net for his sixth goal of the season. After a Holy Cross penalty, Chris Cerrella ripped a slapshot past Holy Cross goaltender Derek Cunha for his team-leading 20th goal of the season. With the goal, Cerrella tied Todd Johnson ’89 for the QU career scoring lead with 202 points.
In a penalty-filled second period, Holy Cross got one back when Tom Pawlak tallied his 12th goal — a power-play tally — of the season at the 13:16 mark.
At 2:55 of the third period, Poliquin gave the Braves a 3-1 advantage when he blasted a slapshot from the left side off a feed from Maniatis with just one second left on the power play. Holtzman finished off the scoring with an empty-net tally with 43 seconds left in the contest.
J.C. Wells made 27 saves in goal for Quinnipiac. Derek Cunha (nine saves) and Rick Massey (31 saves) combined for 40 stops for Holy Cross.