Springfield Cathedral's Crinella commits to Holy Cross

Springfield Cathedral hockey sophomore forward Peter Crinella gave his verbal commitment to Holy Cross today.

The 6-foot-3, 170-pounder currently leads the third-ranked Panthers in goals (5) and points (10) through seven games. Brown, Union and Yale also expressed interest in the East Longmeadow native.

"I've always love that area and I've loved playing at their arena [Hart Center] because it's a great atmosphere," Crinella said on Monday. "I feel like the school just fit me and I really love the hockey staff and Coach [Paul] Pearl."

Panthers head coach Brian Foley described Crinella's mix of size and skill as alluring to prospective programs. Crinella also credited Foley, who played with the Crusaders and graduated from Holy Cross, as a motivating force behind his decision.

"He's tall, has good hands and he's a legitimate top-six forward, power-play-type player," Foley said.

Crinella, along with his older brother Frank, who now plays baseball at Merrimack College, helped lead Cathedral to Super 8 appearance last season and played together on the Panthers' top line.

"He's the last of the Crinellas and I wish there were more of them to go around," Foley quipped. "They've very easy to coach and obviously are very talented."