December 14 – Hackensack, NJ – The Crusaders found themselves in a 2-0 hole after two period vs. Pope John XXIII of Sparta on Friday night. The team started the third explosively on a Tommy Kleinman power-play goal, just 2:04 into the period. He was assisted by Jake Antonucci and Ryan Moloughney. Fifty seconds later, the red-hot Nick Stoebling knotted the score at two on a short-handed goal. Despite a strong goaltending effort by Brendan McCaskey (22 saves), the Crusaders could not hold the lead and fell to the Lions 3-2.