Crusaders To Meet Sacred Heart In AHA Quarterfinals

Matt Celin

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:

Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals (Best Two-Out-Of-Three Series)

Teams: Holy Cross (12-17-6, 10-13-5 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Sacred Heart (18-12-4, 16-9-3 Atlantic Hockey)

Dates: March 12-14, 2010

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: Milford Ice Pavilion (1,000), Milford, Conn.

Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Ryan Holt, Mike Kemezis & Chris DelVecchio. Listen to games.

Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks

Series Record: Sacred Heart leads 23-20-1

AHA Tournament Series Record: Holy Cross leads 2-0

Series At Milford Ice Pavilion: Sacred Heart leads 14-5-1

Last Meeting: Sacred Heart 5, Holy Cross 3 (2/20/10; Milford, Conn.)

First Meeting: Holy Cross 7, Sacred Heart 3 (10/30/98; Worcester, Mass.)

Last HC Win: Holy Cross 4, Sacred Heart 2 (11/6/09; Milford, Conn.)

Current Series Win Streak: Sacred Heart, three games

2009-2010 Regular Season Series: Sacred Heart won 3-1-0

HC TO PLAY SACRED HEART IN QUARTERFINALS: The Holy Cross men’s hockey team (12-17-6, 10-13-5 Atlantic Hockey) will play Sacred Heart (18-12-4, 16-9-3 Atlantic Hockey) in a best two-out-of-three Atlantic Hockey Tournament quarterfinal series at the Milford Ice Pavilion in Milford, Conn., on March 12-14. All of the games are at 7:00 p.m. with Sunday’s game only being played if necessary. The Crusaders advanced to the quarterfinals with a 4-2 win over AIC at the Hart Center on March 5 in the first round of the tournament. Holy Cross is on a three-game unbeaten streak and are 7-4-1 over its last 12 games. The Pioneers concluded the regular season with two losses versus Air Force, but Sacred Heart is 15-3-2 over the last  20 games. Holy Cross is the seventh seed in the tournament as they had 25 points this season and the Pioneers are the second seed with 35 points. Sacred Heart won the regular season series over Holy Cross, 3-1-0, with the Crusaders going 1-1-0 at the Milford Ice Pavilion. The Pioneers have outscored the Crusaders by a 15-12 margin this season. With a win the Crusaders will advance to the semifinals on March 19 in Rochester, N.Y. The  finals are on March 20. 

VERSUS SACRED HEART IN THE AHA TOURNEY: The Crusaders are 2-0 all-time against the Pioneers in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament. Holy Cross earned its first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament when it defeated Sacred Heart, 4-0, in the first ever Atlantic Hockey Tournament championship game on March 20, 2004, in West Point, N.Y. The next season, the Crusaders defeated the Pioneers in the quarterfinals at the Hart Center by a 4-2 score on March 12, 2005.

THE SERIES WITH SACRED HEART: These two teams have played each other 44 times with Sacred Heart leading the all-time series, 23-20-1. The Pioneers won this year’s regular season series, 3-1-0. The prior two years the season series was tied at 2-2-0. Holy Cross is 3-7-0 in the last 10 games against the Pioneers.

AT THE MILFORD ICE PAVILION: Holy Cross is 2-8-0 in its last 10 games at the Milford Ice Pavilion and are 5-14-1 all-time. But, the Crusaders are 2-2-0 in their last four games in Milford, including a 4-2 win and a 3-1 loss this season.

ON THE ROAD IN THE AHA TOURNAMENT: Holy Cross is 1-5 (.167) all-time in games on its opponent’s home ice in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament with all of the games in the quarterfinals. The Crusaders lost at Air Force, 3-0, in 2007, while they were swept in a two-game series at RIT in 2008. Last season, Holy Cross lost the series at RIT, 2-1, in 2009.   

HC IN THE QUARTERFINALS: The Crusaders are 4-5 (.444) all-time in Atlantic Hockey Tournament quarterfinal games. Holy Cross has advanced to the semifinals three times and has failed to reach the semifinals also three times. The first four years of the tournament the quarterfinal round was a one-game playoff. In 2004 the Crusaders defeated AIC, in 2005 they defeated Sacred Heart, in 2006 they defeated AIC and in 2007 they lost at Air Force. The last two seasons the quarterfinal round has been a best-two-out-three series. In 2008, the Crusaders lost the series, 2-0, at RIT, and in 2009 they lost the series at RIT, 2-1.   

HC IN THE ATLANTIC HOCKEY TOURNAMENT: With the victory over AIC, the Crusaders now have a 10-6 (.625)  all-time in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament as they have won two titles (2004 & 2006). Last season, the Crusaders went 2-2 in the tournament with a win over AIC in the first round and a 2-1 quarterfinals series defeat at RIT. In 2008, Holy Cross was swept in the best two-out-of-three quarterfinals series at RIT as it lost two 5-4 overtime games. In 2007, Holy Cross lost at Air Force in the quarterfinals. In 2006 at the Hart Center, Holy Cross defeated AIC in the quarterfinals (3-1), UConn in the semifinals (4-1) and Bentley in the championship game (5-2), earning their second title and second NCAA Tournament appearance. In 2005, Holy Cross defeated Sacred Heart, 4-2, in the quarterfinals, but then fell to eventual champion Mercyhurst, 4-3 (OT), in the semifinals. Holy Cross won the first-ever Atlantic Hockey Tournament in 2004, earning the program’s first ever spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Crusaders defeated AIC (5-0), Canisius (4-1) and Sacred Heart in the title game (4-0). In 1999, the Crusaders won the MAAC Tournament Championship by defeating Canisius, 4-3, in the finals.

ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 6-10-1 (.382) on its opponent’s home ice this season. Last season, HC compiled a 5-12-3 (.325) record in away games.

SCOUTING THE ROSTER: Holy Cross has five seniors, seven juniors, nine sophomores and six freshmen on this year’s roster with 16 forwards, eight defenders and three goalies.

STRONG DEFENSE: The Crusaders have the second ranked defense in Atlantic Hockey and the 17th in the nation by allowing only 2.69 goals per contest. HC has allowed 94 goals in 35 games. The Crusaders have two shutouts this season which are the most since the 2005-2006 season when Holy Cross also had two. Last season, Holy Cross was sixth in the conference with 3.42 goals allowed per contest.

HC AT HOME IN THE AHA TOURNAMENT: With the victory over AIC, Holy Cross is now 6-0 all-time in Atlantic Hockey Tournament games played at the Hart Center. Holy Cross defeated Sacred Heart in 2005, AIC, UConn and Bentley in 2006 to win the title, and the Yellow Jackets two times in a row.

OFFENSIVE SPARK: Holy Cross, who has only averaged 2.4 goals scored per game this season, has scored 41 goals over the last 12 contests for a 3.4 goals per game average. During these 12 games the Crusaders have a 7-4-1 record and have outscored their opponents, 41-33. Senior Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) has recorded seven goals and seven assists for 14 points in the last 12 games, while freshman Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) has two goals and seven assists for nine points. Senior Rob Forshner (Sundre, Alberta) and junior Matt Celin (Gibsonia, Pa.) each have eight points as Forshner has four goals and four assists, and Celin has two goals and six assists. Sophomore Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) has seven points during this stretch of contests with two goals and five assists. The Crusaders scored nine goals in the two-game series against Air Force on Jan. 22-23, while they netted six goals in the two-game series versus Army on Feb. 5-6, and added three goals in the victory over UConn on Feb. 9. The Crusaders netted 10 goals in the two-game sweep of Bentley on Feb. 12-13, while they tallied four goals as they were swept by Sacred Heart on Feb. 19-20. On Feb. 26-27 versus Bentley, Holy Cross scored five goals in two games, while last when it netted four goals against AIC.

CELIN WITH A POINT IN SIX OF SEVEN GAMES:
Junior Matt Celin has recorded one point in six of the last seven games with two goals and four assists. For the season he has two goals and a career-best eight assists for 10 points, while for his career he has eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points.

SPREADING OUT THE OFFENSE: Out of the 25 Crusaders who have seen game action in the last 12 contests, 16 of them have scored a goal and 19 of them have at least one point.

THE MATCH UP: Holy Cross is averaging 2.40 goals scored per game which are eighth in Atlantic Hockey, while Sacred Heart is scoring 3.53 goals per contest which are first in the league and tied for sixth nationally. Last season, the Crusaders averaged 2.79 goals per game which were sixth in Atlantic Hockey, while the Pioneers’ 2.61 goals per contest were seventh. Holy Cross has been shut out five times this season which is a new school record. The previous record was four set in the 1988-1989 season. Sacred Heart has not been shut out this season. On the power play Holy Cross is sixth in the league with a 16.6 percentage and Sacred Heart is fourth with an 19.8 percentage. The Crusaders’ 83.1 penalty kill percentage is ranked third in the conference and the Pioneers’ 78.2 percentage is 10th. Holy Cross has only allowed 2.69 goals per game which are second in the conference, while the Pioneers are tied for sixth defensively with 3.32 goals allowed per contest.

WORKING OVERTIME: The Crusaders have played in eight overtime games this season with a 0-2-6 (.375) record in those games. The six ties are tied for the second most ties in a season at the school as the record is seven set in the 2007-2008 season. The most overtime games played in a single-season at Holy Cross was last season when the Crusaders played 10 and went 2-3-5 (.450) in those games. Since the 2006-2007 season and 144 total games, the Crusaders have played 34 overtime contests with a 2-9-23 (.397) record as .236 percent of their games have gone to overtime. Earlier this season, Holy Cross played three straight games that went to overtime as it tied RIT, 1-1, lost to RIT, 3-2, and tied No. 7 Quinnipiac, 1-1. This was the fourth time in program history that the Crusaders had played three straight overtime contests as Holy Cross did it twice in the 2008-2009 season and once in the 1986-1987 season. The school record is four consecutive overtime games set in the 2007-2008 season.

HOLY CROSS TO HOST 2010 NCAA REGIONAL: Holy Cross will host the 2010 NCAA Men’s Hockey Division I Northeast Regional. The dates are Saturday and Sunday, March 27-28 at the DCU Center in Worcester. The semifinals will be at 1:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on March. 27, while the finals will be at 5:30 p.m. on March 28. All three games will be on ESPNU. HC held the event for the first time in 2008.

RECENT SUCCESS ON THE POWER PLAY: The Crusaders are 21-100 (.210) over the last 22 games while on the power play.

HC ON B2 NETWORKS: All of Holy Cross’ home games and Atlantic Hockey away games can be seen via live video streaming through B2 Networks.

LINSMAYER SCORES FIRST GAME-WINNER: Freshman Rob Linsmayer scored one goal and had one assist for two points in the win over AIC in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament first round on March 5. He assisted on Holy Cross’ first goal of the game that tied the contest at 1-1, and then he netted the eventual game–winner that gave the Crusaders a 3-1 lead for his first collegiate game-winning goal. For the season, Linsmayer’s 14 assists are second on the team and his 17 points are third. His 14 assists are the most by a Holy Cross freshman since James Sixsmith recorded 18 in the 2003-2004 season. The game on March 5 was his fourth game of the season with two points.

CYR NAMED AHA CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior forward Jordan Cyr has at least one point in four straight games and in seven of the last eight. He leads the team with 13 goals and a career-best 15 assists for 28 points. Cyr also has three short-handed goals which are second in Atlantic Hockey and tied for third nationally. He was just named the Atlantic Hockey Co-Player of the Week for his one goal and one assist performance in the 4-2 win over AIC on March 5. This is the third time this season and the fourth time in his career that Cyr has earned this honor. Previously, he scored one goal in each game versus Bentley on Feb. 26-27. He was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week on Feb. 15 as he recorded two goals and three assists for five points in three games on the week. In the 4-0 win over Bentley on Feb. 13, he assisted on Holy Cross’ third goal and scored on a power play for the Crusaders’ fourth goal of the contest. On Feb. 12 in the 6-4 victory on the road against Bentley, Cyr assisted on the goal that gave the Crusaders a 3-2 advantage in the second period. In the 3-2 win over UConn on Feb. 9, he recorded one goal and one assist. He scored the game-winner in the 5-3 win over Army on Feb. 5. In the 6-4 victory at Air Force on Jan. 22, he recorded one goal and had one assist, while Cyr also posted one goal and one assist in the 5-2 loss at RIT on Jan. 8. He was recognized earlier this season by the league when he was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week for his three goals and one assist performance in the home-and-home series with Sacred Heart on Nov. 6-7. For his career, he has 33 goals and 28 assists for 61 points, including one goal for RPI in 2006-2007. He was last year’s leading scorer with 19 goals and 13 assists for 32 points. His 19 goals were third all-time on the Holy Cross Division I list.

SHEAHAN MOVING UP THE CHARTS: Senior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) scored two goals in the 4-1 win over Bentley on Senior Night on Feb. 26. Both of his goals were on the power play as he has 23 career power play goals which are third on the all-time Holy Cross Division I list. For the season his 10 goals are tied for second on the team and his 14 points are tied for fourth. Sheahan has the most career goals with 40, assists with 51 and points with 91 of any current Crusader. His 40 goals are ninth on the all-time Holy Cross Division I list and his 91 points are 10th. On Jan. 15 versus AIC, he scored Holy Cross’ lone goal in the 1-1 tie. Sheahan recorded one goal and one assist in the 5-2 loss at RIT on Jan. 8. He scored the last goal of the game with an empty-net goal in the 4-2 win at Dartmouth on Jan. 3. He recorded his 50th career assist as he posted an assist as Holy Cross defeated UConn 5-0 on Nov. 24. Last season, he led the team with 19 assists, and was second with 12 goals and 31 points.

SILVIA SCORES FOUR GAME-WINNERS: Sophomore Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) has scored four game-winning goals so far this season which lead the team. His four game-winners are third in the conference. For the season, he has 10 goals and four assists for 14 points. His 10 goals are tied for third on the team, while his 14 points are tied for fourth. He scored the Crusaders’ third goal in the 4-0 victory over Bentley on Feb. 13, while he scored the first goal of the night in the 6-4 win over Bentley on Feb. 12, in addition to posting an assist later in the contest. In the 3-2 victory over UConn, Silvia scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at 3:43 of the third period, giving the Crusaders a 3-1 lead at the time. For his career, Silvia has 21 goals and 14 assists for 35 points, while he also has six career game-winners.

FRESHMEN CONTRIBUTIONS: The Crusaders have received solid contributions from their freshmen skaters this season. At the season opener versus Providence on Oct. 10, freshman Rob Linsmayer recorded an assist. He scored his first collegiate goal versus UConn on Nov. 24 as Holy Cross won 5-0. His 14 assists are second on the team and his 17 points are third. Freshman Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) posted his first two collegiate points with a goal and an assist as Holy Cross defeated Canisius, 3-2, on Oct. 24. Overall he has four goals and three assists for seven points. Freshman Brendan Baker (Edina, Minn.) had his first collegiate point with an assist on Oct. 24 versus Canisius. Baker has one goal and four assists for five points. On Nov. 14 against Air Force, freshman Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) scored his first collegiate goal, while on Nov. 21 versus Mercyhurst, freshman Evan Zych (Kilbride, Ontario) recorded his first collegiate point with an assist. Nunn has one goal and two assists for three points.

SHEEN SHINES: Junior co-captain Everett Sheen is second on the team with 20 points, while he is fourth with nine goals and 11 assists. Sheen assisted on both of Holy Cross’ goals in the 5-2 loss at RIT on Jan. 8. He scored Holy Cross’ lone goal in the 1-1 tie versus No. 7 Quinnipiac on Dec. 10. He was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week for his performances against UConn (Nov. 24) and No. 11 Yale (Nov. 28). For the week he recorded three goals and one assist for four points. This was the first time that he has received this honor. As a freshman he was named the AHA Rookie of the Week three times and the Rookie of the Month once. On Nov. 24, he scored two goals as Holy Cross defeated UConn, 5-0, while on Nov. 28 he netted one goal and posted one assist as the Crusaders fell to No. 11 Yale, 7-3. Sheen posted one goal and two assists for three points versus AIC on Oct. 31. He recorded two goals and one assist for three points on the road versus Canisius as Holy Cross won both games by scores of 3-2. On Oct. 24 he scored the first goal of the game and assisted on Holy Cross’ second goal, while on Oct. 25 he netted the Crusaders’ second goal giving them a 2-1 lead. For his career, he has recorded 35 goals and 34 assists for 69 points in 109 games.

DALY, ZNUTAS & CLUNE LEAD DEFENSE: Sophomore Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.), junior Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) and sophomore Matt Clune are contributing to the Crusader offense as defenders. Daly’s career-best 10 assists are tied for fifth on the team. He also has three goals and a career-best 13 points. Daly scored his career-best third goal of the season in the 4-0 win over Bentley on Feb. 13. He was named to the All-Tournament team at the Ledyard National Bank Classic and was also named the AT&T Crusader of the Week, for competition from Dec. 28-Jan. 3. Daly scored his first collegiate game-winning goal and also had an assist in the 4-2 win at Dartmouth on Jan. 3. He assisted on Holy Cross’ second goal of the game and then scored his first goal of the season to give the Crusaders a 3-1 lead. For his career, he has five goals and 15 assists for 20 points. Znutas has 12 assists this season which are third on the team. He has an assist in three straight games. For his career, Znutas has 10 goals and 33 assists for 43 career points as he has played 106 career games. Clune’s career-best 10 assists are tied for fifth on the team. He also has a career-best 12 points. Clune posted two assists in the 6-4 win over Bentley on Feb. 12. He had two assists in the 5-3 win over Army on Feb. 5. He recorded one goal and one assist for two points in the 6-4 win over Air Force on Jan. 22. He also posted two assists in the 7-3 loss to Yale on Nov. 28. For his career, Clune has four goals and 16 assists for 20 points.    

TYSOWSKY HAVING GREAT ROOKIE SEASON: Freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) has earned five overall Atlantic Hockey awards this season. He was named the Rookie of the Week on Feb. 15 for going 3-0 on the week. Tysowsky was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Month for December. He has also been named the Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week twice and earned Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Month accolades for October. He  has a 2.37 goals against average which ranks second in Atlantic Hockey and his .912 save percentage is fourth. Tysowsky’s 783 saves are ranked second on the all-time Holy Cross Division I single-season saves list as the record is 840 set by Tony Quesada in the 2005-2006 season. His 2.37 goals against average is fourth on the school’s Division I single-season list and his 11 wins are sixth. Tysowsky recorded his second shutout of the season and 10th win as he made 17 saves in the 4-0 victory over Bentley on Feb. 13. For his performance he was awarded the Holy Cross Winter Homecoming MVP trophy after the game. On Feb. 9, he made 24 saves in the 3-2 win over UConn. On Feb. 5, Tysowsky made 27 saves in the 5-3 win over Army. On Jan. 15-16, he only allowed two goals in two games versus AIC as he recorded a 0.97 goals against average and stopped 53 of 55 shots for a .964 save percentage. He also earned his first collegiate point with an assist on Jan. 15. On Jan. 8, in the 5-2 loss at RIT, Tysowsky made a season-best 37 saves. Tysowsky stopped 58 of 63 shots for a .921 save percentage and a 2.50 goals against average at the Ledyard National Bank Classic. In the 3-0 loss to No. 14 UMass Lowell, he made 22 saves, while in the 4-2 win at Dartmouth he made 36 saves. Tysowsky started all three contests of the month of December as he recorded a 1.55 goals against average and a .937 save percentage as he stopped 74 of 79 shots. He made 24 saves and allowed one goal for a .960 save percentage as the Crusaders tied RIT, 1-1, on Dec. 4. Tysowsky then stopped 27 of 30 shots (.900 save percentage) as Holy Cross had a 3-2 overtime loss to RIT, on Dec. 5. On Dec. 10, he made 23 saves and allowed one goal for a .958 save percentage as the Crusaders tied No. 7 Quinnipiac, 1-1. He was named the Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week for his performance versus Quinnipiac. He stopped all 19 shots as he earned his first collegiate shutout with the 5-0 victory over UConn on Nov. 24. Tysowsky had an outstanding month of October as he started five of six games and earned his first two collegiate wins. He made 125 saves and allowed 12 goals. He was named the Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week on Oct. 19 as he made his collegiate debut, making 25 saves and allowing two goals for a .926 save percentage as the Crusaders fell to Merrimack (Oct. 16), 3-1. On Oct. 24-25, he earned two victories as Holy Cross won both road contests against Canisius, 3-2. Tysowsky made 51 saves and allowed four goals.

DAMS ON THE ALL-TIME LISTS: Senior Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) stopped 19 of 20 shots for a .950 save percentage and a 1.00 goal against average in the 4-1 victory over Bentley on Senior Night on Feb. 26. Dams is all over the all-time Holy Cross Division I career records list. He is tied for second all-time with 18 victories and is third with 1,201 saves, while he is fourth with a 3.08 goals against average.

CRUSADER CAPTAINS: Senior forward Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) and junior Everett Sheen will serve as the 2009-2010 team co-captains. Driscoll’s 140 career games played are the most by any current Crusader and are fourth all-time at Holy Cross. He has 21 goals and 37 assists for 58 career points. His 13 career power play goals are tied for 10th on the all-time Holy Cross Division I list.

2 CRUSADERS AT NHL DEVELOPMENT CAMPS: Juniors J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) and Everett Sheen participated at NHL development camps. Martignetti was at the Chicago Blackhawks’ camp, while Sheen, who last year attended the Anaheim Ducks’ camp, participated at the Washington Capitals’ camp. The Blackhawks’ camp was at Johnny’s Ice House in Chicago from July 6-10. The camp roster had 53 players. Washington’s camp took place from July 13-18 at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. Both camps featured recent draft picks, select rookie players and other prospects.                                    

PINK THE RINK: On Feb. 13, in front of a crowd of 2,009 at the Hart Center, the Crusaders held “Pink The Rink” night and defeated Bentley, 4-0. Holy Cross wore a special edition pink jersey to show its support for breast cancer awareness. The jerseys were auctioned off throughout the game as they raised $8,070 with all the proceeds going to the Levine Cancer Center in Worcester. A ceremonial puck drop featured Holy Cross professors and breast cancer survivors Kathy Kiel (Economics) and Helen Freear-Papio (Modern Languages and Literature). Kevin Shea from WCTR-TV 3 was the MC for the event as he went through the crowd during the game talking to fans and keeping people up to date on the auction. Between the first and second period the men’s hockey program honored David Joy (Class of 1974) and his wife Michele for generously donating the jerseys so all of the proceeds from the auction of the jerseys will go to the Levine Cancer Center. Holy Cross coach Paul Pearl presented David and Michele with a pink jersey of their own. Michele’s sister and breast cancer survivor Mary Keenan was also honored at the ceremony and given a pink jersey with her name on the back. After the game each player personally handed the auction winners their jerseys as Shea announced the winners.

HOLY CROSS HEAD COACH PAUL PEARL: Paul Pearl is in his 15th year at the helm of the Holy Cross ice hockey program, and is just the fifth head coach in the history of ice hockey at Holy Cross. On January 21, 2006, with a 3-2 victory at Dartmouth, Pearl became the school’s all-time winningest coach with the 168th victory of his career. Pearl has forged a 226-224-54 (.502) record at Holy Cross and has been the man behind the bench in seven of the nine most successful seasons in Holy Cross history, while he has had three teams post 20-plus win seasons. Along with 13 post-season appearances in 14 years, Pearl led the Crusaders to their first two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003-2004 and 2005-2006, while he coached the Crusaders to their first ever NCAA Tournament win with the 4-3 overtime victory over Minnesota in Grand Forks, N.D., on March 24, 2006. In 2005-2006, Pearl led the Crusaders to a school single season record 27 victories, as the team posted an overall record of 27-10-2. Holy Cross also claimed the AHA regular season and tournament titles.