GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (0-0-0, 0-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Providence (0-0-0, 0-0-0 Hockey East)
Date: October 10, 2009
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Schneider Arena (3,030), Providence, R.I.
Television: Cox Sports, Mike Logan & Bob Bellemore
Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Ryan Holt & Dan Gaudet, listen here.
Series Record: Providence leads 3-1 (Varsity games since 1966)
Last Meeting: Providence 6, HC 4 (10/25/08; Worcester, Mass.)
Last HC Win: HC 6, Providence 4 (10/20/07; Providence, R.I.)
HC Record at Providence: 1-2
SEASON OPENER: The Holy Cross men's hockey team will start the 2009-2010 season when it plays Hockey East member Providence at Schneider Arena on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 7:00 p.m. This is the first of two straight games against Hockey East teams for the Crusaders as they will play at Merrimack on Oct. 16. Last season, Holy Cross went 13-20-5 overall and finished seventh in Atlantic Hockey with a 10-15-3 record, while the Friars had an overall record of 7-22-5 and tied for ninth in Hockey East with a 4-18-5 record.
THE SERIES WITH PROVIDENCE: Saturday's game will mark the fifth meeting between the Crusaders and the Friars, with Providence leading 3-1-0 since Holy Cross became a varsity program in the 1966-67 season. Last season, the Friars won the first ever match up between the two teams ever at the Hart Center by a 6-4 score on Oct. 25. The Crusaders earned their first ever win over the Friars with a 6-4 victory on the road on Oct. 20, 2007. In the previous two meetings, Providence won 3-1 in the opening round of the Coffee Pot Tournament on November 27, 2004, at the Dunkin' Donuts Center and the Friars won 2-1 on January 14, 2001, at Schneider Arena.
HC IN SEASON OPENERS: Holy Cross is 15-25-3 all-time in season-openers, including a 2-2-1 record in the last five years. Last season, the Crusaders tied Canisius 1-1 at home on Oct. 17.
CRUSADERS SCORE 12 GOALS VERSUS RMC: Freshman Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) scored a hat trick and six other Crusaders had multiple-point games as Holy Cross defeated the Royal Military College, 12-3, on Oct. 4 at the Hart Center in an exhibition game. Freshman Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) made six saves in the first period for Holy Cross, senior Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) faced six shots and stopped five in the second and junior Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) faced six shots and made four saves in the third period.
VERSUS HOCKEY EAST: The Crusaders are 3-4-2 in their last nine games against teams from Hockey East, including last season with a 9-4 loss at New Hampshire on Dec. 11, 2008, a 3-2 loss at Boston University on Nov. 25, 2008, and a 6-4 loss at home versus Providence on Oct. 25, 2008. Two years ago, Holy Cross had a 1-1 tie at Vermont on Dec. 29, 2007, a 2-2 tie at home with Merrimack on Dec. 4, 2007, and a 6-4 win at Providence on Oct. 20, 2007. During the 2006-2007 season, the Crusaders fell to Northeastern, 7-2, on Dec. 30, 2006, and won at Merrimack, 2-1, on Oct. 24, 2006. In 2005 the Crusaders earned a 3-2 win at UMass Amherst on Oct. 21. Holy Cross has an all-time record of 22-78-2 against teams currently in Hockey East (0-8-0 against Boston College, 0-1-0 vs. Boston University, 2-4-0 against Maine, 5-11-0 vs. UMass Amherst, 6-20-0 against UMass Lowell, 8-24-1 vs. Merrimack, 0-2-0 against New Hampshire, 0-3-0 vs. Northeastern, 1-3-0 against Providence and 0-2-1 vs. Vermont.).
HOLY CROSS RETURNS 258 OF 269 POINTS: The 2009-2010 Holy Cross men's hockey team returns all but two players who saw ice time a season ago, including all six starters and 258 of the 269 points tallied a year ago. The Crusaders also welcome seven freshmen to the program. With all of this coming back and the experience of the five seniors and seven juniors the Crusaders are looking to get back to the NCAA Tournament for the third time. Junior Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) 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. Senior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) has the most career goals (30), assists (47) and points (77) of any current Crusader. Last season, he led the team with 19 assists, and was second with 12 goals and 31 points. Junior Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta), who already has 26 goals and 23 assists for 49 points over his first two seasons, ranked third on the team last year with 25 points as he was tied for third with 11 goals and was second with 14 assists.
CRUSADER CAPTAINS: Senior forward Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) and junior Everett Sheen will serve as the 2009-2010 team co-captains.
HC PICKED FOURTH IN PRESEASON POLL: Holy Cross has been picked fourth in the Atlantic Hockey Association Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Crusaders received 54 total points. Last season's tournament champion Air Force was picked as this year's preseason favorite with 80 points and eight first place votes, followed by last season's tournament finalist Mercyhurst with 70 points and two first place votes. Rochester Institute of Technology was picked third with 67 points, the Crusaders were fourth with 54 points and Canisius was fifth with 53 points. Army was sixth (40 points), Bentley was seventh (31 points), Sacred Heart was eighth (27 points), Connecticut was ninth (18 points) and American International College was 10th (10 points).
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 214-207-48 (.507) 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.
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.