GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (0-1-0, 0-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Merrimack (0-2-0, 0-0-0 Hockey East)
Date: October 16, 2009
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Lawler Arena (3,000), North Andover, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Ryan Holt & Mike Kemezis, listen here.
Series Record: Merrimack leads 24-8-1 (Varsity games since 1966).
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 2, Merrimack 2 (12/4/07; Worcester, Mass.)
Cross Win: Holy Cross 2, Merrimack 1
(10/24/06; North Andover, Mass.)
FRIDAY NIGHT: The Holy Cross men's hockey team will play its second straight game versus a Hockey East team when it travels to North Andover, Mass., to meet Merrimack at Lawler Arena on Friday, Oct. 16 at 7:00 p.m. Last week, the Crusaders lost to Providence, 2-1, at Schneider Arena on Oct. 10, while the Warriors dropped two contests at North Dakota on Oct. 9-10, by scores of 5-2 and 3-2.
THE SERIES WITH MERRIMACK: Friday night's game will mark the 34th meeting between these two schools, with Merrimack leading 24-8-1, since HC became a varsity program in the 1966-1967 season. Holy Cross is 1-0-1 over the last two games as these teams tied, 2-2, on Dec. 4, 2007 at the Hart Center, while the Crusaders defeated Merrimack, 2-1, on Oct. 24, 2006 at Merrimack's Lawler Arena.
VERSUS HOCKEY EAST: The Crusaders are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games against teams from Hockey East, including a 2-1 loss at Providence this season on Oct. 10. Last season, Holy Cross recorded 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 22-79-2 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, 1-4-0 against Providence and 0-2-1 vs. Vermont).
SHEEN POSTS 50TH CAREER POINT: With his goal versus Providence, Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) recorded his 27th career goal for his 50th career point. He has played 75 career games and also has 23 assists. Sheen 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.
CRUSADERS FALL TO FRIARS, 2-1: Daniel New scored the game-winner for the Friars to break a 1-1 tie at the 18:42 mark of the second period, as Holy Cross fell at Providence, 2-1, on Oct. 10. Junior co-captain Everett Sheen scored Holy Cross' lone goal, while junior Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and freshman Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) earned assists. The assist was Linsmayer's first collegiate point. Junior goalie Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) stopped 35 of 37 shots for a .946 save percentage.
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.
FOUR CRUSADERS MAKE DEBUTS: Sophomore Matt Gordon (Perth, Ontario), and freshmen Brendan Baker (Edina, Minn.), Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) and Rob Linsmayer made their collegiate debuts versus the Friars.
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 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.
CRUSADER CAPTAINS: Senior forward Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) and junior Everett Sheen will serve as the 2009-2010 team co-captains. Driscoll's 108 career games played are the most by any current Crusader as he has 19 goals and 34 assists for 53 career points.
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 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.
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 214-208-48 (.506) 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.