GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (0-2-0, 0-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Canisius (1-3-0, 0-0-0 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: October 24-25, 2009
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Place: Buffalo State Sports Arena (1,800), Buffalo, N.Y.
Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks
Series Record: Holy Cross leads 24-11-8
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 5, Canisius 4 (10/18/08; Worcester, Mass.)
2008-2009 Series: Holy Cross won 1-0-1
HC TO PLAY TWO ON THE ROAD VERSUS CANISIUS: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (0-2-0) will start the Atlantic Hockey season when it travels to Buffalo, N.Y., to meet Canisius (1-3-0) at the Buffalo State Sports Arena on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24-25. Both games are at 4:00 p.m. Last week, the Crusaders lost at Merrimack, 3-1, at Lawler Arena on Oct. 16, while the Golden Griffins dropped two contests at Lake Superior State on Oct. 16-17, by scores of 5-4 and 3-0.
UNDEFEATED IN AHA OPENERS: The Crusaders are 5-0-1 in Atlantic Hockey openers with a 3-1 win at Canisius on Oct. 11, 2003, a 3-1 win at AIC on Nov. 5, 2004, a 1-0 victory over Army on Oct. 28, 2005, a 4-1 win over Mercyhurst on Oct. 20, 2006, a 4-1 win at Mercyhurst on Oct. 26, 2007 and a 1-1 tie versus Canisius on Oct. 17, 2008. This is the third time that Holy Cross has started the league season against the Golden Griffins as the Crusaders have a 1-0-1 record.
THE SERIES WITH CANISIUS: This weekend's games will mark the 44th and 45th meetings between the Crusaders and the Golden Griffins with Holy Cross leading the all-time series, 24-11-8. Last season, the Crusaders won the series, 1-0-1, as both games were played at the Hart Center. On Oct. 17, the teams tied at 1-1, while Holy Cross won by a score of 5-4 on Oct. 18.
TYSOWSKY NAMED GOALIE OF THE WEEK: Freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) was named the Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week for his performance at Merrimack on Oct. 16. Tysowsky made his collegiate debut as he made 25 saves and allowed two goals for a .926 save percentage as the Crusaders fell to Merrimack, 3-1. He stopped six shots in the first period, 10 in the second and nine in the third. Tysowsky was a two-year member of the varsity hockey team at Milton Academy.
NEXT WEEK: The Crusaders will play two games versus American International on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30-31. Holy Cross will play on the road on Friday and then play its first game at home this season on Saturday. Last season, the Crusaders won the season series over the Yellow Jackets, 4-1-0.
CRUSADERS FALL TO WARRIORS, 3-1: Jesse Todd scored the game-winner for the Warriors as Holy Cross fell at Merrimack, 3-1, on Oct. 16 at Lawler Arena. Trailing 2-0, the Crusaders went with an empty-net and with just 44.5 seconds left to go junior Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) fired a wrist shot past Merrimack goalie Joe Cannata for his first goal of the season to make the score 2-1. Senior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) posted an assist. But the Warriors clinched the 3-1 victory when J.C. Robitaille scored an empty-net goal with 12.7 seconds left. Thomas Tysowsky made his collegiate debut and tallied 25 saves, while Cannata stopped 26 shots. The Crusaders had 27 shots and went 0-3 on the power play, while the Warriors took 28 shots and went 1-4.
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 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. 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. He is already off to a good start this season as he has posted at least one point over the first two contests. He had an assist at Providence and scored a goal at Merrimack. Senior Brodie Sheahan has the most career goals (30), assists (48) and points (78) 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 (Lethbridge, Alberta) will serve as the 2009-2010 team co-captains. Driscoll's 109 career games played are the most by any current Crusader as he has 19 goals and 34 assists for 53 career points. With his goal versus Providence this season, Sheen recorded his 27th career goal for his 50th career point. He has played 76 career games and also has 23 assists.
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).
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.
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 214-209-48 (.505) 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.