October 29, 2009

Men's Hockey To Play Home-And-Home Series With AIC

Game Notes in PDF Format

Video: Interview With Coach Pearl

GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:

Teams: Holy Cross (2-2-0, 2-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) vs. AIC (0-3-0, 0-1-0 Atlantic Hockey)

Dates: October 30-31, 2009

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: Friday-Olympia Ice Center (2,200), West Springfield, Mass.

Saturday-Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass. 

Holy Cross Radio: Saturday-WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Ryan Holt & Mike Kemezis, http://college.holycross.edu/wchc/live/index.htm, listen here.

Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks

Series Record: Holy Cross leads 37-18-6

Last Meeting: Holy Cross 1, AIC 0 (OT) (3/7/09; Worcester, Mass.)

2008-2009 Series: Holy Cross won 4-1-0

HC TO PLAY HOME-AND-HOME SERIES WITH AIC: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (2-2-0, 2-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) will play a home-and-home series with American International (0-3-0, 0-1-0 Atlantic Hockey) on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30-31. Friday's contest is at the Olympia Ice Center in West Springfield, Mass., while Saturday's game is the home-opener for the Crusaders at the Hart Center. Both games are at 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross is tied for first place with Air Force with four points. Last week, the Crusaders swept a two-game series on the road against Canisius winning both games by a 3-2 score, while the Yellow Jackets lost to Union (4-2), Rensselaer (3-2) and Sacred Heart (5-3). The Crusaders won the season-series last year, 4-1-0, including a 1-0 overtime Atlantic Hockey Tournament first round win.

BEST AHA START SINCE 2005-2006: With the two-game sweep of Canisius to open the Atlantic Hockey season, this is the first time that the Crusaders have started the Atlantic Hockey season with a perfect 2-0-0 record since the 2005-2006 season when they started 3-0-0 which is also their previous best start through three games.

CRUSADERS IN HOME OPENERS: Holy Cross is 23-16-4 all-time in home openers, including a 2-1-2 record over the last five seasons. Last season the Crusaders tied Canisius, 1-1, on Oct. 17.

ON THE ROAD: Holy Cross is 2-2-0 so far this season on the road as it has played all four of its games away from home. Last season the Crusaders were 5-12-3 on their opponents' home ice.

HOME ICE: After playing the first five games on the road, the Crusaders will play four of the next five at home. Last season Holy Cross went 7-8-2 at the Hart Center. Holy Cross has a 294-183-28 (.610) all-time record at the Hart Center since it started playing there in 1975-1976.

THE SERIES WITH AIC: This weekend's games will be the 62nd and 63rd meetings between the Crusaders and the Yellow Jackets with Holy Cross leading the all-time series, 37-18-6. Versus AIC, Holy Cross has a 18-7-4 record at the Hart Center and a 7-1-2 record in the last 10 games in Worcester. Overall Holy Cross is 7-3-0 in the last 10 games against the Yellow Jackets, including a 4-1 record last season.

DEFENSE! DEFENSE! DEFENSE!: Holy Cross leads Atlantic Hockey with allowing only 2.25 goals per game as they are tied for 13th nationally. The Crusaders have allowed nine goals over four games with two versus Providence, three against Merrimack and two twice versus Canisius. Last season, the Crusaders ranked sixth around the league with 3.42 goals allowed per game.

STRONG PENALTY KILL: The Crusaders are tied for first around Atlantic Hockey with AIC and tied for 19th nationally with an 85.7 penalty kill percentage. Holy Cross has allowed three goals on 21 power play opportunities for its opponents.

TYSOWSKY LEADING THE LEAGUE: Freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) leads Atlantic Hockey with a 2.01 goals against average and a .927 save percentage. Last week he earned his first two collegiate victories as Holy Cross won both road contests against Canisius, 3-2. He made 51 saves and allowed four goals. On Saturday he made 24 saves, while on Sunday he made 27 saves. Tysowsky was named the Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week on Oct. 19. He made his collegiate debut as he made 25 saves and allowed two goals for a .926 save percentage as the Crusaders fell to Merrimack (Oct. 16), 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 Sacred Heart on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7. Holy Cross will play on the road on Friday at the Milford Ice Pavilion and then play at home on Saturday. Both games will start at 7:00 p.m. Last season, the series was tied at 2-2-0, as each team won one game at home and one game on the road.

SHEEN SHINES: Junior co-captain Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) leads the team with three goals and four points. His three goals are tied for third around the conference. Sheen recorded two goals and one assist for three points last week on the road versus Canisius as Holy Cross won both games by scores of 3-2. On Saturday he scored the first goal of the game and assisted on Holy Cross' second goal, while on Sunday he netted the Crusaders' second goal giving them a 2-1 lead. For his career, he has recorded 29 goals and 24 assists for 53 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.

SILVIA SCORES BOTH GAME-WINNERS: Sophomore Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) scored both game-winning goals versus Canisius. His two game-winning goals are tied for first nationally. For his career, Silvia has 13 goals and 10 assists for 23 points, while he also has three career game-winners.

FIRST COLLEGIATE POINTS: Recently five Crusaders earned their first collegiate point with four of them recording the point last week versus Canisius. At the season opener versus Providence (Oct. 10), freshman Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) recorded an assist. For the season, he has two assists. Freshman forward Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) posted his first two collegiate points with a goal and an assist as Holy Cross defeated Canisius, 3-2, on the road last Saturday. Also against Canisius, sophomore Matt Gordon (Perth, Ontario) recorded his first two collegiate points with an assist in each game, while freshman Brendan Baker (Edina, Minn.) had his first collegiate point with an assist on Saturday and freshman Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) had his first collegiate point with an assist on Sunday.

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 (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. He is already off to a good start this season as he is second on the team with three points and is tied for second with two assists. Senior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) has the most career goals (31), assists (48) and points (79) of any current Crusader. So far this season he one goal and one assist for two points. 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 111 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 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 216-209-48 (.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.

UNDEFEATED IN AHA OPENERS: With the 3-2 win over Canisius on Oct. 24, the Crusaders remain undefeated in Atlantic Hockey season openers with a 6-0-1 record, including a 2-0-1 record versus Canisius as this was the third time that these teams have started the league season against each other. The Crusaders had 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.

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.

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.