November 4, 2009

Crusaders To Meet Sacred Heart For Two, Including At Home On Nov. 7

Game Notes in PDF Format

GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:

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

Dates: November 6-7, 2009

Time: 7:00 p.m.

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

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

Holy Cross Radio: Saturday-WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Ryan Holt & Mike Kemezis, listen here.

Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks

Series Record: Sacred Heart leads 20-19-1

Last Meeting: Sacred Heart 4, Holy Cross 3 (OT) (2/28/09; Milford, Conn.)

2008-2009 Series: Tied 2-2-0

HOLY CROSS TO PLAY TWO VERSUS SACRED HEART: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (2-3-1, 2-1-1 Atlantic Hockey) will play a home-and-home series with Sacred Heart (2-2-1, 1-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7. Friday's contest is at the Milford Ice Pavilion in Milford, Conn., while Saturday's game is at the Hart Center. Both games are at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders lead the league defensively with 2.67 goals allowed per game, while the Pioneers lead the conference offensively with 4.00 goals scored per game. Last week, the Crusaders lost 3-0 on the road versus AIC and tied the Yellow Jackets, 4-4 at home, while the Pioneers defeated AIC (5-3), lost to St. Lawrence (6-3) and tied St. Lawrence (3-3). Last season, the series between these two teams was tied at 2-2-0, as each team won one game at home and one game on the road.

ON THE ROAD: Holy Cross is 2-3-0 so far this season on the road as it played its first five 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 tied AIC, 4-4, on Oct. 31 and are 0-0-1 at home this season. The Crusaders will play three of the next four games at home. Last season Holy Cross went 7-8-2 at the Hart Center. Holy Cross has a 294-183-29 (.610) all-time record at the Hart Center since it started playing there in 1975-1976.

THE SERIES WITH SACRED HEART: This weekend's games will be the 41st and 42nd meetings between the Crusaders and the Pioneers with Sacred Heart leading the all-time series, 20-19-1. Versus the Pioneers, Holy Cross has a 13-7-0 record at the Hart Center and a 5-5-0 record in the last 10 games in Worcester. Overall Holy Cross is 4-6-0 in the last 10 games against the Pioneers, including a 2-2-0 record last season.

TYSOWSKY NAMED AHA GOALIE OF THE MONTH: Freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) was named the Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Month for October. Tysowsky had an outstanding month as he started five of six games and earned his first two collegiate wins. He made 125 saves and allowed 12 goals. His 2.39 goals against average ranks second around the league and his .912 save percentage is third. 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.

DEFENSE!: Holy Cross leads Atlantic Hockey with only allowing 2.67 goals per game. The Crusaders have allowed 16 goals over six games with two versus Providence (Oct. 10), three against Merrimack (Oct. 16), two twice versus Canisius (Oct. 24-25), three against AIC (Oct. 30) and four versus AIC (Oct. 31). Last season, the Crusaders ranked sixth around the league with 3.42 goals allowed per game.

STRONG PENALTY KILL: The Crusaders are tied for third around Atlantic Hockey with an 82.1 penalty kill percentage. Holy Cross has allowed five goals on 28 power play opportunities for its opponents.

NEXT WEEK: The Crusaders will play two games versus Air Force at the Hart Center on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14. Both games will start at 7:00 p.m. Last season, the Falcons won the series, 4-0-0.

SHEEN SHINES: Junior co-captain Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) leads the team with four goals and is tied for first with seven points, while he is second with three assists. His four goals are tied for third around the conference. 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 two weeks ago 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 30 goals and 26 assists for 56 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.) has scored both of Holy Cross' game-winning goals so far this season as they both were versus Canisius on Oct. 24-25. 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.

CRUSADER CAPTAINS: Senior forward Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) and junior Everett Sheen will serve as the 2009-2010 team co-captains. Driscoll's 113 career games played are the most by any current Crusader as he has 19 goals and 34 assists for 53 career points.

FIRST COLLEGIATE POINTS: Recently five Crusaders earned their first collegiate point. 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 Oct. 24. Last week he tallied one goal and one assist for two points against AIC on Oct. 31. His four points this season are tied for third on the team, while his two goals are tied for second and his two assists are tied for third. 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 Oct. 24 and freshman Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) had his first collegiate point with an assist on Oct. 25.

CYR LEADS TEAM WITH FIVE ASSISTS: Junior Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) leads the team with five assists and is tied for first with seven points. His five assists are also tied for fourth around the league, while his two goals are tied for second on the team. Last week, he contributed on all four of Holy Cross' goals on Oct. 31 versus AIC as he recorded one goal and three assists. For his career, he has 22 goals and 18 assists for 40 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 RECORDS 80TH CAREER POINT: Senior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) has the most career goals (32), assists (49) and points (81) of any current Crusader. Also his 18 career power play goals are eighth on the all-time Holy Cross Division I list. So far this season he has posted two goals and two assists for four points. He recorded his 80th career point with an assist versus AIC on Oct. 31. He also scored a goal giving him his 81st career point. Last season, he led the team with 19 assists, and was second with 12 goals and 31 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 216-210-49 (.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.

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.