November 25, 2009

Men's Hockey Set To Play At Home On Saturday Versus #11 Yale

Game Notes in PDF Format

GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:

Teams: Holy Cross (4-7-2, 4-5-2 Atlantic Hockey) vs. #11 Yale (4-2-2, 2-1-2 ECACHL)

Date: November 28, 2009

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.

Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Ryan Holt & Chris DelVecchio. Listen to game.

Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks

Series Record: Yale leads 2-0-0 (Varsity games since 1966-1967)

Last Meeting: Yale 2, Holy Cross 1 (10/27/06; New Haven, Conn.)

SATURDAY AFTERNOON: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (4-7-2, 4-5-2 Atlantic Hockey) will play No. 11 Yale (4-2-2, 2-1-2 ECACHL) on Saturday, Nov. 28 at the Hart Center at 3:00 p.m. Through games of Nov. 24, Yale ranks first nationally with 4.25 goals scored per contest. Also junior Broc Little is tied for first nationally with 1.0 goals per game. This will be the first nationally ranked team that the Crusaders have played this season.

THE SERIES WITH YALE: This will be the third meeting between these two teams in varsity games. Holy Cross is 0-2-0 all-time against Yale. Both previous match ups took place at Yale as the Crusaders lost 2-1 on Oct. 27, 2006 and 6-1 on January 20, 2001.

VERSUS ECACHL: Holy Cross is 4-4-1 in its last nine games against ECACHL opponents, including a 1-0-1 record last season as it tied Dartmouth, 2-2, on Jan. 21 at the Hart Center and earned a 4-3 win over Rensselaer on Jan. 3 at the Denver Cup as the Crusaders have won three straight over the Engineers. Two years ago, the Crusaders fell to Quinnipiac, while three years ago they fell at Yale, at Dartmouth and at Quinnipiac. In the 2005-2006 season, Holy Cross went a perfect 3-0-0 with two wins over Rensselaer and a victory over Dartmouth. The Crusaders have an all-time record of 19-44-5 against teams currently in the ECACHL (2-3-0 against Brown, 0-5-0 vs. Colgate, 2-3-1 against Dartmouth, 0-4-0 vs. Princeton, 5-17-3 against Quinnipiac, 3-4-0 vs. Rensselaer, 0-1-0 against St. Lawrence, 7-5-1 vs. Union and 0-2-0 against Yale).

HOME ICE: The Crusaders will play their next four games at home and are 1-2-2 at home so far this season. Last season Holy Cross went 7-8-2 at the Hart Center. Holy Cross has a 295-185-30 (.608) all-time record at the Hart Center since it started playing there in 1975-1976.

DEFENSE!: Through games of Nov. 26, Holy Cross is fourth in Atlantic Hockey, giving up 2.69 goals per game. The Crusaders have allowed 35 goals over 13 games. Last season, the Crusaders ranked sixth around the league with 3.42 goals allowed per game.

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 THREE GAME-WINNERS: Sophomore Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) has scored three game-winning goals so far this season. His three game-winners lead the league and are tied for first nationally. His four total goals this season are third on the team and his five points are tied for fifth. For his career, Silvia has 15 goals and 11 assists for 26 points, while he also has four career game-winners.

TYSOWSKY EARNS FIRST COLLEGIATE SHUTOUT: Freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) stopped all 19 shots as he earned his first collegiate shutout with the 5-0 victory over UConn on Nov. 24. He has already been named the Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week once and was also named the Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Month for October. Overall his 2.38 goals against average is third in the league through games of Nov. 26 and his .906 save percentage is seventh. Tysowsky had an outstanding month of October as he started five of six games and earned his first two collegiate wins. He made 125 saves and allowed 12 goals. 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.

SHEEN SHINES: Junior co-captain Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) leads the team with six goals, while he is second with 10 points and is tied for fourth with four assists. Sheen scored two goals as Holy Cross defeated UConn on Nov. 24. 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 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 32 goals and 27 assists for 59 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.

CRUSADER CAPTAINS:
Senior forward Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) and junior Everett Sheen will serve as the 2009-2010 team co-captains. Driscoll's 120 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 seven 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 one goal and seven assists for eight points. He scored his first collegiate goal versus UConn on Nov. 24 as Holy Cross won 5-0. His seven assists lead the team and his eight points are third. Freshman 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. Overall he has three goals and two assists for five points. His three goals are tied for fourth on the team and his five points are tied for fifth. 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. Baker has one goal and one assist for the season and Fletcher has four assists which are tied for fourth on the team. On Nov. 14 against Air Force, freshman Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) scored his first collegiate goal, while on Nov. 21 versus Mercyhurst, freshman Evan Zych (Kilbride, Ontario) recorded his first collegiate point with an assist. Nunn has one goal and two assists for three points. All six of Holy Cross' freshman skaters have recorded their first collegiate point.

SHEAHAN RECORDS 50TH CAREER ASSIST: Senior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) has the most career goals (33), assists (50) and points (83) of any current Crusader. He just recorded his 50th career assist as he posted an assist as Holy Cross defeated UConn 5-0 on Nov. 24. His 33 goals are tied for 10th on the all-time Holy Cross Division I goals list. 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 three goals and three assists for six points. His six points are fourth on the team. 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).

SCOUTING THE ROSTER: Holy Cross has five seniors, seven juniors, 10 sophomores and seven freshmen on this year's roster with 17 forwards, nine defenders and three goalies.

ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 3-5-0 away from the Hart Center this season. Last season, Holy Cross compiled a 5-12-3 record on opponents' home ice.

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 218-214-50 (.504) 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.