GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (4-8-2, 4-5-2 Atlantic Hockey) vs. RIT (8-5-0, 8-2-0 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: December 4-5, 2009
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Ryan Holt & Mike Kemezis. Listen to game.
Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks
Series Record: RIT leads 16-6-0
Last Meeting: RIT 9, Holy Cross 5 (3/15/09; Rochester, N.Y.)
Last Holy Cross Victory: Holy Cross 5, RIT 3 (3/13/09; Rochester, N.Y.)
2008-2009 Series: RIT won 6-1-0
CRUSADERS TO PLAY FIRST-PLACE RIT: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (4-8-2, 4-5-2 Atlantic Hockey) will play first-place RIT (8-5-0, 8-2-0 Atlantic Hockey) on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4-5 at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders are in fifth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 10 points, while the Tigers are first with 16 points. RIT's eight straight wins are tied with Holy Cross' next opponent No. 4 Quinnipiac (Dec. 10) for the longest current winning streak nationally. The Tigers lead Atlantic Hockey with 3.54 goals scored per game and are first with allowing only 2.38 goals per contest, while they also have the best power play percentage with a 23.5. This series will feature two of the top Atlantic Hockey goalies as Crusader freshman Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) is second around the league with a 2.38 goals against average and RIT's Jared DeMichiel is first with a 2.28 average.
TOUGH COMPETITION: The Crusaders are in the midst of a four-game stretch at the Hart Center against some of the nation's best teams. Holy Cross fell to No. 11 Yale on Nov. 28 by a score of 7-3 as Yale entered the game with the nation's top offense. This week the Crusaders will play RIT who is the top Atlantic Hockey team and is tied for the nation's longest winning streak with eight. Holy Cross will then meet its second nationally ranked team of the season No. 4 Quinnipiac who has also won eight straight. Quinnipiac also currently has the nation's top offense and best winning percentage with a .923 (12-1-0).
HOME ICE: The Crusaders are 1-3-2 at home so far this season. Last season Holy Cross went 7-8-2 at the Hart Center. Holy Cross has a 295-186-30 (.607) all-time record at the Hart Center since it started playing there in 1975-1976.
UP NEXT: Holy Cross will play No. 4 Quinnipiac at the Hart Center on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7:00 p.m. This will be the second nationally ranked team that the Crusaders have played at home this season. Quinnipiac leads the country with a 12-1-0 record and a .923 winning percentage.
THE SERIES WITH RIT: This will be the 23rd and 24th meetings between these two teams with RIT leading the series, 16-6-0. Holy Cross is 1-12-0 versus the Tigers since RIT joined Atlantic Hockey for the 2006-2007 season. The Crusaders only recent win was last season when they defeated the Tigers, 5-3, in game one of the best two-out-of-three Atlantic Hockey quarterfinals series as RIT won the series, 2-1. Holy Cross is 1-6-0 all-time against the Tigers at the Hart Center as the Crusaders' win was at the Crusader Classic on Nov. 26, 1981 by a 4-3 score.
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 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 tied for third on the team. 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 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 second in the league and his .906 save percentage is ninth. 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.
BIG WEEK: Sophomore defenders Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) and Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) each had big performances last week as Daly recorded four assists with one versus UConn and three against No. 11 Yale, while Clune posted three assists with one against UConn and two versus No. 11 Yale. For the season, Daly is tied for second on the team with a career-best six assists, while Clune has three assists. Daly is also fifth on the team with six points.
SHEEN NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior co-captain Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week for his performances against UConn (Nov. 24) and No. 11 Yale (Nov. 28). For the week he recorded three goals and one assist for four points. This is the first time that he has received this honor. As a freshman he was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week three times and the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Month once. On Nov. 24, he scored two goals as Holy Cross defeated UConn, 5-0, while on Nov. 28 he netted one goal and posted one assist as the Crusaders fell to No. 11 Yale, 7-3. For the season, Sheen's seven goals and 12 points lead the team, while he also has five assists. 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 33 goals and 28 assists for 61 points.
Senior forward Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.)
and junior Everett Sheen will serve as the
2009-2010 team co-captains. Driscoll's 121 career games played are
the most by any current Crusader as he has 19 goals and 34 assists
for 53 career points.
FRESHMEN CONTRIBUTIONS: All six of Holy Cross' freshman skaters have recorded their first collegiate point as they have made solid contributions. 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 fifth on the team. 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. 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.
SHEAHAN MOVING UP THE CHARTS: Senior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) has the most career goals (34), assists (50) and points (84) 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 34 goals are 10th on the all-time Holy Cross Division I goals list. Also his 19 career power play goals are eighth on the all-time Holy Cross Division I list. So far this season he has posted four goals and three assists for seven points. His four goals are tied for third on the team and his seven 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.
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 218-215-50 (.503) 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.