December 8, 2009

Crusaders To Play Home Game Versus #7 Quinnipiac On Thursday

Game Notes in PDF Format

GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:

Teams: Holy Cross (4-9-3, 4-6-3 Atlantic Hockey) vs. #7 Quinnipiac (12-3-0, 7-2-0 ECACHL)

Date: December 10, 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: Quinnipiac leads 17-5-3

Last Meeting: Quinnipiac 5, Holy Cross 2 (1/19/08; Worcester, Mass.)

Last HC Victory: Holy Cross 5, Quinnipiac 2 (2/12/05; Boston, Mass.)

Current Series Win Streak: Quinnipiac, two games

CRUSADERS TO PLAY #7 QUINNIPIAC: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (4-9-3, 4-6-3 Atlantic Hockey) will play No. 7 Quinnipiac (12-3-0, 7-2-0 ECACHL) on Thursday, Dec. 10 at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m. The Bobcats have the nation's second best winning percentage with a .800 (12-3-0) and third ranked offense with 4.07 goals per contest. Quinnipiac also has the fourth best power play percentage nationally (.272) and the eighth best penalty kill percentage (.878). Quinnipiac is in first place in the ECACHL standings.

TOUGH COMPETITION: The Crusaders are concluding 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. Last week the Crusaders played RIT who entered the two-game series on the top of the Atlantic Hockey standings and was tied for the nation's longest winning streak with eight. The Crusaders went 0-1-1 versus the Tigers snapping their winning streak on Dec. 4 with a 1-1 tie. Holy Cross will then meet its second nationally ranked team of the season, No. 7 Quinnipiac who has the nation's third best offense and second best winning percentage.

POWER PLAY ON FIRE: All six of Holy Cross' last six goals have been scored on the power play. All three of the Crusaders' goals against Yale were on the man-advantage and all three of Holy Cross' goals over the two games versus RIT were on the power play. The Crusaders are 6-17 (.353) over the last three games while on the power play.

HOME ICE: The Crusaders are 1-4-3 at home so far this season. Last season Holy Cross went 7-8-2 at the Hart Center. Holy Cross has a 295-187-31 (.605) all-time record at the Hart Center since it started playing there in 1975-1976.

VERSUS THE ECACHL: Holy Cross is 4-5-1 in its last 10 games against ECACHL opponents, including a 7-3 home loss on Nov. 28 to No. 11 Yale this season. The Crusaders had 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 19-45-5 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 0-3-0 against Yale).

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.

THE SERIES WITH QUINNIPIAC: This game will be the 26th meeting between the two schools with Quinnipiac leading the series, 17-5-3. This will only be the fourth time that these two former MAAC and Atlantic Hockey rivals meet as non-conference opponents and the third since Quinnipiac entered the ECACHL. The other non-conference game was in the first contest of the series on January 2, 1998, when Holy Cross won by a 4-1 score in the Crusader Classic in Worcester. Quinnipiac is 2-0-0 versus the Crusaders as a member of the ECACHL with a 7-0 win on Jan. 28, 2007 for the opening of the TD Banknorth Sports Center and a 5-2 victory at the Hart Center on Jan. 19, 2008. As members of the same conference Quinnipiac had a 15-4-3 record versus the Crusaders. The Crusaders last victory over Quinnipiac was a 5-2 victory on February 12, 2005, at the Fleet Center in the last game between theses two teams as conference opponents. Holy Cross is 4-6-1 all-time at the Hart Center against Quinnipiac.

UP NEXT: The Crusaders return to action on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 2-3, when they compete at the Ledyard National Bank Classic hosted by Dartmouth. Holy Cross will play No. 9 UMass Lowell on Saturday at 4:00 p.m., while on Sunday the Crusaders will play either Dartmouth or Northeastern.

GORDON SCORES FIRST COLLEGIATE GOAL: Sophomore Matt Gordon (Perth, Ontario) scored his first collegiate goal as the Crusaders snapped RIT's eight-game winning streak with a 1-1 tie on Dec. 4. He tied the game with only 42 seconds left in the third period For the season he has one goal and three assists for four 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 THREE GAME-WINNERS: Sophomore Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) has scored three game-winning goals so far this season. His three game-winners are tied for the league-lead and are tied for second nationally. For the season, he has five goals and two assists for seven points. His five goals are tied for second on the team, while his seven points are tied for fifth. For his career, Silvia has 16 goals and 12 assists for 28 points, while he also has four career game-winners.

TYSOWSKY HAVING GREAT ROOKIE SEASON: Freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) 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 2.30 goals against average is second in the league and 19th nationally, while his .910 save percentage is sixth around the conference. He stopped all 19 shots as he earned his first collegiate shutout with the 5-0 victory over UConn on Nov. 24. 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.

LINSMAYER & DALY LEAD WITH 7 ASSISTS: Freshman Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) and sophomore Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) are tied for the team-lead with seven assists. This season Linsmayer also has one goal and eight points. Two weeks ago, Daly had a big performance as he recorded four assists with one versus UConn and three against No. 11 Yale. His seven assists are a career best, while for his career he has two goals and 12 assists for 14 points.

SHEEN SHINES: Junior co-captain Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) leads the team with seven goals and 12 points, while he also has five assists. He 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. 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.

CRUSADER CAPTAINS: Senior forward Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) and junior Everett Sheen will serve as the 2009-2010 team co-captains. Driscoll's 123 career games played are the most by any current Crusader as he has 19 goals and 34 assists for 53 career 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.

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 recorded an assist. He scored his first collegiate goal versus UConn on Nov. 24 as Holy Cross won 5-0. His seven assists are tied for the team-lead and his eight points are tied for 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 two assists for three points 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 (35), assists (50) and points (85) 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 35 goals are 10th on the all-time Holy Cross Division I goals list. Also his 20 career power play goals are tied for sixth on the all-time Holy Cross Division I list. So far this season he has posted five goals and three assists for eight points. His five goals are tied for second on the team and his eight points are tied for third. Last season, he led the team with 19 assists, and was second with 12 goals and 31 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 218-216-51 (.502) 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.