Crusaders Set For Ledyard National Bank Classic

Matt Gordon

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Tournament: Ledyard National Bank Classic

Dates: January 2-3, 2010

Teams: Jan. 2: Holy Cross (4-9-4, 4-6-3 Atlantic Hockey) vs. #14 UMass Lowell (10-6-1, 5-4-1 Hockey East)

Jan. 3: Holy Cross vs. Northeastern (6-8-1, 4-7-1 Hockey East) or Dartmouth (3-8-0, 1-6-0 ECACHL)

Times: Jan. 2: 4:00 p.m.; Jan. 3: 4:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.

Place: Thompson Arena (4,500), Hanover, N.H.

Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):

With UMass Lowell: UMass Lowell leads 20-6-0

Last Meeting: UMass Lowell 7, Holy Cross 2 (11/24/00; Lowell, Mass.)

First Meeting: Holy Cross 9, UMass Lowell 8 (1/10/67; Worcester, Mass.)

Last Holy Cross Win: Holy Cross 4, UMass Lowell 1 (12/5/77; Lowell, Mass.)

Current Series Win Streak: UMass Lowell, nine games

With Dartmouth: Dartmouth leads 3-2-1

Last Meeting: Holy Cross 2, Dartmouth 2 (1/21/09; Worcester, Mass.)

First Meeting: Holy Cross 5, Dartmouth 2 (12/30/86; Hanover, N.H.)

Last Holy Cross Win: Holy Cross 3, Dartmouth 2 (1/21/06; Hanover, N.H.)

Last Dartmouth Win: Dartmouth 4, Holy Cross 0 (1/16/07; Hanover, N.H.)

Current Streak: Tie, one game

With Northeastern: Northeastern leads 3-0-0

Last Meeting: Northeastern 7, Holy Cross 2 (12/30/06; Storrs, Conn.)

First Meeting: Northeastern 7, Holy Cross 2 (11/30/01; Boston, Mass.)

Current Series Win Streak: Northeastern, three games

LEDYARD NATIONAL BANK CLASSIC: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (4-9-4, 4-6-3 Atlantic Hockey) will compete at the Ledyard National Bank Classic hosted by Dartmouth at Thompson Arena on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 2-3, 2010. The Crusaders will play No. 14 UMass Lowell (10-6-1, 5-4-1 Hockey East) on Saturday at 4:00 p.m., while on Sunday the Crusaders will play either Dartmouth (3-8-0, 1-6-0 ECACHL) or Northeastern (6-8-1, 4-7-1 Hockey East) at either 4:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.

TOUGH COMPETITION: The Crusaders' game against UMass Lowell continues a stretch of games against some of the nation's best teams. The River Hawks are ranked No. 14 nationally in the poll and No. 12 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. 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. On Dec. 4-5, 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 then tied No. 7 Quinnipiac, 1-1, on Dec. 10, as Quinnipiac had the nation's third best offense and second best winning percentage.

AGAINST RANKED TEAMS: The match up with UMass Lowell will be Holy Cross' third game this season against a nationally ranked team as the Crusaders fell to No. 11 Yale by a score of 7-3 on Nov. 28, and then tied No. 7 Quinnipiac, 1-1, on Dec. 10. Since the 2005-2006 season, Holy Cross is 1-8-3 versus ranked teams including the 4-3 NCAA Tournament overtime win over No. 3 Minnesota on March 24, 2006. Last season, the Crusaders played one of their toughest schedules ever as they played six times against ranked opponents. Despite its 0-4-2 record in those games, Holy Cross challenged some of the best teams in the nation including a 1-0 overtime loss to No. 13 Air Force, a 3-2 loss at No. 8 and eventual national champion Boston University, a 2-2 tie at No. 5 Denver and a 2-2 tie with No. 18 Dartmouth.

POWER PLAY ON FIRE: Six of Holy Cross' last seven goals have been scored on the power play. All three of the Crusaders' goals against No. 11 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 then went 0-1 versus No. 7 Quinnipiac. Holy Cross is 6-18 (.333) over the last four games while on the power play.

HC IN REGULAR SEASON TOURNAMENTS: The Crusaders have a 56-51-3 (.523) all-time record in 59 regular season tournaments since becoming a varsity program in the 1966-67 season and have won 10 championships with the last being the 1992 Crusader Classic. Holy Cross is 1-0-3 in their last four regular season tournament games. Last year at the Denver Cup, Holy Cross tied No. 5 Denver, 2-2, but lost the shootout, and then defeated Rensselaer, 4-3. Two years ago, the Crusaders tied both Vermont and Western Michigan but dropped both shootouts at the Catamount Cup. Since the 2005-2006 season, Holy Cross is 3-4-3 at regular season tournaments with all three victories coming against RPI.

ON NEUTRAL ICE: The game against UMass Lowell will be the first neutral ice game for the Crusaders this season as they are 3-2-1 in their last six games on neutral ice. Holy Cross defeated Rensselaer, 4-3, at the 2009 Denver Cup, tied Western Michigan, 1-1, at the 2007 Catamount Cup, fell to Northeastern, 7-2, at the 2006 UConn Hockey Classic, defeated Minnesota, 4-3 (OT), at the 2006 NCAA Tournament, defeated Rensselaer, 4-2, at the 2005 Ohio Hockey Classic and fell to Nebraska-Omaha, 6-1, at the 2005 RPI Tournament.

THREE STRAIGHT OVERTIMES: Holy Cross' last three games have gone to overtime as it tied RIT, 1-1, lost to RIT, 3-2, and tied No. 7 Quinnipiac, 1-1. This is the fourth time in program history that the Crusaders have played three straight overtime contests as Holy Cross did it twice in the 2008-2009 season and once in the 1986-1987 season. The school record is four consecutive overtime games set in the 2007-2008 season.

ROAD WARRIORS: The Crusaders will only play one home game in the month of January with seven of the eight games being away from Worcester. After the Ledyard National Bank Classic, Holy Cross will play two games at RIT (Jan. 8-9), a home game versus AIC (Jan. 15), a road contest with AIC (Jan. 16) and two games at Air Force (Jan. 22-23). The Crusaders are 3-5-0 away from the Hart Center this season. Last season, Holy Cross compiled a 5-12-3 record on its opponents' home ice.

VERSUS HOCKEY EAST: The Crusaders are 3-6-2 in their last 11 games against teams from Hockey East, including a 0-2-0 record this season with a 3-1 loss at Merrimack on Oct. 16 and a 2-1 loss at Providence on Oct. 10. Last season, Holy Cross recorded a 9-4 loss at New Hampshire on Dec. 11, 2008, a 3-2 loss at Boston University on Nov. 25, 2008, and a 6-4 loss at home versus Providence on Oct. 25, 2008. Two years ago, Holy Cross had a 1-1 tie at Vermont on Dec. 29, 2007, a 2-2 tie at home with Merrimack on Dec. 4, 2007, and a 6-4 win at Providence on Oct. 20, 2007. During the 2006-2007 season, the Crusaders fell to Northeastern, 7-2, on Dec. 30, 2006, and won at Merrimack, 2-1, on Oct. 24, 2006. In 2005 the Crusaders earned a 3-2 win at UMass Amherst on Oct. 21. Holy Cross has an all-time record of 22-80-2 (.221) against teams currently in Hockey East (0-8-0 against Boston College, 0-1-0 vs. Boston University, 2-4-0 against Maine, 5-11-0 vs. UMass Amherst, 6-20-0 against UMass Lowell, 8-25-1 vs. Merrimack, 0-2-0 against New Hampshire, 0-3-0 vs. Northeastern, 1-4-0 against Providence and 0-2-1 vs. Vermont).

VERSUS THE ECACHL: Holy Cross is 4-5-2 in its last 11 games against ECACHL opponents, including a 0-1-1 record this season with a 7-3 home loss on Nov. 28 to No. 11 Yale and a 1-1 tie at home against No. 7 Quinnipiac on Dec. 10. 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 19-45-6 (.314) 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, 5-17-4 against Quinnipiac, 3-4-0 vs. Rensselaer, 0-1-0 against St. Lawrence, 7-5-1 vs. Union and 0-3-0 against Yale).

THE SERIES WITH UMASS LOWELL: This will be the 27th meeting between the Crusaders and the River Hawks in Holy Cross varsity games starting in the 1966-1967 season with UMass Lowell leading 20-6-0. This will only be the second time that these two teams have met as Division I programs with the River Hawks winning, 7-2, on Nov. 24, 2000, in Lowell. UMass Lowell has won nine straight over Holy Cross with the Crusaders' last victory being a 4-1 win on Dec. 5, 1977, at Lowell.

THE SERIES WITH THE BIG GREEN: Dartmouth leads the all-time series with Holy Cross in varsity games, 3-2-1. Last season, these two teams tied 2-2 on Jan. 21, in the only game in the series in Worcester. The Big Green had a 4-0 win over the Crusaders on Jan. 16, 2007. The Crusaders defeated the Big Green by a score of 3-2 on Jan. 21, 2006 as Dartmouth had won two in a row prior, while Holy Cross won the first ever game in the series, 5-2 on Dec. 30, 1986, at Dartmouth's Auld Lang Syne Classic.

THE SERIES WITH NORTHEASTERN: The Crusaders are 0-3-0 versus the Huskies in varsity games. Northeastern defeated Holy Cross in the last meeting by a 7-2 score in the third-place game of UConn Hockey Classic on Dec. 30, 2006. Previously, the Crusaders lost 5-2 on Jan. 10, 2004, and 7-2 on Nov. 30, 2001, with both games on the road.

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 are tied for the league-lead and are tied for sixth 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 twice and was also named the Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Month for October. Overall through games of Dec. 29, his 2.20 goals against average is first in the league and 15th nationally, while his .913 save percentage is fourth around the conference and 27th nationally. Most recently, he earned Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week accolades as he stopped 23 of 24 shots for a .958 save percentage and a 0.92 goals against average as Holy Cross tied No. 7 Quinnipiac, 1-1 on Dec. 10. 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.

SHEEN SHINES: Junior co-captain Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) leads the team with eight goals and 13 points, while he also has five assists. He scored Holy Cross' lone goal in the 1-1 tie versus No. 7 Quinnipiac on Dec. 10. 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 34 goals and 28 assists for 62 points.

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. Daly had a big performance during the week of Nov. 23, 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.

CRUSADER CAPTAINS: Senior forward Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) and junior Everett Sheen will serve as the 2009-2010 team co-captains. Driscoll's 124 career games played are the most by any current Crusader as he has 19 goals and 34 assists for 53 career points.

HOME ICE: The Crusaders are 1-4-4 at home so far this season. Last season Holy Cross went 7-8-2 at the Hart Center. Holy Cross has a 295-187-32 (.605) all-time record at the Hart Center since it started playing there in 1975-1976.

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 on 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 versus Canisius and freshman Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) had his first collegiate point with an assist on Oct. 25 against Canisius. 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.

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 218-216-52 (.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.

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.

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 PICKED FOURTH IN PRESEASON POLL: Holy Cross was 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.