GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (5-10-4, 4-6-3 Atlantic Hockey) vs. RIT (9-8-1, 9-2-1 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: January 8-9, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Frank Ritter Ice Arena (2,100), Rochester, N.Y.
Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks
Series Record: RIT leads 17-6-1
Series Record At RIT: RIT leads 9-3-0
Last Meeting: RIT 3, Holy Cross 2 (OT) (12/5/09; Worcester, Mass.)
First Meeting: Holy Cross 8, RIT 4 (12/18/72; Worcester, Mass.)
Last HC Win: Holy Cross 5, RIT 3 (3/13/09; Rochester, N.Y.)
Current Series Win Streak: RIT, one game
CRUSADERS TO PLAY AT RIT: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (5-10-4, 4-6-3 Atlantic Hockey) will travel to Rochester, N.Y., to play a two-game series with Atlantic Hockey opponent RIT (9-8-1, 9-2-1 Atlantic Hockey) at 7:00 p.m. on Jan. 8-9. The Tigers lead the season series, 1-0-1. These two teams played two overtime games in Worcester this season as the contest on Dec. 4 was a 1-1 tie, while RIT won the game on Dec. 5 by a score of 3-2. Each team has only played non-conference competition since they last met as Holy Cross tied No. 7 Quinnipiac, lost to No. 14 UMass Lowell and defeated Dartmouth, while RIT fell to Niagara and lost twice at Minnesota State. RIT enters this series in third place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 19 points but they have the best conference winning percentage (.792) of any team in the league, while the Crusaders are in seventh place with 11 points.
STRONG DEFENSIVE MATCH UP: The series between Holy Cross and RIT will match up the two best defenses in Atlantic Hockey. The Tigers lead the league by only allowing 2.56 goals per game, while the Crusaders are second by allowing 2.74 goals per contest. RIT has allowed 46 goals in 18 games and HC has allowed 52 goals in 19 games. Last season the Tigers finished fifth in Atlantic Hockey with 3.08 goals allowed per game and HC was sixth with 3.42 goals allowed per contest. Also this series will feature two of the top goalies in Atlantic Hockey as HC freshman Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) leads the league with a 2.24 goals against average, while RIT's Jared DeMichiel is second with a 2.44 goals against average.
POWER PLAY ON FIRE: Nine of Holy Cross' last 11 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 and 0-5 against No. 14 UMass Lowell, but then went 3-7 in the 4-2 win over Dartmouth. HC is 9-30 (.300) over the last six games while on the power play.
TOUGH COMPETITION: The two games against RIT, who has the best conference winning percentage in Atlantic Hockey, continues a stretch of games against some of the nation's best teams. Last week, the Crusaders lost to UMass Lowell who was No. 14 nationally in the USCHO.com poll and No. 12 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. HC 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.
UP NEXT: On Jan. 15-16, HC will play a home-and-home series with league opponent AIC at 7:00 p.m. HC will play its only home game of the month of January on Friday, while it will travel to West Springfield, Mass., on Saturday to take on AIC at the Olympia Ice Center. Earlier this season, the Crusaders lost to AIC, 3-0, on the road on Oct. 30, and then the teams tied in Worcester, 4-4, on Oct. 31.
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. Last week Holy Cross competed at the Ledyard National Bank Classic in Hanover, N.H. Holy Cross will now 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 4-5-0 away from the Hart Center this season. Last season, HC compiled a 5-12-3 record on its opponents' home ice.
THE SERIES WITH RIT: This will be the 25th and 26th meetings between these two teams with RIT leading the series, 17-6-1. The Tigers took three points from the Crusaders earlier this season with a win and a tie. Holy Cross is 1-13-1 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 3-9-0 all-time against the Tigers at RIT and are 1-8-0 on the road since RIT became a member of Atlantic Hockey.
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.
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.
TYSOWSKY HAVING GREAT ROOKIE SEASON: Freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky has already earned four overall Atlantic Hockey awards this season. He was just was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Month for December. This is the first time that he has earned this honor. He has also been named the Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week twice and earned Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Month accolades for October. For the season, Tysowsky leads the conference with a 2.24 goals against average and is third with a .914 save percentage. His goals against average is ranked 16th in the nation. Tysowsky stopped 58 of 63 shots for a .921 save percentage and a 2.50 goals against average at the Ledyard National Bank Classic. In the 3-0 loss to No. 14 UMass Lowell, he made 22 saves, while in the 4-2 win at Dartmouth he made a season-best 36 saves. Tysowsky started all three contests of the month of December as he recorded a 1.55 goals against average and a .937 save percentage as he stopped 74 of 79 shots. He made 24 saves and allowed one goal for a .960 save percentage as the Crusaders tied RIT, 1-1, on Dec. 4. Tysowsky then stopped 27 of 30 shots (.900 save percentage) as Holy Cross had a 3-2 overtime loss to RIT, on Dec. 5. On Dec. 10, he made 23 saves and allowed one goal for a .958 save percentage as the Crusaders tied No. 7 Quinnipiac, 1-1. He was named the Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week for his performance versus Quinnipiac. 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 is tied for fifth with 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 was 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.
CRUSADER CAPTAINS: Senior forward Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) and junior Everett Sheen will serve as the 2009-2010 team co-captains. Driscoll's 125 career games played are the most by any current Crusader as he has 19 goals and 34 assists for 53 career points.
DALY EARNS ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS: Sophomore
defenseman Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) was
named to the all-tournament team at the Ledyard National Bank
Classic and was also named the AT&T Crusader of the Week, for
competition from Dec. 28-Jan. 3. Daly scored his first collegiate
game-winning goal and also had an assist in the 4-2 win at
Dartmouth on Jan. 3. He assisted on Holy Cross' second goal of the
game and then scored his first goal of the season to give the
Crusaders a 3-1 lead. For the season, he leads the team with eight
assists and is tied for third with nine points, while for his
career, he has three goals and 13 assists for 16 points.
SHEAHAN MOVING UP THE CHARTS: Senior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) has the most career goals (36), assists (50) and points (86) of any current Crusader. His 36 goals are 10th on the all-time Holy Cross Division I goals list and his 86 points are tied for 10th. 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 six goals and three assists for nine points. His six goals are tied for second on the team and his nine points are tied for third. He scored the last goal of the game with an empty-net goal in the 4-2 win at Dartmouth on Jan. 3. He recorded his 50th career assist as he posted an assist as Holy Cross defeated UConn 5-0 on Nov. 24. Last season, he led the team with 19 assists, and was second with 12 goals and 31 points.
CYR SECOND ON THE TEAM WITH 12 POINTS: Junior
forward Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) is second
on the team with 12 points, while his seven assists are tied for
second and his five goals are fourth. He was recognized earlier
this season by the league when he was named the Atlantic Hockey
Player of the Week for his three goals and one assist performance
in the home-and-home series with Sacred Heart on Nov. 6-7. For his
career, he has 25 goals and 20 assists for 45 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.
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 six goals and three assists for nine points. His six goals are tied for second on the team, while his nine points are tied for third. For his career, Silvia has 17 goals and 13 assists for 30 points, while he also has four career game-winners.
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 219-217-52 (.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.
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 (Winnetka, Ill.) 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 second on the team. 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.
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).
AGAINST RANKED TEAMS: Holy Cross has played three games this season against a nationally ranked team and have gone 0-2-1 as the Crusaders fell to No. 11 Yale by a score of 7-3 on Nov. 28, tied No. 7 Quinnipiac, 1-1, on Dec. 10, and fell to No. 14 UMass Lowell, 3-0, on Jan. 2 at the Ledyard National Bank Classic. Since the 2005-2006 season, Holy Cross is 1-9-3 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.
HOME ICE: The Crusaders are 1-4-4 at home so far this season. Holy Cross has a 295-187-32 (.605) all-time record at the Hart Center since it started playing there in 1975-1976.
HC IN REGULAR SEASON TOURNAMENTS: With their 1-1-0 record at the Ledyard National Bank Classic on Jan. 2-3, the Crusaders now have a 57-52-3 (.522) all-time record in 60 regular season tournaments and have won 10 championships with the last being the 1992 Crusader Classic. Holy Cross is 2-1-3 in their last six 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 4-5-3 at regular season tournaments.
RISSMILLER TO PLAY IN AHL
ALL-STAR GAME: Former Holy Cross hockey player and current
Grand Rapids Griffins' forward Patrick Rissmiller
will participate in the 2010 AHL All-Star Classic at the Cumberland
County Civic Center in Portland, Maine on Jan. 19 as a member of
the PlanetUSA All-Star Team. This is the second time that he has
earned an AHL All-Star selection as he did it in 2006 as a member
of the Cleveland Barons. At the time of his selection he was tied
for the team lead with 24 points, while he leads the Griffins with
15 assists and is third with nine goals. Grand Rapids is the
affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, but Rissmiller is a member of
the New York Rangers organization. Rissmiller has played for the
San Jose Sharks and the New York Rangers. In 180 NHL games with the
San Jose Sharks, he had 18 goals and 27 assists for 45 points.
After being recalled from Cleveland on March 15, 2006, Rissmiller
went onto tally five goals and four assists in 29 games, including
two goals and an assist in the playoffs. Rissmiller scored the
first goal of the game in San Jose's 5-4 win over Nashville in Game
Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals as the Sharks went on
to win the series, 4-1. In 2007-2008, he recorded eight goals and
nine assists for 17 points in 79 games. In the 2006-2007 season,
Rissmiller scored seven goals and had 15 assists for a career-best
22 points. He has played in 30 career NHL playoff games with three
goals and four assists for seven points. For the 2008-2009 season,
he played for the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack as he had 14 goals and
40 assists for 54 points. He played for the AHL's Cleveland Barons
for four seasons as he left the team as its all-time points leader
and all-time assists leader, while he was second in goals. In the
2005-2006 season before he was recalled to San Jose, he was second
on the team in points with 52 as he posted 15 goals and a
team-leading 37 assists.