Crusaders To Play Home-And-Home Series With AIC

Rob Linsmayer

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:

Teams: Holy Cross (5-12-4, 4-8-3 Atlantic Hockey) vs. AIC (2-16-1, 2-12-1 Atlantic Hockey)

Dates: January 15-16, 2010

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Places: Jan. 15-Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Jan. 16-Olympia Ice Center (2,200), West Springfield, Mass.

Holy Cross Radio: Friday-WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Ryan Holt; Listen to game.

Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks

Series Record: Holy Cross leads 37-19-7

Last Meeting: Holy Cross 4, AIC 4 (OT) (10/31/09; Worcester, Mass.)

First Meeting: AIC 12, Holy Cross 2 (11/30/71; Worcester, Mass.)

Last HC Win: Holy Cross 1, AIC 0 (OT) (3/7/09; Worcester, Mass.)

Last AIC Win: AIC 3, Holy Cross 0 (10/30/09; West Springfield, Mass.)

Current Series Streak: Tie, one game

2009-2010 Series: AIC leads 1-0-1

CRUSADERS TO PLAY HOME-AND-HOME WITH AIC: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (5-12-4, 4-8-3 Atlantic Hockey) will play a home-and-home series with Atlantic Hockey opponent American International (2-16-1, 2-12-1 Atlantic Hockey) on Jan. 15-16 at 7:00 p.m. Friday's game will be Holy Cross' only home game of the month, while on Saturday the Crusaders will travel to West Springfield, Mass., to meet the Yellow Jackets at the Olympia Ice Center. AIC, who leads the season series, 1-0-1, will be looking to win its first season series over Holy Cross since the 2000-2001 season when it took the series, 2-1-0. 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. The Crusaders are coming off two losses at RIT, while the Yellow Jackets have lost 10 straight contests including eight consecutive Atlantic Hockey games. Holy Cross is in eighth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 11 points, while AIC is in 10th and last place with five points. Three of AIC's five points were earned versus the Crusaders.

PINK THE RINK: On Saturday, Feb. 13, the Holy Cross men's hockey program will host Pink The Rink at the Hart Center during its game versus Bentley. The team will be wearing a special edition pink jersey to show its support for breast cancer awareness. The jerseys will be auctioned off throughout the game with all proceeds going to the Levine Cancer Center in Worcester.

POWER PLAY ON FIRE: Eleven of Holy Cross' last 13 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 and 2-7 in the 5-2 loss at RIT on Jan. 8. Holy Cross went 0-2 against RIT on Jan. 9. The Crusaders are 11-39 (.282) over the last eight games while on the power play.

THE MATCH UP: This series will feature two teams looking to get more contributions from their offenses. Holy Cross is only averaging 2.00 goals per game which is eighth in Atlantic Hockey and 55th out of 58 teams nationally, while AIC is only averaging 1.84 goals per contest which is ninth in the league and 57th nationally. Last season, the Crusaders averaged 2.79 goals per game which were sixth in Atlantic Hockey, while the Yellow Jackets' 1.66 goals per contest were 10th. Holy Cross has been shut out four times this season which ties the school record set in the 1988-1989 season. AIC has been shut out three times this season. On the other hand, the Crusaders are having a strong defensive season as they have only allowed 2.81 goals per game which is third in the conference and 29th nationally. But, the Yellow Jackets are last in the league and 57th in the country with 4.16 goals allowed per contest.

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.

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. On Jan. 2-3, Holy Cross competed at the Ledyard National Bank Classic in Hanover, N.H. Holy Cross then played two games at RIT (Jan. 8-9). This week the Crusaders play a home game versus AIC (Jan. 15) and a road contest with AIC (Jan. 16). The Crusaders will conclude the month with two games at Air Force (Jan. 22-23). The Crusaders are 4-7-0 away from the Hart Center this season. Last season, HC compiled a 5-12-3 record on its opponents' home ice.

WORKING OVERTIME: The Crusaders have already played in five overtime games this season with a 0-1-4 record in those games. The four ties are tied for the sixth most ties in a season at the school as the record is seven set in the 2007-2008 season. The most overtime games played in a single-season at Holy Cross was last season when the Crusaders played 10. Since the 2006-2007 season and 130 total games, the Crusaders have played 31 overtime contests with a 2-8-21 (.403) record as .238 percent of their games have gone to overtime. Earlier this season, Holy Cross played three straight games that went to overtime as it tied RIT, 1-1, lost to RIT, 3-2, and tied No. 7 Quinnipiac, 1-1. This was the fourth time in program history that the Crusaders had 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.

THE SERIES WITH AIC: This weekend's games will be the 64th and 65th meetings between the Crusaders and the Yellow Jackets with Holy Cross leading the all-time series, 37-19-7. Versus AIC, Holy Cross has a 18-7-5 record at the Hart Center and a 7-1-3 record in the last 11 games in Worcester. Overall Holy Cross is 7-4-1 in the last 12 games against the Yellow Jackets.

UP NEXT: On Jan. 22-23, HC will play at Atlantic Hockey opponent Air Force. The Falcons lead the season series, 1-0-1. Earlier in the season in Worcester on Nov. 13, Air Force won, 1-0, while on Nov. 14 the two teams tied, 2-2.

TOUGH COMPETITION: Recently the Crusaders have played a stretch of games against some of the nation's best teams. On Jan. 8-9, Holy Cross lost two games at RIT, as the Tigers had the best conference winning percentage in Atlantic Hockey. On Jan. 2, 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. Holy Cross tied No. 7 Quinnipiac, 1-1, on Dec. 10, as Quinnipiac had the nation's third best offense and second best winning percentage. 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. 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.

STRONG DEFENSE: The Crusaders have the third ranked defense in Atlantic Hockey and the 29th nationally by allowing 2.81 goals per contest. HC has allowed 59 goals in 21 games. Last season, HC was sixth in the conference with 3.42 goals allowed per contest.

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 six freshmen on this year's roster with 16 forwards, nine defenders and three goalies.

SHEEN SHINES: Junior co-captain Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) leads the team with eight goals and 15 points, while he is tied for third with seven assists. Sheen assisted on both of Holy Cross' goals in the 5-2 loss at RIT on Jan. 8. 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 30 assists for 64 points.

CRUSADER CAPTAINS: Senior forward Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) and junior Everett Sheen will serve as the 2009-2010 team co-captains. Driscoll's 126 career games played are the most by any current Crusader as he has 19 goals and 34 assists for 53 career points.

TYSOWSKY HAVING GREAT ROOKIE SEASON: Freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) has already earned four overall Atlantic Hockey awards this season. He 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 is second in the conference with a 2.33 goals against average and is third with a .914 save percentage. His goals against average is ranked 21st in the nation and his save percentage is tied for 24th. On Jan. 8, in the 5-2 lost at RIT, Tysowsky made a season-best 37 saves. 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.

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 second in the conference and are tied for eighth nationally. For the season, he has six goals and three assists for nine points. His six goals are tied for third on the team, while his nine points are tied for fourth. For his career, Silvia has 17 goals and 13 assists for 30 points, while he also has four career game-winners.

DALY TIED FOR TEAM-LEAD WITH EIGHT ASSISTS: Sophomore defenseman Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) is having an outstanding season as he is tied for the team-lead with a career-best eight assists and is tied for fourth with a career-best nine points. He 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 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 (37), assists (51) and points (88) of any current Crusader. His 37 goals are 10th on the all-time Holy Cross Division I list and his 88 points are also 10th. His 21 career power play goals are tied for fifth on the all-time Holy Cross Division I list. So far this season he has posted seven goals and four assists for 11 points. His seven goals are second on the team and his 11 points are third. Sheahan recorded one goal and one assist in the 5-2 loss at RIT on Jan. 8. 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 14 POINTS: Junior forward Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) is second on the team with 14 points, while his eight assists are tied for first and his six goals are tied for third. Cyr posted one goal and one assist in the 5-2 loss at RIT on Jan. 8. 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 26 goals and 21 assists for 47 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.

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 219-219-52 (.500) 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: The Crusaders have received solid contributions from their freshmen skaters this season. 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 third 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. Baker has one goal and two assists for three points. 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.

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.