Crusaders Hit The Road For Two At First-Place Air Force

Erik Vos

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Teams: Holy Cross (5-13-5, 4-9-4 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Air Force (11-8-5, 11-4-5 Atlantic Hockey)

Dates: January 22-23, 2010

Time: 9:00 p.m. (ET)

Place: Cadet Ice Arena (2,502), Colorado Springs, Colo.

Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks

Series Record: Air Force leads 16-4-6

Series Record At Air Force: Air Force leads 9-2-2

Last Meeting: Holy Cross 2, Air Force 2 (OT) (11/14/09; Worcester, Mass.)

First Meeting: Air Force 4, Holy Cross 3 (2/5/93; Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Last HC Win: Holy Cross 5, Air Force 2 (10/30/04; Worcester, Mass.)

Last AFA Win: Air Force 1, Holy Cross 0 (11/13/09; Worcester, Mass.)

Current Series Streak: Tie, one game

2009-2010 Series: Air Force leads 1-0-1

CRUSADERS TO PLAY AT FIRST-PLACE AIR FORCE: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (5-13-5, 4-9-4 Atlantic Hockey) will play a two-game series at Atlantic Hockey opponent Air Force (11-8-5, 11-4-5 Atlantic Hockey) on Jan. 22-23 at 9:00 p.m. (ET). The Crusaders will be looking to win their first season series over the Falcons since the 2004-2005 season and the first since Air Force joined Atlantic Hockey. Earlier this season in Worcester, the Crusaders lost to the Falcons, 1-0, on Nov. 13, and then the teams tied, 2-2, on Nov. 14. The Crusaders are 0-3-1 in their last four games, while Air Force is on a four-game unbeaten streak (3-0-1) which is tied for the sixth longest in the nation. Holy Cross is in eighth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 12 points, while the Falcons are in first place with 27 points.

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.

RECENT SUCCESS ON THE POWER PLAY: Eleven of Holy Cross' last 14 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. In the games against AIC the Crusaders went a combined 0-6 on the power play as their lone goal of the series came at even strength. The Crusaders are 11-45 (.244) over the last 10 games while on the power play.

TOUGH COMPETITION: These two contests against first-place Air Force continues a stretch of games for Holy Cross 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 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.

UP NEXT: After a week off from games, the Crusaders will return to action on Feb. 5-6, when they play two home contests versus Atlantic Hockey opponent Army at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m. These are the only two regular season games between the two teams this season.

THE MATCH UP: This series will feature two of the best defensive teams in Atlantic Hockey. Air Force is second in the league and tied for 15th in the country as it has only allowed 2.58 goals per game, while Holy Cross has only allowed 2.65 goals per game which is third in the conference and tied for 22nd nationally. Also the Falcons are having a tremendous season on the penalty kill as they lead the nation with a 90.3 penalty kill percentage, while the Crusaders are third in the conference and 27th in the nation with a 82.6 penalty kill percentage. This series will also feature two of the best goalies in the conference. Holy Cross freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) leads the league with a .919 save percentage and is second with a 2.19 goals against average, while Air Force's Andrew Volkening is fourth in the league with a .915 save percentage and is third with a 2.44 goals against average. Volkening is also tied for the second best winning percentage (.562) in Atlantic Hockey as he has a 11-8-5 record. On the other hand, Holy Cross is only averaging 1.87 goals per game which are eighth in Atlantic Hockey and 56th out of 58 teams nationally, while Air Force is scoring 2.71 goals per contest which are sixth in the league and 40th nationally. Last season, the Crusaders averaged 2.79 goals per game which were sixth in Atlantic Hockey, while the Falcons' 3.61 goals per contest were third. Holy Cross has been shut out five times this season which is a new school record. The previous record was four set in the 1988-1989 season. Air Force has not been shut out this season.

THE SERIES WITH AIR FORCE: This weekend's games will mark the 27th and 28th times that these two teams have met with Air Force leading, 16-4-6. The Crusaders are 0-7-4 against the Falcons since Air Force entered Atlantic Hockey in the 2006-2007 season. Holy Cross' last victory over Air Force was on Oct. 30, 2004 as the Crusaders won at home by a 5-2 score in the last non-league game between the two teams. That was also the last time that Holy Cross has taken a season series from Air Force as the teams also tied 2-2 on Oct. 20, 2004, as the Crusaders won the series 1-0-1.

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.

TYSOWSKY HAVING GREAT ROOKIE SEASON: Freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky has already earned four overall Atlantic Hockey awards this season. He was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Month for December. This was the first time that he had 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. Tysowsky leads Atlantic Hockey with a .919 save percentage, while he is second with a 2.19 goals against average. He also ranks 17th nationally in both categories. His 521 saves this season are 10th on the Holy Cross Division I single-season list. On Jan. 15-16, he only allowed two goals in two games versus AIC as he recorded a 0.97 goals against average and stopped 53 of 55 shots for a .964 save percentage. He also earned his first collegiate point with an assist on Jan. 15. 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 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.

WORKING OVERTIME: The Crusaders have already played in six overtime games this season with a 0-1-5 (.417) record in those games. The five ties are tied for the third 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 and went 2-3-5 (.450) in those games. Since the 2006-2007 season and 132 total games, the Crusaders have played 32 overtime contests with a 2-8-22 (.406) record as .242 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.

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.

ROAD WARRIORS: The Crusaders have only played one home game in the month of January as seven of the eight games for the month are 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), while last week the Crusaders played 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 4-8-0 (.333) on its opponent's home ice this season. Last season, HC compiled a 5-12-3 record in away games.

STRONG DEFENSE: The Crusaders have the third ranked defense in Atlantic Hockey and are tied for 22nd nationally by allowing 2.65 goals per contest. HC has allowed 61 goals in 23 games. Last season, HC was sixth in the conference with 3.42 goals allowed per contest.

HOME ICE: The Crusaders are 1-4-5 (.350) at home so far this season. Last season Holy Cross went 7-8-2 (.471) at the Hart Center. Holy Cross has a 295-187-33 (.605) all-time record at the Hart Center since it started playing there in 1975-1976.

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 15 points and is tied for first with eight goals, while he is tied for fourth 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 128 career games played are the most by any current Crusader as he has 19 goals and 34 assists for 53 career points.

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 third in the conference and are tied for 11th 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.

ZNUTAS AND DALY WITH EIGHT ASSISTS: Junior defenseman Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) and sophomore defenseman Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) are tied along with junior forward Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) for the team lead in assists with eight. For his career, Znutas has 10 goals and 29 assists for 39 career points. Daly's eight assists are a career best as he also has a goal this season as his career-best nine points are tied for fourth on the team. 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.

Senior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) has the most career goals (38), assists (51) and points (89) of any current Crusader. His 38 goals are tied for ninth on the all-time Holy Cross Division I list and his 89 points are 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 eight goals and four assists for 12 points. His eight goals are tied for the team lead and his 12 points are third. On Jan. 15 versus AIC, he scored Holy Cross' lone goal in the 1-1 tie. 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 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 219-220-53 (.499) 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 fourth 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.

RISSMILLER PLAYED IN AHL ALL-STAR GAME: Former Holy Cross hockey player and current Grand Rapids Griffins' forward Patrick Rissmiller participated 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.

HC PICKED FOURTH IN PRESEASON POLL: Holy Cross was picked fourth in the Atlantic Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Crusaders received 54 total points. Air Force was picked first with 80 points and eight first place votes, followed by Mercyhurst with 70 points and two first place votes. RIT was picked third with 67 points, HC was fourth with 54 points followed by Canisius with 53 points, Army with 40 points, Bentley with 31 points, Sacred Heart with 27 points, UConn with 18 points and AIC with 10 points.