GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (6-14-5, 5-10-4 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Army (9-12-5, 8-8-4 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: February 5-6, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Mike Kemezis & Dan Gentile. Listen to games.
Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks
Series Record: Army leads 26-18-8 (Varsity games since 1966)
Series Record At Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 13-8-0
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 4, Army 4 (OT) (1/18/09; West Point, N.Y.)
First Varsity Meeting: Army 6, Holy Cross 5 (OT) (1/8/75; West Point, N.Y.)
Last HC Win: Holy Cross 3, Army 1 (11/4/07; Worcester, Mass.)
Last Army Win: Army 2, Holy Cross 0 (2/8/08; West Point, N.Y.)
Current Series Streak: Tie, three games
2008-2009 Series: Tied 0-0-2
CRUSADERS TO PLAY TWO AT HOME VERSUS ARMY: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (6-14-5, 5-10-4 Atlantic Hockey) will play a two-game series against Atlantic Hockey opponent Army (9-12-5, 8-8-4 Atlantic Hockey) at the Hart Center on Feb. 5-6 at 7:00 p.m. These are the only two regular season games between the two teams this season. The Crusaders will be looking to win their first season series over the Black Knights since the 2006-2007 season when Holy Cross went 2-0-2 versus Army. The Crusaders, who are coming off a bye week, are 1-2-1 in their last four games, while Army is 2-1-1 in its last four contests including three points earned versus Air Force last week. Holy Cross is in eighth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 14 points, while the Black Knights are tied for sixth place with Bentley with 20 points. The Crusaders will play six of their last nine regular season games at home.
RECENT SUCCESS ON THE POWER PLAY: The Crusaders are 13-52 (.250) over the last 12 games while on the power play. All three of the Crusaders' goals against No. 11 Yale on Nov. 28 were on the man-advantage and all three of Holy Cross' goals over the two games versus RIT on Dec. 4-5 were on the power play. The Crusaders then went 0-1 versus No. 7 Quinnipiac on Dec. 10 and 0-5 against No. 14 UMass Lowell on Jan. 2, but then went 3-7 in the 4-2 win over Dartmouth on Jan. 3 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 on Jan. 15-16 the Crusaders went a combined 0-6 on the power play as their lone goal of the series came at even strength. The Crusaders went a perfect 2-2 on the man-advantage against Air Force on Jan. 22 as the Falcons entered the game with the No. 1 ranked penalty kill in the country. The following game Holy Cross went 0-5.
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 at 7:00 p.m. 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. Also a limited amount of special edition "Pink The Rink" t-shirts will be available for purchase. There will be 28 game jerseys available to bid on during the silent auction with a minimum bid of $200.00 for each jersey. The auction will start at 6:00 p.m. David Joy (Class of 1974) generously donated the jerseys so all of the proceeds from the auction of the jerseys will go to the Levine Cancer Center. A ceremonial puck drop will feature Holy Cross professors and breast cancer survivors Kathy Kiel (Economics) and Helen Freear-Papio (Modern Languages and Literature). The jersey numbers that will be available in the auction are #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #11, #12, #14, #15, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21, #22, #24, #26, #27, #28, #29, #30, #32, #33, #35 and #44.
HC TO PLAY SIX OF NINE GAMES AT HOME: After playing only one home game in January, the Crusaders will conclude the regular season with six out of nine contests at the Hart Center. 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.
STRONG DEFENSE: The Crusaders have the second ranked defense in Atlantic Hockey by allowing 2.76 goals per contest. HC has allowed 69 goals in 25 games. Last season, Holy Cross was sixth in the conference with 3.42 goals allowed per contest.
THE MATCH UP: This series will feature two teams that have strong defenses but have had difficulty scoring goals this season. Holy Cross has only allowed 2.76 goals per game which is second in the conference, while Army is ranked fourth defensively with 2.96 goals allowed per contest. On the other hand, Holy Cross is only averaging 2.08 goals scored per game which are eighth in Atlantic Hockey, while Army is scoring 2.73 goals per contest which are seventh in the league. Last season, the Crusaders averaged 2.79 goals per game which were sixth in Atlantic Hockey, while the Black Knights' 2.56 goals per contest were eighth. Army leads the league with only 10.8 penalty minutes per game. 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. Army has been shut out twice this season.
THE SERIES WITH ARMY: This weekend's games will mark the 53rd and 54th meetings between these two teams in varsity games since 1966-1967. The Black Knights lead the series, 26-18-8, while the Crusaders are 3-2-5 against Army in the last 10 games between the two schools, but they are 4-1-0 in the last five games at the Hart Center. Last year, these two teams skated to two ties with both games played in West Point, N.Y., on Jan. 17-18, 2009. The first game ended in a 3-3 tie and the second contest ended in a 4-4 tie. In the 2007-2008 season, the Black Knights won the season series, 2-1-1, while the Crusaders took the 2006-2007 series, 2-0-2.
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 (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 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 is second in Atlantic Hockey with a 2.34 goals against average and is third with a .914 save percentage. His 577 saves this season are seventh 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 seven overtime games this season with a 0-2-5 (.357) 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 134 total games, the Crusaders have played 33 overtime contests with a 2-9-22 (.394) record as .246 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.
UP NEXT: The Crusaders will conclude their two-game regular season series with Atlantic Hockey opponent Connecticut on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m. Earlier this season on Nov. 24, Holy Cross defeated the Huskies by a 5-0 score.
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.
TOUGH COMPETITION: The Crusaders have recently played a stretch of games against some of the nation's best teams. On Jan. 22-23, Holy Cross went 1-1-0 at Air Force as the Falcons were on top of the Atlantic Hockey standings as the series started. 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.
CYR LEADS THE TEAM WITH 16
POINTS: Junior forward Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg,
Manitoba) is first on the team with 16 points, while his
nine assists are tied for first and his seven goals are third. In
the 6-4 victory at Air Force on Jan. 22, he recorded one goal and
one assists, while Cyr also 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 27
goals and 22 assists for 49 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.
ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 5-9-0 (.357) on its opponent's home ice this season. Last season, HC compiled a 5-12-3 (.325) record in away games.
SHEEN SHINES: Junior co-captain Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) is tied for the team-lead with eight goals, while he is second with 15 points and is fifth 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.
ZNUTAS AND DALY WITH EIGHT
ASSISTS: Junior defenseman Mark Znutas (Emerson,
N.J.) and sophomore defenseman Mike Daly (South
Burlington, Vt.) are tied for third on the team with eight
assists. 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 two goals this season as his career-best 10 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
four goals and 13 assists for 17 points.
CRUSADER CAPTAINS: Senior forward Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) and junior Everett Sheen will serve as the 2009-2010 team co-captains. Driscoll's 130 career games played are the most by any current Crusader as he has 20 goals and 35 assists for 55 career points. His 13 career power play goals are tied for 10th on the all-time Holy Cross Division I list.
SHEAHAN MOVING UP THE CHARTS: 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.
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 nine assists are tied for first on the team and his 10 points are tied for fourth. 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 four goals and two assists for six points. His four 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.
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 220-221-53 (.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.
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 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.
SCOUTING THE ROSTER: Holy Cross has five seniors, seven juniors, nine sophomores and six freshmen on this year's roster with 16 forwards, eight defenders and three goalies.