GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (7-15-5, 6-11-4 Atlantic Hockey) vs. UConn (4-22-3, 4-16-3 Atlantic Hockey)
Date: February 9, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Ryan Holt & Mike Kemezis. Listen to game.
Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks
Series Record: Holy Cross leads 45-42-2 (Varsity games since 1966-1967)
Series Record At Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 21-15-2
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 5, UConn 0 (11/24/09; Worcester, Mass.)
First Varsity Meeting: Holy Cross 4, UConn 3 (1/17/67; Worcester, Mass.)
Last UConn Win: UConn 4, Holy Cross 2 (3/1/08; Storrs, Conn.)
Current Series Streak: Holy Cross, three games
2009-2010 Series: Holy Cross leads 1-0-0
CRUSADERS TO PLAY UCONN ON TUESDAY: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (7-15-5, 6-11-4 Atlantic Hockey) will conclude its 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 in Worcester. The Crusaders will be looking to win their fourth straight game over UConn and their second consecutive season series over the Huskies. The Crusaders, who split a two-game home series with Army on Feb. 5-6, are 2-3-0 in their last five games, while UConn has lost five games in a row including two at home versus Canisius last weekend. Holy Cross is in eighth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 16 points, while the Huskies are in 10th place with 11 points.
OFFENSIVE SPARK: Holy Cross, who has only averaged 2.1 goals scored per game this season, has scored 15 goals over the last four contests for a 3.8 goals per game average. The Crusaders scored nine goals in the two-game series against Air Force on Jan. 22-23, while they netted six goals in the two-game series versus Army.
HC PLAYING KEY GAMES AT HOME: After playing only one home game in January, the Crusaders conclude the regular season with six out of nine contests at the Hart Center. Holy Cross started this key stretch of games with a 1-1-0 record versus Army on Feb. 5-6. The Crusaders are 2-5-5 (.375) at home so far this season. Last season, Holy Cross went 7-8-2 (.471) at the Hart Center. Holy Cross has a 296-188-33 (.604) all-time record at the Hart Center since it started playing there in 1975-1976.
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.
RECENT SUCCESS ON THE POWER PLAY: The Crusaders are 14-61 (.230) over the last 14 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. On Feb. 5, the Crusaders went 1-4 on the power play and then on Feb. 6, Holy Cross went 0-5.
STRONG DEFENSE: The Crusaders have the third ranked defense in Atlantic Hockey by allowing 2.81 goals per contest. HC has allowed 76 goals in 27 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 had difficulty scoring
goals this season. Holy Cross is only averaging 2.15 goals scored
per game which are eighth in Atlantic Hockey, while UConn is
scoring 1.41 goals per contest which are 10th in the league. Last
season, the Crusaders averaged 2.79 goals per game which were sixth
in Atlantic Hockey, while the Huskies' 2.41 goals per contest were
ninth. 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. UConn has been shut out seven times this season.
On the other hand, Holy Cross has been strong on defense as it has
only allowed 2.81 goals per game which is third in the conference,
while the Huskies are ranked ninth defensively with 3.83 goals
allowed per contest.
THE SERIES WITH UCONN: Tuesday will be the 90th meeting between these two teams in varsity games since the 1966-1967 season. The Crusaders lead the series, 45-42-2 and also lead the series at the Hart Center, 21-15-2. Holy Cross is 4-5-1 in the last 10 games against UConn and are 2-2-1 in the last five games in Worcester including a 5-0 victory this season on Nov. 24. Holy Cross took the series last year, 2-0-0 as both games were at UConn.
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 2.40 goals against average and is fifth with a .913 save percentage. His 629 saves this season are fifth on the Holy Cross Division I single-season list. On Feb. 5, Tysowsky earned his seventh win of the season as he made 27 saves in the 5-3 win over Army. 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.
UP NEXT: The Crusaders will play a home-and-home series with Bentley on Feb. 12-13 at 7:00 p.m. Friday's game will be at the John A. Ryan Arena in Watertown, Mass., while Saturday's game will be at Hart Center as Holy Cross will "Pink The Rink." The Crusaders, who have not played Bentley yet this season, will meet the Falcons four of the last six games of the regular 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.
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 136 total games, the Crusaders have played 33 overtime contests with a 2-9-22 (.394) record as .243 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.
MILLER ON FOUR-GAME POINT STREAK: Sophomore Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) has recorded at least one point in the last four games and has scored a goal in three of the last four contests. He scored the game-winner in the 6-4 win over Air Force on Jan. 22, while he had an assist in the 4-3 overtime loss to the Falcons on Jan. 23. Miller then scored two goals in the two-game series with Army. In the 5-3 win on Feb. 5, he scored a power play goal to tie the game at 1-1 in the first period, while on Feb. 6 he netted the Crusaders' lone goal of the game in the 4-1 loss. For the season, Miller has six goals and two assists for eight points. His six goals are ranked fifth on the team. In 62 career games, he has 12 goals and 11 assists for 23 points.
CYR LEADS THE TEAM WITH 17
POINTS: Junior forward Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg,
Manitoba) is first on the team with 17 points, while he is
tied for the team-lead with eight goals and is second with nine
assists. He scored the game-winner in the 5-3 win over Army on Feb.
5. In the 6-4 victory at Air Force on Jan. 22, he recorded one goal
and had one assist, 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 28 goals and 22 assists for 50 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 16 points and is tied for third with eight 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 31 assists for 65 points in 101 games.
ZNUTAS, DALY & CLUNE
WITH EIGHT ASSISTS: Junior defenseman Mark Znutas
(Emerson, N.J.), sophomore defenseman Mike Daly
(South Burlington, Vt.) and sophomore defenseman
Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) 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. Clune's
eight assists and nine points are also a career best. He had two
assists in the 5-3 win over Army on Feb. 5. He recorded one goal
and one assist for two points in the 6-4 win over Air Force on Jan.
22. He also posted two assists in the 7-3 loss to Yale on Nov. 28.
For his career, Clune has three goals and 14 assists for 17
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 tied for 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.
CRUSADER CAPTAINS: Senior forward Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) and junior Everett Sheen will serve as the 2009-2010 team co-captains. Driscoll's 132 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.
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 11 assists lead the team and his 12 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 four goals and two assists for six points. 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 221-222-53 (.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.
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