February 11, 2010

Crusaders To Play Big League Series Versus Bentley

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:

Teams: Holy Cross (8-15-5, 7-11-4 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Bentley (11-14-3, 9-11-2 Atlantic Hockey)

Dates: February 12-13, 2010

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: Feb. 12-John A. Ryan Arena (1,200), Watertown, Mass.

Feb. 13 (Pink The Rink)-Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.

Holy Cross Radio: Saturday-WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Ryan Holt & Mike Kemezis. Listen to game.

Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks

Series Record: Holy Cross leads 23-13-3

Series Record At Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 12-5-2

Last Meeting: Bentley 4, Holy Cross 1 (2/7/09; Watertown, Mass.)

First Varsity Meeting: Holy Cross 5, Bentley 2 (2/10/73; Bentley home game)

Last HC Win: Holy Cross 3, Bentley 2 (12/6/08; Worcester, Mass.)

Current Series Win Streak: Bentley, two games

2008-2009 Series: Bentley won 3-1-0

HC TO PLAY HOME-AND-HOME WITH BENTLEY: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (8-15-5, 7-11-4 Atlantic Hockey) will play a home-and-home series with Bentley (11-14-3, 9-11-2 Atlantic Hockey) 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 the 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. Only two points separate these two teams in the Atlantic Hockey standings as Bentley is in seventh with 20 points and Holy Cross is in eighth with 18 points. The Crusaders are also only four points behind Army for sixth place as the first six teams in the standings earn a spot in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament quarterfinals, while seventh through 10th place play in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament first round. All three teams have six conference games left. The Crusaders, who defeated UConn on Feb. 9, are 3-2-0 in their last five games, while Bentley is 1-4-0 in its last five games including being swept by AIC on Feb. 5-6.

CRUSADERS 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 has started this key stretch of games with a 2-1-0 record as it split a two-game series with Army on Feb. 5-6, and defeated UConn on Feb. 9. The Crusaders are 3-5-5 (.423) at home so far this season. Last season, Holy Cross went 7-8-2 (.471) at the Hart Center. Holy Cross has a 297-188-33 (.605) 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. Kevin Shea from WCTR-TV 3 will be the MC for the event. 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.

WINTER HOMECOMING: The game on Feb. 13 will be the winter homecoming game at Holy Cross as a trophy will be given to the contest's most valuable player. RIT's Brennan Sarazin received the winter homecoming MVP trophy last season as the Tigers defeated the Crusaders, 3-1, on Feb. 14.

OFFENSIVE SPARK: Holy Cross, who has only averaged 2.2 goals scored per game this season, has scored 18 goals over the last five contests for a 3.6 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 on Feb. 5-6, and added three goals in the victory over UConn on Feb. 9. During these five games, junior Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) has averaged a point a game with three goals and two assists. Sophomore Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) has recorded at least one point in four of the last five games and has scored a goal in three of the contests. Sophomore Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario), senior Rob Forshner (Sundre, Alberta), sophomore Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) and freshman Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) also have each tallied four points in the last five games. Cox and Forshner each have two goals and two assists, while Clune has one goal and three assists and Linsmayer has four assists.

SPREADING OUT THE OFFENSE: Out of the 19 Crusaders who have seen game action in the last five contests, 11 of them have scored a goal and 16 of them have at least one point.

STRONG DEFENSE: The Crusaders have the third ranked defense in Atlantic Hockey by allowing 2.79 goals per contest. HC has allowed 78 goals in 28 games. Last season, Holy Cross was sixth in the conference with 3.42 goals allowed per contest.

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.

THE MATCH UP: This series will feature two teams that will play each other four of the last six games of the regular season as only two points separate them in the Atlantic Hockey standings. Holy Cross is only averaging 2.18 goals scored per game which are eighth in Atlantic Hockey, while Bentley is scoring 2.93 goals per contest which are fifth in the league. Last season, the Crusaders averaged 2.79 goals per game which were sixth in Atlantic Hockey, while the Falcons' 3.05 goals per contest were fifth. 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. Bentley has been shut out twice this season. On the other hand, Holy Cross has been strong on defense as it has only allowed 2.79 goals per game which is third in the conference, while the Falcons are ranked eighth defensively with 3.57 goals allowed per contest.

THE SERIES WITH BENTLEY: These two games will be the 40th and 41st meetings between these two teams. Holy Cross leads the series 23-13-3, but are 5-5-0 against Bentley in the last 10 games. The Crusaders do have a 8-5-0 record against the Falcons over the last five seasons including a 5-0-0 record against Bentley in the 2005-2006 season which was the last time Holy Cross has won a season series over Bentley. The Crusaders had a 5-2 win in the 2006 Atlantic Hockey Tournament championship game over the Falcons. Last season though, Bentley took three out of four from Holy Cross. The Falcons have won two straight over the Crusaders.

RECENT SUCCESS ON THE POWER PLAY: The Crusaders are 14-66 (.212) over the last 15 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 versus Army, the Crusaders went 1-4 on the power play and then on Feb. 6, Holy Cross went 0-5. Versus UConn on Feb. 9 the Crusaders also went 0-5.

UP NEXT: The Crusaders will play a home-and-home series with Sacred Heart on Feb. 19-20 at 7:00 p.m. Friday's game will be at the Milford Ice Pavilion in Milford, Conn., while Saturday's game will be at the Hart Center. These two teams split a home-and-home series earlier this season as the Crusaders won on the road and lost in Worcester. Last season the series was tied at 2-2-0.

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.

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 2.38 goals against average and is fifth with a .913 save percentage. His 653 saves this season are fifth on the Holy Cross Division I single-season list. On Feb. 9, he made 24 saves in the 3-2 win over UConn to earn his eighth win of the season. On Feb. 5, Tysowsky 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.

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.

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 137 total games, the Crusaders have played 33 overtime contests with a 2-9-22 (.394) record as .241 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.

CYR LEADS THE TEAM WITH 19 POINTS: Junior forward Jordan Cyr is first on the team with 19 points and nine goals, while his 10 assists are second. In the 3-2 win over UConn on Feb. 9, he recorded one goal and one assist. 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 29 goals and 23 assists for 52 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.

SHEEN SHINES: Junior co-captain Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) is second on the team with 17 points, while he is tied for second with eight goals and is tied for third with nine 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 32 assists for 66 points in 102 games.

DALY, ZNUTAS & CLUNE LEAD DEFENSE: Sophomore defenseman Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.), junior defenseman Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) and sophomore defenseman Matt Clune are contributing to the Crusader offense as defenders. Daly's nine assists are a career best and are tied for third on the team. He also has two goals this season as his career-best 11 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 14 assists for 18 points. Znutas has eight assists this season which are tied for fifth on the team. For his career, Znutas has 10 goals and 29 assists for 39 career 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 points.

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 second on the team 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.

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 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.

CRUSADER CAPTAINS: Senior forward Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) and junior Everett Sheen will serve as the 2009-2010 team co-captains. Driscoll's 133 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.

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 222-222-53 (.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.

SILVIA SCORES FOUR GAME-WINNERS: Sophomore Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) has scored four game-winning goals so far this season which lead the team. His four game-winners are third in the conference and are tied for 11th nationally. For the season, he has eight goals and three assists for 11 points. His eight goals are tied for second on the team, while his 11 points are tied for fifth. For his career, Silvia has 19 goals and 13 assists for 32 points, while he also has five career game-winners.

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.

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.

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. Rissmiller has also just recently been selected for induction into the Holy Cross Athletic Hall of Fame. This was 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.

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.