GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (10-15-5, 9-11-4 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Sacred Heart (16-10-4, 14-7-3 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: February 19-20, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Feb. 19-Milford Ice Pavilion (1,000), Milford, Conn.
Feb. 20-Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: Saturday-WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Mike Kemezis. Listen to game.
Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks
Series Record: Sacred Heart leads 21-20-1
Series Record At Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 13-8-0
Last Meeting: Sacred Heart 5, Holy Cross 4 (11/7/09; Worcester, Mass.)
First Varsity Meeting: Holy Cross 7, Sacred Heart 3 (10/30/98; Worcester, Mass.)
Last Holy Cross Win: Holy Cross 4, Sacred Heart 2 (11/6/09; Milford, Conn.)
Current Series Win Streak: Sacred Heart, one game
2009-2010 Series: Tied at 1-1-0
HOLY CROSS TO PLAY HOME-AND-HOME SERIES WITH SACRED HEART: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (10-15-5, 9-11-4 Atlantic Hockey) will play a home-and-home series with Sacred Heart (16-10-4, 14-7-3 Atlantic Hockey) 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. The Crusaders have won three straight and they are 5-2-0 in their last seven games, including a perfect 3-0 record last week with a win over UConn and two wins over Bentley. Over the last seven games Holy Cross has outscored its opponents, 28-21. Holy Cross is now tied with Army for sixth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 22 points each. The Pioneers are in second place with 31 points and are 13-1-2 in their last 16 games including a 12-game unbeaten streak which was snapped with a 5-2 loss versus RIT on Feb. 5. Sacred Heart has bounced right back with three straight wins including a sweep of AIC last week. These two teams split a home-and-home series earlier this season as the Crusaders won on the road and lost in Worcester. The Crusaders will be looking to win its first season series over the Pioneers since the 2003-2004 season. The last time Sacred Heart took the season series was in 2006-2007, as the last two seasons the series has been tied.
STRONG DEFENSE: The Crusaders are tied for the second ranked defense in Atlantic Hockey by allowing only 2.73 goals per contest. HC has allowed 82 goals in 30 games. The Crusaders have two shutouts this season which are the most since the 2005-2006 season when Holy Cross also had two. Last season, Holy Cross was sixth in the conference with 3.42 goals allowed per contest.
PINK THE RINK: On Feb. 13, in front of a crowd of 2,009 at the Hart Center, the Crusaders held "Pink The Rink" night and defeated Bentley, 4-0. Holy Cross wore a special edition pink jersey to show its support for breast cancer awareness. The jerseys were auctioned off throughout the game as they raised $8,070 with all the proceeds going to the Levine Cancer Center in Worcester. A ceremonial puck drop featured Holy Cross professors and breast cancer survivors Kathy Kiel (Economics) and Helen Freear-Papio (Modern Languages and Literature). Kevin Shea from WCTR-TV 3 was the MC for the event as he went through the crowd during the game talking to fans and keeping people up to date on the auction. Between the first and second period the men's hockey program honored David Joy (Class of 1974) and his wife Michele for generously donating the jerseys so all of the proceeds from the auction of the jerseys will go to the Levine Cancer Center. Holy Cross coach Paul Pearl presented David and Michele with a pink jersey of their own. Michele's sister and breast cancer survivor Mary Keenan was also honored at the ceremony and given a pink jersey with her name on the back. After the game each player personally handed the auction winners their jerseys as Shea announced the winners.
OFFENSIVE SPARK: Holy Cross, who has only averaged 2.4 goals scored per game this season, has scored 28 goals over the last seven contests for a 4.0 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. Most recently, the Crusaders netted 10 goals in the two-game sweep of Bentley on Feb. 12-13. During these seven games, junior Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) has recorded four goals and four assists for eight points. Sophomore Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) has recorded at least one point in six of the last seven games and has four goals and two assists for six points during this span. His career-best seven goals this season are fifth on the team. Senior Rob Forshner (Sundre, Alberta), sophomore Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) and freshman Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) also have each tallied six points in the last seven games. Forshner has three goals and three assists, while Clune and Linsmayer each have one goal and five assists. There are also three Crusaders with five points over the last seven games. Sophomore Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) has four goals and one assist, sophomore Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) has three goals and two assists and junior J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) has one goal and four assists.
ATLANTIC HOCKEY TOURNAMENT: Holy Cross is now tied with Army for sixth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 22 points each but the Black Knights hold the tie-breaker over the Crusaders. The two teams split the two-game regular season series but Army outscored Holy Cross by a 7-6 margin which is the second tie-breaker. 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. Bentley is now in eighth with 20 points. All three teams have four conference games left. After playing Sacred Heart, the Crusaders will conclude the regular season with a home-and-home series with Bentley on Feb. 26-27. This week the Falcons play UConn, while the Black Knights play at Mercyhurst this week and then take on AIC next week.
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 been very successful in this key stretch of home games with a 3-1-0 record as it split a two-game series with Army on Feb. 5-6, defeated UConn on Feb. 9 and shut out Bentley on Feb. 13. The Crusaders are 4-5-5 (.464) at home so far this season. Last season at home, Holy Cross went 7-8-2 (.471) at the Hart Center. Holy Cross has a 298-188-33 (.606) all-time record at the Hart Center since it started playing there in 1975-1976.
SPREADING OUT THE OFFENSE: Out of the 20 Crusaders who have seen game action in the last seven contests, 12 of them have scored a goal and 17 of them have at least one point.
ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 6-9-0 (.400) 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 Holy Cross who has been successful recently
with a 5-2-0 record in its last seven games, and Sacred Heart who
has been one of the best teams in the nation since December with a
13-1-2 record in the last 16 contests. Holy Cross is averaging 2.37
goals scored per game which are eighth in Atlantic Hockey, while
Sacred Heart is scoring 3.60 goals per contest which are first in
the league and seventh nationally. Last season, the Crusaders
averaged 2.79 goals per game which were sixth in Atlantic Hockey,
while the Pioneers' 2.61 goals per contest were seventh. 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 2.73
goals per game which is tied for second in the conference, while
the Pioneers are tied for sixth defensively with 3.17 goals allowed
THE SERIES WITH SACRED HEART: These games will be the 43rd and 44th meetings between the Crusaders and the Pioneers with Sacred Heart leading the all-time series, 21-20-1. Versus the Pioneers, Holy Cross has a 13-8-0 record at the Hart Center and a 5-5-0 record in the last 10 games in Worcester. Overall Holy Cross is 5-5-0 in the last 10 games against the Pioneers. In the last two seasons, the season series has been tied 2-2-0.
UP NEXT: The Crusaders will conclude the regular season when they play a home-and-home series with Bentley on Feb. 26-27 at 7:00 p.m. Friday's game will be Senior Day at the Hart Center, while Saturday's contest will be at the John A. Ryan Arena in Watertown, Mass. The Crusaders just recently swept a home-and-home series with Bentley on Feb. 12-13.
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, nine sophomores and six freshmen on this year's roster with 16 forwards, eight defenders and three goalies.
TYSOWSKY HAVING GREAT ROOKIE SEASON: Freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) has earned five overall Atlantic Hockey awards this season. He was just recently named the Rookie of the Week on Feb. 15 for going 3-0 on the week. Tysowsky was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Month for December. 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 2.35 goals against average and is fifth with a .912 save percentage. His 687 saves this season are fourth on the Holy Cross Division I single-season list, while his 10 wins are sixth. Tysowsky recorded his second shutout of the season and 10th win as he made 17 saves in the 4-0 victory over Bentley on Feb. 13. For his performance he was awarded the Holy Cross Winter Homecoming MVP trophy after the game. On Feb. 9, he made 24 saves in the 3-2 win over UConn. 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 loss 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.
RECENT SUCCESS ON THE POWER PLAY: The Crusaders are 17-76 (.224) over the last 17 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. In the series sweep of Bentley, Holy Cross went 1-5 in the 6-4 win on Feb. 12, while it went 2-5 in the 4-0 victory on Feb. 13.
WORKING OVERTIME: The Crusaders have 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 139 total games, the Crusaders have played 33 overtime contests with a 2-9-22 (.394) record as .237 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 22
POINTS: Junior forward Jordan Cyr is
first on the team with 22 points, while he is tied for the lead
with 10 goals and 12 assists. He was named the Atlantic Hockey
Player of the Week on Feb. 15 as he recorded two goals and three
assists for five points in three games on the week. In the 4-0 win
over Bentley on Feb. 13, he assisted on Holy Cross' third goal and
scored on a power play for the Crusaders' fourth goal of the
contest. On Feb. 12 in the 6-4 victory on the road against Bentley,
Cyr assisted on the goal that gave the Crusaders a 3-2 advantage in
the second period. 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 30 goals and 25 assists for 55
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 18 points, while he is tied for third with eight goals and 10 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 33 assists for 67 points in 104 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 career-best 12 points and career-best
nine assists are tied for fifth on the team. Daly scored his
career-best third goal of the season in the 4-0 win over Bentley on
Feb. 13. 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 five goals
and 14 assists for 19 points. Znutas has nine assists this season
which are tied for fifth on the team. For his career, Znutas has 10
goals and 30 assists for 40 career points as he has played 101
career games. Clune's career-best 10 assists are tied for third on
the team. He also has a career-best 11 points. Clune posted two
assists in the 6-4 win over Bentley on Feb. 12. 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 16 assists for 19 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 third on the team and his 12 points are tied for fifth. 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 12 assists are tied for the team-lead and his 14 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 135 career games played are the most by any current Crusader and are tied for ninth all-time at Holy Cross. 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. The game against Sacred Heart on Feb. 19 will be his 500th career game as a head coach. 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 224-222-53 (.502) 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 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 13th nationally. For the season, he has 10 goals and four assists for 14 points. His 10 goals are tied for the team-lead, while his 14 points are tied for third. He scored the Crusaders' third goal in the 4-0 victory over Bentley on Feb. 13, while he scored the first goal of the night in the 6-4 win over Bentley on Feb. 12, in addition to posting an assist later in the contest. In the 3-2 victory over UConn, Silvia scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at 3:43 of the third period, giving the Crusaders a 3-1 lead at the time. For his career, Silvia has 21 goals and 14 assists for 35 points, while he also has six career game-winners.
TOUGH COMPETITION: These games against second-place Sacred Heart continue a stretch of games against some of the nation's best teams for the Crusaders. 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.
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.