Men's Hockey Set To Open Season Versus #17 Notre Dame

Matthew Davis

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:

2010 Warrior Ice Breaker Tournament

Internet Video Broadcast: http://ppv.hockeyprimetime.com/

Dates: Oct. 8 & 10, 2010

Teams: Oct. 8: Holy Cross (0-0-0/0-0-0 AHA) vs. #17 Notre Dame (0-0-0/0-0-0 CCHA)

Oct. 10: Holy Cross vs. #14 Boston University (0-0-0/0-0-0 HEA) or
#13 Wisconsin (0-0-0/0-0-0 WCHA)

Times: Oct. 8: 5:30 p.m. (CDT); Oct. 10: 12:00 p.m. (CDT) or 3:00 p.m. (CDT)

Place: Scottrade Center (19,150), St. Louis, Mo.

Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):

With Notre Dame: Notre Dame leads, 2-1-0
Last Meeting: Notre Dame 9, HC 2, (11/4/90; South Bend, Ind.)
First Meeting: HC 9, Notre Dame 6, (1/7/85; Worcester, Mass.)
Current Win Streak: Notre Dame, two games

With Boston University: BU leads, 1-0-0
Last Meeting: BU 3, HC 2 (11/25/08; Boston, Mass.)

With Wisconsin: Would be first meeting
 
WARRIOR ICE BREAKER TOURNAMENT: The Holy Cross men's hockey team will open its 2010-2011 campaign at the 14th annual Warrior Ice Breaker Tournament at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo., on Friday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 10. The Crusaders will play No. 17 Notre Dame on Friday at 5:30 p.m. (CDT), and then either take on No. 14 Boston University or No. 13 Wisconsin on Sunday at either 12:00 p.m. (CDT) or 3:00 p.m. (CDT). Last season, Notre Dame went 13-17-8 (9-12-7 CCHA), BU went 18-17-3 (13-12-2 Hockey East) and the Badgers, who were NCAA Tournament finalists, went 28-11-4 (17-8-3 WCHA). Holy Cross will become only the second school from Atlantic Hockey to ever take part in the event as Army competed in last year's tournament in Omaha, Neb. This year will also mark only the second time the Ice Breaker will take place away from a participating school's home rink.

CRUSADERS SET FOR SEASON: Holy Cross returns 22 of 28 letterwinners and four of six starters from last year's squad (12-19-6 overall, 10-13-5 Atlantic Hockey), while it welcomes six freshmen. The Crusaders went 6-4-1 in their last 11 regular season games last year and outscored their opponents by a 37-31 margin during that stretch.

HC IN SEASON OPENERS: Holy Cross is 15-26-3 (.375) all-time in season openers, including a 1-3-1 record in the last five years. Last season, the Crusaders fell at Providence, 2-1, on Oct. 10. Holy Cross' last season-opening victory was a 3-2 win over UMass in Amherst on Oct. 21, 2005.   

DEFENSE!: One of the biggest strengths of the 2010-2011 Crusaders is expected to be their defense, as they were third in Atlantic Hockey and 20th nationally last year by only allowing 2.76 goals per game. The Crusaders' penalty kill percentage (83.2) last season was third in the conference and 19th nationally. With all of the defensive skaters and two of three goalies returning, the Crusaders should be very strong defensively.

HC IN REGULAR SEASON TOURNAMENTS: The Crusaders have a 57-52-3 (.522) all-time record in 60 regular season tournaments since becoming a varsity program in the 1966-1967 season and have won 10 championships with the last being the 1992 Crusader Classic. Holy Cross is 2-1-3 in its last six regular season tournament games. Last season, Holy Cross went 1-1-0 at the Ledyard Bank Classic in Hanover, N.H. The Crusaders fell to No. 14 UMass Lowell, 3-0, and then defeated tournament host Dartmouth, 4-2. Two years ago  at the Denver Cup, Holy Cross tied No. 5 Denver, 2-2, but lost the shootout, and then defeated Rensselaer, 4-3. Three years ago, the Crusaders tied both Vermont and Western Michigan but dropped both shootouts at the Catamount Cup. Since the 2005-2006 season, Holy Cross is 4-5-3 in regular season tournaments.

ON NEUTRAL ICE: The Crusaders are 3-3-1 in their last seven games on neutral ice as they lost to UMass Lowell last season at the Ledyard Bank Classic. Holy Cross defeated Rensselaer, 4-3, at the 2009 Denver Cup, tied Western Michigan, 1-1, at the 2007 Catamount Cup, fell to Northeastern, 7-2, at the 2006 UConn Hockey Classic, defeated Minnesota, 4-3 (OT), at the 2006 NCAA Tournament, defeated Rensselaer, 4-2, at the 2005 Ohio Hockey Classic and fell to Nebraska-Omaha, 6-1, at the 2005 RPI Tournament.

AGAINST RANKED TEAMS: 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. Holy Cross has played eight nationally ranked teams over the last two seasons. Last year the Crusaders played three games against a nationally ranked team and went 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. Two seasons ago, 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.

SHEEN SHINES: Senior co-captain Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) has played in all 111 games in his first three seasons. This is his second straight season as a captain. He leads all current Crusaders with 35 goals and 34 assists for 69 points. He has been named Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week once, while he was named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie Team, earned AHA Rookie of the Week honors three times and was named the AHA Rookie of the Month once. Sheen led the team with 15 goals as a freshman.
   
TYSOWSKY LOOKING TO REPEAT SUCCESS IN NET: Sophomore goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) had an outstanding freshman season. He played in 34 games with 34 starts and had a 2.43 goals against average ranking him second in Atlantic Hockey. His goals against average was 17th nationally and fourth on the school's Division I single-season list, while he was fourth in the league with a .910 save percentage. Tysowsky ranked second on the all-time Holy Cross Division I single-season save list with 839 saves as he posted a 11-17-6 record. His 11 wins were sixth on the school's Division I single-season list. Tysowsky was named the Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week twice (10/19 & 12/14), and Goalie of the Month (11/3), Rookie of the Month (1/5) and Rookie of the Week (2/15) once.

HC ON ONE NETWORKS: All of Holy Cross' home games and Atlantic Hockey away games can be seen via live video streaming through One Networks.

VERSUS NOTRE DAME: This will be the fourth meeting between the Crusaders and the Irish as Notre Dame leads the all-time series, 2-1-0. Notre Dame won the last two games in the series with a two-game sweep of the Crusaders in South Bend on Nov. 3-4. The Irish won by scores of 10-4 and 9-2. Holy Cross won the first meeting in the series with a 9-6 victory in Worcester on Jan. 7, 1985.

VERSUS THE BADGERS: This would be the first meeting between the Crusaders and the Badgers. Holy Cross is 1-4-1 versus teams in the WCHA.   

VERSUS BOSTON UNIVERSITY: The Crusaders are 0-1-0 versus the Terriers. Boston University defeated Holy Cross by a 3-2 score at Agganis Arena on Nov. 25, 2008.   

HC VERSUS CCHA: Holy Cross has a 1-3-1 all-time record against teams currently from the CCHA as Holy Cross is 1-2-0 against Notre Dame, 0-1-0 against Ohio State and 0-0-1 versus Western Michigan.

VERSUS WCHA: The Crusaders have a 1-4-1 all-time record against teams currently in the WCHA. Holy Cross is 0-1-0 against Alaska Anchorage, 0-0-1 versus Denver, 1-0-0 vs. Minnesota, 0-2-0 against North Dakota and 0-1-0 versus Nebraska-Omaha. All three of Holy Cross' NCAA Tournament games have been versus teams from the WCHA. The Crusaders defeated Minnesota, 4-3 (OT), in the first round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament on March 24, 2006, while Holy Cross lost to North Dakota, 5-2, in the second round on March 25, 2006 and fell to North Dakota in the first round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament, 3-0, on March 26, 2004.     

VERSUS HOCKEY EAST: The Crusaders are 3-7-2 in their last 12 games against teams from Hockey East, including a 0-3-0 record last season with a 3-0 loss versus UMass Lowell on Jan. 2, a  3-1 loss at Merrimack on Oct. 16 and a 2-1 loss at Providence on Oct. 10. Two years ago, Holy Cross recorded a 9-4 loss at New Hampshire on Dec. 11, 2008, a 3-2 loss at Boston University on Nov. 25, 2008, and a 6-4 loss at home versus Providence on Oct. 25, 2008. Three years ago, Holy Cross had a 1-1 tie at Vermont on Dec. 29, 2007, a 2-2 tie at home with Merrimack on Dec. 4, 2007, and a 6-4 win at Providence on Oct. 20, 2007. During the 2006-2007 season, the Crusaders fell to Northeastern, 7-2, on Dec. 30, 2006, and won at Merrimack, 2-1, on Oct. 24, 2006. In 2005 the Crusaders earned a 3-2 win at UMass Amherst on Oct. 21. Holy Cross has an all-time record of 22-81-2 (.219) against teams currently in Hockey East (0-8-0 against Boston College, 0-1-0 vs. Boston University, 2-4-0 against Maine, 5-11-0 vs. UMass Amherst, 6-21-0 against UMass Lowell, 8-25-1 vs. Merrimack, 0-2-0 against New Hampshire, 0-3-0 vs. Northeastern, 1-4-0 against Providence and 0-2-1 vs. Vermont).

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Crusaders start the 2010-2011 season with six straight games away from Worcester. After the Ice Breaker Tournament, Holy Cross will play league road games versus AIC (Oct. 15) and Army (Oct. 17). The Crusaders will then play at ECACHL member Quinnipiac (Oct. 23) and Hockey East member Northeastern (Oct. 29). Holy Cross' first homes games are versus league opponent Robert Morris (Nov. 5-6). Last season, Holy Cross compiled a 6-12-1 record on its opponents' home ice and went 0-1-0 on neutral ice.  

HC PICKED EIGHTH IN PRESEASON POLL: Holy Cross was picked eighth in the Atlantic Hockey Association Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Crusaders received 60 total points. Last season's tournament and regular season champion RIT, who was also a 2010 NCAA Tournament semifinalist, was picked as this year's preseason favorite with 118 points and eight first place votes, followed by Mercyhurst with 101 points and two first place votes. Air Force was picked third with 98 points, while league additions Niagara and Robert Morris tied for fourth with 82 points each. Robert Morris also had two first place votes. Canisius was sixth (63 points), Sacred Heart was seventh (61 points), the Crusaders were eighth (60 points), Army was ninth (48 points), Bentley was 10th (47 points), UConn was 11th (21 points) and AIC was 12th (11 points).

HOLY CROSS HEAD COACH PAUL PEARL: Paul Pearl is in his 16th 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 226-226-54 (.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 14 post-season appearances in 15 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.

CRUSADERS AT NHL DEVELOPMENT CAMPS: Everett Sheen and junior Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) participated at NHL development camps in July. Sheen attended the Philadelphia Flyers' camp, while Silvia participated at the New York Islanders' camp. This was the third time that Sheen has attended a NHL development camp, as he participated at the Washington Capitals' development camp in the summer of 2009 and the Anaheim Ducks' conditioning camp in the summer of 2008. Philadelphia's camp was at the Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone from July 5-12. On July 8 the players competing in a triathlon which included cycling, kayaking and running. The competition was then followed by a charity softball game. The Islanders' camp started on July 7 and featured the Orange vs. Blue Scrimmage on July 10 at the Nassau Coliseum with 4,940 fans in attendance. Silvia was a member of the Orange team that won the contest 5-4. The night also had a skills competition. Last year, senior J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) participated at the Chicago Blackhawks' camp.
 
SCOUTING THE ROSTER: Holy Cross has six seniors, nine juniors, seven sophomores and six freshmen on this year's roster with 15 forwards, 10 defenders and three goalies.