Crusaders Open AHA Season On The Road Versus AIC & Army

Rob Linsmayer

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:

Teams: Oct. 15, 2010-Holy Cross (0-2-0, 0-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) vs. AIC (0-2-0, 0-2-0 Atlantic Hockey)

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: Olympia Ice Center (2,200), West Springfield, Mass.

Teams: Oct. 17-Holy Cross vs. Army (0-1-0, 0-0-0 AHA)

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Place: Tate Rink (2,648), West Point, N.Y.

Holy Cross Radio: Oct. 15-WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Chris Del Vecchio, Brian Lewin & Kyle McCarthy. Listen to game here.

Live Video Streaming: Oct. 15 & 17-One Networks

Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With AIC: Holy Cross leads, 38-20-8
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 4, AIC 2 (3/5/10; Worcester, Mass.)
Last AIC Win: AIC 1, Holy Cross 0 (1/16/10; West Springfield, Mass.)
First Varsity Meeting: AIC 12, Holy Cross 2 (11/30/71; Worcester, Mass.)
Current Series Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
2009-2010 Season Series: AIC won 2-1-2

With Army: Army leads 27-19-8
Last Meeting: Army 4, Holy Cross 1 (2/6/10; Worcester, Mass.)
Last Holy Cross Win: Holy Cross 5, Army 3 (2/5/10; Worcester, Mass.)
First Varsity Meeting: Army 6, Holy Cross 5 (OT) (1/8/75; West Point, N.Y.)
Current Series Win Streak: Army, one game
2009-2010 Season Series: Tied 1-1-0

CRUSADERS HIT THE ROAD TO PLAY AIC & ARMY: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (0-2-0 overall, 0-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) will open its Atlantic Hockey season when it plays American International (0-2-0 overall, 0-2-0 Atlantic Hockey) at the Olympia Ice Center in West Springfield on Oct. 15. Holy Cross will then play versus Army (0-1-0 overall, 0-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) in West Point, N.Y., at Tate Rink on Oct. 17. The Crusaders are coming off losses to No. 17 Notre Dame and No. 13 Wisconsin at the Warrior Ice Breaker Tournament at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo., while the Yellow Jackets lost twice at home to Atlantic Hockey opponent Robert Morris. The Black Knights started their season with a loss to Colgate at the Cape Cod Collegiate Hockey Classic.

HC UNDEFEATED IN AHA OPENERS: The Crusaders are 6-0-1 in Atlantic Hockey openers with a 3-1 win at Canisius on Oct. 11, 2003, a 3-1 win at AIC on Nov. 5, 2004, a 1-0 victory over Army on Oct. 28, 2005, a 4-1 win over Mercyhurst on Oct. 20, 2006, a 4-1 win at Mercyhurst on Oct. 26, 2007, a 1-1 tie versus Canisius on Oct. 17, 2008 and a 3-2 win on the road versus Canisius on Oct. 24. This is the fifth time that Holy Cross has opened the AHA season on the road, with a 4-0-0 record.

OUTSTANDING COLLEGIATE DEBUTS: Freshmen Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) and Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) each recorded one goal and one assist for two points in their collegiate debuts versus No. 17 Notre Dame. Stockton scored the first goal of the season for the Crusaders and Schmidt scored the second goal. Stockton was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week for his performance.  

SHEEN SHINES: Senior co-captain Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) has played in all 113 games in his four seasons. This is his second straight season as a captain. He leads all current Crusaders with 35 goals and 36 assists for 71 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.
   
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 AIC: This will be the 67th meeting between the Crusaders and the Yellow Jackets with Holy Cross leading the all-time series, 38-20-8. Overall Holy Cross is 5-3-2 in the last 10 games against the Yellow Jackets. Last season, AIC won the season series, 2-1-2. It was the first time that the Yellow Jackets took a season series from Holy Cross since the 2000-2001 season. Holy Cross has defeated the Yellow Jackets two years in a row in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament first round.

VERSUS ARMY: This will be the 55th meeting between these two teams in varsity games since 1966-1967. The Black Knights lead the series, 27-19-8, while the Crusaders are 2-3-5 against Army in the last 10 games between the two schools. Last season, these two teams split the season series as both games were played in Worcester. Holy Cross won on Feb. 5 by a 5-3 score, while Army won on Feb. 6 by a 4-1 score.  

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Crusaders start the 2010-2011 season with six straight games away from Worcester. Last week Holy Cross went 0-2-0 on neutral ice at 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.  

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.

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 226-228-54 (.498) 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.