October 21, 2010

Men's Hockey To Play At Quinnipiac On Oct. 23

Game Notes In PDF Format

GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:

Teams: Holy Cross (2-2-0, 2-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Quinnipiac (2-1-0, 0-0-0 ECACHL)

Date: October 23, 2010

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Place: TD Bank Sports Center (3,300), Hamden, Conn.

Live Video Streaming: QuinnipiacBobcats.com

Series Record: Quinnipiac leads 17-5-4

Last Meeting: Holy Cross 1, Quinnipiac 1 (12/10/09; Worcester, Mass.)

Last Quinnipiac Win: Quinnipiac 5, Holy Cross 2 (1/19/08; Worcester, Mass.)

Last Holy Cross Victory: Holy Cross 5, Quinnipiac 2 (2/12/05; Boston, Mass.)

First Meeting: Holy Cross 4, Quinnipiac 1 (1/2/98; Worcester, Mass.)

CRUSADERS TO PLAY AT QUINNIPIAC: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (2-2-0 overall, 2-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) will play  at Quinnipiac (2-1-0 overall, 0-0-0 ECACHL) at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn., on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 4:00 p.m. in non-conference action. This will be the first time that the Crusaders have played at the TD Bank Sports Center since they played in the first men's hockey game in the building on Jan. 28, 2007. The Crusaders are coming off two Atlantic Hockey road victories versus AIC and Army, while the Bobcats defeated Bentley at home by a 3-2 score. Quinnipiac opened their season at home by splitting two games against Ohio State on Oct. 8-9. The Crusaders enter the contest averaging 2.8 goals scored per game and 4.5 goals allowed per game, while Quinnipiac has scored 1.7 goals per game and allowed 2.3 goals per game.

SHEEN SHINES: Senior co-captain Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week as he recorded two goals and three assists for five points as the Crusaders earned two conference victories on the road. Sheen tallied two assists, including one on the game-winner, in the 3-2 win versus AIC on Oct. 15. He then scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, and recorded one assist for three points in the 5-4 win over Army on Oct. 17. Sheen leads the team with seven points and five assists, while his two goals are second. He has recorded at least two points in three of the four games. Sheen's seven points are also ranked first in Atlantic Hockey, while his five assists are tied for first. He has played in all 115 games in his four seasons. This is his second straight season as a captain. He leads all current Crusaders with 37 goals and 39 assists for 76 points. He has been named Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week twice, 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.

TWO CRUSADERS LEAD AHA IN ROOKIE SCORING: Freshmen Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) and Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) are ranked first and second respectively in rookie scoring in Atlantic Hockey. Stockton leads all AHA freshmen with five points as he has three goals and two assists, while Schmidt is second with four points as he has one goal and three assists. Nationally, Stockton is tied for ninth in points per game by rookies with 1.25, while Schmidt is tied for 11th with 1.00 points per game. Stockton also leads the team and is tied for the league-lead in goals. Both Stockton and Schmidt each recorded one goal and one assist for two points in their collegiate debuts versus No. 17 Notre Dame (Oct. 8). 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. Stockton was then named the AT&T Crusader of the Week as he scored his first collegiate game-winning goal in the 3-2 victory over AIC (Oct. 15) and then recorded one goal and one assist in the 5-4 overtime win over Army (Oct. 17). Stockton has scored a goal in three of the four games.

ZNUTAS LEADS DEFENSEMEN IN POINTS: Senior Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) is second on the team with four assists and is tied for third with four points. He has at least one assist in three of the first four games. His four points are also tied for second in Atlantic Hockey by defensemen, while his 1.00 points per game are tied for 12th nationally by defenders. For his career, Znutas has played in 112 games with 10 goals and 37 assists for 47 points.   

TYSOWSKY EARNS TWO STRAIGHT WINS: Sophomore goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) recorded two conference victories on the week to improve to 2-1-0 overall on the season. He tallied a 2.89 goals against average on the week and made 51 saves. He made 20 saves and allowed two goals in the 3-2 win over AIC, while he recorded 31 saves and allowed four goals in the 5-4 overtime win over Army. Last season as a freshman, he had a 2.43 goals against average ranking him second in Atlantic Hockey, 17th nationally and fourth on the school's Division I single-season list. Tysowsky was fourth in the league with a .910 save percentage  and ranked second on the all-time Holy Cross Division I single-season save list with 839 saves. He was named the Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week twice, and Goalie of the Month, Rookie of the Month and Rookie of the Week once.   

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Crusaders start the 2010-2011 season with six straight games away from Worcester. Holy Cross went 0-2-0 on neutral ice at the Ice Breaker Tournament. Holy Cross then won league road games over AIC (Oct. 15) and Army (Oct. 17). The Crusaders will 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 ON ONE NETWORKS: All of Holy Cross' home games and Atlantic Hockey away games can be seen via live video streaming through One Networks.

THE SERIES WITH QUINNIPIAC: This game will be the 27th meeting between the two schools with Quinnipiac leading the series, 17-5-4. This will only be the fifth time that these two former MAAC and Atlantic Hockey rivals meet as non-conference opponents and the fourth since Quinnipiac entered the ECACHL. The other non-conference game was in the first contest of the series on January 2, 1998, when Holy Cross won by a 4-1 score in the Crusader Classic in Worcester. Quinnipiac is 2-0-1 versus the Crusaders as a member of the ECACHL with a 7-0 win on Jan. 28, 2007 for the opening of the TD Bank Sports Center, a 5-2 victory at the Hart Center on Jan. 19, 2008, and a 1-1 tie in Worcester on Dec. 10, 2010.  As members of the same conference Quinnipiac had a 15-4-3 record versus the Crusaders. The Crusaders last victory over Quinnipiac was a 5-2 victory on February 12, 2005, at the Fleet Center in the last game between theses two teams as conference opponents.

VERSUS THE ECACHL: Holy Cross is 5-5-2 in its last 12 games against ECACHL opponents, including a 1-1-1 record last season with a 7-3 home loss on Nov. 28 to No. 11 Yale, a 1-1 tie at home against No. 7 Quinnipiac on Dec. 10 and a 4-2 victory at Dartmouth on Jan. 3. The Crusaders had a 1-0-1 record two seasons ago as they tied Dartmouth, 2-2, on Jan. 21 at the Hart Center and earned a 4-3 win over Rensselaer on Jan. 3 at the Denver Cup as the Crusaders have won three straight over the Engineers. Three years ago, the Crusaders fell to Quinnipiac, while four years ago they fell at Yale, at Dartmouth and at Quinnipiac. In the 2005-2006 season, Holy Cross went a perfect 3-0-0 with two wins over Rensselaer and a victory over Dartmouth. The Crusaders have an all-time record of 20-45-6 (.324) against teams currently in the ECACHL (2-3-0 against Brown, 0-5-0 vs. Colgate, 3-3-1 against Dartmouth, 0-4-0 vs. Princeton, 5-17-4 against Quinnipiac, 3-4-0 vs. Rensselaer, 0-1-0 against St. Lawrence, 7-5-1 vs. Union and 0-3-0 against Yale).

HC REMAINS UNDEFEATED IN AHA OPENERS: With the 3-2 win over AIC on Oct. 15, the Crusaders are now 7-0-1 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, 2009. This was the fifth time that Holy Cross had opened the AHA season on the road as the Crusaders have a 5-0-0 record.

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 228-228-54 (.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.