GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (2-3-0, 2-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Northeastern (1-2-2, 1-2-1 Hockey East)
Date: October 29, 2010
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Place: Matthews Arena (4,666), Boston, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Chris Del Vecchio & Kyle McCarthy. Listen to game here.
Live Video Streaming: GoNU.com
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Northeastern: Northeastern leads 3-0-0
Last Meeting: Northeastern 7, HC 2 (12/30/06; Storrs, Conn.)
First Meeting: Northeastern 7, HC 2 (11/30/01; Boston, Mass.)
CRUSADERS TO PLAY NORTHEASTERN AT MATTHEWS ARENA: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (2-3-0 overall, 2-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) will travel to Boston to play Northeastern (1-2-2 overall, 1-2-1 Hockey East) at Matthews Arena on Friday, Oct. 29 at 8:00 p.m. in non-conference action. The Crusaders are coming off a 3-1 loss at Quinnipiac, while the Huskies tied No. 7 New Hampshire at home by a 2-2 score and won at UMass Lowell, 3-1. Northeastern began its season with losses versus Providence and No. 1 Boston College, while it tied Rensselaer. The Crusaders enter the contest averaging 2.4 goals scored per game, while the Huskies have allowed only 2.0 goals per game. The Huskies are tied for fourth nationally in scoring defense, while Northeastern goalie Chris Rawlings' .950 save percentage is second in the country.
SHEEN SHINES: Senior co-captain Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) leads the team in points with eight and in assists with six, while he is second in goals with two. He has recorded at least one point in four of the first five games. Sheen's six assists lead Atlantic Hockey, while his eight points are tied for first. His 1.20 assists per game are tied for 11th nationally and his 1.60 points per game are tied for 16th. He was named the AHA Player of the Week on Oct. 18 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. He has played in all 116 games in his four seasons. This is his second straight season as a captain. He leads all current Crusaders with 37 goals and 40 assists for 77 points. He has been named AHA Player of the Week twice, while he was named to the AHA 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 tied for first with Kyle Gibbons of Canisius in rookie scoring in Atlantic Hockey with five points each, while their 1.00 points per game are tied for 11th nationally by rookies. Stockton has three goals and two assists, while Schmidt has one goal and leads all AHA freshmen with four assists. Stockton also leads the team and is tied for third in the league 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). Each of them has at least one point in three of the five games.
ZNUTAS LEADS DEFENSEMEN IN POINTS: Senior Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) has at least one point in four of the five games. He is tied for second on the team in assists with four and in points with five. His five points are also tied for second in Atlantic Hockey by defensemen, while his 1.00 points per game are tied for ninth nationally by defenders. For his career, Znutas has played in 113 games with 11 goals and 37 assists for 48 points.
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), while the Crusaders lost at ECACHL member Quinnipiac (Oct. 23). The Crusaders will next play Hockey East member Northeastern (Oct. 29). Holy Cross' first home 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. The games can been viewed through One Networks.
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).
SCOUTING THE ROSTER: Holy Cross has six seniors, nine juniors, seven sophomores and six freshmen on this year's roster The Crusaders have 15 forwards, 10 defenders and three goalies.
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.
THE SERIES WITH NORTHEASTERN: The Crusaders are 0-3-0 versus the Huskies in varsity games. Northeastern defeated Holy Cross in the last meeting by a 7-2 score in the third-place game of UConn Hockey Classic on Dec. 30, 2006. Previously, the Crusaders lost 5-2 on Jan. 10, 2004, and 7-2 on Nov. 30, 2001, with both games on the road.
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).
TYSOWSKY WITH TWO WINS SO FAR THIS SEASON: Sophomore goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) is 2-2-0 overall on the season as he recorded two conference victories on Oct. 15 and Oct. 17. 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. For his career, he is 13-19-6 with a 2.56 goals against average and a .907 save percentage. 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.
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 228-229-54 (.499) 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.