GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (3-3-0, 2-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Robert Morris (5-1-0, 4-1-0 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: Nov. 5-6, 2010
Times: Nov. 5: 7:00 p.m.; Nov. 6: 5:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Chris Del Vecchio, Brian Lewin & Jake Bass. Listen to game here.
Live Video Streaming: One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Robert Morris: First meeting
HC TO PLAY HOME OPENER VERSUS ROBERT MORRIS: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (3-3-0 overall, 2-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) will play its first home games of the season when it takes on Robert Morris (5-1-0 overall, 4-1-0 Atlantic Hockey) at the Hart Center on Friday, Nov. 5 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 6 at 5:00 p.m. This will be the first ever varsity meetings between the two programs. The Crusaders are coming off a 4-3 overtime win over Northeastern and have won three of their last four games. Last week, the Colonials fell at RIT (3-2 OT) and won at Niagara (4-2). Robert Morris has been very impressive so far in its first season of Atlantic Hockey. The Colonials won their first four games of the season with two victories over AIC, a non-conference win at Ohio State and a victory over Air Force. Robert Morris is in first place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with eight points, while Holy Cross is tied for third with four points as the Crusaders are 2-0-0 in league games. The Colonials are ranked No. 19 in the InsideCollegeHockey.com Power Rankings and are receiving votes in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and the USCHO.com national polls. The Crusaders enter the contest averaging 2.67 goals scored per game which is sixth in the AHA, while the Colonials are second in the conference and 12th nationally with 3.83 goals per game. Also Robert Morris goalie Brooks Ostergard is first in the league with a 2.31 goals against average. Robert Morris leads Atlantic Hockey by only allowing 2.33 goals per game.
CRUSADERS IN HOME OPENERS: Holy Cross is 23-16-5 all-time in home openers, including a 2-1-2 record over the last five seasons. Last season, the Crusaders tied AIC, 4-4, on Oct. 31.
HOME ICE: After playing the first six games away from Worcester, these two games versus Robert Morris will be the Crusaders' first home games of the season. Last season, Holy Cross went 6-6-5 at the Hart Center. Holy Cross has a 300-189-33 (.606) all-time record at the Hart Center since it started playing there in 1975-1976.
SHEEN SHINES: Senior co-captain Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) leads the team in points with eight and in assists with six, while he is tied for third in goals with two. He has recorded at least one point in four of the first six games. Sheen's eight points and six assists are tied for second in Atlantic Hockey. His 1.00 assists per game are tied for 15th nationally. 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 117 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.
STOCKTON & SCHMIDT WITH FIVE POINTS EACH: Freshmen Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) and Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) are tied for second in rookie scoring in Atlantic Hockey with five points each. Stockton has three goals and two assists, while Schmidt has one goal and leads all AHA freshmen with four assists. Stockton is also tied for the team-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). Each of them has at least one point in three of the six games.
BALDASSARI TIED FOR LEAD WITH THREE GOALS: Junior Gianni Baldassari (Fort Wayne, Ind.) is tied for the team-lead with a career-best three goals. He scored two goals including his first collegiate game-winner in overtime in Holy Cross' 4-3 victory over Northeastern at Matthews Arena on Oct. 29 and was named the AT&T Crusader of the Week for his performance. Two of his three goals this season are shorthanded. His two shorthanded goals are tied for first nationally. For his career he has recorded five goals and three assists for eight points in 56 games.
ZNUTAS LEADS DEFENSEMEN IN POINTS: Senior Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) has at least one point in four of the six 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 third in Atlantic Hockey by defensemen. For his career, Znutas has played in 114 games with 11 goals and 37 assists for 48 points.
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.
CRUSADERS 2-0-0 IN OVERTIME: Holy Cross is 2-0-0 in overtime games so far season with road wins over Army and Northeastern. The two wins are the most overtime victories in a season since the Crusaders won two in 2008-2009. Last season, the Crusaders played in nine overtime games with a 0-3-6 (.333) record in those games. The six ties are tied for the second 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 in 2008-2009 when the Crusaders played 10 and went 2-3-5 (.450) in those games. Since the 2006-2007 season and 151 total games, the Crusaders have played 37 overtime contests with a 4-10-23 (.419) record as .245 percent of their games have gone to overtime. Last 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.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Crusaders started 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 and then went 3-1-0 on its opponents' home ice. Holy Cross won league road games over AIC (Oct. 15) and Army (Oct. 17), while the Crusaders lost at ECACHL member Quinnipiac (Oct. 23). The Crusaders then defeated Hockey East member Northeastern (Oct. 29). 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).
BIG WIN OVER NORTHEASTERN: The Crusaders' 4-3 overtime victory over Northeastern was the first time that Holy Cross had defeated the Huskies. Northeastern had won the previous three varsity contests. That was also the Crusaders first win over a school from Hockey East since a 6-4 win at Providence on Oct. 20, 2007.
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.
TYSOWSKY WITH THREE WINS SO FAR THIS SEASON: Sophomore goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) is 3-2-0 overall on the season as he recorded two conference victories on Oct. 15 and Oct. 17, and earned a win over Northeastern on Oct. 29. 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. Tysowsky made 28 saves and recorded a .903 save percentage in the Crusaders' 4-3 win over the Huskies. For his career, he is 14-19-6 with a 2.57 goals against average, 980 saves 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 229-229-54 (.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.