January 3, 2008

Men's Hockey To Host RIT For Two Games This Weekend

Jan. 3, 2008

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:

The Teams: Holy Cross (5-4-6, 4-3-3 AHA) vs. RIT (7-7-3, 5-4-3 AHA)

Dates: January 4-5, 2008

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.

Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.

Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks

Series Record: RIT leads 6-5-0

Last Meeting: RIT 5, HC 1 (12/2/06; Rochester, N.Y.)

2006-07 Season Series: RIT won 2-0-0

THIS WEEKEND: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (5-4-6, 4-3-3 Atlantic Hockey) will look to extend its six-game unbeaten streak (1-0-5) when it hosts the Rochester Institute of Technology (7-7-3, 5-4-3 Atlantic Hockey) for two games at the Hart Center on Friday and Saturday, January 4-5. Both games are set to start at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders are coming off 1-1 ties with Vermont and Western Michigan at the Catamount Cup last weekend, while the Tigers are coming off a 4-3 win over No. 12 Minnesota and a 6-0 loss to No. 14 Boston College. Holy Cross has played 10 conference games and is in seventh place with 11 points, while RIT has played 12 league games and is in fourth place with 13 points. Holy Cross enters the weekend ranked second in the nation on the power play. RIT won last year's Atlantic Hockey regular season title.

HC ON SIX-GAME UNBEATEN STREAK: The Crusaders are currently on a six-game unbeaten streak (1-0-5). The streak is currently tied for the second longest in the nation behind Northeastern's 10-game streak (8-0-2). Holy Cross' four straight ties are a school record for most consecutive ties, while its six ties match the school record for ties in a season which was set in the 2004-05 season. This is the longest unbeaten streak for Holy Cross since it had a six-game streak (6-0-0) between March 3-24, 2006. Earlier that season the Crusaders went on a eight-game unbeaten streak (8-0-0) between January 19-February 10, 2006.

#2 IN THE NATION ON THE POWER PLAY: Holy Cross' 25.3 power play percentage is ranked second in the nation. The Crusaders are 21-83 on power play opportunities so far this season, including a 3-5 performance at Providence (10/20), a 3-7 performance at Mercyhurst (10/26), a 3-8 performance against Army (11/4) and a 3-8 performance against Connecticut (12/1). Sophomore Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) has five power play goals which are tied for 13th in the nation and are tied for first in Atlantic Hockey. Sophomore Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) and freshman Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) both have four power play goals on the year which are tied for 24th in the country and are tied for third in the conference.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Crusaders will play eight of their next 11 games at home, starting with the two game-series with RIT on January 4-5. After an away game at AIC (1/8), Holy Cross will host Bentley (1/11-12). The Crusaders will then play at AIC (1/15) again before hosting Quinnipiac (1/19). Holy Cross will then play a home-and-home series with Sacred Heart (1/25-26) and then play two games against Mercyhurst (2/1-2) in Worcester. In total the Crusaders will host 17 regular season games at the Hart Center this season, including three non-conference games (Niagara 10/13, Merrimack 12/4 & Quinnipiac 1/19). So far this season Holy Cross is 2-3-2 at home, while it went 7-5-2 at home last season and has a 284-168-26 (.621) all-time record at the Hart Center.

STRONG OFFENSE: The Crusaders' 2.73 goals per game are tied for 28th in the nation and are third in Atlantic Hockey. Everett Sheen leads the team with 10 goals as he has scored nine in the last six games. His 10 goals are ranked first in Atlantic Hockey by freshmen and are tied for second overall in the conference. His 0.67 goals per game lead the nation by rookies.

SHEEN NAMED AHA ROOKIE OF THE MONTH: Freshman forward Everett Sheen was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Month for his performance in December. Sheen scored five of Holy Cross' seven goals in the four games played in December. He scored two goals in the 3-3 tie with UConn (12/1), while he scored one goal each in ties with Merrimack (12/4), Vermont (12/29) and Western Michigan (12/30). For his two goal performance at the Catamount Cup on December 29-30, Sheen was named to the all-tournament team. He has scored nine goals in the last six games as his 10 goals this season lead the team and are tied for second in the nation by rookies, while his 0.67 goals per game lead the nation by rookies. His 10 goals are ranked first in Atlantic Hockey by freshmen and are tied for second overall in the conference. Sheen has been named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week three times so far this season, including this past week for his performance at the Catamount Cup.

DAMS EARNS AHA GOALIE OF THE MONTH: Sophomore goalie Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) was named the Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Month for his performance in December. Dams stopped 61 of 64 shots in two games as he had a 1.38 goals against average and a .953 save percentage. He made 33 saves in the 2-2 tie with Merrimack (12/4), while he stopped 28 shots in the 1-1 tie with Western Michigan (12/30). He is now 2-1-3 on the season. His 2.43 goals against average and .583 winning percentage are ranked second in Atlantic Hockey.

ROY NAMED AHA GOALIE OF THE WEEK: Freshman goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) was named the Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Week for his performance at the Catamount Cup at Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington, Vt., on December 29-30. This is the first time that Roy has received this honor as he was previously named the AHA Rookie of the Week once this season. Roy stopped 36 of 37 shots in the 1-1 tie with Vermont on Saturday night. He made 15 saves in the first period, 10 in the second, seven in the third and four in overtime. Roy is now 3-3-3 on the season.

HC SECOND IN AHA IN DEFENSE: The Crusaders have allowed 2.73 goals per game which are the second lowest allowed in the league.

REINHARDT MOVING UP THE CHARTS: Senior forward Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) became the 38th Crusader to reach the 100 career point mark with two assists against Canisius on Nov. 10 giving him 101 points. He currently has 41 goals and 66 assists for 107 points in 118 career games. Reinhardt is ranked eighth on the all-time Holy Cross Division I points and goals list, while he is ninth in assists. This season, Reinhardt has three goals and 12 assists for 15 points, including the game-winning goal in the 6-4 win at Providence. His 0.80 assists per game are tied for 15th nationally and are third in the conference.

CRUSADERS ON A ROLL: Senior Dale Reinhardt has at least one point in 11 of the 15 games this season, while sophomores Brodie Sheahan and Ryan Driscoll have earned at least one point in nine games. Everett Sheen has scored nine goals in the last six games.

HC ON B2 NETWORKS: All of Holy Cross' home games and Atlantic Hockey away games can be seen via live video streaming through B2 Networks. Visit www.b2livetv.com for more information.

CAPTAIN Matt Burke: Senior Matt Burke is the team captain for the 2007-08 season. Last season he ranked fourth on the team in points with 18 and assists with 16, while he also added two goals. He has 13 goals and 43 assists for 56 points in 118 career games. In 10 games this season he has one goal and four assists.

REINHARDT NAMED CLASS AWARD CANDIDATE: Senior Dale Reinhardt has been named one of 20 candidates for the 2007-08 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award as college hockey's outstanding NCAA Division I senior student-athlete for the men's hockey division. The award is presented annually to the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete of the Year in eight sports as it focuses on the "Four C's" of classroom, character, community and competition. This marks the second year for the hockey division of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Notre Dame goaltender David Brown was the inaugural winner in 2006-07. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award was launched in 2001 to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who fulfill their entire athletic eligibility and pursue the many rewards of a senior season and complete college education. Since that time, Lowe's an official corporate partner of the NCAA, has expanded the award to include other NCAA sports and it has developed into the nation's premier tribute to college seniors.

HC PICKED SIXTH IN PRESEASON POLL: Holy Cross was picked to finish sixth in the Atlantic Hockey Association Preseason Coaches Poll. The Crusaders received 45 total points. Last season's regular season champion Rochester Institute of Technology was picked as this year's preseason favorite with 80 points and eight first place votes, followed by last season's tournament champion Air Force with 67 points and one first place vote. Army was picked third with 58 points, Mercyhurst was fourth with 55 points and one first place vote and Sacred Heart was fifth with 54 points. Following Holy Cross, Connecticut (34 points), Canisius (25 points), Bentley (23 points) and American International College (9 points) were picked in positions seven through 10 by the league's head coaches.

HC TO HOST 2008 NCAA REGIONAL: Holy Cross will host the 2008 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Division I Northeast Regional at Worcester's DCU Center on March 29-30. Holy Cross will host again in 2010.

HOLY CROSS HEAD COACH Paul Pearl: Paul Pearl is in his 13th 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 196-172-42 (.529) 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 10 post-season appearances in 11 years, Pearl led the Crusaders to their first two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003-04 and 2005-06, 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 2005-06, 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 Atlantic Hockey regular season and tournament titles.

CRUSADERS IN THE PROS: Former Holy Cross hockey player Patrick Rissmiller has been having success in the NHL with the San Jose Sharks. After being recalled from the Cleveland Barons on March 15, 2006, Rissmiller went onto to tally five goals and four assists in 29 games, including two goals and an assist in the playoffs. Rissmiller scored the first goal of the game in San Jose's 5-4 win over Nashville in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals as the Sharks went onto win the series, 4-1. In 2006-07, he had seven goals and 15 assists in 79 games, while this season he has played in 36 games with two goals and five assists. Overall Rissmiller has recorded 12 goals and 23 assists for 35 points in 137 games. Currently two players from last season's graduating class are on professional rosters. Forward James Sixsmith is on Milwaukee of the AHL and defenseman Jon Landry is playing for Elmira of the ECHL.