January 14, 2008

Crusaders Hit The Road To Meet AIC On Tuesday

Jan. 14, 2008

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:

The Teams: Holy Cross (6-8-6, 5-7-3 AHA) vs. AIC (5-14-3, 5-10-2 AHA)

Date: January 15, 2008

Time: 7:05 p.m.

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

Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks

Series Record: Holy Cross leads 32-17-6

Last Meeting: AIC 3, HC 2 (1/8/08; West Springfield, Mass.)

2007-08 Season Series: AIC leads 1-0-0

TUESDAY NIGHT: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (6-8-6, 5-7-3 Atlantic Hockey) will travel to West Springfield, Mass., to play American International (5-14-3, 5-10-2 Atlantic Hockey) on Tuesday, January 15 at the Olympia Ice Center in Atlantic Hockey action at 7:05 p.m. This game will conclude a two-game season series as AIC defeated Holy Cross, 3-2, on January 8 in West Springfield. The Crusaders are coming off a split of a two-game series with Bentley, while the Yellow Jackets played at Sacred Heart with a loss and a tie. Holy Cross has played 15 conference games and is in eighth place with 13 points, while AIC has played 17 league games and is in ninth place with 12 points. Holy Cross' last 10 goals have been scored by 10 different players.

#2 IN THE NATION ON THE POWER PLAY: Holy Cross went 4-5 on the power play in the 4-2 win over Bentley on January 12, as its 25.5 power play percentage is ranked second in the nation and first in Atlantic Hockey. The Crusaders are 27-106 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 six power play goals which are tied for 12th in the nation and are first in Atlantic Hockey. Sophomore Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) and freshman Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) both have five power play goals on the year which are tied for 17th in the country and are tied for second in the conference.

LOVING THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 3-2-3 on its opponent's home ice so far this season. In the 2005-06 season, Holy Cross set a school record for most road victories with a 13-5-1 record. The 1998-99 and 1979-80 teams each had 10 road wins.

THE SERIES WITH AIC: Tuesday night's game will mark the 56th meeting between the two schools. Holy Cross leads the all-time series, 32-17-6, and have a 16-5-2 record against the Yellow Jackets in the last 23 games. Last week, AIC defeated Holy Cross by a 3-2 score on January 8 at the Olympia Ice Center.

WHAT'S NEXT: After the game with AIC on January 15, the Crusaders will play four of their next five games at home, starting with a game against ECACHL opponent Quinnipiac on January 19. The Crusaders will then play a home-and-home series with Sacred Heart (1/25-26) and a two-game series 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 3-6-2 at home, while it went 7-5-2 at home last season and has a 285-171-26 (.618) all-time record at the Hart Center.

THE YELLOW JACKETS: AIC is led offensively by senior Jereme Tendler's eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points, while sophomore Mike McMillan has eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points. In goal, freshman Dan Ramirez has a 2.90 goals against average and a .903 save percentage in 16 games, while junior Tom Fenton has a 5.21 goals against average and a .850 save percentage in nine games. The Yellow Jackets have a 5-7-0 record this year at the Olympia Ice Center.

STRONG OFFENSE: The Crusaders' 2.70 goals per game are ranked third in Atlantic Hockey. Everett Sheen leads the team with 11 goals as he has scored 10 goals in the last 11 games. Brodie Sheahan is ranked second on the team in goals with seven. Holy Cross' last 10 goals have been scored by 10 different players.

SHEAHAN EARNS AHA PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore forward Brodie Sheahan was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week for his performance in the two games against Bentley at the Hart Center on January 11-12. This is the second time this season that Sheahan has received this honor. Sheahan had one goal and four assists for five points in the two games. He recorded three assists on Friday night, while he had a power play goal and one assist in the 4-2 win over the Falcons on Saturday. Sheahan leads the team in assists with 14 and in points with 21.

CRUSADERS ON A ROLL: Senior Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) has at least one point in 13 of the 20 games this season, while sophomores Brodie Sheahan and Ryan Driscoll have earned at least one point in 11 games. Sheahan had one goal and four assists for five points in the two games with Bentley. Sheahan leads the team in assists with 14 and in points with 21. Everett Sheen has scored 10 goals in the last 11 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.

REINHARDT MOVING UP THE CHARTS: Senior forward Dale Reinhardt 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 42 goals and 67 assists for 109 points in 123 career games. Reinhardt is ranked eighth on the all-time Holy Cross Division I points and goals list, while he is tied for eighth in assists. This season, Reinhardt has four goals and 13 assists for 17 points, including the game-winning goal in the 6-4 win at Providence. He is second on the team in points and assists.

SENIOR SALUTE: This season's group of 10 seniors: Matt Burke (Milton, Mass.), Brent Franklin (Grosse Point Farms, Mich.), Brian Gabriel (Kenai, Alaska), Bryce Nantes (Calgary, Alberta), Frank O'Grady (Kimberley, British Columbia), Dale Reinhardt, Cal St. Denis (Freelton, Ontario), Chris Trovato (North Attleboro, Mass.), Jim Tselikis (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Matt Werry (Regina Saskatchewan) has been a part of 59 wins, one Atlantic Hockey regular season and tournament title and a victory in the NCAA Tournament.

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 45 assists for 58 points in 123 career games. In 15 games this season he has one goal and six 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.

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 10 goals in the last 11 games as his 11 goals this season lead the team and are third in the nation by rookies, while his 0.55 goals per game are second in the nation by rookies. His 11 goals are ranked first in Atlantic Hockey by freshmen and are tied for third overall in the conference. His 0.75 points per game are ranked second in the conference by freshmen. Sheen has been named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week three times so far this season.

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 currently 2-3-3 on the season.

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 197-176-42 (.525) 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 41 games with four goals and five assists. Overall Rissmiller has recorded 14 goals and 23 assists for 37 points in 142 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.