January 15, 2007

Crusaders To Play At Dartmouth

Jan. 15, 2007

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:

The Teams: Holy Cross (8-11-4, 7-8-4 AHA) vs. Dartmouth (6-8-2, 5-5-2 ECACHL)

Date: January 16

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: Thompson Arena (4,500), Hanover, N.H.

Dartmouth Radio: WFRD 99.3 FM, Hanover, N.H.

Series Record: Tied at 2-2-0 (Varsity games since 1966)

Last Meeting: HC 3, Dartmouth 2 (1/21/06; Hanover, N.H.)

TUESDAY NIGHT: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (8-11-4 overall, 7-8-4 Atlantic Hockey) will travel to Hanover, N.H., to face ECACHL member Dartmouth (6-8-2 overall, 5-5-2 ECACHL) at the Thompson Arena on Tuesday, January 16 at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders are coming off two 2-2 ties with Air Force at home, while the Big Green are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games and are coming off a 4-2 loss to New Hampshire on Saturday. Holy Cross has played 19 Atlantic Hockey games and are in fifth place with 18 points, while Dartmouth has played in 12 ECACHL games and are tied for fourth place with 12 points. The Crusaders are 3-1 in the last four games against ECACHL opponents, including a 3-2 win over Dartmouth last season in Hanover.

THE SERIES WITH DARTMOUTH: The all-time series between Holy Cross and Dartmouth is tied at, 2-2-0 since Holy Cross became a varsity program in the 1966-67 season as every game has taken place in Hanover. The Crusaders defeated the Big Green by a score of 3-2 on January 21, 2006, at the Thompson Arena in the last meeting. Senior James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) scored a shorthanded game-winning goal with 28 seconds left in the period to give Holy Cross the win. Before last season Dartmouth had won two in a row, while Holy Cross won the first ever game in the series, 5-2 (12/30/86), at Dartmouth's Auld Lang Syne Classic.

HOLY CROSS VERSUS ECACHL: The Crusaders have an all-time record of 18-40-0 against teams currently in the ECACHL. Holy Cross is 3-1-0 in the last four games against an ECACHL opponent. The Crusaders went a perfect 3-0-0 last season with two wins over Rensselaer and the 3-2 victory over Dartmouth, while this season Holy Cross fell at Yale by a 2-1 score on October 27.

STRONG ON THE POWER PLAY: Holy Cross' 22.4 power play percentage is fourth in the nation and second in Atlantic Hockey. In the last 13 games the Crusaders have scored 22 power play goals. Senior defenseman Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.) is tied for 13th in the nation in power play goals with seven, while junior Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) is tied for 17th in the country with six power play goals.

THE BIG GREEN: Dartmouth has a 2-6-2 record in its last 10 games and are tied for fourth place in the ECACHL. The Big Green are led by junior David Jones' nine goals and 13 assists for 22 points. Senior Tanner Glass and freshman T.J. Galiardi are also having solid seasons as Glass has five goals and 10 assists for 15 points, while Galiardi has seven goals and six assists for 13 points. Junior Mike Devine has seen all the action in net for Dartmouth as he has a 2.73 goals against average and a .907 save percentage in 966:59.

SENIOR SALUTE: Holy Cross' five seniors Tanner Fogarty (McMurray, Pa.), Rob Godfrey (Thunder Bay, Ontario), Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.), Sean Nappo (Northville, Mich.) and captain James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) are one of the most successful classes in the history of Holy Cross men's hockey. They have been a part of 73 wins, two Atlantic Hockey titles, two NCAA Tournaments and one NCAA Tournament victory. The most wins by a class in a four-year period is 82 by last year's graduating seniors.

SIXSMITH APPROACHING POINTS RECORD: Senior captain James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) now has 141 career points with 43 goals and 98 assists as he is second on the Holy Cross all-time Division I points list. The record is 143 set by current San Jose Shark Patrick Rissmiller (1998-2002). Sixsmith holds the Holy Cross all-time Division I record for career assists with 98. The record was held by Rissmiller who had 90 assists during his career. His 98 assists are tied for fifth all-time in the program's history since 1966. He is also seventh in goals with 43 on the HC all-time Division I list. Sixsmith leads the team in assists (24) and points (36), while he is tied for first in goals (12). His 1.57 points per game are third in the nation and his 1.04 assists per game are second nationally. Sixsmith had two goals and an assist in the two games with Air Force. On Friday night he scored a shorthanded goal to cut the Falcons' lead to 2-1 and then he assisted on the game-tying goal. On Saturday, he scored his second shorthanded goal of the weekend when he tied the game at 2-2. Last season, Sixsmith was named the 2006 Atlantic Hockey Tournament MVP for his three goals and five assists in the three games.

LANDRY LEADS DEFENSEMEN IN SCORING: Senior defenseman Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.) is having a big season so far as his 1.13 points per game by a defenseman are first in the nation. Landry is third on the team in goals (nine), while he is second in assists (17) and points (26). Seven of Landry's nine goals are on the power play as his seven power play goals are tied for 13th in the nation. He has played in 129 career games with 24 goals and 61 assists for 85 points, as his 61 assists are ninth all-time on the Holy Cross Division I list and his 85 points are tied for 10th.

REINHARDT ON A ROLL: Junior center Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) has 12 goals, 13 assists and 25 points, as he is tied for the team-lead in goals, while he is third in assists and points. His three game-winning goals are tied for 15th nationally and his two shorthanded goals are tied for eighth in the nation. For his career, Reinhardt has 34 goals and 49 assists for 83 points in 91 games. His 34 goals are 10th on the Holy Cross all-time Division I chart.

ROOKIE DRISCOLL OFF TO FAST START: Freshman center Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) has five goals and 11 assists for 16 points on the season. Driscoll is tied for fifth on the team in goals, while he is fourth in assists and points. Driscoll has played in all 23 games and his .70 points per game by a rookie are tied for 33rd in the country.

HC PICKED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL: Holy Cross was picked to finish third in the Atlantic Hockey Preseason Coaches Poll. The Crusaders received 83 total points with one first place vote. Mercyhurst was picked as this year's preseason favorite with 96 points and seven first place votes, followed by Sacred Heart with 88 points and two first place votes. Following Holy Cross, Connecticut was picked fourth with 55 points, and Air Force and Bentley tied for fifth with 51 points each. Canisius (45 points), RIT (36 points), Army (32 points) and AIC (13 points) were picked in positions seven through 10 by the league's head coaches.

2005-06 REVIEW: The Crusaders are coming off their most successful season with a school-best 27-10-2 record as they earned their first win in the NCAA Tournament. The 4-3 overtime victory over Minnesota in the NCAA West Regional Semifinals marked the first time that a No. 4 seed defeated a No. 1 seed in NCAA action (since the tournament expanded to 16 teams). The Crusaders also won the Atlantic Hockey regular season and tournament titles for the second time in three years, and were ranked No. 14 in the final USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll for its highest ever national ranking.

HOLY CROSS HEAD COACH Paul Pearl: Paul Pearl is in his 12th 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 189-159-35 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. So far this year he has three goals and 10 assists in 45 games. Currently three players from last season's graduating class are on professional rosters. Goalie Tony Quesada is with the Houston Aeros of the AHL which is the affiliate of the NHL's Minnesota Wild, while Tyler McGregor is playing for the Memphis RiverKings of the CHL. Also defenseman Marc Bianchi is playing with the Lubbock Cotton Kings of the CHL.