January 23, 2008

HC To Meet Sacred Heart In Home-And-Home Series

Jan. 23, 2008

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:

The Teams: Holy Cross (7-9-6, 6-7-3 AHA) vs. Sacred Heart (8-11-3, 8-5-3 AHA)

Time: Friday-7:05 p.m.; Saturday-7:00 p.m.

Place: Friday-Milford Ice Pavilion (1,000), Milford, Conn.

Saturday-Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.

Holy Cross Radio: Friday & Saturday-WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Ryan Holt & Mike Kemezis

Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks

Series Record: Sacred Heart leads 16-15-1

Last Meeting: Sacred Heart 4, HC 1 (2/17/07; Milford, Conn.)

2006-07 Series: Sacred Heart won 4-0-0

THIS WEEKEND: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (7-9-6, 6-7-3 Atlantic Hockey) will play a home-and-home series with Sacred Heart (8-11-3, 8-5-3 Atlantic Hockey) on Friday and Saturday, January 25-26. Friday night's game will be held at the Milford Ice Pavilion in Milford, Conn. at 7:05 p.m., while the Crusaders will host Saturday's game at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders are coming off a loss to No. 14 Quinnipiac, while the Pioneers were swept in a two-game series with RIT. Holy Cross has played 16 conference games and is tied for seventh place with 15 points, while Sacred Heart has also played 16 league games and is in third place with 19 points.

#2 IN THE NATION ON THE POWER PLAY: Holy Cross' 24.6 power play percentage is ranked second in the nation. The Crusaders are 28-114 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), a 3-8 performance against Connecticut (12/1), a 4-5 performance against Bentley (1/12) and a 1-2 performance against AIC (1/15). Sophomore Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) has six power play goals which are tied for 13th in the nation and are second 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 21st in the country and are tied for third in the conference.

LOVING THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 4-2-3 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 SACRED HEART: This weekend's games will mark the 33rd and 34th meetings between the two teams, with Sacred Heart leading the all-time series, 16-15-1. HC is 10-6-0 all-time at the Hart Center against the Pioneers.

STRONG OFFENSE: The Crusaders' 2.77 goals per game are ranked third in Atlantic Hockey. Everett Sheen leads the team with 12 goals as he has scored 11 goals in the last 13 games. Holy Cross' last eight goals have been scored by eight different players.

SHEAHAN LEADS HC IN POINTS: Sophomore forward Brodie Sheahan is having an outstanding season as he leads the team in assists with 16 and in points with 23. He is tied for third in the league in assists and is tied for fourth in points. Sheahan has been named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week twice this season.

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.

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.

CRUSADERS ON A ROLL: Senior Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) has at least one point in 14 of the 22 games this season, while sophomore Ryan Driscoll has earned at least one point in 13 games and Brodie Sheahan has earned at least one point in 12 games. Everett Sheen has scored 11 goals in the last 13 games.

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 69 assists for 111 points in 125 career games. Reinhardt is tied for seventh on the all-time Holy Cross Division I assists list, while he is ranked eighth in points and goals. This season, Reinhardt has four goals and 15 assists for 19 points, including the game-winning goal in the 6-4 win at Providence. He is second on the team in points and assists.

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 125 career games. In 17 games this season he has one goal and six 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 60 wins, one Atlantic Hockey regular season and tournament title and a victory in the NCAA Tournament.

THE PIONEERS: Junior Bear Trapp leads the Sacred Heart offense with six goals and 14 assists for 20 points. Senior Alexandre Parent and sophomore Nick Johnson each have 18 points as Parent has eight goals and 10 assists, while Johnson has seven goals and 11 assists. Junior goalie Stefan Drew has a 2.87 goals against average and a .909 save percentage with an 8-9-1 record in 18 games played.

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 11 goals in the last 13 games as his 12 goals this season lead the team and are tied for second in the nation by rookies, while his 0.55 goals per game are second in the nation by rookies. His 12 goals are ranked first in Atlantic Hockey by freshmen and are tied for second overall in the conference. His 0.77 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 is currently 2-3-3 on the season.

WHAT'S NEXT: After the home-and-home series with Sacred Heart on January 25-26, the Crusaders will play two games against Mercyhurst at home on February 1-2. In total the Crusaders will host 17 regular season games at the Hart Center this season. Holy Cross has a 285-172-26 (.617) all-time record at the Hart Center.

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.

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 198-177-42 (.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 44 games with four goals and five assists. Overall Rissmiller has recorded 14 goals and 23 assists for 37 points in 145 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.