February 3, 2005

Crusaders Take On Union & RPI

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Feb. 3, 2005

Worcester, Mass. - Holy Cross travels to New York to take on Union and Rensselaer, Friday-Saturday, Feb. 4-5, respectively. This weekend marks the last non-conference games the Crusaders will play during the 2004-05 regular-season. So far Holy Cross has compiled a record of 3-4-1 outside of Atlantic Hockey with its last non-conference game and victory coming against Friday's opponent, Union, at the Coffee Pot Tournament on Nov. 29. In their last 10 games the Crusaders are 6-2-2, with four come-from-behind victories in a row over Sacred Heart, AIC, Mercyhurst and Canisius. Since defeating Union, the Crusaders have been on a hot-streak, posting a record of 9-2-2.

Holy Cross to play at FleetCenter
The Crusaders will play one game at the FleetCenter in Boston, Mass., on Feb. 12 against Atlantic Hockey rival Quinnipiac at 5 p.m., as part of a conference doubleheader. Connecticut and Bentley will square-off following the Holy Cross-Quinnipiac game at 8 p.m. Holy Cross changed its home game that was scheduled for Friday, Jan. 21 against Quinnipiac to Saturday, Feb. 12 at the FleetCenter. The Crusaders' road contest on Saturday, Feb. 12 at Sacred Heart has been moved to Friday, Feb. 18. The games will mark the first time that the FleetCenter will host a non-tournament college hockey event.

Player Notes
• Senior captain Andrew McKay (Bellefeuille, Que.) likes playing Union. Prior to the Nov. 29 game against the Dutchmen McKay, who posted 13 goals and 20 assists during the 2003-04 season, had yet to score a goal. In the 3-1 victory over Union, McKay netted the game-winner and added a helper, jump starting his point production. Since playing the Dutchmen the forward has posted 14 points, including five markers.
• Sophomore James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) moved to the top of the Atlantic Hockey individual player ranks with 24 points. He also leads the conference with 19 assists, three more than second ranked Garrett Larson of Sacred Heart.
• Junior assistant captain Pierre Napert-Frenette (Bathurst, N.B.) is second to Sixsmith in the league with 23 points, including eight tallies and 15 helpers. Napert-Frenette is one of two players in Atlantic Hockey to net a hat trick, which he scored versus Air Force on Saturday, Oct. 30.
• Junior Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ont.) leads Atlantic Hockey with 14 goals. His eight-game point-streak was snapped on Saturday, Jan. 29 when he failed to produce any points in the Crusaders 2-2 overtime tie with Canisius. During his streak McGregor registered 13 points, including nine markers.
• Freshman Brian Gabriel (Kenai, Alaska) and McGregor are the only Crusaders to net short-handed goals this season. It was Gabriel's first collegiate-goal.

In the Crease
The Crusaders' duo of junior netminders Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) and Ben Conway (South Hadley, Mass.) are ranked second and third in the league with 2.47 and 2.57 goals against average, respectively. In his last five starts, Quesada is 4-1-0, to be fifth in Atlantic Hockey, posting a .912 save percentage, while Conway is 3-1-1 in his last five games, to sit seventh in the league with a .908 save percentage.

On the Power Play
Of the Crusaders 67 goals this season, 29 have come on the power play, as Holy Cross is converting 18.6 percent of their man-up opportunities, good enough to lead Atlantic Hockey. Junior Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ont.) leads the Crusaders with six power play goals.

Defense on Top
Holy Cross' blue liners are tops in the league allowing only 2.50 goals per league game, overall the Crusaders are ranked 21st nationally. Despite not being in the line-up since Jan. 4, senior assistant captain Tony Coskren (Walpole, Mass.) is among the top defensemen in the league, as he has compiled 12 points so far this season, including nine helpers to be rank tied for third. Sophomore Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.) is tied for sixth in the conference with 10 points.

In the Box
The Crusaders are the least penalized team in Atlantic Hockey as they average 14.12 during league games. Holy Cross is fourth in conference games as they have killed off 85.4 percent of their opponents' man-up advantages. Leading the Crusaders in the box is sophomore Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.), who has recorded 18 penalties for 36 minutes this season.

Last Meeting - 11/29/04: HC 3, UC 1
Senior captain Andrew McKay (Bellefeuille, Que.) and junior Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ont.) each posted a goal and an assist to lead Holy Cross past Union, 3-1, Sunday, Nov. 29, in the consolation game of the Dunkin' Donuts Coffee Pot Tournament at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The Crusaders opened up the game with a goal by sophomore Sean Nappo (Northville, Mich.) at 3:36 in the first period on a rebounder by McKay. Junior netminder Ben Conway (South Hadley, Mass.) held the Dutchmen scoreless for two and half periods, making 30 saves until Union answered with an unassisted goal by Phil McDavitt at 9:22 in the third to tie the game. With 2:55 left in the game McKay found the back of the net on a man-up opportunity for his first goal of the season to put the Crusaders in the lead. McGregor blocked a shot by Union and proceeded to score on the Dutchmen's empty net with 54 seconds remaining in the game to increase Holy Cross margin by two. In all Conway halted 32 shots on goal for the Crusaders, while freshman Justin Mrazek made 23 saves for Union.

Atlantic Hockey Standings
The Crusaders will hold onto the No. 1 spot in Atlantic Hockey for another week, after defeating Canisius, 4-3, on Friday, Jan. 28. Holy Cross maintains the top spot with a three-point lead (22) on Canisius, who sits at second with 19 points.

Win No. 150
Head Coach Paul Pearl became the second hockey coach in Holy Cross history to reach 150 victories; current women's hockey Head Coach Peter Van Buskirk tallied 167 wins while he was with the men's program. The Crusaders defeated Canisius, 4-3, on Friday, Jan. 28, to help Pearl post his 150th win. On Oct. 13, 2002, Pearl notched his 100th victory with a 3-2 win over Connecticut. It has since taken him 93 games, with 10 ties, to reach the 150 mark.

Points in the Polls
Holy Cross is the only team in Atlantic Hockey to receive any votes in the national polls this week. The Crusaders received one vote in the USA Today/AHM Poll released on Jan. 31. Holy Cross received one vote in both of the national college hockey polls issued Jan. 17, including USCHO.com and the USA Today/AHM Polls, this was the first time the Crusaders have received any votes in the USCHO.com Poll during the 2004-05 season. Holy Cross received as many as three votes in the Jan. 3 USA Today/AHM Poll.

The Freshman on Fire
Newcomer Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) has been the Crusaders hottest rookie this season. The forward leads the freshman class in goals, assists and points (5-7-12). Reinhardt was named Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the week for Jan. 10 and is the first Holy Cross freshman to receive the honor this season. Reinhardt has recorded 13 points in his last 10 games, including six goals.

INCH First-Half All-Atlantic Hockey Team
Senior defenseman Tony Coskren (Walpole, Mass.) and junior forward Pierre Napert-Frenette (Bathurst, N.B.), were named to the INCH First Half All-Atlantic Hockey Team. Coskren is ranked third in the conference with nine assists and leads all league blue liners with 12 points. Napert-Frenette tallied 14 points in the first-half of the season. Also joining Coskren and Napert-Frenette was Quinnipiac's Reid Cashman and Matt Craig, Pierre-Luc O'Brien from Sacred Heart and netminder Bryan Worosz from Canisius.

A Hockey Family
Not only does freshman Chris Trovato (North Attleboro, Mass.) play division one hockey, but his older brother, Peter, is a senior at the University of Massachusetts, where is he is a member of the Minutemen hockey program. Chris registered his first collegiate-goal on Saturday, Jan. 22 against Quinnipiac and followed-up with his second career-goal on Friday, Jan. 28, to put the Crusaders on the board in the 4-3 victory over Canisius.

Not Just Hockey
Sophomore Tanner Fogarty (McMurray, Pa.) is one of three students at Holy Cross who are two-sport athletes. During the spring season, Fogarty is a member of the men's lacrosse team under the direction of Adam Pascal. Last season the midfielder saw action in seven games, posting an assist and picking up 15 ground balls. So far this season on the ice, Fogarty has posted a goal and added four helpers.

Numbers for the Newcomers
So far this season seven of the 11 newcomers to the Holy Cross squad have posted their first collegiate-points. Forward Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) leads the freshman class with 14 points, including eight helpers. Matt Burke (Milton, Mass.) has tallied four goals and four assists, while Cal St. Denis (Freelton, Ont.) netted his first career-goal in the Crusaders 3-1 loss to Providence on Nov. 27. He now has six points, including five helpers. Matt Werry (Regina, Sask.) posted his first collegiate-goal in the Crusaders come-from-behind victory over Mercyhurst, Jan. 14. He now has a total of three points. Brian Kolb (Sandwich, Mass.) was awarded his first collegiate-goal in the 6-3 victory over UConn on Dec. 30. Brian Gabriel (Kenai, Alaska) scored his first collegiate-goal in style when he nettted a short-hander in the 3-1 victory over AIC, Jan. 7. Chris Trovato (North Attleboro, Mass.) posted his first career-goal on Jan. 22 at Quinnipiac and followed up with his second on Jan. 28 against Canisius.

Oh Captain! My Captain!
Holy Cross is led by senior captain Andrew McKay (Bellefeuille, Que.), has tallied 17 points this season, including 12 helpers. Backing up McKay is senior assistant captain Tony Coskren (Walpole, Mass.) and junior assistant captain Pierre Napert-Frenette (Bathurst, N.B.). Coskren is tied for third in the league for blue liners with 12 points, including three goals and nine assists. Napert-Frenette is tied for second in Atlantic Hockey with 23 points.