February 5, 2008

Men's Hockey To Meet Army For Two Games In West Point

Feb. 5, 2008

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:

Teams: Holy Cross (8-12-6, 7-10-3 AHA) vs. Army (11-12-3, 11-7-2 AHA)

Dates: February 8-9, 2008

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Place: Tate Rink (2,648), West Point, N.Y.

Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks

Series Record: Army leads 25-18-5 (Varsity games since 1966)

Last Meeting: HC 3, Army 1 (11/4/07; Worcester, Mass.)

2007-08 Series: Tied 1-1-0

HC TO PLAY TWO AT ARMY: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (8-12-6, 7-10-3 Atlantic Hockey) will travel to West Point, N.Y., to meet Army (11-12-3, 11-7-2 Atlantic Hockey) on Friday and Saturday, February 8-9, at Tate Rink in Atlantic Hockey action. Both games are set to start at 7:05 p.m. Both teams have played 20 league games as Holy Cross is tied for eighth place with 17 points, while Army has won five straight games and is tied for second place with 24 points. Earlier in the season the two teams split a two-game series. Holy Cross' 2.69 goals scored per game are ranked fourth in the league, while Army leads the conference in fewest goals allowed per game with 2.23.

#1 IN THE COUNTRY IN FEWEST PENALTY MINUTES: Holy Cross ranks first in the nation in fewest penalty minutes per game with 9.6. Entering the weekend, the Crusaders have 123 penalties for 249 minutes in 26 games. Five times this season Holy Cross has committed only two penalties in a game (Canisius 11/9, Canisius 11/10, RIT 1/4, RIT 1/5 and AIC 1/15).

#3 IN THE NATION ON THE POWER PLAY: Holy Cross' 23.0 power play percentage is tied for third in the nation. The Crusaders are 31-135 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). Sophomores Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) and Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) have six power play goals which are tied for 17th in the nation and are tied for second in Atlantic Hockey. Freshman Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) has five power play goals on the year which are tied for 26th in the country and are tied for fourth in the conference.

STRONG OFFENSE: The Crusaders' 2.69 goals per game are ranked fourth in Atlantic Hockey. Everett Sheen leads the team with 13 goals.

SHEAHAN LEADS HC IN POINTS: Sophomore forward Brodie Sheahan is having an outstanding season as he leads the team in points with a career best 25. He is also second on the team in goals with nine and assists with 16, which are also career best marks. He is tied for fifth in the league in points and is tied for eighth in assists. 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: Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) has at least one point in 16 games this season, while Ryan Driscoll, Brodie Sheahan and Everett Sheen have earned at least one point in 14 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 44 goals and 71 assists for 115 points in 129 career games. Reinhardt is seventh on the all-time Holy Cross Division I assists list, while he is ranked eighth in points and goals. This season, Reinhardt has six goals and 17 assists for 23 points, including the game-winning goal in the 6-4 win at Providence. He leads the team and is tied for sixth in the league in assists, while he is second on the team in points.

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.

CAPTAIN Matt Burke: Senior Matt Burke (Milton, Mass.) 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 14 goals and 45 assists for 59 points in 129 career games. In 21 games this season he has two goals and six assists.

WHAT'S NEXT: Holy Cross will conclude its four-game road trip with two games at Canisius (2/16-17). Earlier in the season the two teams split a two-game series.

SENIOR SALUTE: This season's group of 10 seniors: Matt Burke, 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 61 wins, one Atlantic Hockey regular season and tournament title and a victory in the NCAA Tournament.

OUTSTANDING FRESHMEN CLASS: All seven Holy Cross freshmen have seen major playing time this season. Forward Everett Sheen has scored 12 goals in the last 17 games as his 13 goals this season lead the team and are tied for third in the nation by rookies, while his 0.50 goals per game are fourth in the nation by rookies. His 13 goals are second in Atlantic Hockey by freshmen and are tied for fifth overall in the conference. His 0.73 points per game are ranked third in the conference by freshmen. Sheen has been named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week three times so far this season, while he was also named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Month for December. For his two goal performance at the Catamount Cup on December 29-30, Sheen was named to the all-tournament team. Forward Joe Brock (Cumming, Ga.) is also having an outstanding season as his eight goals are third on the team and are tied for fourth in the conference by rookies. His 15 points are tied for fifth on the team. Goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) was named the AHA Rookie and Goalie of the Week once each this season, while forward J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) was also named the AHA Rookie of the Week once. Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) has four goals and six assists. Defenseman Matt Celin (Gibsonia, Pa.) scored his first collegiate goal last weekend against Mercyhurst on February 1, while forward Jamie Jelinek (Great Falls, Va.) has one goal.

REINHARDT NAMED SKILLS CHALLENGE FINALIST: Senior Dale Reinhardt is a finalist for the Frozen Four Skills Challenge. Fans will be able to select six position players and two goalies for each gender of the East team and each gender of the West team by going to http://www.ncaasports.com/icehockey/mens/fanpolls. The original list of 166 players was trimmed to 66 by the selection committee.

THE SERIES WITH ARMY: This weekend's games will mark the 49th and 50th meetings between the two teams since Holy Cross became a varsity program in 1966-67. The Black Knights lead the series, 25-18-5, while the Crusaders are 6-2-2 against Army in the last 10 games between the two schools. Last year, Holy Cross won the season series, 2-0-2.

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 coach.

HOLY CROSS HEAD COACH Paul Pearl: Paul Pearl is in his 13th year at the helm of the Holy Cross ice hockey program as he is one win away from reaching 200 entering the weekend series with Army. He 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 199-180-42 (.523) 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 49 games with six goals and six assists. Overall Rissmiller has recorded 16 goals and 24 assists for 40 points in 150 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.