Men's Hockey Set For Key League Series With Bentley
Feb. 5, 2009
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (10-11-5, 9-8-3 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Bentley (13-12-1, 11-8-1 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: Feb. 6-7, 2009
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Feb. 6-Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Feb. 7-John A. Ryan Arena (1,200), Watertown, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Ryan Holt & Kevin Doyle, Listen
Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks
Series Record: HC leads 23-11-3
Last Meeting: HC 3, Bentley 2 (Dec. 6, 2008; Worcester, Mass.)
2008-2009 Series: Tied at 1-1-0
THIS WEEKEND: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (10-11-5 overall, 9-8-3 Atlantic Hockey) will play a home-and-home series with Atlantic Hockey opponent Bentley (13-12-1 overall, 11-8-1 Atlantic Hockey) on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6-7 at 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross will host the game on Feb. 6, while the contest on Feb. 7 will be in Watertown, Mass., at the John A. Ryan Arena. This is a key league match up as the Crusaders are tied for fifth place with 21 points and the Falcons are tied for third with 23 points. These two teams split a home-and-home series earlier in the season.
HC ON NINE-GAME UNBEATEN STREAK: Holy Cross is currently on a nine-game unbeaten streak (5-0-4), which is the second longest in the nation behind fellow Atlantic Hockey team RIT's 11-game streak (11-0-0). HC has outscored its opponents by a 34-20 margin in these nine contests. The Crusaders are averaging 3.8 goals scored per game and have only allowed 2.2 goals per contest during the streak. This current streak started with a 2-2 tie at No. 5 Denver at the Denver Cup. The Crusaders then won three in a row with a 4-3 win over Rensselaer at the Denver Cup, and two 5-1 victories over league opponent American International. Holy Cross then tied three games in a row with two at Army, 3-3 and 4-4, and a 2-2 tie with No. 18 Dartmouth. The Crusaders are now also on a two-game winning streak with the 5-3 and 4-1 wins over UConn.
DURING THE STREAK: During this nine-game unbeaten streak, sophomore Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) leads the team in goals with six and points with nine. Juniors Rob Forshner (Sundre, Alberta) and co-captain Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) each have eight points as Forshner has four goals and four assists, while Driscoll has two goals and six assists. Sophomore Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) has recorded the second most goals on the team in these nine games with five as he also has two assists for seven points.
HC PURSUES RECORD SETTING STREAK: This current nine-game unbeaten streak ties the second longest in school history as the Crusaders went 9-0-0 between Jan. 16, 1999-Feb. 13, 1999. The longest in school history is 10 games (10-0-0) between Dec. 8, 1979-Jan. 16, 1980. Here is a list of the longest unbeaten streaks in school history.
Rank Streak Dates 1 10 games (10-0-0) Dec. 8, 1979-Jan. 16, 1980 2 9 games (5-0-4) Jan. 2, 2009- 9 games (9-0-0) Jan. 16, 1999-Feb. 13, 1999 4 8 games (8-0-0) Jan. 19, 2006-Feb. 10, 2006 8 games (7-0-1) Feb. 20, 1999-Mar. 20, 1999 8 games (7-0-1) Feb. 20, 1993-Nov. 27, 1993 8 games (6-0-2) Nov. 26, 1982-Jan. 4, 1983 8 games (8-0-0) Feb. 23, 1976-Dec. 8, 1976
TEAM EFFORT: This recent success during the nine-game unbeaten streak has been a team effort as 14 different players have scored at least one goal over these nine games and 18 total players have at least one point.
HOME ICE: The Crusaders are 5-5-2 at home so far this season, while last season they went 5-10-2. Holy Cross has a 292-180-28 (.612) all-time record at the Hart Center since it started playing there in 1975-1976.
ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 4-6-3 on the road this season. Last year, Holy Cross went 5-9-4 in away games.
EVEN MATCH UP: Not only is there only a two point difference between these two teams in the Atlantic Hockey standings, Holy Cross and Bentley each have very similar statistics. The Crusaders have scored 2.9 goals per game and have allowed 3.2, while the Falcons have scored 3.0 goals per games and have also allowed 3.2. The recent series has also been even as these teams are 3-3-0 against each other in the last six games, including splitting a home-and-home series earlier this season. Bentley won 4-1 in Watertown on Dec. 5 and Holy Cross won 3-2 in Worcester on Dec. 6.
SIXTH IN FEWEST PENALTY MINUTES: The Crusaders are sixth in the country and third in Atlantic Hockey in fewest penalty minutes per game with 12.5. Last year, the Crusaders won the Atlantic Hockey Sportsmanship Award as they led the league and were fourth in the nation in fewest penalty minutes per game with 11.1.
THE SERIES WITH BENTLEY: These two games with be the 38th and 39th meetings between these two teams. Holy Cross leads the series 23-11-3, but are 3-3-0 against Bentley in the last six games. The Crusaders do have a 8-3-0 record against the Falcons over the last four seasons as Holy Cross went 5-0-0 against Bentley in the 2005-2006 season including a 5-2 win in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament championship game.
CRUSADERS SCORE NINE STRAIGHT GOALS: HC scored nine unanswered goals in the two-game series at Connecticut last week. After trailing UConn 3-0 on Jan. 30, Holy Cross went on to score five straight goals for the 5-3 win and then it scored the first four goals of the game before UConn added a late goal in the Crusaders 4-1 win on Jan. 31.
DUAL THREAT IN NET: During this nine-game unbeaten streak, sophomore goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) is 2-0-3 with a 2.10 goals against average and a .923 save percentage, while junior Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) is 3-0-1 with a 2.20 goals against average and a .926 save percentage.
CYR LEADS TEAM IN POINTS & GOALS: Sophomore Jordan Cyr has four goals and two assists for six points in the last four games, as for the year he leads the team in goals with 14 and points with 22, while his eight assists are tied for fourth. He was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week for his four-goal performance in the two-game series against Mercyhurst. Cyr is tied for sixth in the league and is tied for 18th in the nation in goals per game with 0.56. He also leads the team in game-winning goals with three. In Holy Cross' three games against Hockey East teams this year, he has three goals and three assists for six points, with one assist against Providence, one goal and one assist at No. 8 Boston University and two goals and one assist at No. 15 New Hampshire. Cyr, who transferred from RPI, is in his first season.
SHEEN PROVIDES OFFENSIVE SPARK: Sophomore Everett Sheen has recorded five goals and two assists for seven points over the last nine games as he is second on the team in goals with nine, fifth in points with 15 and is tied for seventh in assists with six. He scored three goals at the Denver Cup and was selected to the all-tournament team. In Holy Cross' 2-2 tie with No. 5 Denver on Jan. 2, he scored both goals as he tied the game at 1-1 in the second period and then tied it at 2-2 in the third period. With the Pioneers up 2-0 in the shootout, Sheen came up huge again and kept the Crusaders in the shootout with a highlight reel goal as he spun around with the puck and then backhanded it into the net. In the 4-3 win over Rensselaer on Jan. 3, Sheen scored his third goal in two games when he tied the game at 2-2 with just six seconds left in the second period. He then scored in the 5-1 win over AIC on Jan. 9 as he netted the first goal of the game. In the 3-3 tie at Army on Jan. 17, he scored Holy Cross' second goal of the contest to give the Crusaders a 2-1 lead in the first period, while in the 4-4 tie on Jan. 18, he had two assists. In 62 career games played, Sheen already has 24 goals and 15 assists for 39 points. In his freshman season last year, he led the team in goals with 15 and earned Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie Team honors.
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.
DAMS EXTENDS UNBEATEN STREAK TO FIVE: Junior goalie Ian Dams is 4-0-1 in his last five starts. In these five games he has made 141 saves and has allowed only 11 goals for a 2.16 goals against average and a .928 save percentage. Most recently he stopped 26 of 27 shots for a .963 save percentage in the 4-1 win at UConn on Jan. 31. He made 35 saves in the 4-4 tie at Army on Jan. 18. Dams made 26 saves for a save percentage of .963 in the 5-1 win over American International on Jan. 10 at the Olympia Ice Center in West Springfield, Mass. He stopped 25 of 28 shots in the 4-3 win over Rensselaer on Jan. 3. He was also impressive in net in the 3-2 win over Bentley on Dec. 6, as he stopped 29 of 31 shots for a .935 save percentage. His 888 career saves are fifth on the Holy Cross all-time Division I list, while his 14 career victories are tied for fifth. This year, Dams has a 2.51 goals against average and a .916 save percentage in seven games. He has also made 175 saves.
CAPTAIN DRISCOLL: Junior co-captain Ryan Driscoll has five goals and 11 assists for 16 points this year. He is tied for first on the team in assists and is fourth in points. In 95 career games, he has 17 goals and 33 assists for 50 points.
SHEAHAN NAMED CRUSADER OF THE WEEK: Junior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) was named the AT&T Crusader of the Week, for competition from Jan. 26-Feb. 1. Sheahan totaled two goals and one assist last weekend, as Holy Cross swept a two-game series at Connecticut. During Friday's win over the Huskies, Sheahan scored a power play goal in the second period to make the score 3-2, as the Crusaders rallied from a 3-0 deficit to post a 5-3 victory. Then in the 4-1 win over Connecticut in game two of the series, he added a goal and an assist. Sheahan assisted on a goal which put Holy Cross up 3-0 midway through the first period, then scored the Crusaders' final goal of the game early in the third period. On the season, Sheahan now ranks second on the team in scoring with 19 points on eight goals and 11 assists. He is tied for first on the team in assists and he is third in goals. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, he has totaled 26 goals and 39 assists for 65 points in 90 games.
ZNUTAS LEADS DEFENDERS IN POINTS: Sophomore Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) leads all Holy Cross defenders in points with 10 as he has two goals and eight assists. He is tied for fourth on the team in assists. Last year as a freshman he had six goals and nine assists for 15 points as he was named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie Team.
FORSHNER WITH 4 GOALS & 4 ASSISTS IN 8 GAMES: Junior Rob Forshner has been a major contributor in Holy Cross' nine-game unbeaten streak as he has four goals and four assists for eight points over the last eight games. Most recently he had one assist in the 4-1 win over Connecticut on Jan. 31. He assisted on the goal that tied the game at 2-2 in the 2-2 tie with No. 18 Dartmouth on Jan. 21. In the 3-3 tie at Army on Jan. 17, he scored the first goal of the game, while in the 5-1 win on Jan. 10 over American International in West Springfield, Forshner had two assists including one on the eventual game-winner. In the 5-1 win over the Yellow Jackets on Jan. 9 in Worcester, he scored the eventual game-winner in the first period and netted Holy Cross' third goal of the contest in the second period. In the 4-3 win over Rensselaer in the Denver Cup on Jan. 3, he gave the Crusaders a 3-2 lead with a goal. So far this season, Forshner is tied for first on the team in assists with 11, while he is third on the team in points with 18 and his seven goals are fourth. In 91 career games, he has scored 17 goals and has 36 assists for 53 points.
CELIN MAKES SUCCESSFUL MOVE TO FORWARD: Sophomore Matt Celin (Gibsonia, Pa.), who played his first 40 collegiate games as a defender, has recorded four goals and four assists in 10 games as a forward this season, including scoring three of the four Holy Cross goals in the two games against Bentley. After scoring one goal in his debut as a forward on Dec. 5, Celin scored two goals in the 3-2 win on Dec. 6, including the game-winner. He also had one assist at No. 15 New Hampshire on Dec. 11, one assist in the 4-3 win over Rensselaer on Jan. 3 and one assist in the 3-3 tie at Army on Jan. 17. Most recently he scored the goal that the tied the game at 3-3 in the 5-3 win at Connecticut on Jan. 30 and he had an assist in the 4-1 victory at UConn on Jan. 31. For the year, Celin has four goals and five assists for nine points, including one assist as a defender, while he has five goals and six assists for 11 points in 50 career games.
FRESHMEN CONTRIBUTE RIGHT AWAY: The Crusaders have received major contributions from their freshman class this year which was best demonstrated in the two games against Bentley on Dec. 5-6, when eight of the 12 Holy Cross points and seven of the eight assists were recorded by freshmen. Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.), who was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week once this season, is fifth on the team in goals with six, while he is sixth in points with 12 and is tied for seventh in assists with six. Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) and Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) who each scored their first collegiate goal in the 5-1 win over American International on Jan. 10, both have eight points. Miller has two goals and six assists, while Cox has one goal and seven assists. Over the last eight games, Miller has two goals and four assists for six points, while over the last seven games, Cox has one goal and four assists for five points. Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) and Gianni Baldassari (Fort Wayne, Ind.) each have two goals and three assists for five points, while Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) and Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario) each have four points. Clune have two goals and two assists, while Atkins has four assists. Matthew Davis (Lancaster, N.Y.) has two assists.
DAMS & THOMSON REACH 100 CAREER GAMES: Senior Marty Dams has played in 113 career games which are the most by any current Crusader. He has four goals and 18 assists for 22 points in his career, including two goals and three assists for five points this year. Most recently he had two assists in the 4-1 win at Connecticut on Jan. 31, while he tied the game at 1-1 in the 2-2 tie against No. 18 Dartmouth on Jan. 21. Senior Dewey Thomson (Northbridge, Mass.), who was named one of 20 candidates for the 2008-2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award as college hockey's outstanding NCAA Division I senior student-athlete for the men's hockey division, has played in 102 career games as he has recorded 13 goals and 19 assists for 32 points in his career.
MOVING UP THE CHARTS: Sophomore goalie Adam Roy has 1,282 career saves which are already second on Holy Cross' all-time Division I saves list. Also his 14 career victories are tied for fifth all-time on the Division I list. He is unbeaten in his last five starts as he has gone 2-0-3 with a 2.10 goals against average and a .923 save percentage as he has made 131 saves and has only allowed 11 goals. Most recently he made 26 saves in the 5-3 win at Connecticut on Jan. 30. He made 30 saves in the 2-2 tie with No. 18 Dartmouth on Jan. 21. In the 3-3 tie at Army on Jan. 17 he made 23 saves. Roy earned the win in the 5-1 victory over American International on Jan. 9 as he made 17 saves. He stopped 35 of 37 shots in the 2-2 tie at No. 5 Denver on Jan. 2. Roy was a major factor in Holy Cross holding the second best scoring offense in the nation to two goals as Denver entered the contest averaging 3.89 goals per game. In the first period, Roy made 21 saves, while he then made four saves in the second, five in the third and five in overtime. Roy recorded his first collegiate shutout as he made 17 saves in the 3-0 victory over AIC on Nov. 22. Last year, he set a Holy Cross freshman record for most saves in a single-season with 771 and is ranked second on the school's Division I all-time single-season saves list. This year, he has made 511 saves and has a 6-10-4 record.
HC PICKED SIXTH IN PRESEASON POLL: Holy Cross was picked to finish sixth in the Atlantic Hockey Association Preseason Coaches Poll. The Crusaders received 38 total points. Last season's tournament champion Air Force was picked as this year's preseason favorite with 79 points and seven first place votes, followed by last season's tournament finalist Mercyhurst with 70 points and one first place vote. RIT was picked third with 68 points and two first place votes, Sacred Heart was fourth with 55 points and last year's regular season champion Army was fifth with 40 points. Following Holy Cross, Canisius (34 points), Connecticut (29 points), Bentley (26 points) and AIC (11 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 14th year at the helm of the Holy Cross ice hockey program, and is just the fifth head hockey coach at HC. On Jan. 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. He has forged a 211-198-48 (.514) record at HC and has been the man behind the bench in seven of the nine most successful seasons in school 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 2004 and 2006, 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 Mar. 24, 2006. In 2005-06, he led the team to a school record 27 victories. HC also claimed the league regular season and tournament titles.
CRUSADERS IN THE PROS: Former Holy Cross hockey player Patrick Rissmiller is in his first year with the New York Rangers and has appeared in two games as he is currently with the Rangers' AHL affiliate in Hartford, Conn. He played in 180 NHL games with the San Jose Sharks from 2004-2008. He had 18 goals and 27 assists for 45 points. After being recalled from the Cleveland Barons on March 15, 2006, Rissmiller went on to tally five goals and four assists in 29 games, including two goals and an assist in the playoffs. In 2007-2008, Rissmiller recorded eight goals and nine assists for 17 points in 79 games. In the 2006-2007 season, Rissmiller scored seven goals and had 15 assists for a career-best 22 points. He has played in 30 career NHL playoff games with three goals and four assists for seven points. Other former Crusaders playing professional hockey are James Sixsmith (Bridgeport Sound Tigers, AHL), Jon Landry (Syracuse Crunch, AHL), Dale Reinhardt (Bakersfield Condors, ECHL) and Matt Burke (Phoenix RoadRunners, ECHL)
HOLY CROSS TO HOST 2010 NCAA REGIONAL: Holy Cross will host the NCAA Men's Hockey Division I Northeast Regional in 2010. The dates are Mar. 27-28 at the DCU Center in Worcester. HC held the event for the first time in 2008.