Holy Cross Hosts Sacred Heart On Friday
Feb. 10, 2005
Worcester, Mass. -
On Friday Holy Cross will host Sacred Heart, marking the 22nd meeting between the two teams and the second this season. The Crusaders will wrap-up the weekend with a game at the premier venue the FleetCenter, in Boston, Mass. on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. when it takes on league rival Quinnipiac.
Holy Cross looks to regain control of the Atlantic Hockey standings as it enters the weekend sitting at second with a record of 9-3-4 and 12-9-5 overall. The Crusaders hold a 13-7-1 all-time record against the Pioneers dating back to Oct. 30, 1998, when Holy Cross defeated Sacred Heart, 7-3. When the Crusaders play against Sacred Heart at the Hart Center, they are 8-2-0, as compared to 3-4-1 on the road. In their last contest the Crusaders overcame a two-point deficit to defeat the Pioneers, 3-2, in overtime, on Tuesday, Jan. 4.
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. 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.
Sophomore James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) stayed a top of the Atlantic Hockey individual player ranks with 28 points. He also leads the conference with 21 assists. In his last 10 games, he has averaged 1.00 assists per game.
Junior assistant captain Pierre Napert-Frenette (Bathurst, N.B.) sits tied for fourth in the league with 25 points, including 10 tallies and 15 helpers. He is one of three players in Atlantic Hockey to net a hat trick, which he scored versus Air Force on Saturday, Oct. 30. He is tied for third in the league in game-winning goals (3) and assists (15).
Junior Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ont.) leads Atlantic Hockey with 15 goals. Over his last 10 games he has averaged 1.3 points per game.
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.
Coskren Named Semi-Finalist for Walter Brown Award
Senior assistant captain Tony Coskren (Walpole, Mass.) has been named as one of 15 NCAA Division One ice hockey players that are semi-finalists for the 53rd Walter Brown Award as announced by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. The defenseman is the only candidate nominated from Atlantic Hockey. He has posted three goals and added nine assists this season and to help the Crusaders rise to the tops of the conference standings. Coskren is the second player from Holy Cross to be nominated for the Walter Brown Award. In 2002, Patrick Rissmiller `02 was nominated as one of 12 finalists for the award.
Between the Pipes
The duo of juniors Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) and Ben Conway (South Hadley, Mass.) are the back bone of Holy Cross' goaltending. Ranked second in the league, Quesada (7-8-3) has tallied a 2.71 goals against average for a .906 save percentage. Conway (5-4-2) has posted a 2.88 goals against average over 11 games of action.
Scouting Sacred Heart
The Pioneers enter the game trailing by one point in the conference standings to Holy Cross. In its last 10 games Sacred Heart is 4-6-0, including a recent victory at Army, 2-1, on Tuesday, Feb. 8. On the power play the Pioneers are converting 16.2 percent of their opportunities in league games. Sacred Heart has the second worst penalty kill in the conference holding off 79.7 percent of their opponents' advantages. Leading the Pioneers is senior Garrett Larson, who has tallied 27 points, including 19 helpers, and sophomore Pierre-Luc O'Brien, who is tops on the team in goals (14). In the crease senior Kevin LePointe is allowing 3.25 goals per game and is posting a .895 save percentage.
Several of Holy Cross' team members are ranked nationally. Junior Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ont.) is ranked 17th in the nation, posting .60 goals per game. Sophomore James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) is ranked in the top-20 in the nation averaging 0.81 assists per game. Newcomer Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) is ranked 13th among rookies in the nation in points per game (0.85).
Defense Up Front
Holy Cross' blue liners have allowed only 2.50 goal per league game, making them second to conference leading Canisius (2.44). Overall, the Crusaders are ranked 21st nationally. Despite not being in the line-up since Jan. 4, senior assistant captain Tony Coskren (Walpole, Mass.) and sophomore Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.) are tied for third among defensemen in the league. Each has posted 12 points, including Landry, who registered two assists in the Crusaders last game.
The Crusaders are the least penalized team in Atlantic Hockey, averaging 14.12 during league games. Holy Cross is third 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 21 penalties for 42 minutes this season.
On the Man-Advantage
The Crusaders remain on top of Atlantic Hockey by converting 20.0 percentage of their advantages in league action and 18.2 percentage overall. Holy Cross has not netted a power play goal since Saturday, Jan. 29 when freshman Matt Burke (Milton, Mass.) scored the game-tying goal midway through the third against Canisius. Junior Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ont.) leads the Crusaders with six power play goals.
Last Meeting - 1/4/05: HC 4, SHU 3 (OT)
Junior assistant captain Pierre Napert-Frenette (Bathurst, N.B.) netted his eighth goal of the season just 41 seconds into overtime to give the Holy Cross men's hockey team a 3-2 victory over Sacred Heart, Tuesday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion in an Atlantic Hockey game. Junior Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ont.) and senior captain Andrew McKay (Bellefeuille, Que.) were credited with the assists. The Crusaders evened the score with two power play goals in the second period. Sophomore James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) found freshman Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) barreling down the wing, who fed the puck to junior Andrew Weber (Hanson, Mass.), who netted his second tally of the season at 11:13. Late in the second period Reinhardt took the puck out of the circle to Sixsmith, who found freshman Matt Burke (Milton, Mass.) in front of the crease at 17:24. Junior Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) (5-3-3) made 21 saves for the win, while senior Kevin LePointe halted 40 shots on goal for the Pioneers.
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.
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 (7-10-17). 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 eight helpers.
Always on Ice
Six Crusaders have played in every game this season, including seniors Andrew McKay (Bellefeuille, Que.) and Chris Sullivan (South Windsor, Conn.), junior assistant captain Pierre Napert-Frenette (Bathurst, N.B.) and sophomores Frank O'Grady (Kimberley, B.C.), James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) and Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.).
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 17 points, including 10 helpers. Matt Burke (Milton, Mass.) has tallied four goals and four assists, while Cal St. Denis (Freelton, Ont.) netted his first career-goal against 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 netted a short-hander in the 3-1 victory over AIC, Jan. 7. He has a total of two points. Chris Trovato (North Attleboro, Mass.) posted his first career-goal on Jan. 22 at Quinnipiac and followed up with his second in his next game on Jan. 28 against Canisius. He now has a total of three points.
Oh Captain! My Captain!
Holy Cross is led by senior captain Andrew McKay (Bellefeuille, Que.), has tallied 18 points this season, including 13 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 second on the team in points (10 goals, 15 assists, 25 points).