February 12, 2008

HC To Travel To Buffalo For Two Against Canisius

Feb. 12, 2008

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:

Teams: Holy Cross (8-13-7, 7-11-4 AHA) vs. Canisius (9-15-5, 8-10-4 AHA)

Dates: February 16-17, 2008

Times: Saturday-7:05 p.m.; Sunday-4:05 p.m.

Place: Buffalo State Sports Arena (1,800)

Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks

Series Record: HC leads 22-10-7

Last Meeting: Canisius 4, HC 2 (11/10/07; Worcester, Mass.)

2007-08 Series: Tied 1-1-0

HC TO PLAY TWO AT CANISIUS: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (8-13-7, 7-11-4 Atlantic Hockey) will travel to Buffalo, N.Y., to meet Canisius (9-15-5, 8-10-4 Atlantic Hockey) on Saturday and Sunday, February 16-17, at the Buffalo State Sports Arena in Atlantic Hockey action. Saturday's game is set to start at 7:05 p.m., while the game on Sunday will start at 4:05 p.m. Both teams have played 22 league games as Holy Cross is tied for seventh place with 18 points, while Canisius is in sixth place with 20 points. The Crusaders went 0-1-1 at Army last weekend, while the Golden Griffins split a two-game series with RIT. Earlier in the season these two teams split a two-game series. Holy Cross is 4-4-4 on its opponents' home ice this season.

#3 IN THE COUNTRY IN FEWEST PENALTY MINUTES: Holy Cross ranks third in the nation and first in Atlantic Hockey in fewest penalty minutes per game with 9.8. Entering the weekend, the Crusaders have 135 penalties for 273 minutes in 28 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' 22.4 power play percentage is ranked third in the nation and first in Atlantic Hockey. The Crusaders are 32-143 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 Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) leads the team in power play goals with seven as he is also ranked second in the conference in power play goals. Sophomore Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) has six power play goals which are tied for third in the league, while freshman Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) has five power play goals which are tied for ninth in the AHA.

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.

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 26. He is also second on the team in goals with 10 and assists with 16, which are also career best marks. He is tied for sixth in the league in points, while he is tied for eighth in assists and tied for ninth in goals. Sheahan has been named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week twice this season.

ROY NAMED ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Freshman goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week for the second time this season as he had a strong weekend in net at Army on February 8-9. Roy stopped 63 of 66 shots in the two games. On Friday he made 40 saves on 42 shots, while on Saturday he stopped 23 of 24 shots in the 1-1 tie. This is the second time this season he has made 40 or more saves as he stopped 44 shots at Mercyhurst in the 4-1 win on October 26.

HC SETS SCHOOL RECORD FOR TIES: Holy Cross' seven ties this season are the most in a single-season in the program's history.

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.

CRUSADERS ON A ROLL: Senior forward Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) has at least one point in 16 games this season, while sophomore forward Brodie Sheahan has earned at least one point in 15 games and sophomore forward Ryan Driscoll and freshman forward 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 130 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 seventh 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 46 assists for 60 points in 131 career games. In 23 games this season he has two goals and seven assists.

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's 13 goals this season lead the team and are tied for fourth in the nation by rookies, while his 0.46 goals per game are tied for sixth 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 0.68 points per game are tied for 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.) has been named the AHA Rookie of the Week twice and Goalie of the Week once, 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 seven assists. Defenseman Matt Celin (Gibsonia, Pa.) has one goal and one assist, 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 CANISIUS: This weekend's games will mark the 40th and 41st meetings between the two teams. Holy Cross leads the series, 22-10-7, while the Crusaders are 7-2-1 against Canisius in the last 10 games between the two schools.

HC PICKED SIXTH IN PRESEASON POLL: Holy Cross was picked to finish sixth in the AHA Preseason Coaches Poll. HC received 45 total points. Rochester Institute of Technology was picked as this year's preseason favorite with 80 points and eight first place votes, followed by 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 Canisius. 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 199-181-43 (.521) 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 52 games with six goals and six assists. Overall Rissmiller has recorded 16 goals and 24 assists for 40 points in 153 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.