Feb. 15, 2005
Worcester, Mass. -
The Crusaders travel to Storrs, Conn. to take on league rival Connectituct at 7:05 p.m.Tuesday tonight. The game marks the 74th meeting between the two teams and the third this season. Earlier this season the two teams played back-to-back games, with a 22-day break in between. In the first game, the Huskies rallied from a two-point deficit to tie the match and send it into overtime for a final score of 2-2. The tie was the first for the two teams in 72 contests. Despite having four more extra-man advantages than Holy Cross in the second game, Connecticut came up short by three goals for a final score of 6-3, in favor of the Crusaders. The Huskies own the all-time series record (37-35-1), dating back to Jan. 17, 1967 when Holy Cross defeated UConn, 4-3.
Scouting the Huskies
Connecticut enters the contest with an overall record of 10-19-2 and a league record of 9-9-1 to sit sixth in Atlantic Hockey. The Huskies are on a three-game win-streak, including a 5-1 victory over Atlantic Hockey's current No. 1, Sacred Heart. On home-ice the Huskies are 4-7-0 and 2-3-0 in their last five home matches. UConn is converting 15.4 percent of its extra-man advantages to be fifth in the league. Team leading scorer Tim Olsen is tied for fourth overall in the league with 29 points. In net, Scott Tomes is ranked second in Atlantic Hockey with 2.61 goals against average for a .918 save percentage. B.J. Crum leads UConn's blue liners in points (10).
Junior assistant captain Pierre Napert-Frenette is one of the top leading scorers in Atlantic Hockey. He sits tied for first with 30 points, including 12 tallies and 18 helpers. He is one of four players in Atlantic Hockey to net a hat trick, which he scored versus Air Force on Saturday, Oct. 30. He is tied for second in the league in game-winning goals (3).
Sophomore James Sixsmith leads the conference in assists (22). He is tied for fourth in the league with 29 points and ranks first in the league with one other player, averaging 0.57 power play points per game.
Junior Tyler McGregor leads Atlantic Hockey with 16 goals. Over his last 10 games he has averaged 1.2 points per game. He is tied for third in the league with seven power play goals.
Senior captain Andrew McKay posted a five-point weekend to climb to second on the team in assists (16). On Saturday, he netted two-goals, including the game-winner, to lead the Crusaders over Quinnpiac, 5-2.
Freshman Brian Gabriel 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 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 and Ben Conway are the back bone of Holy Cross' goaltending. Conway is ranked third in league games with 2.25 goals against average (2.73 overall) and a .918 save percentage (.906 overall). On Saturday against Quinnpiac, Conway posted a career-high 40 saves and a new career-high of six wins en route to a 5-2 victory over the Bobcats. Of Holy Cross' five all-time wins against Quinnpiac, Conway owns three. Quesada (7-6-3 overall) has posted 2.50 goals against average in conference games, good enough for .903 save percentage in those contests.
Several of Holy Cross' team members are ranked nationally. Newcomer Dale Reinhardt is ranked 14th among rookies in the nation in points per game (0.82). Junior Tyler McGregor is ranked 18th in the nation, posting .59 goals per game, as sophomore James Sixsmith is ranked 18th in the nation averaging 0.79 assists per game.
Defense Up Front
Holy Cross' blue liners have allowed only 2.61 goals per league game, making them second to conference leading Canisius (2.44). The Crusaders defense are ranked 29th nationally, allowing 2.96 goals per game overall. Sophomore Jon Landry and senior assistant captain Tony Coskren are among the top defensemen in the league. Landry is tied for fifth with 13 points, while Coskren sits tied for seventh with 12 points.
The Crusaders are the least penalized team in Atlantic Hockey, averaging 13.78 during league games (14.96 overall). Holy Cross is seventh in conference games as they have killed off 82.7 percent of their opponents' man-up advantages. Leading the Crusaders in the box is sophomore Jon Landry, who has recorded 22 penalties for 44 minutes this season. Only five of the other 58 teams in division one college hockey have fewer penalty minutes than the Crusaders, including nationally ranked No. 8 New Hampshire and No. 13 UMass Lowell.
On the Man-Advantage
Holy Cross remains on top of the power play in Atlantic Hockey by converting 21.3 percentage of their advantages in league action. The Crusaders are ranked 18th in the nation with a 19.2 conversion percentage. Junior Tyler McGregor leads the Crusaders with seven power play goals.
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 has been the Crusaders hottest rookie this season. The forward leads the freshman class in goals, assists and points (7-11-18). Reinhardt was named Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the week on Jan. 10 and is the first Holy Cross freshman to receive the honor this season. Reinhardt has recorded 12 points in his last 10 games.
Always on Ice
Six Crusaders have played in every game this season, including seniors Andrew McKay and Chris Sullivan, junior assistant captain Pierre Napert-Frenette and sophomores Frank O'Grady, James Sixsmith and Jon Landry.
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 leads the freshman class with 18 points, including 11 helpers. Matt Burke has tallied four goals and four assists, while Cal St. Denis netted his first career-goal against Providence on Nov. 27. He now has seven points, including five helpers. Matt Werry posted his first collegiate-goal in the Crusaders come-from-behind victory over Mercyhurst on Jan. 14. He now has a total of four points. Brian Kolb was awarded his first collegiate-goal in the 6-3 victory over UConn on Dec. 30. Brian Gabriel 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 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, has tallied 23 points this season, including 16 helpers. Backing up McKay is senior assistant captain Tony Coskren and junior assistant captain Pierre Napert-Frenette. Coskren is tied for seventh in the league for blue liners with 12 points, including three goals and nine assists. Napert-Frenette leads the team with 30 points, including 12 goals and 18 assists.