Feb. 19, 2009
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (10-15-5, 9-12-3 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Air Force (20-8-2, 17-5-2 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: Feb. 20-21, 2009
Time: 9:00 p.m. (ET)
Place: Cadet Ice Arena (2,502), Colorado Springs, Colo.
Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks
Series Record: Air Force leads 13-4-5
Last Meeting: AFA 5, HC 1 (Nov. 15, 2008; Worcester, Mass.)
2008-2009 Series: Air Force leads 2-0-0
THIS WEEKEND: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (10-15-5 overall, 9-12-3 Atlantic Hockey) will play at Air Force (20-8-2 overall, 17-5-2 Atlantic Hockey) on Feb. 20-21 at 9:00 p.m. (ET) at the Cadet Ice Arena in Atlantic Hockey action. With only four games left in the regular season, the Crusaders enter this series in seventh place in the league standings with 21 points as they are one point behind Army who has 22 points and is playing RIT this week, while the Falcons are in second place with 36 points and is one point behind RIT who has 37 points. Air Force is ranked fourth nationally in scoring offense with 3.73 goals per game and it has the third best power play percentage in the nation at 21.3 percent. The Falcons have also only allowed 2.10 goals per game which are ranked first in the league and seventh nationally. Air Force swept a two-game series with HC in Worcester earlier in the season winning, 1-0 (OT) and 5-1.
FIFTH IN FEWEST PENALTY MINUTES: The Crusaders are tied for fifth in the nation and are tied for second in Atlantic Hockey in fewest penalty minutes per game with 12.0. 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.
ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 4-7-3 on the road this season. Last year, Holy Cross went 5-9-4 in away games.
THE SERIES WITH AIR FORCE: This weekend's games will mark the 23rd and 24th times that these two teams have met with Air Force leading, 13-4-5. The Crusaders are 0-4-3 against the Falcons since Air Force entered Atlantic Hockey in the 2006-2007 season.
DUAL THREAT IN NET: Both of Holy Cross' goalies have been seeing time in net lately. Sophomore Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) is 2-2-3 with a 2.75 goals against average and a .893 save percentage in his last seven starts, while junior Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) is 4-2-1 with a 2.44 goals against average and a .917 save percentage in his last eight appearances. CRUSADER CAPTAINS: Senior defenseman Marty Dams (Manotick, Ontario) and junior forward Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) are serving as the 2008-2009 team co-captains.
CYR LEADS TEAM IN POINTS & GOALS: Sophomore Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) has eight goals and four assists for 12 points in the last 14 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 10th in the league and is 28th in the nation in goals per game with 0.48. 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. Cyr is the first Holy Cross player from Manitoba.
FORSHNER WITH 5 GOALS & 4 ASSISTS IN 12 GAMES: Junior Rob Forshner (Sundre, Alberta) has five goals and four assists for nine points over the last 12 games. He scored the Crusaders' lone goal on Feb. 6 against Bentley, while 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, Forshner 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 tied for second on the team in points with 19 and his eight goals are tied for third. In 95 career games, he has scored 18 goals and has 36 assists for 54 points.
SHEEN PROVIDES OFFENSIVE SPARK: Sophomore Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) is second on the team in goals with nine and is fifth in points with 15. 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 66 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.
DAMS 4-2-1 IN LAST SEVEN STARTS: Junior goalie Ian Dams is 4-2-1 in his last seven starts. In these seven games he has made 191 saves and has allowed only 16 goals for a 2.27 goals against average and a .923 save percentage. 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 946 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 2.65 goals against average and a .910 save percentage in 10 games. He has also made 233 saves.
CAPTAIN DRISCOLL: Junior co-captain Ryan Driscoll scored Holy Cross' lone goal in the game against RIT on Feb. 14. He has six goals and 11 assists for 17 points this year. This ties his career-best in all three categories as he had six goals and 11 assists for 17 points in each of his first two seasons. Driscoll is tied for first on the team in assists, is fourth in points and is tied for fifth in goals. In 99 career games, he has 18 goals and 33 assists for 51 points.
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.
ZNUTAS LEADS DEFENDERS IN POINTS: Sophomore Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) leads all Holy Cross defenders in points with 11 as he has three 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. For his career, he has nine goals and 17 assists for 26 points in 65 games.
DAMS & THOMSON REACH 100 CAREER GAMES: Senior Marty Dams has played in 117 career games which are the most by any current Crusader. He has four goals and 19 assists for 23 points in his career, including two goals and four assists for six 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.) has played in 102 career games as he has recorded 13 goals and 19 assists for 32 points in his career.
HAVING SOLID SEASON: Junior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) is tied for 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 tied for third in goals. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, he has totaled 26 goals and 39 assists for 65 points in 94 games. Sheahan was named the AT&T Crusader of the Week, for competition from Jan. 26-Feb. 1. Sheahan totaled two goals and one assist, as Holy Cross swept a two-game series at Connecticut. During the win over the Huskies on Jan. 30, 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.
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 tied for fifth on the team in goals with six, as he also has seven assists and 13 points. 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, are both having solid freshmen seasons, as Miller has two goals and seven assists for nine points, while Cox has one goal and seven assists for eight points. Over the last 12 games, Miller has two goals and five assists for seven points, while over the last 11 games, Cox has one goal and four assists for five points. Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) has two goals and four assists for six points, while Gianni Baldassari (Fort Wayne, Ind.) has two goals and three assists for five points. Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) and Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario) each have four points. Clune has two goals and two assists, while Atkins has four assists. Matthew Davis (Lancaster, N.Y.) has two assists.
MOVING UP THE CHARTS: Sophomore goalie Adam Roy has 1,309 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. In his last seven starts, he is 2-2-3 with a 2.75 goals against average and a .893 save percentage as he has made 158 saves and has allowed 19 goals. 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 538 saves and has a 6-12-4 record.
CRUSADERS GO UNDEFEATED IN JANUARY: Holy Cross went 5-0-4 in the month of January. During that time, the Crusaders outscored their opponents by a 34-20 margin in those nine contests. Holy Cross averaged 3.8 goals scored per game and only allowed 2.2 goals per contest during the streak. The 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 then went on a two-game winning streak with 5-3 and 4-1 wins over UConn.
HC TIES SECOND LONGEST STREAK: Holy Cross' nine-game unbeaten streak, which ended with a 4-1 loss against Bentley on Feb. 6, tied 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-Jan. 31, 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
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 211-202-48 (.510) 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 March 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.
HOLY CROSS ON ESPNU: For the fourth straight season, the Crusaders were on ESPNU. HC is 2-2-1 in these games, including the 4-4 tie at Army on Jan. 18. The previous four times were the 3-1 win over Army at the Hart Center on Nov. 4, 2007, the 7-0 loss at Quinnipiac on Jan. 28, 2007, the 5-2 loss at North Dakota in the NCAA Tournament on March 25, 2006 and the 4-3 overtime victory over Minnesota in the NCAA Tournament on March 24, 2006.
HC AGAINST RANKED TEAMS: This season the Crusaders have played one of their toughest schedules ever as they have played six times against ranked opponents. Despite its 0-4-2 record in those games, Holy Cross has challenged some of the best teams in the nation including a 1-0 overtime loss to No. 13 Air Force, a 3-2 loss at No. 8 Boston University, a 2-2 tie at No. 5 Denver and a 2-2 tie with No. 18 Dartmouth. Also the Crusaders were tied with No. 15 New Hampshire, 4-4, going into the third period before falling, 9-4.
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.
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 March 27-28 at the DCU Center in Worcester. HC held the event for the first time in 2008.