Feb. 20, 2008
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (9-14-7, 8-12-4 AHA) vs. Sacred Heart (13-14-3, 13-8-3 AHA)
Dates: February 22-23, 2008
Times: Friday-7:00 p.m.; Saturday-7:05 p.m.
Place: Friday-Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Saturday-Milford Ice Pavilion (1,000), Milford, Conn.
Holy Cross Radio: Friday-WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass., Ryan Holt & Mike Kemezis
Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks
Series Record: Sacred Heart leads 17-16-1
Last Meeting: HC 4, Sacred Heart 2 (1/26/08; Worcester, Mass.)
2007-08 Series: Tied 1-1-0
HC TO PLAY TWO WITH SACRED HEART: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (9-14-7, 8-12-4 Atlantic Hockey) will play Sacred Heart (13-14-3, 13-8-3 Atlantic Hockey) in a home-and-home series on Friday and Saturday, February 22-23 in Atlantic Hockey action. On Friday, the Crusaders will host the Pioneers at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m., while Saturday's game will take place at the Milford Ice Pavilion in Milford, Conn. at 7:05 p.m. Both teams have played 24 league games as Holy Cross is in eighth place with 20 points, while Sacred Heart is in second place with 29 points. The Crusaders split a two-game series at Canisius last weekend, while the Pioneers split a two-game series with Mercyhurst. Earlier in the season these two teams split a two-game series. Holy Cross is 5-5-4 on its opponents' home ice this season. Each team has a strong power play as the Crusaders are ranked third nationally in power play percentage and the Pioneers are fourth.
#3 IN THE NATION ON THE POWER PLAY: Holy Cross' 23.3 power play percentage is ranked third in the nation and first in Atlantic Hockey. The Crusaders are 35-150 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), 3-8 performances against Army (11/4) and UConn (12/1), a 4-5 performance against Bentley (1/12), a 1-2 performance against AIC (1/15) and a 2-4 performance at Canisius (2/16). Sophomore Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) leads the team in power play goals with eight as he is ranked second in the conference in power play goals and tied for 10th nationally. 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 which are tied for ninth.
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.
#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 145 penalties for 293 minutes in 30 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).
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 29 and in assists with a career best 18. He is also second on the team in goals with a career best 11. 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.
HC SETS SCHOOL RECORD FOR TIES: Holy Cross' seven ties this season are the most in a single-season in the program's history. The NCAA record is nine set by Minnesota (15-19-9) in 1998.
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.) and sophomore forward Brodie Sheahan have at least one point in 17 games this season, while sophomore forward Rob Forshner (Sundre, Alberta) and freshman forward Everett Sheen have earned at least one point in 15 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 45 goals and 71 assists for 116 points in 132 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 seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points, including the game-winning goals in the 6-4 win at Providence (10/20) and in the 3-2 win at Canisius (2/16). He is second on the team and is tied for 10th in the league in assists, while he is also second on the team in points and fourth on the team in goals.
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 133 career games. In 25 games this season he has two goals and seven assists. Burke's 133 career games played are tied for ninth on the all-time Holy Cross career games played list.
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 62 wins, one Atlantic Hockey regular season and tournament title and a victory in the NCAA Tournament.
ROY SETS HC FRESHMAN SAVES RECORD: Freshman goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) has 630 saves this season, which are the most for a Holy Cross freshman goalie in a single-season since the program started playing a full Division I schedule in the 1998-99 season. He is ranked fourth on the Holy Cross Division I single-season saves list. Roy has been named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week twice this season, while he was also named the Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week once. Twice this season he has made 40 or more saves in a game as he made 44 saves at Mercyhurst in the 4-1 win on October 26, while he stopped 40 shots at Army on February 8.
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.
OUTSTANDING FRESHMEN CLASS: All seven Holy Cross freshmen have seen major playing time this season. Forward Everett Sheen's 14 goals this season lead the team and are tied for third in the nation by rookies, while his 0.47 goals per game are tied for fourth in the nation by rookies. His 14 goals are second in Atlantic Hockey by freshmen and are fifth overall in the conference. His 0.70 points per game are 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.) has eight goals which are third on the team and are tied for fifth in the conference by rookies. His 15 points are sixth on the team. Goalie Adam Roy 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 eight assists. Defenseman Matt Celin (Gibsonia, Pa.) has one goal and one assist, while forward Jamie Jelinek (Great Falls, Va.) has one goal.
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 coaches.
WHAT'S NEXT: Holy Cross will conclude the regular season with a home-and-home series with Connecticut on Friday and Saturday, February 29-March 1. On Friday, the Crusaders will host the Huskies at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m., while on Saturday, Holy Cross will play at the Mark E. Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs, Conn., at 7:05 p.m. Earlier this season, the Crusaders won a two-game home-and-home series against UConn, 1-0-1. On Friday, Holy Cross will honor its 10 seniors for their hard work and dedication on and off the ice.
HEAD COACH Paul Pearl EARNS 200TH WIN: Paul Pearl is in his 13th year at the helm of the Holy Cross ice hockey program and with the 3-2 win at Canisius on February 16, 2008, he now has 200 career wins. 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 200-182-43 (.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 56 games with seven goals and six assists. Overall Rissmiller has recorded 17 goals and 24 assists for 41 points in 157 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.