Feb. 24, 2005
Worcester, Mass. -
The Crusaders host Mercyhurst for two Atlantic Hockey games, Friday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. This weekend's games marks the 17th and 18th meetings between the two teams and the second and third this season. Mercyhurst leads the all-time series 10-5-1 against Holy Cross, dating back to Nov. 29, 1997 when the Lakers defeated the Crusaders, 5-4. The Crusaders have won the last four games against Mercyhurst going back to Nov. 14, 2003 when Holy Cross defeated the Lakers, 5-2, for the second time in history. The last time the two teams met was on Jan. 14, 2005, at the Mercyhurst Ice Center in Erie, Pa. After trailing 3-1, Holy Cross exploded with four goals in the third period to edge out Mercyhurst, 5-4. Junior Tyler McGregor posted two game-tying goals, while freshman Matt Werry netted his first collegiate-goal in style as he scored the game-winner. This season the Crusaders hold the advantage as they are 4-2-4 at the Hart Center this season, while the Lakers are 5-11-3 on foreign ice. When hosting Mercyhurst, Holy Cross has posted only two wins as it is 2-7-0 all-time against the Lakers at the Hart Center.
All-Time vs. Mercyhurst
All-time series: MC leads, 10-5-1
First Meeting: at HC, Nov. 29. 1997, MC won, 5-4
Last Meeting: at MC, Jan. 14, 2005, HC won, 5-4
Last Holy Cross win: at MC, Jan. 14, 2005, 5-4
Last Mercyhurst win: at HC, Feb. 28, 2003, 2-1
Longest Holy Cross win streak: Four games, Nov. 14, 2003-present
Longest Mercyhurst win streak: Four games, twice
Largest Holy Cross margin of victory: Three goals, Nov. 14, 2003, 5-2
Largest Mercyhurst margin of victory: Seven goals, March 11, 2000, 10-3 (MAAC Playoffs)
Most Holy Cross goals scored: Six, Nov. 15, 2002, 6-5 (OT)/Feb. 27, 2004, 6-4
Most Mercyhurst goals scored: 10, March 11, 2000, 10-3 (MAAC Playoffs)
Crusaders vs. Mercyhurst All-Time Series
Jan. 14, 2005, (A) W 5-4
Feb. 27, 2004, (H) W 6-4
Nov. 15, 2003, (A) W 6-5 (OT)
Nov. 14, 2003, (A) W 5-2
Feb. 28, 2003, (H) L 1-2
Jan. 10, 2003, (A) L 2-3
Feb. 2, 2002, (H) L 1-4
Feb. 1, 2002, (H) L 3-6
Nov. 2, 2001, (A) T 5-5 (OT)
Jan. 27, 2001, (H) L 3-4
Oct. 27, 2000, (A) L 2-6
March 11, 2000, (A) L 3-10%
March 4, 2000, (H) L 1-6
March 3, 2000, (H) W 1-0
Oct. 30, 1999, (H) L 2-5
Nov. 29, 1997, (H) L 4-5
% - MAAC Playoffs
Vying for Home Ice
Holy Cross is currently tied for second-place in the Atlantic Hockey standings as all nine teams in the conference qualify for the postseason. The Crusaders can secure home ice for the Quarterfinals this weekend if they take three of four points from Mercyhurst. The eighth seed will host the ninth seed on Tuesday, March 8 in a play-in game for the Quarterfinals. On Saturday, March 12 the top-four teams in the league will host the Quarterfinals that will be a single-game elimination round. The highest seeded team remaining after the Quarterfinals will host the final two rounds of the playoffs, the Semifinals and the Atlantic Hockey Championship, March 18-19.
Junior assistant captain Pierre Napert-Frenette leads the Crusaders and is second in the league with 31 points (13 goals and 18 assists). He is one of four players in Atlantic Hockey to net a hat trick, which he scored versus Air Force on Saturday, Oct. 30.
Sophomore James Sixsmith leads the conference in assists (23). He is tied for fourth in the league in points (30) and ranks second in the league power play points (17).
Junior Tyler McGregor leads Atlantic Hockey in goals (16). He is tied for third in the league with seven power play goals. He is the only Crusader to successfully attempt a penalty shot this season (against Quinnipiac, Dec. 5, 2004).
Senior captain Andrew McKay is eighth in the league and third on the team with 16 helpers. McKay and Napert-Frenette are tied for second in the league with three game-winning goals each.
Freshman Brian Gabriel, McGregor and Napert-Frenette are the only Crusaders to net short-handed goals this season. It was Gabriel's first collegiate-goal.
Between the Pipes
The duo of juniors Tony Quesada and Ben Conway are the back bone of Holy Cross' goaltending. Conway and Quesada top the list in goals against average in league games. Conway leads Atlantic Hockey with 2.25 goals against in conference games (2.73 overall). Quesada is second in league with 2.27 goals against and second overall with 2.64 goals against. Both Crusaders own a .906 save percentage. Quesada posted his first shutout of the season on Tuesday, Feb. 15 against Connecticut, 5-0, his fourth career-shutout. He earned Honorable Mention this week from Atlantic Hockey for his shutout. Conway registered a career-high 40 saves and set a new career-high of six wins en route to a 5-2 victory over the Bobcats on Saturday, Feb. 12 against Quinnipiac. Of Holy Cross' five all-time wins against Quinnipiac, Conway owns three.
Defense Up Front
Holy Cross' blue liners lead the conference by allowing only 2.45 goals per league game. The Crusaders' defense are ranked 26th nationally, allowing 2.83 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 is tied for seventh with 12 points.
The Crusaders are the least penalized team in Atlantic Hockey, averaging 13.30 during league games (14.57 overall). Only three of the other 58 division one college hockey teams have fewer penalty minutes than the Crusaders, including nationally ranked No. 7 New Hampshire. On the flip side, Holy Cross is last in the conference as they have killed off 78.1 percent of all their opponents' man-up advantages. Leading the Crusaders in the box is sophomore Jon Landry, who has recorded 24 penalties for 48 minutes this season, while freshman Dale Reinhardt has played in 24 games to date and has yet to sit in the penalty box
On the Man-Advantage
Holy Cross remains on top of the power play in Atlantic Hockey by converting 20.7 percent of its advantages in league action. The Crusaders are ranked 19th in the nation with an 18.9 conversion percentage. Junior Tyler McGregor leads the Crusaders with seven power play goals.
Several of Holy Cross' team members are ranked nationally. Newcomer Dale Reinhardt is ranked 16th among rookies in the nation in points per game (0.79). Junior Tyler McGregor is ranked 25th in the nation, posting .55 goals per game, as sophomore James Sixsmith is ranked 21st in the nation averaging 0.77 assists per game.
Always on Ice
Six Crusaders have played in every game this season, including seniors Andrew McKay and Chris Sullivan, junior 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 19 points (eight goals and 11 assists). Matt Burke has tallied five goals and five assists, while Cal St. Denis is right behind him with nine points (three goals ans six assists). Matt Werry posted his first collegiate-goal, the game-winner, in the Crusaders come-from-behind victory over Mercyhurst on Jan. 14. He now has a total of four points. 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. Brian Kolb was awarded his first collegiate-goal in the 6-3 victory over UConn on Dec. 30. 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 four points.
Oh Captain! My Captain!
Holy Cross is led by senior captain Andrew McKay, who has tallied 25 points this season (seven goals and 16 assists). 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. Napert-Frenette leads the team with 31 points (13 goals and 18 assists).
2004-05 Conference Honorees
Week/Player/Award Nov. 1, Pierre Napert-Frenette, Player
Nov. 8, Tony Coskren, Player
Nov. 29, Ben Conway, Goaltender
Jan. 3, Tyler McGregor, Player
Jan. 3, Tony Quesada, Goaltender
Jan. 10, Dale Reinhardt, Rookie
Jan. 17, Tyler McGregor, Player
Game One Crusader Highlights: Jan. 14, 2004 - HC 5, MC 4
The Crusader trailed Mercyhurst, 3-1, at the end of the second period, but exploded with four goals in the third stanza for a final score of 5-4, Friday, Jan. 14 at the Mercyhurst Ice Center, in front of 1,223 fans. Junior Tyler McGregor led the Crusaders with two game-tying goals in the third and added a helper for a three-point night, while freshman Matt Werry scored his first collegiate-goal in style as he netted the game-winner. Entering the second stanza the Crusaders were down, 1-0, but freshman Dale Reinhardt put Holy Cross on the board with a power play goal at 3:08 in the period. Senior captain Andrew McKay led the rally when he scored his fifth marker of the season at 6:17 in the third. The Crusaders would wait eight minutes before netting their third tally of the night, when McGregor pocketed his first goal of the evening at 14:15, tying the game at three-all. McGregor posted his second game-tying goal on a man-up opportunity, less than a minute later to even the score at 4-4. With less than 2:30 in the period, Werry found the back of the net to score his first-career goal, the game-winner, at 17:34 in the third. Holy Cross netminder Tony Quesada made 32 saves for the win.