Feb. 26, 2009
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (10-17-5, 9-14-3 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Sacred Heart (8-20-4, 8-15-3)
Dates: Feb. 27-28
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Feb. 27-Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Feb. 28-Milford Ice Pavilion (1,000), Milford, Conn.
Holy Cross Radio: Feb. 27-WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Ryan Holt & Kevin Doyle, Listen To Game
Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks
Series Record: Sacred Heart leads 19-18-1
Last Meeting: SH 3, HC 2 (Nov. 30, 2008; Worcester, Mass.)
2008-2009 Series: Tied 1-1-0
THIS WEEKEND: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (10-17-5 overall, 9-14-3 Atlantic Hockey) will conclude the regular season when it plays a home-and-home series with Atlantic Hockey opponent Sacred Heart (8-20-4 overall, 8-15-3 Atlantic Hockey) on Feb. 27-28 at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders will host the game on Feb. 27, while the contest on Feb. 28 will be at the Milford Ice Pavilion in Milford, Conn. This is a key home-and-home series with Sacred Heart as the Crusaders are currently in seventh place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 21 points and the Pioneers are in eighth place with 19 points. Holy Cross can finish in either sixth, seventh or eighth place as Army is in sixth with 23 points. The 2009 Atlantic Hockey Tournament is a four-round format that will begin on March 7 with a single-game elimination round as the seventh and eighth place teams host the 10th and ninth place teams respectively. Then on March 13-15 the best two-out-of-three quarterfinals series will take place. The semifinals and finals will be played at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y., on March 20 and March 21.
SIXTH IN FEWEST PENALTY MINUTES: The Crusaders are sixth in the nation and are third in Atlantic Hockey in fewest penalty minutes per game with 11.9. 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.
HOME ICE: The Crusaders are 5-8-2 at home this season, while last season they went 5-10-2. Holy Cross has a 292-183-28 (.608) all-time record at the Hart Center since it started playing there in 1975-1976.
ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 4-9-3 on the road this season. Last year, Holy Cross went 5-9-4 in away games.
CYR LEADS TEAM IN POINTS & GOALS: Sophomore Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) has nine goals and five assists for 14 points in the last 16 games, as for the year he leads the team in goals with 15 and points with 24, while his nine assists are 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 11th in the league and is 30th 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 fi rst season. Cyr is the fi rst Holy Cross player from Manitoba.
DUAL THREAT IN NET: Both of Holy Cross' goalies have been seeing time in net lately. Sophomore Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) is 2-3-3 with a 2.79 goals against average and a .895 save percentage in his last eight starts, while junior Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) is 4-3-1 with a 2.63 goals against average and a .910 save percentage in his last nine appearances.
SENIOR SALUTE: This year's senior class has left a huge impact on Holy Cross hockey. As freshmen they were factors in the Crusaders winning the 2006 Atlantic Hockey regular season and tournament titles. Also as a class, they were a key contributor to the program's first ever NCAA Tournament victory with the 4-3 sudden-death overtime win over Minnesota in 2006. A goaltender, Charlie Lockwood (Breckenridge, Colo.) is a two-time member of the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team. As a sophomore he played in 10 games with nine starts making 240 saves. A defenseman, Shane McAdam (Hamilton, Ontario) has played in 66 career games with three goals and 16 assists for 19 points. As a freshman he scored three goals and had nine assists for 12 points, as he also played in the victory over Minnesota in the NCAA Tournament. McAdam has had major success in the classroom as he has made the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team in every season. A forward, Dewey Thomson (Northbridge, Mass.) is one of three current Crusaders to have played in more than 100 career games. He has 13 goals and 19 assists for 32 points in 102 games. Thomson had a career-best seven goals and nine assists for 16 points as a sophomore in 31 games. He was also named the Crusader of the Week as a sophomore. Thomson is a three-time member of the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team. A defenseman, Marty Dams (Manotick, Ontario) has been a consistent force on defense over the last four seasons for the Crusaders. His 119 games played are the most by any current Holy Cross player, as he has four goals and 19 assists for 23 points. As a junior he recorded a career-best seven points with seven assists. Also as a junior he received the Glenn "Spike" Crane Memorial Award which is given to the player who excels most in the little things and leads his teammates by example. As a senior captain, Dams has demonstrated that he is a strong leader.
SHEEN PROVIDES OFFENSIVE SPARK: Sophomore Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) is second on the team in goals with nine and is tied for fourth in points with 17. His eight assists are tied for fifth. 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 fi rst period, while in the 4-4 tie on Jan. 18, he had two assists. Most recently he had two assists against Air Force on Feb. 20. In 68 career games played, Sheen already has 24 goals and 17 assists for 41 points. In his freshman season last year, he led the team in goals with 15 and earned Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie Team honors.
DAMS 4-3-1 IN LAST EIGHT STARTS: Junior goalie Ian Dams is 4-3-1 in his last eight starts. In these eight games he has made 215 saves and has allowed only 20 goals for a 2.49 goals against average and a .915 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 Springfi eld, 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 970 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 2.80 goals against average and a .905 save percentage in 11 games. He has also made 257 saves.
CAPTAIN DRISCOLL: Junior co-captain Ryan Driscoll has now played in 101 career games. 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 tied for fourth in points and is tied for fifth in goals. He has 18 goals and 33 assists for 51 points.
DAMS & THOMSON REACH 100 CAREER GAMES: Senior Marty Dams has played in 119 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 has played in 102 career games as he has recorded 13 goals and 19 assists for 32 points in his career.
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 12 as he has four goals and eight assists. He is tied for fifth 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 10 goals and 17 assists for 27 points in 67 games.
SHEAHAN HAVING SOLID SEASON: Junior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) is second on the team in scoring with 20 points on nine goals and 11 assists. He is tied for first on the team in assists and he is tied for second in goals. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, he has totaled 27 goals and 39 assists for 66 points in 96 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 eight assists and 14 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 eight assists for 10 points, while Cox has two goals and seven assists for nine points. Over the last 14 games, Miller has two goals and six assists for eight points, while over the last 13 games, Cox has two goals and four assists for six points. Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) has two goals and fi ve assists for seven points, while Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) has six points with two goals and four assists. Gianni Baldassari (Fort Wayne, Ind.) has two goals and three assists for five points and Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario) has fi ve points with one goal and four assists. He scored his first collegiate goal in the Air Force game on Feb. 20. Matthew Davis (Lancaster, N.Y.) has two assists.
MOVING UP THE CHARTS: Sophomore goalie Adam Roy has 1,489 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. 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 568 saves and has a 6-13-4 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 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.
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 211-204- 48 (.508) 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 fi rst two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2004 and 2006, while he coached the Crusaders to their fi rst-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.
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 fi nish 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 affi liate 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 (Bakersfi eld 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.