February 27, 2008

Holy Cross To Conclude Regular Season Against UConn

Feb. 27, 2008

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:

Teams: Holy Cross (10-15-7, 9-13-4 AHA) vs. Connecticut (10-19-3, 9-14-3 AHA)

Dates: February 29-March 1, 2008

Times: Friday-7:00 p.m.; Saturday-7:05 p.m.

Place: Friday-Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.

Saturday-Mark E. Freitas Ice Forum (2,000)

Holy Cross Radio: Friday-WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass., Ryan Holt & Mike Kemezis

Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks

Series Record: HC leads 42-40-2 (Varsity games since 1966-67)

Last Meeting: HC 3, UConn 3 (12/1/07; Worcester, Mass.)

2007-08 Series: HC leads 1-0-1

HC TO PLAY TWO WITH UCONN: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (10-15-7, 9-13-4 Atlantic Hockey) will conclude the regular season when it plays Connecticut (10-19-3, 9-14-3 Atlantic Hockey) in a home-and-home series on Friday and Saturday, February 29-March 1 in Atlantic Hockey action. On Friday, the Crusaders will host the Huskies at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m., while Saturday's game will take place at the Mark E. Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs, Conn. at 7:05 p.m. Holy Cross is tied for seventh place with Canisius in the league standings with 22 points, while UConn is in ninth place with 21 points. The Crusaders could potentially finish the regular season as high as sixth place or as low as ninth. The Crusaders split a two-game home-and-home series with Sacred Heart last weekend, while the Huskies swept a two-game home-and-home series with AIC. Earlier in the season Holy Cross won a two-game home-and-home series with UConn, 1-0-1.

SENIOR NIGHT: On Friday night, Holy Cross' 10 seniors will be honored for their hard work and dedication to the team on and off the ice during their careers. Matt Burke (Milton, Mass.), Brent Franklin (Grosse Point Farms, Mich.), Brian Gabriel (Kenai, Alaska), Bryce Nantes (Calgary, Alberta), Frank O'Grady (Kimberley, British Columbia), Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.), Cal St. Denis (Freelton, Ontario), Chris Trovato (North Attleboro, Mass.), Jim Tselikis (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Matt Werry (Regina Saskatchewan) have been a part of 63 wins, one Atlantic Hockey regular season and tournament title and a victory in the NCAA Tournament.

#2 IN THE COUNTRY IN FEWEST PENALTY MINUTES: Holy Cross is tied for second in the nation and is first in Atlantic Hockey in fewest penalty minutes per game with 10.6. Entering the weekend, the Crusaders have 158 penalties for 338 minutes in 32 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).

#4 IN THE NATION ON THE POWER PLAY: Holy Cross' 23.1 power play percentage is ranked fourth in the nation. The Crusaders are 36-156 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 is tied for 12th nationally. Sophomore Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) has six power play goals which are tied for fifth in the league, while freshman Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) has five which are tied for ninth.

BURKE & REINHARDT 8TH IN GAMES PLAYED: Seniors Matt Burke and Dale Reinhardt have each played in 134 career games in their Holy Cross careers. They are tied for eighth on the Holy Cross all-time career games played list.

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.

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 31 and in assists with a career best 20. He is also second on the team in goals with a career best 11. He is fifth in the league in assists and is tied for sixth in points. 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: Sophomore forward Brodie Sheahan has at least one point in 18 games this season including at least one point in four of the last five games, while senior forward Dale Reinhardt has at least one point in 17 games. Sophomore forward Rob Forshner (Sundre, Alberta) and freshman forward Everett Sheen have earned at least one point in 16 games, while sophomore forward Ryan Driscoll has had at least one point in 14 games this year for the Crusaders.

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 134 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 in assists and points, while he is fourth in goals.

CAPTAIN Matt Burke: Senior Matt Burke 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 134 career games. In 26 games this season he has two goals and eight assists.

ROY SETS HC FRESHMAN SAVES RECORD: Freshman goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) has 667 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. In the 3-1 win over Sacred Heart on February 22, Roy stopped 37 of 38 shots. He had 15 saves in the first period, seven in the second and 15 in the third.

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 fifth in the nation by rookies, while his 0.44 goals per game are tied for seventh in the nation by rookies. His 14 goals are second in Atlantic Hockey by freshmen and are tied for fifth overall in the conference. His 0.69 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 sixth 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 five 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.

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 earned his 200th career win. 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 201-183-43 (.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 59 games with seven goals and six assists. Overall Rissmiller has recorded 17 goals and 24 assists for 41 points in 160 games. Currently three players from last season's graduating class are on professional rosters. Forward James Sixsmith is on Milwaukee of the AHL, defenseman Jon Landry is playing for Elmira of the ECHL and forward Tanner Fogarty is playing for the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL.