March 2, 2005
Worcester, Mass. -
The Crusaders finish regular-season action this weekend when they play Bentley in a home-and-home series, Friday-Saturday, March 4-5. Friday's home game marks the 24th meeting between the two teams and the second of the season. Holy Cross (14-3-5 overall) leads the all-time series 13-8-2 against Bentley (7-17-5 overall) dating back to Nov. 24, 1981 when the Crusaders defeated the Falcons, 7-5. Holy Cross is on a two game losing-streak against Bentley. In their last meeting, Holy Cross netted the first goal of the game at 11:45 in the first, before Bentley took a 2-1 lead with two tallies late in the period. The Crusaders evened the score early in the second, but soon trailed 4-2 after two more Falcon goals. Holy Cross dropped Bentley's lead to one, midway through the third, but an empty netter with one second remaining in the game made the final score, 5-3, Bentley.
Crusaders vs. Bentley All-Time Series
Nov. 6, 2004, (H) L, 3-5
March 6, 2004, (A) L, 0-1 (OT)
Jan. 31, 2004, (H) W, 5-2
Jan. 30, 2004, (H) W, 6-4
March 8, 2003, (A) L, 1-2
March 7, 2003, (H) W, 6-4
Dec. 11, 2002, (H) L, 0-2
Nov. 17, 2001, (A) W, 3-0
Nov. 16, 2001, (H) W, 4-2
Oct. 26, 2001, (A) W, 4-1
Feb. 16, 2001, (H) W, 6-2
Dec. 16, 2000, (N) L, 1-4^
Nov. 4, 2000, (A) W, 3-2
Feb. 5, 2000, (H) T, 2-2 (OT)
Feb. 4, 2000, (A) L, 4-6
Nov. 5, 1999, (A) L, 2-3
Nov. 28, 1997, (H) W, 2-0
Nov. 25, 1995, (N) W, 7-3%
Dec. 3, 1985, (H) W, 9-3
Dec. 8, 1984, (A) W, 5-3
Feb. 25, 1984, (H) L, 2-5
Dec. 11, 1982, (A) T, 3-3 (OT)
Nov. 24, 1981, (H) W, 7-5
^ - at Conte Forum
% - Cardinal Classic
All-Time vs. Bentley
All-time series: HC leads, 13-8-2
First Meeting: at HC, Nov. 11, 1981, HC won, 7-5
Last Meeting: at HC, Nov. 6, 2004, BC won, 5-3
Last Holy Cross win: at HC, Jan. 31, 2004, 5-2
Last Bentley win: at HC, Nov. 6, 2004, 5-3
Longest Holy Cross win streak: Four games, twice
Longest Bentley win streak: Two games, twice
Largest Holy Cross margin of victory: Six goals, Dec. 3, 1985, 9-3
Largest Bentley margin of victory: Six goals, Feb. 4, 2000, 6-4
Most Holy Cross goals scored: Nine, Dec. 3, 1985, 9-3
Most Bentley goals scored: Three, Feb. 25, 1984, 5-2/Dec. 16, 2000, 4-1
Holy Cross is currently in fifth-place in the Atlantic Hockey standings, behind first-place Quinnipiac and the three-way tie of second-place between Sacred Heart, Canisius and Mercyhurst. Last weekend, Quinnipiac clenched home-ice with its two-game sweep of Sacred Heart. The Crusaders can safely secure home-ice this weekend by winning both games against Bentley. All nine teams in the conference qualify for the postseason, as 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 tied for second in the league with 33 points (13 goals and 20 assists). He is one of five players in Atlantic Hockey to net a hat trick, which he scored versus Air Force on Saturday, Oct. 30.
Sophomore James Sixsmith is second in the conference with 23 assists. He is tied for sixth in the league in points (31) and ranks third in the league in power play points (17).
Junior Tyler McGregor is tied for first in Atlantic Hockeywith 18 goals scored. He is tied for fourth 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 tied for ninth 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.
Defense Up Front
Holy Cross' blue liners lead the conference by allowing only 2.55 goals per league game. The Crusaders' defense are ranked 26th nationally, allowing 2.88 goals per game overall, second to Canisius (2.81) in the AHA. Sophomore Jon Landry and senior assistant captain Tony Coskren are among the top defensemen in the league. Coskren is tied for sixth with 15 points, while Landry is tied for ninth with 13 points.
The Crusaders are the least penalized team in Atlantic Hockey, averaging 13.09 minutes during league games (14.34 minutes 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. Conversely, Holy Cross is last in the conference as they have killed off 77.5 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 26 games to date and has yet to sit in the penalty box.
On the Man-Advantage
Holy Cross remains one of the top teams in Atlantic Hockey games, as it has converted 19.5 percent of its man-up opportunities, second to Mercyhurst (19.7). The Crusaders are ranked 25th in the nation with an 18.1 conversion percentage. Junior Tyler McGregor leads the Crusaders with seven power play goals.
Several of Holy Cross' team members are ranked nationally. Junior Tyler McGregor is averaging .58 goals per game and ranks 17th in the nation. Newcomer Dale Reinhardt is ranked 19th among rookies in the nation in points per game (0.73), as sophomore James Sixsmith is ranked 30th in the nation averaging 0.72 assists per game. Senior defender Tony Coskren averages .62 points per game ranking 25th among blueliners in the country.
Head Coach Paul Pearl coached his first five season's at the helm of Holy Cross hockey without losing an overtime game. His overall record for games played in overtime is 5-4-28, including two wins and five ties from the current season. In his last four seasons (including the current) Pearl has lost only one overtime game.
Last Line of Defense
Junior netminders Ben Conway and Tony Quesada are ranked first with a 2.35 goals against average and third with a 2.40 goals against average in league games, respectively. Overall, Quesada is second in the league with a 2.72 goals against average. Both Crusaders own a .906 save percentage. On Feb. 15, Quesada posted his first shutout of the season against Connecticut, 5-0. It was his fourth career-shutout. In the Feb. 12 game versus Quinnipiac, Conway registered a career-high 40 saves and set a new career-high of six wins en route to a 5-2 victory. Of Holy Cross' five all-time wins against Quinnipiac, Conway owns three.
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