March 4, 2008
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (10-17-7, 9-15-4 AHA) vs. RIT (17-11-6, 15-8-5 AHA)
Dates: March 7-9, 2008 (Best two-out-of-three series; March 9 if necessary)
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Place: Frank Ritter Memorial Ice Arena (2,100), Rochester, N.Y.
Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass., Ryan Holt & Mike Kemezis
Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks
Series Record: RIT leads 8-5-0
Last Meeting: RIT 5, HC 1 (1/5/08; Worcester, Mass.)
2007-08 Regular Season Series: RIT won 2-0-0
HC TO PLAY AT RIT IN AHA QUARTERFINALS: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (10-17-7, 9-15-4 Atlantic Hockey) will travel to Rochester, N.Y., to meet the Rochester Institute of Technology (17-11-6, 15-8-5 Atlantic Hockey) in a best two-out-of-three series in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Hockey Tournament on March 7-9 at the Frank Ritter Memorial Ice Arena. All games will start at 7:05 p.m. The Crusaders are the ninth seed, while the Tigers are the second seed in the tournament. The winner of this series will advance to the Atlantic Hockey Final Five at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester on March 14-16. On January 4-5, RIT swept a two-game series at the Hart Center by scores of 5-2 and 5-1 to take the regular season series, 2-0-0. These two teams have never met in the postseason, while this will be RIT's first ever postseason games as a Division I program.
HC IN THE AHA TOURNAMENT: The Crusaders have a 7-2 record all-time in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament as they have won two of the first four titles (2004 & 2006). Last year, Holy Cross lost at Air Force in the quarterfinals. In 2006 at the Hart Center, Holy Cross defeated AIC in the quarterfinals (3-1), UConn in the semifinals (4-1) and Bentley in the championship game (5-2), earning their second title and second NCAA Tournament appearance. Holy Cross won the first-ever AHA Tournament in 2004, earning the program's first ever spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Crusaders defeated AIC (5-0), Canisius (4-1) and Sacred Heart in the title game (4-0). In 2005, Holy Cross defeated Sacred Heart, 4-2, in the quarterfinals, but then fell to eventual champion Mercyhurst, 4-3 (OT), in the semifinals. In 1999, the Crusaders won the MAAC Tournament Championship by defeating Canisius, 4-3, in the finals.
#2 IN THE COUNTRY IN FEWEST PENALTY MINUTES: Holy Cross is second in the nation and first in Atlantic Hockey in fewest penalty minutes per game with 10.4. Entering the weekend, the Crusaders have 166 penalties for 354 minutes in 34 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).
#3 IN THE NATION ON THE POWER PLAY: Holy Cross' 23.0 power play percentage is ranked third in the nation. The Crusaders are 38-165 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 nine as he is ranked second in the conference in power play goals and is tied for ninth nationally. Sophomore Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) and freshman Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) each have six power play goals which are tied for eighth in the league.
BURKE & REINHARDT 5TH IN GAMES PLAYED: Seniors Matt Burke (Milton, Mass.) and Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) have each played in 136 career games in their Holy Cross careers. They are tied for fifth on the Holy Cross all-time career games played list.
ROY SETS HC FRESHMAN SAVES RECORD: Freshman goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) has 702 saves this season, which are the most for a Holy Cross freshman goalie in a single-season in the history of the program since it started in the 1966-67 season. He is ranked third on the Holy Cross Division I single-season saves list. The record is 840 by Tony Quesada in the 2005-06 season. The 1998-99 season was the first year the Crusaders played a full Division I schedule. Roy was just named the Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Month for February, while he has been named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week twice this season and 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.
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.
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 49 assists for 63 points in 136 career games. In 28 games this season he has two goals and 10 assists. Last Saturday at UConn he assisted on both of Holy Cross' goals.
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 32 and in assists with a career best 20. He is also second on the team in goals with a career best 12. He is tied for seventh in the league in points and assists. Sheahan has been named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week twice this season.
CRUSADERS ON A ROLL: Sophomore forward Brodie Sheahan has at least one point in 19 games this season including at least one point in five of the last seven games for the Crusaders, while senior forward Dale Reinhardt and freshman forward Everett Sheen has at least one point in 17 games. Sophomore forward Rob Forshner (Sundre, Alberta) has 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 136 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.
SENIOR SALUTE: Holy Cross' 10 seniors of 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) have been a part of 63 wins, one Atlantic Hockey regular season and tournament title and a victory in the NCAA Tournament. Last Friday night against UConn, the seniors were honored before the game for their hard work and dedication to the team on and off the ice.
HC SETS SCHOOL RECORD FOR TIES: Holy Cross' seven ties this season are the most in a single-season in the program's history since it started in the 1966-67 season. The NCAA record is nine set by Minnesota (15-19-9) in 1998.
OUTSTANDING FRESHMEN CLASS: All seven Holy Cross freshmen have seen major playing time this season and have been solid contributors. Forward Everett Sheen's 15 goals lead the team and are tied for third in the nation by rookies, while his 0.44 goals per game are tied for sixth in the nation by rookies. His 15 goals are second in Atlantic Hockey by freshmen and are sixth overall in the conference. His 23 points 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 Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week twice and the Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week once, while forward J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) was also named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week once as he has three goals and eight assists for 11 points in 27 games. Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) has five goals and nine assists as he has played in all 34 games. Defenseman Matt Celin (Gibsonia, Pa.) has one goal and one assist in 26 games played, while forward Jamie Jelinek (Great Falls, Va.) has one goal.
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 201-185-43 (.519) 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 63 games with seven goals and seven assists. Overall Rissmiller has recorded 17 goals and 25 assists for 42 points in 164 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.