March 4, 2009
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Atlantic Hockey Tournament First Round
Teams: Holy Cross (11-18-5, 10-15-3 Atlantic Hockey) vs. American International (5-27-2, 5-22-1 Atlantic Hockey)
Date: March 7, 2009
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Ryan Holt, Listen to game
Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks
Series Record: Holy Cross leads 36-18-6
Last Meeting: HC 5, AIC 1 (Jan. 10, 2009; W. Springfield, Mass.)
2008-2009 Regular Season Series: Holy Cross won 3-1-0
ATLANTIC HOCKEY TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (11-18-5 overall, 10-15-3 Atlantic Hockey) will host American International (5-27-2 overall, 5-22-1 Atlantic Hockey) at the Hart Center on March 7 at 7:00 p.m., in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament First Round. The Crusaders finished in seventh place in the league standings and the Yellow Jackets finished in 10th. With a win the Crusaders will advance to a best two-out-of-three quarterfinals series at second seed RIT on March 13-15.
THE MATCH-UP: Holy Cross won the season series with the Yellow Jackets, 3-1-0, including winning both games in Worcester. The Crusaders are 36-18-6 all-time against the Yellow Jackets, including a 17-7-4 record at the Hart Center and a 4-1-0 record in the last five games in Worcester. Holy Cross is 2-0-0 against American International in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament with a 5-0 win on March 13, 2004, and a 3-1 win on March 11, 2006. Both of those games were in the quarterfinals as the contest in 2006 was in Worcester. Overall Holy Cross is 7-3-0 in the last 10 games against the Yellow Jackets.
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 12.3. 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.
HC AT HOME IN AHA TOURNAMENT: Holy Cross is 4-0-0 all-time in Atlantic Hockey Tournament games played at the Hart Center. Holy Cross defeated Sacred Heart in 2005 and the Yellow Jackets, Connecticut and Bentley in 2006.
HOME ICE: The Crusaders are 6-8-2 at home this season, while last season they went 5-10-2. Holy Cross has a 293-183-28 (.609) all-time record at the Hart Center since it started playing there in 1975-1976.
HC IN THE ATLANTIC HOCKEY TOURNAMENT: The Crusaders have a 7-4-0 record all-time in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament as they have won two titles (2004 & 2006). Last season, Holy Cross was swept in the best two-out-of-three quarterfinals series at RIT as it lost two 5-4 overtime games. In 2007, 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 Atlantic Hockey 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.
CYR LEADS TEAM IN POINTS & GOALS: Sophomore Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) has 11 goals and seven assists for 18 points in the last 18 games, as for the year he leads the team in goals with 17 and points with 28, while his 11 assists are tied for third. His 17 goals are tied for fourth on the Holy Cross Division I single-season goals list. He was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week for his four-goal performance in the two-game series against Mercyhurst. Cyr is seventh in the league and is 22nd in the nation in goals per game with 0.52. He also leads the team in game-winning goals with four. 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 first season. Cyr is the first Holy Cross player from Manitoba.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Freshman forward Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week, for scoring four goals in two games. Miller scored the four goals in the two games with Sacred Heart on Feb. 27-28. In the 5-2 win on Feb. 27, he tied the game at 1-1 in the first period and then gave the Crusaders a 4-2 lead in the second period. On Feb. 28, Miller netted a power play goal in the first period, while he scored his fourth goal of the series in the third period. For the season he has six goals and eight assists for 14 points, including six goals and six assists for 12 points in the last 16 games.
CAPTAIN DRISCOLL: Junior co-captain Ryan Driscoll has now played in 103 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 previous seasons. Driscoll is tied for third on the team in assists and is fifth in points. He has 18 goals and 33 assists for 51 points.
DAMS 5-4-1 IN LAST 10 STARTS: Junior goalie Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) is 5-4-1 in his last 10 starts. In these 10 games he has made 279 saves and has allowed 26 goals for a 2.58 goals against average and a .915 save percentage. He made 30 saves and only allowed only two goals in the 5-2 win against Sacred Heart on Feb. 27, while 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 Springfield, 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 1,034 career saves are third on the Holy Cross all-time Division I list, while his 15 career victories are fifth. This year, Dams has a 2.81 goals against average and a .907 save percentage with a 5-5-1 record. He has also made 321 saves.
SHEEN PROVIDES OFFENSIVE SPARK: Sophomore Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) is first on the team in assists with 13, tied for second on the team in points with 22 and is third in goals with nine. He has seven assists in the last four games. 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 first period, while in the 4-4 tie on Jan. 18, he had two assists. He had two assists against Air Force on Feb. 20. In the two games with Sacred Heart he had two assists in the 5-2 win on Feb. 27 and three assists on Feb. 28. In 70 career games played, Sheen already has 24 goals and 22 assists for 46 points. In his freshman season last year, he led the team in goals with 15 and earned Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie Team honors.
DAMS & THOMSON REACH 100 CAREER GAMES: Senior Marty Dams has played in 121 career games which are the most by any current Crusader. He has four goals and 20 assists for 24 points in his career, including two goals and five assists for seven points this year. He had one assist in the 5-2 win over Sacred Heart on Feb. 27, while he had two assists in the 4-1 win at Connecticut on Jan. 31 and tied the game at 1-1 with a goal in the 2-2 tie against No. 18 Dartmouth on Jan. 21. Senior Dewey Thomson (Northbridge, Mass.) has played in 104 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 13 as he has four goals and nine 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 18 assists for 28 points in 69 games.
SHEAHAN HAVING SOLID SEASON: Junior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) is tied for second on the team in scoring with 22 points on 10 goals and 12 assists. He is second on the team in goals and assists. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, he has totaled 28 goals and 40 assists for 68 points in 98 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 fifth on the team in goals with seven, as he also has nine assists and 16 points. Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) and Luke Miller, 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 six goals and eight assists for 14 points and was named Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week once, while Cox has two goals and seven assists for nine points. Over the last 16 games, Miller has six goals and six assists for 12 points, while over the last 15 games, Cox has two goals and four assists for six points. Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) has two goals and five assists for seven points, while Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) has six points with two goals and four assists, and Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario) also has six points with one goalsand five assists. Gianni Baldassari (Fort Wayne, Ind.) has two goals and three assists for five points. Matthew Davis (Lancaster, N.Y.) has two assists.
MOVING UP THE CHARTS: Sophomore goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) has 1,339 career saves which are already second on Holy Cross' all-time Division I saves list. Also his 14 career victories are sixth 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 this season 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 212-205-48 (.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 first two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2004 and 2006, 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, 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 finish 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 affiliate 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 (Bakersfield 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.