Holy Cross Plays Host To Pioneers In Quarterfinals

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March 11, 2005

Worcester, Mass. - Holy Cross will put it all on the line Saturday night when it hosts Sacred Heart in the Quarterfinals of the Atlantic Hockey Tournament. Saturday's game marks the 24th meeting between the two teams and the fourth of the season. Holy Cross (15-3-6 overall) leads the all-time series 13-9-1 against Sacred Heart (13-20-1 overall) dating back to Oct. 30, 1998 when the Crusaders defeated the Pioneers, 7-3. Holy Cross is on a two game losing-streak against Sacred Heart, as the Pioneers won the season series, 2-1-0. In their last meeting, junior Marc Bianchi evened the score with one second remaining in the first period. The Pioneers took the final lead halfway through the second with a power play goal for a final score of 2-1. In conference playoffs, the Crusaders are 2-0-0 against Sacred Heart, including a 3-1 win on March 13, 1999, in the MAAC playoffs and last season's four-goal shutout victory in the Atlantic Hockey Championship game.

All-Time vs. Sacred Heart
All-time series: HC leads, 13-9-1
First Meeting: at HC, Oct. 30, 1998, HC won, 7-3
Last Meeting: at SHU, Feb. 18, 2005, SHU won, 2-1
Last Holy Cross win: at SHU, Jan. 4, 2005, 3-2 (OT)
Last SHU win: at SHU, Feb. 18, 2005, 2-1
Longest Holy Cross win streak: Five games, Oct. 30, 1998-March 13, 1999
Longest SHU win streak: Three games, Nov. 27, 1999-Jan. 29, 2000
Largest Holy Cross margin of victory: Six goals, twice
Largest SHU margin of victory: Three goals, Jan. 29, 2000, 5-2
Most Holy Cross goals scored: Seven, Oct. 30, 1998, 7-3
Most SHU goals scored: Five, four times

Crusaders vs. Sacred Heart All-Time Series
Feb. 18, 2005 (A) L, 1-2
Feb. 11, 2005 (H) L, 3-5
Jan. 4, 2005 (A) W, 3-2 (OT)
March 20, 2004 (N) W, 4-0#
Nov. 25, 2003 (A) L, 1-2
Nov. 22, 2003 (H) W, 6-5 (OT)
Oct. 17, 2003 (N) W, 4-2*
Jan. 14, 2003 (A) L, 1-3
Jan. 7, 2003 (H) W, 3-1
March 1, 2003 (H) W, 7-1
Jan. 26, 2002 (A) L, 3-5
Jan. 25, 2002 (H) W, 8-2
Feb. 24, 2001 (A) L, 2-4
Feb. 3, 2001 (A) T, 2-2 (OT)
Dec. 5, 2000 (H) W, 4-3
Jan. 29, 2000 (H) L, 2-5
Jan. 28, 2000 (A) L, 2-4
Nov. 27, 1999 (H) L, 2-4
March 13, 1999 (H) W, 3-1&
Jan. 23, 1999 (H) W, 4-2
Jan. 22, 1999 (A) W, 4-2
Oct. 31, 1998 (A) W, 4-1
Oct. 30, 1998 (H) W, 7-3
# - Atlantic Hockey Tournament
* - Black Bear Invitational
& - MAAC Playoffs

Current Crusaders vs. Sacred Heart
Player GP/G-A-Pts
Andrew McKay 11/5-5-10
Pierre Napert-Frenette 7/6-2-8
Tyler McGregor 8/1-5-6
James Sixsmith 6/2-4-6
Blair Bartlett 6/2-4-6
Tony Coskren 8/0-5-5
Chris Sullivan 11/1-0-1
Jonas Tomiuck 10/0-1-1
Marc Bianchi 7/1-0-1
Andrew Weber 5/1-0-1
Rob Godfrey 5/0-1-1
Tanner Fogarty 4/0-1-1
Chris Trovato 3/0-1-1
Matt Burke 3/1-0-1
Jon Landry 5/0-0-0
Frank O'Grady 4/0-0-0
Sean Nappo 3/0-0-0
Dale Reinhardt 3/0-0-0
Matt Werry 3/0-0-0
Cal St. Denis 2/0-0-0
Jim Tselikis 1/0-0-0
Brian Kolb 1/0-0-0

Tony Quesada 7 GP 137 Saves 14 GA .907 Sv%
Ben Conway 2 GP 36 Saves 5 GA .878 Sv%
Matt Norton 1 GP 25 Saves 1 GA .962 Sv%

Coach in Conference Playoffs
Head Coach Paul Pearl is 7-6-0 in league playoff action during his nine years at the helm of Holy Cross hockey. Six of his seven victories have come in a season when the Crusaders the conference tournament, including the 1999 MAAC title and last season's inaugural Atlantic Hockey title.

Current Crusaders in Playoff Action
Player GP/G-A-Pts
Andrew McKay 6/4-0-4
Pierre Napert-Frenette 5/0-3-3
James Sixsmith 4/0-3-3
Tyler McGregor 5/1-1-2
Marc Bianchi 5/1-1-2
Jonas Tomiuck 6/1-0-1
Tony Coskren 5/0-1-1
Frank O'Grady 2/0-1-1
Chris Sullivan 6/0-0-0
Jon Landry 4/0-0-0
Andrew Weber 4/0-0-0
Tanner Fogarty 2/0-0-0
Sean Nappo 2/0-0-0
Rob Godfrey 2/0-0-0
Blair Bartlett 1/0-0-0

Tony Quesada 5 GP 114 Saves 6 GA .950 Sv%
Ben Conway 2 GP 15 Saves 0 GA 1.000 Sv%

Player Notes
•Junior assistant captain Pierre Napert-Frenette leads the Crusaders and is second in the league with 36 points (13 goals and 23 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 26 assists. He is tied for third in the league in points (35) and ranks second in in power play points (19).
•Junior Tyler McGregor is tied for first in Atlantic Hockey with 20 goals scored and has a two tally cushion over second-place Pierre-Luc O'Brien of Sacred Heart. McGregor is tied for third in the league with eight power play goals.
•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.
•McGregor and Sixsmith are the only Crusaders to successfully attempt a penalty shot this season. McGregor's came in the 4-3 overtime victory against Quinnipiac, on Dec. 5, as Sixsmith's was in Holy Cross' 7-2 pounding of Bentley, on Saturday, March 5.

Overtime Outcomes 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 5-4-29, including two wins and six ties from the current season. In his last four seasons (including the current) Pearl has lost only one overtime game.

Defense On Top
Holy Cross' blue liners lead the conference by allowing only 2.50 goals per league game. The Crusaders' defense are ranked 24th nationally, allowing 2.82 goals per game overall, second to Canisius (2.76) in the AHA. Sophomore Jon Landry and senior assistant captain Tony Coskren are among the top defensemen in the league. Both are tied for eighth with 15 points each.

In the Box
The Crusaders are the least penalized team in Atlantic Hockey, averaging 13.1 minutes during league games (14.3 minutes overall). Holy Cross is tied for 53rd with UMass Lowell, averaging 14.3 minutes overall. Only four of the other 58 division one college hockey teams have fewer penalty minutes than the Crusaders, including nationally ranked No. 10 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.

On the Man-Advantage
Holy Cross remains one of the top teams in Atlantic Hockey games, as it has converted 18.8 percent of its man-up opportunities, second to Mercyhurst (21.1). The Crusaders are ranked 27th in the nation with an 17.8 conversion percentage. Junior Tyler McGregor leads the Crusaders with seven power play goals.

Nationally Ranked
Several of Holy Cross' team members are ranked nationally. Junior Tyler McGregor is averaging .61 goals per game and ranks 12th in the nation. Newcomer Dale Reinhardt is ranked 19th among rookies in the nation in points per game (0.75). Jumping up eight spots to rank 22nd in the country is sophomore James Sixsmith, who is averaging 0.76 assists per game.

Between the Pipes
Junior netminders Ben Conway and Tony Quesada are ranked first with a 2.31 goals against average and third with a 2.36 goals against average in league games, respectively. Overall, Quesada is second in the league with a 2.67 goals against average and posts a 9.07 save percentage. Conway owns 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.

Win No. 150
Head Coach Paul Pearl became the second hockey coach in Holy Cross history to reach 150 victories; current women's hockey Head Coach Peter Van Buskirk tallied 167 wins while he was with the men's program. The Crusaders defeated Canisius, 4-3, on Friday, Jan. 28, to help Pearl post his 150th win. On Oct. 13, 2002, Pearl notched his 100th victory with a 3-2 win over Connecticut. It has since taken him 93 games, with 10 ties, to reach the 150 mark.

Always on Ice
Five Crusaders have played in every game this season, including seniors Andrew McKay and Chris Sullivan, junior Pierre Napert-Frenette and sophomores Frank O'Grady and James Sixsmith.

Numbers for the Newcomers
So far this season seven of the 11 newcomers to the Holy Cross squad have posted their first collegiate-points. Three of the 11 rookies are ranked in the top-10 on the team in scoring. Forward Dale Reinhardt leads the freshman class with 21 points (10 goals and 11 assists). Matt Burke leads rookie blue liners with 32 games played and has tallied five goals and five assists, while Cal St. Denis is right behind him with 10 points (three goals and seven assists).

Oh Captain! My Captain!
Holy Cross is led by senior captain Andrew McKay, who has tallied 26 points this season (nine goals and 17 assists). Backing up McKay is senior assistant captain Tony Coskren and junior assistant captain Pierre Napert-Frenette. Coskren is tops on the team for blue liners with 15 points. Napert-Frenette leads the team with 36 points (13 goals and 23 assists).