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March 17, 2005

Worcester, Mass. -

Defending Atlantic Hockey Tournament Champion Holy Cross will take on Mercyhurst, on Friday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Semifinals of the 2005 Atlantic Hockey Tournament, hosted by Quinnipiac at the Northford Ice Pavilion. Friday's game marks the 19th meeting between the two teams and fourth of the season. Mercyhurst (16-15-4 overall) leads the all-time series over Holy Cross (16-13-6 overall) dating back to Nov. 29, 1997, when the Lakers defeated the Crusaders, 5-4. Holy Cross surrendered the season series to Mercyhurst after winning the first game, 5-4, on Jan. 14 in Erie, Pa. In their last two games against the Lakers, the Crusaders fell short losing by one goal in both matches. Holy Cross has only crossed paths once with Mercyhurst in the postseason, when it was defeated by the Lakers, 10-3, in the first-round of the 2000 MAAC playoffs.

All-Time vs. Mercyhurst
All-time series: MC leads, 12-5-1
First Meeting: at HC, Nov. 29, 1997, MC won, 5-4
Last Meeting: at HC, Feb. 26, 2005, MC won, 3-2
Last Holy Cross win: at MC, Jan. 14, 2005, 5-4
Last Mercyhurst win: at HC, Feb. 26, 2005, 3-2
Longest Holy Cross win streak: Four games, Nov. 13, 2003-Jan. 14, 2005
Longest Mercyhurst win streak: Four games, twice
Largest Holy Cross margin of victory: Three goals, Nov. 14, 2003, 5-2
Largest Mercyhurst margin of victory: Seven goals, March 11, 2000, 10-3
Most Holy Cross goals scored: Six, Nov. 15, 2003 - 6-5, Feb. 27, 2004 - 6-4
Most Mercyhurst goals scored: 10, March 11, 2000, 10-3

Current Crusaders vs. Mercyhurst
Player GP-G-A-Pts
Pierre Napert-Frenette 11-4-10-14
Tyler McGregor 8-5-6-11
Andrew McKay 11-4-4-8
James Sixsmith 6-2-6-8
Jon Landry 5-1-3-4
Andrew Weber 6-2-1-3
Sean Nappo 4-1-2-3
Jonas Tomiuck 9-0-2-2
Tony Coskren 8-0-2-2
Blair Bartlett 4-0-2-2
Frank O'Grady 3-0-2-2
Rob Godfrey 6-0-1-1
Marc Bianchi 5-1-0-1
Tony Quesada 5-0-1-1
Tanner Fogarty 3-1-0-1
Dale Reinhardt 3-1-0-1
Matt Werry 2-1-0-1
Cal St. Denis 3-0-0-0
Matt Burke 3-0-0-0
Brian Gabriel 2-0-0-0
Chris Trovato 2-0-0-0
Jim Tselikis 1-0-0-0
Tony Quesada 5 games 143 svs .899 sv% 16 ga 3.22 gaa
Ben Conway 2 games 59 svs .881 sv% 8 ga 4.00 gaa
Matt Norton 1 game 25 svs .893 sv% 3 ga 3.03 gaa

Crusaders vs. Mercyhurst All-Time Series
Feb. 26, 2005 (H) L 2-3
Feb. 25, 2005 (H) L 3-4
Jan. 14, 2005 (A) W 5-4
Feb. 27, 2004 (H) W 6-4
Nov. 15, 2003 (A) W 6-5 (OT)
Nov. 14, 2003 (A) W 5-2
Feb. 28, 2003 (H) L 1-2
Jan. 10, 2003 (A) L 2-3
Feb. 2, 2002 (H) L 1-4
Feb. 1, 2002 (H) L 3-6
Nov. 2, 2001 (A) T 5-5 (OT)
Jan. 27, 2001 (H) L 3-4
Oct. 27, 2000 (A) L 2-6
March 11, 2000 (A) L 3-10%
March 4, 2000 (H) L 1-6
March 3, 2000 (H) W 1-0
Oct. 30, 1999 (H) L 2-5
Nov. 29, 1997 (H) L 4-5
% - MAAC

Playoffs Player of the Week
Junior Andrew Weber became the eighth player from Holy Cross to be recognized by Atlantic Hockey in its weekly honors. On Monday, March 14, Weber was named Player of the Week for netting his first career-hat trick in the 4-2 victory over Sacred Heart on Saturday, March 12, in the Quarterfinals of the Atlantic Hockey Tournament. Weber doubled his total to six goals after scoring three on Saturday.

Coach in Conference Playoffs
Head Coach Paul Pearl is 8-6-0 in league playoff action during his 10 years at the helm of Holy Cross hockey. Six of his eight victories have come in a season when the Crusaders won the conference tournament, including the 1999 MAAC title and last season's inaugural Atlantic Hockey title. Pearl's most recent postseason victory came against Sacred Heart on March 12 when the Crusaders defeated the Pioneers, 4-2. With the win, Holy Cross maintained a perfect postseason record against Sacred Heart (3-0).

Current Crusaders in Playoff Action
Player GP-G-A-Pts
Andrew McKay 7-4-0-4
Pierre Napert-Frenette 6-0-3-3
James Sixsmith 5-0-4-4
Marc Bianchi 6-1-2-3
Andrew Weber 5-3-0-3
Frank O'Grady 3-0-3-3
Tyler McGregor 6-1-1-2
Tanner Fogarty 3-0-2-2
Chris Sullivan 7-0-1-1
Jonas Tomiuck 7-1-0-1
Tony Coskren 6-0-1-1
Jon Landry 5-0-0-0
Sean Nappo 3-0-0-0
Rob Godfrey 3-0-0-0
Blair Bartlett 2-0-0-0
Matt Burke 1-0-0-0
Matt Werry 1 0 0 0 
Tony Quesada 6 gp 135 svs 8 ga .944 gaa
Ben Conway 2 gp 15 svs 0 ga 1.000 gaa

Overtime Outcomes
In the first five season's of coaching Holy Cross hockey, Head Coach Paul Pearl went 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. The Crusaders are the only team in Atlantic Hockey to not allow a goal in conference games during the extra stanza this season.

Between the Pipes
Junior netminders Ben Conway and Tony Quesada ended the season being ranked first with a 2.31 goals against average and third with a 2.36 goals against average in league games, respectively. 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.

Defense on Top
Holy Cross' blue liners closed to the season to lead the conference by allowing only 2.50 goals per league game. The Crusaders' defense are ranked 25th nationally, with league rivals Canisius and Quinnipiac, allowing 2.80 goals per game overall. Sophomore Jon Landry and senior assistant captain Tony Coskren are among the top defensemen in the league. Both are tied for ninth with 15 points each.

In the Box
The Crusaders are the least penalized team in Atlantic Hockey, averaging 13.1 minutes during league games. Overall, Holy Cross ranks 55th in the nation, averaging 14.3 penalty minutes per game. 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 78.6 percent of all their opponents' man-up advantages. Leading the Crusaders in the box is sophomore Jon Landry, who has recorded 25 penalties for 50 minutes this season.

On the Man-Advantage
Holy Cross finished the season converting 18.8 percent of its man-up opportunities in league game, second to Mercyhurst (21.1). The Crusaders are ranked 28th in the nation with an 18.0 conversion percentage. Junior Tyler McGregor leads the Crusaders with eight power play goals.

Nationally Ranked
Several of Holy Cross' team members are ranked nationally. Junior Tyler McGregor is averaging .59 goals per game and ranks 14th in the nation. Newcomer Dale Reinhardt is ranked 20th among rookies in the nation in points per game (0.72). Sitting at 23rd in the country is sophomore James Sixsmith, who is averaging 0.77 assists per game.

Penalty Shots
So far this season two Crusaders have successfully netted penalty shots. On Dec. 5, junior Tyler McGregor evened the score at two a piece when he came in and deked to his backhand to sneak it past Quinnipiac's Jamie Holden at 8:50 into the stanza. The Crusaders went on defeat the Bobcats, 4-3 in overtime. In the last game of the regular-season, sophomore James Sixsmith gave Holy Cross a 5-1 lead over Bentley when he faked to his backhand and came back around to slipped the puck past Simon St. Pierre's stick side at 17:56 in the second. Holy Cross continued to dominate Falcons, ending the regular-season with a 7-2 victory over Bentley.

Coming From Behind
The Crusaders have posted seven come-from-behind victories and two come-from-behind ties this season. Holy Cross' longest win-streak this season was from Jan. 4-15. The streak was composed of four games where the Crusaders were down at one at one point and came back to win.

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.

Walter Brown Semifinalist
Senior assistant captain Tony Coskren was one of 15 NCAA Division One ice hockey players named as semifinalists for the 53rd Walter Brown Award as announced by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. Coskren is the second player from Holy Cross to be nominated for the Walter Brown Award.

A Hockey Family
Not only does freshman Chris Trovato play division one hockey, but his older brother, Peter, a finalist for the Humanitarian Award, is a senior at the University of Massachusetts, where is he is a member of the Minutemen hockey program. Chris registered his first collegiate-goal on Saturday, Jan. 22 against Quinnipiac and followed-up with his second career-goal on Friday, Jan. 28, to put the Crusaders on the board in the 4-3 victory over Canisius.

Not Just Hockey
Sophomore Tanner Fogarty is one of three students at Holy Cross who are two-sport athletes. During the spring season, Fogarty is a member of the men's lacrosse team under the direction of Adam Pascal. Last season the midfielder saw action in seven games, posting an assist and picking up 15 ground balls. On the ice, Fogarty has posted a goal and added eight helpers.

Numbers for the Newcomers
So far this season seven of the 11 newcomers to the Holy Cross squad have posted their first collegiate-points. Two 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 in games played (33) and freshman blue liners in points (11) with six goals and five assists. Cal St. Denis sits right outside the top-10 tallying 10 points (three goals and seven assists).

Oh Captain! My Captain!
Leading Holy Cross is 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).