Crusaders Return To Action At Providence On Saturday

Oct. 19, 2007

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The Teams: Holy Cross (0-1, 0-0 AHA) vs. Providence (0-2, 0-0 Hockey East)

Date: October 20, 2007

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: Schneider Arena (3,030), Providence, R.I.

Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.

Series Record: Providence leads 2-0-0 (Varsity games since 1966)

Last Meeting: Providence 3, Holy Cross 1 (11/27/04; Providence, R.I.)

SATURDAY NIGHT: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (0-1-0, 0-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) will hit the road to take on Hockey East member Providence (0-2-0 overall, 0-0-0 Hockey East), at Schneider Arena on Saturday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders are coming off a 6-2 loss to Niagara in the season and home opener on October 13, while Providence fell at St. Lawrence, 4-1, and was defeated at Clarkson, 2-0. Before playing Holy Cross, the Friars will play at Northeastern on Friday in their Hockey East opener. The Crusaders have won two out of their last three games against teams from Hockey East.

THE SERIES WITH PROVIDENCE: Saturday night's game will mark the third meeting between the Crusaders and the Friars, with Providence leading 2-0-0 since Holy Cross became a varsity program in the 1966-67 season. In the last meeting, Providence won 3-1 in the opening round of the Coffee Pot Tournament on November 27, 2004 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. In the only meeting between the two teams at Schneider Arena, the Friars won 2-1 on January 14, 2001.

THE FRIARS: Providence will play its Hockey East season-opener against Northeastern on Friday before hosting Holy Cross on Saturday. The Friars are currently 0-2-0 overall with losses at St. Lawrence and Clarkson. Junior Pierce Norton leads the team with one goal, while senior goalie Tyler Sims has an 0-2-0 record with a 2.54 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. Last season, Providence went 10-23-2 overall and 9-15-3 in Hockey East.

MARTIGNETTI NAMED AHA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Freshman forward J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week, for his performance in the Crusaders season-opener against Niagara on October 13. He recorded his first two collegiate assists as he assisted on both of Holy Cross' goals in the 6-2 loss. After one game, Martignetti leads Holy Cross in points and assists with two, while he is tied for second in the country in assists per game and tied for fifth in points per game. He is also tied for first in the nation in points per game by rookies.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Crusaders will play three straight games on the road before returning home on November 3-4 for a two-game weekend series against Army. Next weekend, Holy Cross will travel to Erie, Pa., for its Atlantic Hockey season-opener with a two-game series against Mercyhurst on October 26-27.

HC VERSUS HOCKEY EAST: The Crusaders have won two out of their last three games against teams from Hockey East. Last season, the Crusaders fell to Northeastern, 7-2, on December 30, 2006, while they defeated Merrimack, 2-1, on October 24, 2006. Two seasons ago the Crusaders earned a 3-2 win at UMass-Amherst on October 21, 2005. Holy Cross has an all-time record of 21-75-0 against teams currently in Hockey East.

SENIOR SALUTE: This season's group of 10 seniors: Matt Burke (Milton, Mass.), Brent Franklin (Grosse Point Farms, Mich.), Brian Gabriel (Kenai, Alaska), Bryce Nantes (Calgary, Alberta), Frank O'Grady (Kimberley, British Columbia), Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.), Cal St. Denis (Freelton, Ontario), Chris Trovato (North Attleboro, Mass.), Jim Tselikis (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Matt Werry (Regina Saskatchewan) has been a part of 53 wins, one Atlantic Hockey regular season and tournament title and a victory in the NCAA Tournament.

CAPTAIN Matt Burke: Senior Matt Burke (Milton, Mass.) will serve as the team captain for the 2007-08 season. Burke is coming off a season that saw him rank fourth on the team in points with 18 and assists with 16, while he also added two goals. He has played in all but two games in his career as he has 12 goals and 40 assists for 52 points in 109 games. After one game this season he has one assist.

REINHARDT APPROACHING 100 POINTS: Senior forward Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) currently has 92 career points (38 goals & 54 assists). He is looking to become the 38th Crusader to reach the 100 career points mark. His 38 goals and 92 points are tied for eighth on the Holy Cross Division I career list.

ROOKIES GET OFF TO FAST START: All seven Holy Cross freshmen saw playing time in the season-opener against Niagara as defenseman Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) and forward Joe Brock (Cumming, Ga.) each scored their first collegiate goals to account for both of Holy Cross' goals, while freshman J.P. Martignetti recorded his first two collegiate assists.

HC PICKED SIXTH IN PRESEASON POLL: Holy Cross has been picked to finish sixth in the Atlantic Hockey Association Preseason Coaches Poll. The Crusaders received 45 total points. Last season's regular season champion Rochester Institute of Technology was picked as this year's preseason favorite with 80 points and eight first place votes, followed by last season's tournament champion Air Force with 67 points and one first place vote. Army was picked third with 58 points, Mercyhurst was fourth with 55 points and one first place vote and Sacred Heart was fifth with 54 points. Following Holy Cross, Connecticut (34 points), Canisius (25 points), Bentley (23 points) and American International College (9 points) were picked in positions seven through 10 by the league's head coaches.

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.

HOLY CROSS HEAD COACH Paul Pearl: Paul Pearl is in his 13th year at the helm of the Holy Cross ice hockey program, and 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 191-169-36 (.528) 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 five games. Overall Rissmiller has recorded 10 goals and 18 assists for 28 points in 106 games. Currently two players from last season's graduating class are on professional rosters. Forward James Sixsmith is on Cincinnati of the ECHL and defenseman Jon Landry is playing for Elmira of the ECHL