Oct. 24, 2008
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (1-0-1, 1-0-1 AHA) vs. Providence (1-1-0, 0-1-0 Hockey East)
Date: Oct. 25, 2008
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Ryan Holt, Dan Gaudet & Kevin Doyle, Listen to game
Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks
Series Record: PC leads 2-1-0 (Varsity games since 1966).
Last Meeting: HC 6, PC 4 (10/20/07; Providence, R.I.)
2007-2008 Series: Tied 2-2-0
SATURDAY: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (1-0-1, 1-0-1 Atlantic Hockey) will host Hockey East member Providence (1-1-0 overall, 0-1-0 Hockey East), at the Hart Center on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 7:00 p.m. This is the first time that the Friars have played at the Hart Center. The Crusaders defeated Providence for the first time in the program's history last year by a score of 6-4 at Schneider Arena on Oct. 20, 2007. Holy Cross is 3-1-2 in the last six games against teams from Hockey East. Last weekend, the Crusaders earned three points in the two-game series against Atlantic Hockey opponent Canisius in Worcester with a 1-1 tie on Oct. 17 and a 5-4 win on Oct. 18. The Friars started off the season with a 4-0 loss at home to Northeastern on Oct. 17 and a 4-3 victory at home over Bowling Green on Oct. 18. Before meeting Holy Cross on Saturday, Providence will play at UMass Lowell on Friday.
THE SERIES WITH PROVIDENCE: Saturday night's game will mark the fourth meeting between the Crusaders and the Friars, with Providence leading 2-1-0 since Holy Cross became a varsity program in the 1966-67 season. In the last meeting, the Crusaders earned their first ever win over the Friars with a 6-4 victory on the road on Oct. 20. In the previous two meetings, Providence won 3-1 in the opening round of the Coffee Pot Tournament on November 27, 2004 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center and the Friars won 2-1 on January 14, 2001, at Schneider Arena.
3-1-2 IN LAST SIX GAMES AGAINST HOCKEY EAST: The Crusaders are 3-1-2 in their last six games against teams from Hockey East, including a 6-4 win at Providence last year on Oct. 20. Also last year, Holy Cross had a 2-2 tie with Merrimack on Dec. 4, 2007, and a 1-1 tie at Vermont on Dec. 29, 2007. Two years ago, the Crusaders fell to Northeastern, 7-2, on Dec. 30, 2006, while they defeated Merrimack, 2-1, on Oct. 24, 2006. In 2005 the Crusaders earned a 3-2 win at Massachusetts on Oct. 21. Holy Cross has an all-time record of 22-75-2 against teams currently in Hockey East.
HC VS. HOCKEY EAST AT THE HART CENTER: The Crusaders are 6-12-1 at the Hart Center against Hockey East teams (Boston College 0-1, Maine 1-1, UMass Lowell 0-3, Massachusetts 1-2 & Merrimack 4-5-1).
NEXT WEEK: The Crusaders will return to action when they travel to Rochester, N.Y., to meet Atlantic Hockey opponent RIT, for a two-game series on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 31-Nov. 1. Last season, the Tigers won the series, 4-0-0, including two 5-4 overtime wins in the Atlantic Hockey quarterfinals.
HC TO BE ON ESPNU: For the fourth straight season, the Crusaders will be on ESPNU. Holy Cross' game at Army on Jan. 18th will mark the fifth time a Crusader game has been on ESPNU. 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 4-3 overtime victory over Minnesota in the first round of the NCAA West Regional Semifinals on Mar. 24, 2006 and the 5-2 loss at North Dakota in the NCAA West Regional Finals on Mar. 25, 2006.
THE FRIARS: Providence enters the weekend with a 1-1-0 record after falling to Northeastern, 4-0, while it defeated Bowling Green, 4-3. Before playing Holy Cross on Saturday, the Friars will play at UMass Lowell on Friday. Freshman Matt Bergland leads Providence with one goal and two assists for three points, while senior Pierce Norton, Matt Taormina and junior John Cavanaugh each have one goal and one assist for two points. In net, senior Chris Mannix earned the win against Bowling Green as he made 29 saves, while freshman Justin Gates stopped 20 shots in the loss to Northeastern. Last season, Providence went 14-17-5 overall and 11-11-5 in Hockey East which was good enough for a fifth place finish in the regular season and recorded a 6-9-2 overall record on the road.
HOME ICE: The Crusaders will host 16 regular season games at the Hart Center this season, including two non-conference games (Providence 10/25 & Dartmouth 1/21). So far this season, the Crusaders are 1-0-1 at home, while last season they went 5-10-2. Holy Cross has a 288-175-27 (.615) all-time record at the Hart Center.
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.
#7 NATIONALLY IN PENALTY KILL PERCENTAGE: Holy Cross' 94.1 penalty kill percentage ranks seventh nationally and is second in Atlantic Hockey behind Army's 100.0. The Crusaders only allowed one goal on 17 power play opportunities for Canisius in last weekend's two game series.
THOMSON OFF TO FAST START: Senior Dewey Thomson (Northbridge, Mass.) had a three-point weekend in the two games against Canisius. He assisted on Holy Cross' goal in the 1-1 tie on Friday, while he had a goal and an assist in the 5-4 win on Saturday. His three points lead the team. For his career, Thomson has 13 goals and 19 assists for 32 points in 93 games.
SHEAHAN LEADS TEAM IN GOALS: Junior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) scored two goals in the 5-4 win over Canisius last Saturday. He currently leads the team in goals and his 1.00 goals per game are tied for sixth in the nation and are tied for second in the league. Sheahan has 20 goals and 28 assists for 48 points in 67 career games. Last year he led the team in assists with 20 and in points with 33.
SILVIA SCORES FIRST COLLEGIATE GOAL: Freshman Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) scored his first collegiate goal when he netted the game-winner in the 5-4 victory over Canisius on Saturday, Oct. 18.
THE LAST MEETING: In the last game between the Crusaders and the Friars, Holy Cross won by a score of 6-4, on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007, at Schneider Arena, marking the first ever win for Holy Cross over Providence. Ryan Driscoll and Peter Lorinser each scored two goals, while Dale Reinhardt scored the game-winner. Holy Cross goalie Ian Dams made 31 saves.
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 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. Rochester Institute of Technology 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 American International College (11 points) were picked in positions seven through 10 by the league's head coaches.
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 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 202-187-44 (.517) 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 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, Pearl led the Crusaders to a school single-season record 27 victories. HC also claimed the AHA regular season and tournament titles.
CRUSADERS IN THE PROS: Former Holy Cross hockey player Patrick Rissmiller is in his first year with the New York Rangers and has played in two games. In 180 NHL games with the San Jose Sharks, he had 18 goals and 27 assists for 45 points. 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. In 2007-2008, he 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 play off games with three goals and four assists for seven points. Other former Crusaders playing professional hockey are James Sixsmith (Utah Grizzlies, ECHL), Jon Landry (Johnstown Chiefs, ECHL), Dale Reinhardt (Bakersfield Condors, ECHL) and Matt Burke (Phoenix RoadRunners, ECHL).