Crusader Men's Hockey Set To Host Army In Home Opener

Oct. 27, 2005

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Series Record: Army leads, 23-12-3 (Varsity games since 1966)

Last Meeting: Holy Cross 3, Army 2 (Dec. 3, 2004; Worcester, Mass.)

THE SERIES WITH ARMY: This weekend's games will be the 39th and 40th meetings between the Crusaders and the Black Knights since Holy Cross became a varsity program in the 1966-67 season, with Army leading the all-time series 23-12-3. Last year, the Crusaders split the three games against Army, 1-1-1. Army took the first game in West Point, N.Y., by a score of 2-0 (11/19/04), while the two teams tied, 3-3, the following day. Holy Cross defeated the Black Knights, 3-2, at the Hart Center (12/3), to even the season series. This season, the two teams will meet four times.

ATLANTIC HOCKEY & HOME OPENER: Friday night's game is the 2005-06 Atlantic Hockey opener for both teams and the home opener for Holy Cross. The Crusaders, who were picked to finish first in the AHA's Preseason Coaches Poll, are coming off a 3-2 season opening win at Massachusetts. Last season the Crusaders went 16-14-6, with an AHA record of 12-7-5 and a fourth place finish. The Crusaders are 21-15-3 all-time in home openers. This is the second time that the Crusaders' home opener has also been their AHA opener. The first time Holy Cross defeated AIC, 5-2, on November 7, 2003. Holy Cross is 2-0 in AHA openers with the 5-2 win versus AIC and a 3-1 win at AIC on November 5, 2004.

THE BLACK KNIGHTS: Army is currently on a five-game road trip and a stretch that will see it play nine of the next 11 games on the road. Army is coming off two losses to ECACHL opponents Colgate (6-1) and Rensselaer (4-0). The Black Knights are looking to earn the program's 1,000th career victory. So far this season, Army has been led by sophomore forward Luke Flicek's one goal and three assists for four points and junior forward Casey Bickley's three assists for three points. Junior forward Brady Dolim and sophomore Bryce Hollweg each have two goals for the Black Knights. Senior goaltender Brad Roberts is approaching many of Army's all-time records. He is second all-time in saves (2,181), third in save percentage (.902) and fourth in goals-against average (2.92).

BIG WIN OVER UMASS: The Crusaders are coming off a 3-2 season opening win at Massachusetts that saw them trailing 2-1 late in the third period, when junior defenseman Rob Godfrey (Thunder Bay, Ontario) tied the game with 3:25 on the clock and freshman forward Kai Magnussen (Okotoks, Alberta) scored the game-winner with just 2:17 left remaining. Sophomore forward Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) scored the first goal for Holy Cross to tie the game at 1-1 in the second period. The victory by Holy Cross marked its first win over a member of Hockey East since January 31, 1995, when it posted a 3-2 overtime victory against Massachusetts.

QUESADA & MAGNUSSEN HONORED BY AHA: Senior goaltender Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) and Magnussen were honored by the Atlantic Hockey Association for their performances in Friday's 3-2 win over Massachusetts. Quesada was named the AHA Goaltender of the Week, while Magnussen was selected as the AHA Co-Rookie of the Week. Quesada made 22 saves in the season opening win. This marks the fourth time that he has been named Goaltender of the Week by the conference, as he was named once (1/3/05) in 2004-05 and twice (11/23/03 & 1/4/04) in 2003-04. As a freshman Quesada received MAAC Goalie of the Week honors once (10/28/02), and Rookie of the Week honors twice (11/4/02 and 3/3/03). Magnussen scored the game-winning goal with 2:17 left in the third period, for his first collegiate goal. He played the 2004-05 season for the Weyburn Red Wings of the SJHL. Magnussen's team won the 2005 Royal Bank Cup as he led the team in scoring for the season with 20 goals and 35 assists for 55 points.

SOLID START FOR ROOKIES: A bright spot for the Crusaders so far is the play of their freshmen. Magnussen already has a goal and Dewey Thomson (Northbridge, Mass.) was credited with an assist on Magnussen's game winner.

STRONG DEFENSE: Coming into the season the defense was considered a major strength for the Crusaders and that has proven to be accurate so far this season. Holy Cross held UMass to 24 shots and two goals, while junior defenseman Rob Godfrey (Thunder Bay, Ontario) scored his second goal of his career to tied the game at 2-2 in the third period.

2005-06 CO-CAPTAINS: Seniors Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ontario) and Pierre Napert-Frenette (Bathurst, New Brunswick) are the 2005-06 Holy Cross co-captains. Last season, Napert-Frenette was first on the team and third in Atlantic Hockey in points with 38, as he was also second on the team in goals with 13 and assists with 25. He enters the season with 93 career points leaving him seven shy of becoming the 35th Crusader to join the 100 point club. Napert-Frenette is joined by McGregor who led the team and the conference in goals with 21 and added 13 assists. He enters his senior season with 83 points. McGregor earned Atlantic Hockey All-Conference first team honors, while Napert-Frenette was named to the second team.

DUAL THREAT IN NET: The Crusaders have two senior goalies bringing a wealth of experience to that position in Quesada and Ben Conway (South Hadley, Mass.). Quesada is second all-time at Holy Cross in minutes played with 4320:54 and wins with 40. He is just five wins away from tying Paul Pijanowski's school-record of 45 (1984-87). Conway enters his senior year coming off a season that he played in a career high 15 games for a total of 844:23 minutes and went 7-5-2 with 2.70 goals against average.

HEAD COACH Paul Pearl: Paul Pearl is in his 11th year at the helm of the Holy Cross ice hockey program. He is just the fifth head coach in the 36-year history of ice hockey at Holy Cross. On October 13, 2002, with a 3-2 win over Connecticut, Pearl became the school's third head coach to reach 100 victories at Holy Cross. Pearl has forged a 155-138-29 record at Holy Cross and has been the man behind the bench in six of the eight most successful seasons in Holy Cross history. Along with nine post-season appearances in 10 years, Pearl led the Crusaders to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in the 2003-04 season.