Nov. 1, 2007
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (2-1-1, 1-0-1 AHA) vs. Army (1-3-0, 1-0-0 AHA)
Dates: November 3-4, 2007
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Television: Sunday-ESPNU; E.J. Hradek, play-by-play; Barry Melrose, color
Holy Cross Radio: Saturday-WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester; Mike Kemezis & Dan Gaudet; Sunday-WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester; Mike Kemezis & Ryan Holt
Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks
Series Record: Army leads 24-17-5 (Varsity games since 1966)
Last Meeting: HC 3, Army 3 (2/3/07; West Point, N.Y.)
2006-07 Season Series: Holy Cross won 2-0-2
THIS WEEKEND: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (2-1-1, 1-0-1 Atlantic Hockey) will host Army (1-3-0, 1-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) at the Hart Center in Atlantic Hockey action on November 3-4. Both games are set to start at 4:00 p.m. The Crusaders are on a three-game unbeaten streak (2-0-1) and are coming off a win and a tie at Mercyhurst as Holy Cross is tied for first-place in the league with three points. The Black Knights defeated Connecticut last week and are tied for second place with two points. Holy Cross enters the weekend ranked third in the nation on the power play, while Army is first in the nation in killing penalties. Sunday's game will be televised live on ESPNU with E.J. Hradek calling the play-by-play and Barry Melrose providing the color commentary.
THE SERIES WITH ARMY: This weekend's games will mark the 47th and 48th meetings between the Crusaders and the Black Knights since Holy Cross became a varsity program in the 1966-67 season, with Army leading the series, 24-17-5. Holy Cross has a 6-2-3 record in the last 11 games against Army.
THE BLACK KNIGHTS: Army has started the season 1-3-0 and 1-0-0 in Atlantic Hockey. The Black Knights were defeated by Bemidji State twice (2-1 & 3-0) and RPI (3-1), while they defeated Connecticut (4-1). Army is tied for first in the nation in penalty killing as it has allowed no goals on 14 power play opportunities for its opponents. Seniors Luke Flicek and Bryce Hollweg lead the team in points with four. Flicek has two goals and two assists, while Hollweg has one goal and three assists. Junior Josh Kassel has played three games in net with a 2.02 goals against average and a .903 save percentage. Freshman Jay Clark has played in one game and has a 1.01 goals against average and a .962 save percentage. Last season the Black Knights finished with a 17-12-5 overall record and a 15-8-5 conference mark.
HOME SWEET HOME: Holy Cross will play four straight home games with two against Army (11/3-4) and two against Canisius (11/9-10). The Crusaders will host 17 regular season games at the Hart Center in total this season, including three non-conference games (Niagara 10/13, Merrimack 12/4 & Quinnipiac 1/19). Holy Cross went 7-5-2 at home last season and has a 282-166-24 (.623) all-time record at the Hart Center.
#3 IN THE NATION ON THE POWER PLAY: Holy Cross' 33.3 power play percentage is ranked third in the nation and second in Atlantic Hockey. The Crusaders are 9-27 on the power play so far this season, including a 3-5 performance at Providence (10/20) and a 3-7 performance at Mercyhurst (10/26). Sophomore Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) has three power goals which is tied for third in the nation and is first in the league.
STRONG OFFENSE: The Crusaders' 3.50 goals per game are tied for eighth in the nation and second in Atlantic Hockey. Driscoll leads the team in goals with three, while five other Crusaders each have two goals.
ROY NAMED AHA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Freshman goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week, for his performance in the Crusaders Atlantic Hockey season-opener at Mercyhurst on October 26. Roy stopped 44 of 45 shots to earn his first collegiate win and improved to 1-1-0 on the season in the 4-1 victory. Roy made nine saves in the first period, 19 in the second and 16 in the third.
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 55 wins, one Atlantic Hockey regular season and tournament title and a victory in the NCAA Tournament.
REINHARDT APPROACHING 100 POINTS: Senior forward Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) currently has 96 career points (40 goals & 56 assists). He is looking to become the 38th Crusader to reach the 100 career point mark. So far this season Reinhardt has two goals and two assists for four points, including the game-winning goal in the 6-4 win at Providence. His 40 goals and 96 points are eighth on the Holy Cross Division I career list.
ROOKIES GET OFF TO FAST START: All seven Holy Cross freshmen have seen playing time so far this season. Defenseman Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) and forward J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) are tied for the team-lead in points with four. Znutas has two goals and two assists, while Martignetti has four assists. Their 1.00 points per game are tied for 10th in the nation by rookies. Znutas is also tied for ninth in the country in points per game by a defenseman. Martignetti and goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) have each been named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week once.
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. Visit www.b2livetv.com for more information.
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 193-169-37 (.530) 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 WELCOME SEVEN FRESHMEN: Holy Cross welcomes seven freshmen to the program. "I think it is a good group," said head coach Paul Pearl. "On defense, Matt Celin (Gibsonia, Pa.) is a big strong kid that is a solid two way player. Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) is in that line of good offensive defenseman that we have had in the past that can really skate. Offensively, Joe Brock (Cumming, Ga.), Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) and Jamie Jelinek (Great Falls, Va.) all had a lot of success scoring last year for their teams. We think they can do that at this level. J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) who is 6-3, 214, is a real strong player, while goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) was considered one of the best goalies in the North American League last year."
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 11 games with one assist. Overall Rissmiller has recorded 10 goals and 19 assists for 29 points in 112 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.
HC TO HOST 2008 NCAA REGIONAL: Holy Cross will host the 2008 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Division I Northeast Regional at Worcester's DCU Center on March 29-30. The East Regional will be held at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y., on March 28-29, and will be hosted by the ECAC Hockey League and RPI, while the Midwest Regional will be on March 29-30 and will be held at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis., and will be hosted by Wisconsin. On March 28-29, the West Regional will be at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo., and will be hosted by Colorado College. Holy Cross will host again in 2010.