Nov. 5, 2008
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (1-3-1, 1-2-1 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Mercyhurst (0-6-0, 0-0-0 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: Nov. 7-8, 2008
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Ryan Holt, Kevin Doyle & Dan Gaudet, Listen to games
Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks
Series Record: Mercyhurst leads 18-9-4
Last Meeting: Mercyhurst 2, HC 1 (2/2/08; Worcester, Mass.)
2007-2008 Series: Mercyhurst won 2-1-1
THIS WEEKEND: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (1-3-1, 1-2-1 Atlantic Hockey) will host Atlantic Hockey opponent Mercyhurst (0-6-0 overall, 0-0-0 Atlantic Hockey), at the Hart Center on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7-8, in the only regular season meetings with each other. Both games will start at 7:00 p.m. This series will be the first conference games that the Lakers have played this season as they started the year with six straight non-conference games. The Crusaders lost two games at RIT last week, while Mercyhurst had a bye week. Last year, the Lakers took the season-series, 2-1-1. Holy Cross is currently tied for sixth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with three points.
THE SERIES WITH MERCYHURST: This weekend's games will mark the 32nd and 33rd times that these two teams have met with Mercyhurst leading the all-time series, 18-9-4. The Lakers won last season's series, 2-1-1, including two wins in Worcester.
THE LAKERS: Mercyhurst enters the weekend with a 0-6-0 overall record. All six of its first games have been against non-conference competition with five of the six on its opponent's home ice and one on neutral ice. The Lakers lost two games at St. Cloud State, one game at Alaska, one games versus Alaska Anchorage and two games at Nebraska Omaha. Mercyhurst is led by sophomore forward Steve Cameron's three goals and four assists for seven points, while junior forward Chris Risi has one goal and three assists for four points. Senior goalie Matt Lundin has seen the majority of action in net as he is 0-5-0 with a 5.83 goals against average. Last year, the Lakers went 15-19-7 overall and 11-10-7 in the league, as they advanced to the championship game of the Atlantic Hockey Tournament.
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 1-1-1 at home, while last season they went 5-10-2. Holy Cross has a 288-176-27 (.614) all-time record at the Hart Center.
NEXT WEEK: The Crusaders will host undefeated and No. 14 in the nation Air Force for a two-game series on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14-15. The Falcons, who have a bye this week, are 8-0-0 overall and in first place in Atlantic Hockey with a 6-0-0 record. Their eight-game unbeaten streak is tied for the longest in the country. Friday's game is set for 6:30 p.m., while Saturday's game will begin at 7:00 p.m.
LAST WEEK: HC dropped two games at RIT last week. In the 5-1 loss in the first game, junior Rob Forshner (Sundre, Alberta) netted his first goal of the year. Junior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) and sophomore Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) assisted on the goal. In the 5-2 loss in the second game, freshman defenseman Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) scored his first collegiate goal. Sophomore defenseman Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) and junior co-captain forward Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) each assisted on the goal. Sheahan scored Holy Cross' second goal which was assisted by Forshner and freshman forward Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.). Znutas has three assists for three points and his 0.60 points per game are tied for seventh by defensemen in the league.
HC TO BE ON ESPNU: For the fourth straight season, the Crusaders will be on ESPNU. Holy Cross' game at Army on Jan. 18 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.
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 ON THE POWER PLAY: The Crusaders' 18.4 power play percentage is tied for 17th in the country and is tied for third in Atlantic Hockey. Holy Cross is 7-38 on the man-advantage. Ryan Driscoll and Brodie Sheahan have each scored two power play goals this year. They are tied for 19th in the country in power play goals and are tied for fourth in the league.
SHEAHAN & SHEEN LEAD TEAM IN POINTS: Brodie Sheahan has four goals and one assist for five points this season. He currently leads the team in goals and is tied for first in points. Sheahan's 0.80 goals per game are fifth in the league. He scored two goals in the 5-4 win over Canisius on Oct. 18 and scored one goal in the 6-4 loss against Providence on Oct. 25. Last week he netted a goal in the second game at RIT on Nov. 1. Sheahan has 22 goals and 29 assists for 51 points in 70 career games played. Sophomore Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) is tied for the team-lead in assists with three and in points with five, while he is tied for second in goals with two. He netted one goal and had one assist for two points in the 5-4 victory over Canisius on Oct. 18, while against Providence on Oct. 25, he had a goal and two assists for three points. Sheen has 17 goals and 12 assists for 29 points in 41 career games played.
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. RIT 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 AIC (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 202-190-44 (.514) 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 so far. 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, Rissmiller 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 playoff 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).