Holy Cross Men's Hockey To Host Canisius This Weekend

Nov. 8, 2007

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The Teams: Holy Cross (3-2-1, 2-1-1 AHA) vs. Canisius (1-4-2, 1-2-1 AHA)

Dates: November 9-10, 2007

Times: Friday-7:00 p.m.; Saturday-4:00 p.m.

Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.

Holy Cross Radio: Friday-WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester; Rob Maccariello & Mike Kemezis; Saturday-WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester; Rob Maccariello & Ryan Holt

Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks

Series Record: Holy Cross leads 21-9-7

Last Meeting: Holy Cross 2, Canisius 1 (2/10/07; Buffalo, N.Y.)

2006-07 Season Series: Holy Cross won 3-1-0

THIS WEEKEND: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (3-2-1, 2-1-1 Atlantic Hockey) will host Canisius (1-4-2, 1-2-1 Atlantic Hockey) at the Hart Center in Atlantic Hockey action on November 9-10. Friday night's game will start at 7:00 p.m., while Saturday's game will begin at 4:00 p.m. The Crusaders split a two-game series with Army last weekend as Holy Cross is in third place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with five points. The Golden Griffins split two games with RIT last weekend as they are tied for sixth place with three points. Holy Cross enters the weekend ranked second in the nation on the power play.

THE SERIES WITH CANISIUS: This weekend's games will mark the 38th and 39th meetings between the Crusaders and the Golden Griffins, with Holy Cross leading the series, 21-9-7. The Crusaders have a 7-2-1 record in the last 10 games against Canisius as Holy Cross won last season's series 3-1-0.

THE GOLDEN GRIFFINS: Canisius has started the season with a 1-4-2 overall record and a 1-2-1 mark in Atlantic Hockey. Freshman Vincent Scarsella, sophomore Josh Heidinger and junior Spencer Churchill each have six points. Scarsella has four goals and two assists, while Heidinger has two goals and four assists and Churchill has six assists. Senior Bryce Luker has played four games in net with a 3.19 goals against average and a .909 save percentage, while sophomore Andrew Loewen has played in three games with a 4.52 goals against average and an .872 save percentage.

HOME SWEET HOME: Holy Cross will conclude its four-game homestand with two games against Canisius (11/9-10). The Crusaders split a two-game series with Army last weekend. 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 283-167-24 (.622) all-time record at the Hart Center.

#2 IN THE NATION ON THE POWER PLAY: Holy Cross' 33.3 power play percentage is ranked second in the nation and first in Atlantic Hockey. The Crusaders are 13-39 on the power play so far this season, including a 3-5 performance at Providence (10/20), a 3-7 performance at Mercyhurst (10/26) and a 3-8 performance against Army (11/4). Sophomore Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) has four power goals which is tied for fourth in the nation and is first in the league.

STRONG OFFENSE: The Crusaders' 3.17 goals per game are tied for 12th in the nation and tied for second in Atlantic Hockey. Sophomore Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) leads the team in goals with four.

SHEAHAN NAMED AHA PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Holy Cross sophomore forward Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week, for his performance in the weekend series with Army on Nov. 3-4. Sheahan recorded two goals and two assists in the two games. On Saturday, Sheahan had one assist, while in the 3-1 win on Sunday he scored the first two goals of the game and assisted on Holy Cross' third goal. His two goals were on the power play, while his game-winning goal was his second of the season which is tied for second nationally. Sheahan leads the team in points with nine as he has three goals and six assists. His nine points and six assists are tied for first in Atlantic Hockey.

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 56 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 98 career points (41 goals & 57 assists). He is looking to become the 38th Crusader to reach the 100 career point mark. So far this season Reinhardt has three goals and three assists for six points, including the game-winning goal in the 6-4 win at Providence. His 41 goals and 98 points are eighth on the Holy Cross Division I career list, while his 57 assists are tied for 10th.

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 third on the team in points with five. Znutas has two goals and three assists in six games, while Martignetti has five assists in five games. Martignetti's 1.00 assists per game are tied for 11th in the nation, while he is tied for seventh in the country in points per game by rookies. Znutas and Martignetti are tied for third in Atlantic Hockey in points by freshmen, while Znutas is tied for first in the league in points by defensemen. 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 194-170-37 (.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 13 games with one assist. Overall Rissmiller has recorded 10 goals and 19 assists for 29 points in 114 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.