Nov. 20, 2006
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (6-5, 5-3 AHA) vs. Connecticut (3-8, 3-4 AHA)
Date: November 21
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Television: WCTR-TV3, Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Student Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.
Series Record: HC leads 40-37-1 (Varsity games since 1966).
Last Meeting: HC 4, UConn 1 (3/17/06; Worcester, Mass.).
2005-06 Season Series: Holy Cross won 4-1.
TUESDAY NIGHT: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (6-5-0 overall, 5-3-0 Atlantic Hockey) will host Connecticut (3-8-0 overall, 3-4-0 Atlantic Hockey), at the Hart Center on Tuesday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m. The game can been seen live on WCTR-TV3 in the local Worcester area. The Crusaders are coming off a weekend sweep of Army at the Hart Center with victories of 4-3 and 5-2, while the Huskies fell at UMass-Amherst, 8-1, on Saturday. The Crusaders have played eight Atlantic Hockey games and are in fourth place with 10 points, while UConn has played in seven conference games and are in eighth place with six points. Last season, Holy Cross won the season series 4-1.
THE SERIES WITH UCONN: Tuesday night's game will mark the 79th meeting between the Crusaders and the Huskies since Holy Cross became a varsity program in the 1966-67 season, with Holy Cross leading the series, 40-37-1. Holy Cross has won three straight in the series including a 4-1 win in last season's Atlantic Hockey Tournament Semifinals at the Hart Center on March 17. The Crusaders have a 19-13-1 record against the Huskies in the Hart Center.
THE HUSKIES: Connecticut is led by senior Matt Scherer's nine goals and three assists, and by sophomore Chris Myhro's six goals and six assists. Senior Cole Koidahl has been strong with four goals and seven assists for 11 points. Sophomore Jon Anderson has a 3.73 goals against average in 321:32, while senior Scott Tomes has a 3.91 goals against average in 291:53. Last season, UConn went 11-23-2 overall and 9-18-1 for a sixth place finish in Atlantic Hockey as it advanced to the AHA Tournament Semifinals with a win over Sacred Heart in the Quarterfinals.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Crusaders are 5-2 at the Hart Center so far this season as Tuesday night's game with Connecticut will mark their eighth home game in 12 games. Holy Cross will then play its next nine games on the road before returning home on January 12-13 for two games with Air Force. Last season, the Crusaders went 12-4-1 on their home ice and have a 280-162-22 (.627) all-time record at the Hart Center.
SENIOR SALUTE: Holy Cross' five seniors Tanner Fogarty (McMurray, Pa.), Rob Godfrey (Thunder Bay, Ontario), Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.), Sean Nappo (Northville, Mich.) and captain James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) are one of the most successful classes in the history of Holy Cross men's hockey. They have been a part of 71 wins, two Atlantic Hockey titles, two NCAA Tournaments and one NCAA Tournament victory. The most wins by a class in a four-year period is 82 by last year's graduating seniors.
SIXSMITH MOVING UP THE CHARTS: Senior captain James Sixsmith (Alexandria, Va.) is moving up the all-time career charts at Holy Cross. He has four goals and 16 assists for 20 points in 11 games this season, as he now has 35 goals, 90 assists for 125 points in 118 career games. His 90 assists are tied with current San Jose Shark Patrick Rissmiller (1998-2002) for first on the Holy Cross all-time Division I career assists list, while he is tied for eighth all-time in the program's history. Sixsmith's 125 points are sixth all-time in Division I as the record is 143 held by Rissmiller. He is also tied for eighth in goals with 35 on the HC all-time Division I list. Sixsmith is currently second in the nation in assists per game with 1.45, while he is seventh in points per game with 1.82. Last season, Sixsmith was third on the team in points (40) with 12 goals and 28 assists. He has also shown that he is a clutch player as he was named the 2006 Atlantic Hockey Tournament MVP for his three goals and five assists in the three games.
LANDRY LEADS DEFENSEMEN IN SCORING: Senior defenseman Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.) is having a big season so far as his 1.55 points per game by a defenseman are ranked first in the nation. He is tied for second on the team in goals with seven, while he is second in assists with 10 and points with 17. He has recorded at least one point in eight straight games. Six of Landry's seven goals are on the power play as his six power play goals are tied for second in the nation. He has played in 117 career games with 22 goals and 54 assists for 76 points, as his 54 assists are tied for 10th all-time on the Holy Cross Division I list. Last season, Landry had a career season offensively as he was sixth on the team in points with 29, scoring nine goals and adding 20 assists. Landry was also named to the Atlantic Hockey all-conference first team and earned a spot on the NCAA West Regional all-tournament team.
REINHARDT ON A ROLL: Junior center Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) has seven goals, six assists and 13 points, as he is tied for the team-lead in goals and is third in assists and third in points. His three game-winning goals are tied for first nationally and his two shorthanded goals are tied for third in the nation. For his career, Reinhardt has 29 goals and 42 assists for 71 points in 79 games. His 29 goals are 10th on the Holy Cross all-time Division I chart.
THOMSON HAS BIG WEEKEND: Sophomore forward Dewey Thomson (Northbridge, Mass.) had two big games against Army. Thomson scored four goals and added an assist for five points in the two wins. In the 4-3 win on Friday, he assisted on Holy Cross' first goal and then he scored back-to-back goals to give the Crusaders a 3-1 lead. On Saturday, Thomson netted two goals again including the game-winner in the 5-2 victory. His 10 points this season are currently fourth on the team as he has five goals and five assists. Thomson has seven goals and nine assists for 16 points in his career.
DAMS COMING UP BIG IN NET: Freshman goaltender Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) had a solid weekend against Army as he stopped 49 of 54 shots in the two wins. He made 22 saves in the 4-3 victory on Friday night, while he stopped 27 shots in the 5-2 win on Saturday. With the two wins, Dams is now 4-3 on the season.
HC PICKED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL: Holy Cross has been picked to finish third in the Atlantic Hockey Preseason Coaches Poll. The Crusaders received 83 total points with one first place vote. Mercyhurst was picked as this year's preseason favorite with 96 points and seven first place votes, followed by Sacred Heart with 88 points and two first place votes. Following Holy Cross, Connecticut was picked fourth with 55 points, and Air Force and Bentley tied for fifth with 51 points each. Canisius (45 points), RIT (36 points), Army (32 points) and AIC (13 points) were picked in positions seven through 10 by the league's head coaches.
2005-06 REVIEW: The Crusaders are coming off their most successful season with a school-best 27-10-2 record as they earned their first win in the NCAA Tournament. The 4-3 overtime victory over Minnesota in the NCAA West Regional Semifinals marked the first time that a No. 4 seed defeated a No. 1 seed in NCAA action (since the tournament expanded to 16 teams). The Crusaders also won the Atlantic Hockey regular season and tournament titles for the second time in three years, and were ranked No. 14 in the final USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll for its highest ever national ranking.
HOLY CROSS HEAD COACH Paul Pearl: Paul Pearl is in his 12th 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 187-153-31 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. As a four-year letterwinner for the Crusaders, he played in 125 games as a defenseman, tallying 14 goals and 63 assists. Pearl led Holy Cross with 25 assists as a senior captain on the 1988-89 squad. During his four-year playing-career, Holy Cross won 63 games and qualified for the ECAC East Tournament twice.
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. So far this year he has two goals and six assists in 21 games. Currently four players from last season's graduating class are on professional rosters. Goalie Tony Quesada is with the Houston Aeros of the AHL which is the affiliate of the NHL's Minnesota Wild, while Tyler McGregor and goalie Ben Conway are playing for the Memphis RiverKings of the CHL. Also defenseman Marc Bianchi is playing with the Lubbock Cotton Kings of the CHL.