November 20, 2007

HC To Meet Air Force This Weekend On The Road

Nov. 20, 2007

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:

The Teams: Holy Cross (4-3-1, 3-2-1 AHA) vs. Air Force (6-4-0, 4-4-0 AHA)

Dates: November 23-24, 2007

Time: 9:05 p.m. (EST)

Place: Cadet Ice Arena (2,502), Colorado Springs, Colo.

Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks

Series Record: Air Force leads 10-4-4

Last Meeting: Air Force 3, HC 0 (3/10/07; Colorado Springs, Colo.)

2006-07 Season Series: Air Force won 1-0-2

THIS WEEKEND: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (4-3-1, 3-2-1 Atlantic Hockey) will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., to meet Air Force (6-4-0, 4-4-0 Atlantic Hockey) at the Cadet Ice Arena in Atlantic Hockey action on November 23-24. Both games will start at 9:05 p.m. (EST). Before the off week, Holy Cross split a two-game series with Canisius on November 9-10 in Worcester, Mass. Holy Cross is tied for fourth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with seven points, while Air Force is in third place with eight points as they split a two-game series with Connecticut last weekend at the Cadet Ice Arena. Holy Cross is ranked first in the nation on the power play.

#1 IN THE NATION ON THE POWER PLAY: Holy Cross' 29.8 power play percentage is ranked first in the nation. The Crusaders are 14-47 on power play opportunities 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 are tied for eighth in the nation and are tied for first in the league.

THE SERIES WITH AIR FORCE: This weekend's games will mark the 19th and 20th meetings between the Crusaders and the Falcons, with Air Force leading the series, 10-4-4. Holy Cross has a 1-1-3 record in the last five games against the Falcons. Air Force won last season's series, 1-0-2, with two 2-2 ties on January 12-13, 2007 at Holy Cross and a 3-0 win over the Crusaders in the Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals on March 10, 2007 at the Cadet Ice Arena.

THE FALCONS: Air Force has started the season with a 6-4-0 overall record and a 4-4-0 mark in Atlantic Hockey. Senior Eric Ehn leads the team with 10 points as he has three goals and seven assists. Ehn was a 2007 All-American and a Hobey Baker Finalist. For his career he has 50 goals and 81 assists for 131 points. Sophomore Jeff Hajner is second on the team in scoring with three goals and five assists for eight points. Sophomore goalie Andrew Volkening has a 2.30 goals against average and a .911 save percentage with a 6-3-0 record.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Crusaders will begin a three-game road trip with the two games at Air Force on November 23-24. Holy Cross will then play at Connecticut on November 30 before returning home for two consecutive games (Connecticut, 12/1 & Merrimack, 12/4). The Crusaders are 2-0-1 away from Worcester this season with a 6-4 victory at Providence (10/20), while they defeated Mercyhurst by a score of 4-1 (10/26) and then tied the Lakers, 2-2 (10/27).

STRONG OFFENSE: The Crusaders' 3.00 goals per game are tied for 16th in the nation and are third in Atlantic Hockey. Sophomores Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) and Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) lead the team in goals with four.

SHEAHAN ON A ROLL: Holy Cross sophomore forward Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) leads the team in points with 10 as he has four goals and six assists. He was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week on November 5, for his performance in the series with Army on November 3-4. Sheahan recorded two goals and two assists in the two games. On November 3, Sheahan had one assist, while in the 3-1 win on November 4 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 are tied for seventh nationally and tied for first in the conference.

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 57 wins, one Atlantic Hockey regular season and tournament title and a victory in the NCAA Tournament.

REINHARDT REACHES 100 CAREER POINTS: Senior forward Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) became the 38th Crusader to reach the 100 career point mark with two assists against Canisius on Nov. 10 giving him 101 points (41 goals & 60 assists). He is currently ranked eighth on the all-time Holy Cross Division I points and goals list, while he is 10th in assists. This season, Reinhardt has three goals and six assists for nine points, including the game-winning goal in the 6-4 win at Providence. Reinhardt has recorded at least one point in seven consecutive games.

ROOKIES GET OFF TO FAST START: All seven Holy Cross freshmen have seen playing time so far this season. Forward J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) is fourth on the team in points with seven as he has two goals and five assists in six games. Martignetti's 1.17 points per game are sixth in the country by rookies, while he leads the conference in points per game by freshmen. His 0.83 assists per game are 21st in the nation. Joe Brock (Cumming, Ga.) is fifth on the team with six points as he has three goals and three assists. His 0.75 points per game are tied for 20th in the country by rookies. Goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) and Martignetti have each been named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week once.

THE LAST TIME OUT: Before the off week, Holy Cross split a two-game series with Canisius on November 9-10 in Worcester, Mass. On November 9, the Crusaders won 3-2, while the Golden Griffins won 4-2 on November 10. Sophomore Rob Forshner (Sundre, Alberta) broke a 2-2 tie in the third period with his first goal of the season in the 3-2 win on November 9. Holy Cross made it a 1-0 game when freshman Joe Brock (Cumming, Ga.) scored at the 17:52 mark of the first period. With the Golden Griffins winning 2-1 in the third period, sophomore Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) knocked the puck into the left side of the net for a power play goal to tie the game at 2-2. Forshner then scored the game-winner at 11:53. Freshman goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) made 19 saves to improve to 2-2-0 on the season. Freshman J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) scored his first two collegiate goals in the game on November 10. Holy Cross sophomore goalie Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario) made 18 saves. Holy Cross outshot Canisius, 30-22, while the Crusaders went 0-4 on the power play and the Golden Griffins went 0-2.

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 195-171-37 (.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 18 games with one goal and two assists. Overall Rissmiller has recorded 11 goals and 20 assists for 31 points in 119 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.