Nov. 20, 2008
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (2-6-1, 2-5-1 Atlantic Hockey) vs. AIC (2-8-0, 2-6-0 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: Nov. 21-22, 2008
Times: Friday-7:00 p.m.; Saturday-4:30 p.m.
Place: Friday-Olympia Ice Center (2,200), West Springfield, Mass.
Saturday-Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: Saturday-WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Ryan Holt & Dan Gaudet, Listen to game
Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks
Series Record: Holy Cross leads 33-17-6
Last Meeting: HC 5, AIC 3 (1/15/08; West Springfield, Mass.)
2007-2008 Series: Tied 1-1-0
THIS WEEKEND: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (2-6-1, 2-5-1 Atlantic Hockey) will play American International (2-8-0 overall, 2-6-0 Atlantic Hockey) in a home-and-home series on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22. On Friday, Holy Cross will play the Yellow Jackets at the Olympia Ice Center in West Springfield, Mass., at 7:00 p.m., while on Saturday the Crusaders will host AIC at 4:30 p.m. There will be an autograph session with the team following Saturday's contest. Holy Cross is tied for sixth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with five points and the Yellow Jackets are tied for eighth place with four points.
HC STRONG ON THE POWER PLAY: The Crusaders' 15.9 power play percentage is tied for 29th in the country and is third in Atlantic Hockey. Holy Cross is 10-63 on the man-advantage. Junior co-captain Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) leads the team with three power play goals which are tied for fourth in the conference and tied for 17th in the nation. Junior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) and freshman Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) have each scored two power play goals this year. They are tied for 10th in the league.
THE YELLOW JACKETS: AIC is led by freshmen Michael Penny and Nielsson Arcibal. Penny has four goals and three assists for seven points, while Arcibal has one goal and four assists for five points. Sophomore goalie Dan Ramirez has a 2-5-0 record and a 3.72 goals against average, while senior Tom Fenton is 0-3-0 and has a 3.35 goals against average.
ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 0-2-0 on the road this season with two losses at RIT. Last year, Holy Cross went 5-9-4 in away games.
HOME ICE: The Crusaders are 2-4-1 at home so far this season, while last season they went 5-10-2. Holy Cross has a 289-179-27 (.611) all-time record at the Hart Center.
THE SERIES WITH AIC: This weekend's games will mark the 57th and 58th times that these two teams have met with Holy Cross leading the series 33-17-6. The series has been even recently as the Crusaders are 2-2-0 against the Yellow Jackets in the last four games including a 1-1-0 record last year. Last season both games were played at the Olympia Ice Center as AIC defeated Holy Cross, 3-2 on Jan. 8, while the Crusaders defeated the Yellow Jackets, 5-3 on Jan. 15.
NEXT WEEK: On Tuesday, Nov. 25, the Crusaders will play at the current No. 2 ranked team in the nation, Boston University, at 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross will then play a home-and-home series against Sacred Heart on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29-30, at 4:00 p.m. Saturday's game will be at the Milford Ice Pavilion in Milford, Conn., while the Crusaders will host Sunday's game.
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.
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.
SHEAHAN LEADS TEAM IN POINTS: Brodie Sheahan has four goals and six assists for 10 points this season. He currently leads the team in assists and points, while he is tied for first in goals. Sheahan recorded five assists in the two games against Mercyhurst. His 1.11 points per game are tied for eighth in Atlantic Hockey and are tied for 40th in the nation, while his 0.44 goals per game are tied for 14th in the league and are tied for 75th nationally. Also his 0.67 assists per game are tied for ninth in the league and are tied for 56th in the country. Sheahan has 22 goals and 34 assists for 56 points in 74 career games played.
FORSHNER OFF TO GREAT START: Junior Rob Forshner (Sundre, Alberta) has been a major contributor so far on offense as he has two goals and five assists for seven points. His five assists this year are second on the team and his seven points are tied for second. His 0.56 assists per game are ranked 15th in the league. In 77 career games, he has 12 goals and 30 assists for 42 points.
MOVING UP THE CHARTS: Sophomore goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) has 990 career saves which are already fourth on Holy Cross' all-time Division I saves list. Also his 10 career victories are tied for fifth all-time on the Division I list. Last year, he set a Holy Cross freshman record for most saves in a single-season with 771 and is ranked second on the school's Division I all-time single-season saves list. This year, he has made 219 saves and has a 2-5-1 record.
FRESHMEN CONTRIBUTE RIGHT AWAY: Holy Cross has seen major contributions from its freshmen class. Mike Daly has two goals and one assist for three points in eight games played. He is averaging 0.38 points per game which are tied for 21st in Atlantic Hockey by rookies. The Crusaders have three freshmen with two points each. Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) and Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) each have one goal and one assist as Silvia has played in nine games and Clune has played in eight, while Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario) has two assists in nine games. Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) has also played in eight games and has one assist. Gianni Baldassari (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) have played in nine games, while Matthew Davis (Lancaster, N.Y.) has played in four games.
CYR & SHEEN PROVIDE SPARK ON OFFENSE: Sophomore forward Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) is tied for first on the team in goals with four, while his seven points are tied for second. He was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week for his four-goal performance in the two-game series against Mercyhurst on Nov. 7-8. Cyr is tied for 14th in the league and is tied for 75th in the country in goals per game with 0.44. Cyr, who transferred from RPI, in is in his first season. Sophomore Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) is tied for fourth on the team in points with five as he has two goals and three assists. In only 45 career games played, Sheen already has 17 goals and 12 assists for 29 points. In his freshman season last year, he led the team in goals with 15 as he played in all 36 games.
HC PICKED SIXTH IN PRESEASON POLL: Holy Cross was 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.
HC WINS SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD: Last year, the Crusaders won the Atlantic Hockey Sportsmanship Award. HC led the league and was fourth in the nation in fewest penalty minutes per game with 11.1.
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 203-193-44 (.511) 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).