Nov. 24, 2008
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (3-7-1, 3-6-1 Atlantic Hockey) vs. #8 Boston University (7-4-0, 4-4-0 Hockey East)
Date: Nov. 25, 2008
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Agganis Arena (6,300), Boston, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Ryan Holt & Dan Gaudet, Listen to game
Live Video Streaming: www.goterriers.com
Series Record: First Meeting (Varsity games)
Last Meeting: First Meeting (Varsity games)
TUESDAY NIGHT: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (3-7-1, 3-6-1 Atlantic Hockey) will play No. 8 Boston University (7-4-0 overall, 4-4-0 Hockey East) on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Agganis Arena in Boston, Mass., at 7:00 p.m. This will be the first ever meeting between these two teams in varsity action. The Crusaders are 3-2-2 in their last seven games against teams from Hockey East. Holy Cross is coming off a split of a home-and-home series with AIC, while the Terriers were swept in a two-game series at home against Vermont. The Crusaders are tied for fifth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with seven points and Boston University is tied for sixth place in Hockey East with eight points.
HC VERSUS HOCKEY EAST: The Crusaders are 3-2-2 in their last seven games against teams from Hockey East, including a 6-4 loss this season at home versus Providence on Oct. 25. Last year, Holy Cross had a 1-1 tie at Vermont on Dec. 29, 2007, a 2-2 tie at home with Merrimack on Dec. 4, 2007 and a 6-4 win at Providence on Oct. 20, 2007. Two years ago, the Crusaders fell to Northeastern, 7-2, on Dec. 30, 2006 and won at Merrimack, 2-1, on October 24, 2006. In 2005 the Crusaders earned a 3-2 win at UMass Amherst on Oct. 21. Holy Cross has an all-time record of 22-76-2 against teams currently in Hockey East (0-8-0 against Boston College, 2-4-0 vs. Maine, 5-11-0 against UMass Amherst, 6-20-0 vs. UMass Lowell, 8-24-1 against Merrimack, 0-1-0 vs. New Hampshire, 0-3-0 against Northeastern, 1-3-0 vs. Providence and 0-2-1 against Vermont.)
THE TERRIERS: Boston University enters the contest with the third ranked offense in the nation with 3.91 goals scored per game and the second best power play percentage in the country with a 23.8. BU is led by sophomore Colin Wilson's five goals and 12 assists for 17 points. Two freshmen goalies have seen time in net for the Terriers as Kieran Millan is 5-1-0 with a 2.18 goals against average and Grant Rollheiser is 2-3-0 with a 2.63 goals against average. Jack Parker is in his 36th season and has a record of 788-410-97 (.646). He is second in wins among active coaches and his 788 wins are the most by any coach at one school.
ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 0-3-0 on the road this season with two losses at RIT and one loss at AIC. Last year, Holy Cross went 5-9-4 in away games.
HC ON THE POWER PLAY: The Crusaders' 13.3 power play percentage is fifth in Atlantic Hockey and is 36th in the country. Holy Cross is 10-75 on the man-advantage. Junior co-captain Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) leads the team with three power play goals which are tied for fifth in the conference and tied for 25th in the nation. Junior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) and freshman Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) have each scored two power play goals this year.
THIS WEEKEND: On Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29-30, Holy Cross will play a home-and-home series against Sacred Heart with both games 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. The Pioneers have a 2-8-2 overall record and are 2-6-2 in Atlantic Hockey games. Last year the two teams split the season series 2-2-0 with each team winning two games on its home ice.
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. Holy Cross is 2-2-0 in these games. 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.
SHEAHAN LEADS TEAM IN POINTS: Brodie Sheahan has four goals and seven assists for 11 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 earlier in the season. His 1.00 points per game are tied for 10th in Atlantic Hockey and are tied for 43rd in the nation, while his 0.36 goals per game are tied for 19th in the league and are tied for 97th nationally. Also his 0.64 assists per game are tied for 10th in the league and are tied for 63rd in the country. Sheahan has 22 goals and 35 assists for 57 points in 76 career games played.
MOVING UP THE CHARTS: Sophomore goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) has 1,027 career saves which are already fourth on Holy Cross' all-time Division I saves list. Also his 11 career victories are fifth all-time on the Division I list. Roy just recorded his first collegiate shutout as he made 17 saves in the 3-0 victory over AIC on Nov. 22. 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 256 saves and has a 3-6-1 record.
CYR & FORSHNER OFF TO GREAT STARTS: 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. Cyr is tied for 19th in the league and is tied for 97th in the country in goals per game with 0.36. Cyr, who transferred from RPI, in is in his first season. 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. In 78 career games, he has 12 goals and 30 assists for 42 points.
FRESHMEN CONTRIBUTE RIGHT AWAY: Holy Cross has seen major contributions from its freshmen class. Mike Daly and Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) each have two goals and one assist for three points. Daly has played in 10 games and Silvia has played in 11. The Crusaders have three freshmen with two points each. Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) has one goal and one assist in nine games, while Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario) has two assists in 11 games and Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) has two assists in 10 games. Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) has played in 11 games and recorded his first collegiate point with an assist in the 3-0 win over AIC on Nov. 22, while Gianni Baldassari (Fort Wayne, Ind.) has played in 11 games. Matthew Davis (Lancaster, N.Y.) has played in five games this season.
DRISCOLL & SHEEN PROVIDE SPARK ON OFFENSE: Ryan Driscoll is having a solid season as his three goals and three assists are tied for third on the team and his six points are tied for fourth. Driscoll has played in all 80 games that the Crusaders have played in during his career and has 15 goals and 25 assists for 40 points. Sophomore Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) is also tied for fourth on the team in points with six as he has three goals and three assists. In only 47 career games played, Sheen already has 18 goals and 12 assists for 30 points. In his freshman season last year, he led the team in goals with 15 as he played in all 36 games.
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Last week, Holy Cross split a home-and-home and series with AIC as it lost on the road, 5-1 on Nov. 21, and won at home, 3-0 on Nov. 22. In the win, Adam Roy earned his first collegiate shutout as he made 17 saves.
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.
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.
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 204-194-44 (.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, who was most recently with the New York Rangers this season and appeared in two games, played 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).