Nov. 26, 2008
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (3-8-1, 3-6-1 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Sacred Heart (2-8-2, 2-6-2 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: Nov. 29-30, 2008
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Place: Saturday-Milford Ice Pavilion (1,000), Milford, Conn.
Sunday-Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: Sunday-WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Ryan Holt, Kevin Doyle & Dan Gaudet, Listen to game
Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks
Series Record: Sacred Heart leads 18-17-1
Last Meeting: Sacred Heart 4, HC 0 (2/23/08; Milford, Conn.)
2007-2008 Series: Tied 2-2-0
THIS WEEKEND: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (3-8-1, 3-6-1 Atlantic Hockey) will play a home-and-home series with Sacred Heart (2-8-2 overall, 2-6-2 Atlantic Hockey) on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29-30, with both games set for 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. Last year, these two teams split the season-series, 2-2-0. The Crusaders are tied for sixth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with seven points and the Pioneers are tied for ninth place with six points.
HC ON THE POWER PLAY: The Crusaders' 12.3 power play percentage is sixth in Atlantic Hockey and is 39th in the country. Holy Cross is 10-81 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 are tied for 26th in the nation. Junior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) and freshman Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) have each scored two power play goals this year.
HOME ICE: The Crusaders are 3-4-1 at home so far this season, while last season they went 5-10-2. Holy Cross has a 290-179-27 (.612) all-time record at the Hart Center.
NEXT WEEK: On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6, the Crusaders will play Atlantic Hockey opponent Bentley in a home-and-home series. Friday's game will be played at the John A. Ryan Arena in Watertown, Mass., while Holy Cross will host Saturday's contest. Both games are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Last year the two teams split a two-game season series with the Falcons winning 6-4 on Jan. 11, 2008, and the Crusaders winning 4-2 on Jan. 12, 2008. Both games were played in Worcester. Holy Cross leads the all-time series with Bentley, 22-10-3. The Crusaders have a 7-2-0 record against the Falcons in the last nine games.
ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 0-4-0 on the road this season with two losses at RIT, one loss at AIC and one loss at Boston University. Last year, Holy Cross went 5-9-4 in away games.
THE PIONEERS: Sacred Heart is led by freshman Matt Gingera who has three goals and five assists for eight points. Senior Stefan Drew has played 10 games in net for the Pioneers as he has a 1-7-2 record and a 4.26 goals against average.
THE SERIES WITH SACRED HEART: This weekend's games will mark the 37th and 38th times that these two teams have met with the Pioneers leading the series, 18-17-1. Last year the two teams split the season series, 2-2-0, with each team winning two games on its home ice. Sacred Heart won 5-1 on Jan. 25, 2008, while Holy Cross won 4-2 on Jan. 26, 2008. The Crusaders then won 3-1 on Feb. 22, 2008 and the Pioneers won 4-0 on Feb. 23.
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. 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.
SHEAHAN LEADS TEAM IN POINTS: Brodie Sheahan has four goals and eight assists for 12 points this season. He currently leads the team in assists and points, while he is tied for second 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 44th in the nation. Also his 0.67 assists per game are tied for eighth in the league and are tied for 55th in the country. Sheahan has 22 goals and 36 assists for 58 points in 77 career games played.
MOVING UP THE CHARTS: Sophomore goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) has 1,052 career saves which are already second 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 281 saves and has a 3-7-1 record.
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.
CYR & FORSHNER OFF TO GREAT STARTS: Sophomore forward Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) leads the team in goals with five, while his nine points are second and his four assists are third. 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 13th in the league and is tied for 74th in the country in goals per game with 0.42. Cyr, who transferred from RPI, 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 third. 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 11 games and Silvia has played in 12. The Crusaders have three freshmen with two points each. Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) has one goal and one assist in 10 games, while Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario) has two assists in 12 games and Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) has two assists in 11 games. Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) has played in 12 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 12 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 fourth on the team and his six points are fifth. Driscoll has played in all 81 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 tied for third on the team in points with seven as he has four goals and three assists. In only 48 career games played, Sheen already has 19 goals and 12 assists for 31 points. In his freshman season last year, he led the team in goals with 15 as he played in all 36 games.
BU RECAP: Jordan Cyr and Everett Sheen each scored one goal in Holy Cross' 3-2 loss at No. 8 Boston University on Nov. 25 at Agganis Arena. This was the first meeting between these two teams in varsity action. The Crusaders are now 3-3-2 in their last eight games against teams from Hockey East. With the Terriers leading 2-0, Holy Cross made it a 2-1 game when Brodie Sheahan knocked a rebound to Cyr who then fired it into the net for his team-leading fifth goal of the year at the 15:10 mark. Boston University then made it a 3-1 game at the 9:25 mark of the third period. Just 23 seconds later, Sheen netted a shorthanded goal to make the score 3-2. Cyr sent a pass from the left corner boards behind the BU goal to Sheen who was waiting in front of the goal. Sheen then blasted a slap shot into the net for his fourth goal of the year. Adam Roy made 25 saves, while Grant Rollheiser stopped 19 shots. Holy Cross had 21 shots and went 0-6 on the man-advantage, while BU had 28 shots and went 2-4.
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 204-195-44 (.510) 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 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 on 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).