Nov. 29, 2007
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (4-4-2, 3-3-2 AHA) vs. Connecticut (4-7-0, 3-5-0 AHA)
Dates: November 30-December 1, 2007
Times: Friday-7:05 p.m. & Saturday-7:00 p.m.
Place: Friday-Mark E. Freitas Ice Forum (2,000), Storrs, Conn.
Saturday-Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: Saturday-WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.
Live Video Streaming: Friday & Saturday-B2 Networks
Series Record: HC leads 41-40-1 (Varsity games since 1966-67)
Last Meeting: UConn 5, HC 2 (2/24/07; Worcester, Mass.)
2006-07 Season Series: UConn won 3-1-0
THIS WEEKEND: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (4-4-2, 3-3-2 Atlantic Hockey) will take on Connecticut (4-7-0, 3-5-0 Atlantic Hockey) in a home-and-home series on Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1. Friday night's game will be held at the Mark E. Freitas Ice Center in Storrs, Conn. at 7:05 p.m., while the Crusaders will host the Huskies at the Hart Center on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. On Saturday night, Holy Cross will honor the eight members of the men's hockey team that are in the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame with an on ice recognition. The Crusaders are tied for fifth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with eight points, while the Huskies are tied for seventh place with six points. Each team has played eight conference games. Holy Cross enters the weekend ranked first in the nation on the power play, while UConn's penalty kill percentage is ranked first in the conference and sixth nationally.
#1 IN THE NATION ON THE POWER PLAY: Holy Cross' 30.2 power play percentage is ranked first in the nation. The Crusaders are 16-53 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 five power goals which are tied for sixth in the nation and are first in the league. Sophomore Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) has four power play goals on the year which are tied for 11th in the country and are tied for second in the league.
HALL OF FAME NIGHT: Holy Cross will honor the eight members of the men's hockey team that are in the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame with an on ice recognition during Saturday night's game at the Hart Center against Connecticut. The following members of the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame will be in attendance with their families: Larry Murphy `70, Gerry Curley `81, Jim Stewart `79, Joe Lunny `86, Glenn Graves `77, Bill Bellerose `77, Dean Casagrande `83 and Matt Muniz `87.
THE SERIES WITH UCONN: This weekend's games will mark the 83rd and 84th meetings between the Crusaders and the Huskies, since Holy Cross became a varsity program in the 1966-67 season. The Crusaders lead the series 41-40-1. UConn won last season's series 3-1-0, while the Huskies defeated the Crusaders, 5-2, at the Hart Center in the last meeting between the two teams on February 24, 2007.
THE HUSKIES: Connecticut enters the weekend series with a 4-7-0 overall record and a 3-5-0 mark in Atlantic Hockey. The Huskies are coming off a split of a two-game series at Colgate and have won three of their last five games. UConn has the best penalty kill percentage in the conference with a 90.3. Sophomore Michael Coppola and junior Sean Erickson each have nine points to lead the team. Coppola has five goals and four assists, while Erickson has one goal and eight assists. Sophomore Chris Ochoa has four goals and four assists for eight points. Sophomore Beau Erickson has played in all 11 games in net with a 3.32 goals against average and a .902 save percentage with a 4-7-0 record.
STRONG OFFENSE: The Crusaders' 3.00 goals per game are tied for 18th in the nation and are second in Atlantic Hockey. Sophomore Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) leads the team in goals with six which are tied for third in Atlantic Hockey, while Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) is second on the team in goals with five. All five of Driscoll's goals are on the power play.
SHEEN NAMED AHA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Holy Cross freshman forward Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week, for his performance in the 5-5 tie at Air Force on Saturday, November 24, when he recorded his first collegiate hat trick. Sheen scored the first goal of the game, while he tied the game at 3-3 with his second goal and gave the Crusaders a 5-4 lead with his third goal. He now has four goals and two assists for six points on the season. Sheen is the third Holy Cross freshman to earn AHA Rookie of the Week accolades this season as both Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) and J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) previously earned the honor.
SHEAHAN ON A ROLL: Holy Cross sophomore forward Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) leads the team in points with 13 and in goals with six, while his seven assists are ranked third. He has recorded at least one point in seven of the 10 games, including five out of six. Sheahan's two game-winning goals are tied for first in the league, while his six goals are tied for third and his four power play goals are tied for second. 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.
REINHARDT MOVING UP THE CHARTS: 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. He currently has 41 goals and 63 assists for 104 points. Reinhardt is ranked eighth on the all-time Holy Cross Division I points and goals list, while he is ninth in assists. This season, Reinhardt has three goals and nine assists for 12 points, including the game-winning goal in the 6-4 win at Providence. Reinhardt has recorded at least one point in eight of the 10 games this season.
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.
ROOKIES GET OFF TO FAST START: All seven Holy Cross freshmen have seen playing time this season. Forward J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) is tied for fourth on the team in points with seven as he has two goals and five assists in eight games. Martignetti's 0.88 points per game are tied for 11th in the country by rookies. Forwards Joe Brock (Cumming, Ga.) and Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) each have six points as Brock has three goals and three assists, while Sheen has four goals and two assists. Goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.), Sheen and Martignetti have each been named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week once.
CAPTAIN Matt Burke: Senior Matt Burke (Milton, Mass.) is the team captain for the 2007-08 season. Burke is coming off a season that saw him rank fourth on the team in points with 18 and assists with 16, while he also added two goals. He has 12 goals and 42 assists for 54 points in 113 games. In five games this season he has three assists.
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.
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. Holy Cross will host again in 2010.
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 195-172-38 (.528) 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."
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.
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 20 games with one goal and two assists. Overall Rissmiller has recorded 11 goals and 20 assists for 31 points in 121 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.