Dec. 3, 2007
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (5-4-3, 4-3-3 AHA) vs. Merrimack (6-6-1, 3-6-1 Hockey East)
Date: December 4, 2007
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.
Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks
Series Record: Merrimack leads 24-8 (Varsity games since 1966-67)
Last Meeting: HC 2, MC 1 (10/24/06; North Andover, Mass.)
TUESDAY NIGHT: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (5-4-3, 4-3-3 Atlantic Hockey) will host Hockey East member Merrimack (6-6-1, 3-6-1 Hockey East) at the Hart Center in non-conference action on Tuesday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross is coming off a win and a tie in a home-and-home series with Connecticut last weekend. Following this game, Holy Cross will be off until it plays at Vermont in the Catamount Cup on December 29. The Crusaders have won three of their last four games against teams from Hockey East, including a 6-4 win at Providence this season on October 20. Holy Cross is ranked first in the nation on the power play.
#1 IN THE NATION ON THE POWER PLAY: Holy Cross' 31.2 power play percentage is ranked first in the nation. The Crusaders are 20-64 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), 3-8 performance against Army (11/4) and a 3-8 performance against Connecticut. Sophomore Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) has five power goals which are tied for sixth in the nation and tied for first in conference. Sophomore Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) and freshman Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) have four power play goals on the year which are tied for 15th in the country and are tied for third in the conference.
HC VERSUS HOCKEY EAST: The Crusaders have won three out of their last four games against teams from Hockey East. This season the Crusaders won at Providence by a score of 6-4 on October 20, 2007. Last season, the Crusaders fell to Northeastern, 7-2, on December 30, 2006, while they defeated Merrimack, 2-1, on October 24, 2006. Two seasons ago the Crusaders earned a 3-2 win at UMass-Amherst on October 21, 2005. Holy Cross has an all-time record of 22-75-0 against teams currently in Hockey East.
STRONG OFFENSE: The Crusaders' 3.08 goals per game are 12th in the nation and are second in Atlantic Hockey. Freshman Everett Sheen leads the team with seven goals as he has scored six in the last three games. His seven goals are tied for fourth in Atlantic Hockey.
THE SERIES WITH MERRIMACK: Tuesday night's game will mark the 33rd meeting between these two schools, with Merrimack leading 24-8, since HC became a varsity program in the 1966-67 season. Holy Cross defeated Merrimack, 2-1, last season on October 24, 2006 at Merrimack's Lawler Arena in the last meeting.
THE WARRIORS: Merrimack enters the game against Holy Cross with an overall record of 6-6-1 and a 3-6-1 mark in Hockey East which puts them tied for eighth in the Hockey East standings. Junior forward Rob Ricci leads the team with 14 points as he has four goals and 10 assists. Junior forward Matt Jones' nine goals are tied for second in Hockey East, while he also has three assists for 12 points. Junior goalie Patrick Watson has a 2.93 goals against average and a 4-5-1 record, while sophomore Andrew Brathwaite has a 2.87 goals against average and a 2-1-0 record.
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.
SHEEN NAMED AHA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Holy Cross freshman forward Everett Sheen was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week, for his performance in the home-and-home series with Connecticut on Nov. 30-Dec. 1. This is the second straight week that Sheen has received this honor. Sheen scored three goals against UConn. On Friday night, he scored the game-winner in the 4-1 victory on the road, while on Saturday he scored Holy Cross' last two goals in the 3-3 tie. Sheen has scored six goals in the last three games. He 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.
CRUSADERS ON A ROLL: Senior Dale Reinhardt (Livingston, N.J.) has at least one point in nine of the 12 games this season, while sophomores Brodie Sheahan and Rob Forshner (Sundre, Alberta) have earned at least one point in eight of the 12 games.
REINHARDT MOVING UP THE CHARTS: Senior forward Dale Reinhardt 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 64 assists for 105 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 10 assists for 13 points, including the game-winning goal in the 6-4 win at Providence. His 0.83 assist per game are tied for 14th nationally and are third in the conference. Reinhardt has recorded at least one point in nine of the 12 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 58 wins, one Atlantic Hockey regular season and tournament title and a victory in the NCAA Tournament.
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 13 goals and 42 assists for 55 points in 115 career games. In seven games this season he has one goal and three assists.
ROOKIES GET OFF TO FAST START: All seven Holy Cross freshmen have seen playing time this season. Forward Everett Sheen leads the team with seven goals, while he also has two assists for nine points, including six goals in the last three games. His seven goals are tied for fourth in the conference and his 0.75 points per game are second in Atlantic Hockey by freshmen. Forward J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) and forward Joe Brock (Cumming, Ga.) are tied for sixth on the team in points with seven as Martignetti has two goals and five assists, while Brock has four goals and three assists. Goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) and Martignetti have each been named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week once, while Sheen has received that honor twice.
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.
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.
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 196-172-39 (.529) 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 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 21 games with one goal and two assists. Overall Rissmiller has recorded 11 goals and 20 assists for 31 points in 122 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.