Dec. 4, 2008
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (4-9-1, 4-7-1 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Bentley (5-5-1, 4-3-1 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: Dec. 5-6, 2008
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Friday-John A. Ryan Arena (1,200), Watertown, Mass.
Saturday-Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: Saturday-WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Ryan Holt, Dan Gentile & Kevin Doyle, Listen to game
Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks
Series Record: Holy Cross leads 22-10-3
Last Meeting: HC 4, Bentley 2 (1/12/08; Worcester, Mass.)
2007-2008 Series: Tied 1-1-0
THIS WEEKEND: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (4-9-1, 4-7-1 Atlantic Hockey) will play Bentley (5-5-1 overall, 4-3-1 Atlantic Hockey) in a home-and-home series on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6. Friday's game will be at the John A. Ryan Arena in Watertown, Mass., while Saturday's meeting will be hosted by the Crusaders. Both contests are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Last season these two teams split a two-game series with the Falcons winning 6-4 on Jan. 11, 2008 and Holy Cross winning 4-2 on Jan. 12, 2008. Both games took place in Worcester. The Crusaders have a 22-10-3 advantage in the all-time series, including a 7-2-0 record against Bentley in the last nine games. Both of these teams are in a four-way tie for third place with Canisius and RIT in the Atlantic Hockey standings with nine points.
NINTH IN FEWEST PENALTY MINUTES: The Crusaders are tied for ninth in the country in fewest penalty minutes per game with 13.4. Holy Cross is ranked fourth in Atlantic Hockey in that category.
THE SERIES WITH BENTLEY: This series will mark the 36th and 37th meetings between these two schools with Holy Cross leading 22-10-3. The Crusaders are 7-2-0 in the last nine games against the Falcons, but have a 2-2-0 record versus Bentley in the last four contests. After winning all five games in the 2005-2006 season, Holy Cross split a two-game series with the Falcons in Watertown in 2006-2007 and also split a two-game series in Worcester in 2007-2008.
THE FALCONS: The Falcons are led by senior Jeff Gumaer and sophomore Dustin Cloutier who each have eight points. Gumaer has six goals and two assists, while Cloutier has three goals and five assists. Senior Dain Prewitt is tied for the team-lead in goals with six as he also has one assist for seven points. Freshman Kyle Rank has played six games in net with a 2-3-1 record and a 2.80 goals against average, while sophomore Joe Calvi has played in five games with a 3-2-0 record and a 3.40 goals against average.
NEXT WEEK: On Thursday, Dec. 11, Holy Cross will travel to Durham, N.H., to play New Hampshire at the Whittemore Center at 7:00 p.m. This will only be the second meeting between these two teams in varsity action as UNH defeated the Crusaders, 4-1, in the championship game of the Dartmouth Tournament on Dec. 31, 1986 in the only previous contest. The Crusaders are 3-3-2 in their last eight games against teams from Hockey East, including this season with a 3-2 loss at Boston University on Nov. 25 and a 6-4 loss 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 Oct. 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 22-77-2 against teams currently in Hockey East (0-8-0 against Boston College, 0-1-0 vs. Boston University, 2-4-0 against Maine, 5-11-0 vs. UMass Amherst, 6-20-0 against UMass Lowell, 8-24-1 vs. Merrimack, 0-1-0 against New Hampshire, 0-3-0 vs. Northeastern, 1-3-0 against Providence and 0-2-1 vs. Vermont.).
ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 1-4-0 on the road this season. Last year, Holy Cross went 5-9-4 in away games.
HOME ICE: The Crusaders are 3-5-1 at home so far this season, while last season they went 5-10-2. Holy Cross has a 290-180-27 (.611) all-time record at the Hart Center.
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: Junior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) has four goals and nine assists for 13 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 0.93 points per game are tied for 11th in Atlantic Hockey and are tied for 64th in the nation. Also his 0.64 assists per game are tied for eighth in the league and are tied for 56th in the country. Sheahan has 22 goals and 37 assists for 59 points in 79 career games played.
DAMS REACHES 100 CAREER GAMES PLAYED: Marty Dams has played in 101 career games which are the most by any current Crusader. He has three goals and 16 assists for 19 points in his career, including one goal and one assist in 14 games this year.
MOVING UP THE CHARTS: Sophomore goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) has 1,102 career saves which are already second on Holy Cross' all-time Division I saves list. Also his 12 career victories are fifth all-time on the Division I list. Roy 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 331 saves and has a 4-8-1 record.
CYR & FORSHNER TIED FOR SECOND IN POINTS: Sophomore forward Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) leads the team in goals with six, while his 10 points are tied for second and his four assists are tied for 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 11th in the league and is tied for 70th in the country in goals per game with 0.43. 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 three goals and seven assists for 10 points. His seven assists this year are second on the team and his 10 points are tied for second. In 80 career games, he has 13 goals and 32 assists for 45 points.
FRESHMEN CONTRIBUTE RIGHT AWAY: Holy Cross has seen major contributions from its freshmen class. Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) and Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) each have four points as Silvia has three goals and one assist in 14 games, while Clune has two goals and two assists in 12 games. Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) has scored two goals and has one assist for three points in 11 games. The Crusaders have two freshmen with two points each. Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario) has two assists in 14 games and Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) has two assists in 13 games. Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) has played in 14 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 14 games. Matthew Davis (Lancaster, N.Y.) has played in seven games this season.
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.
DRISCOLL & SHEEN PROVIDE SPARK ON OFFENSE: Ryan Driscoll is having a solid season as his three goals are tied for fourth on the team, his four assists are tied for third and his seven points are fifth. Driscoll has played in all 83 games that the Crusaders have played in during his career and has 15 goals and 26 assists for 41 points. Sophomore Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) is fourth on the team in points with eight as his four goals are tied for second and his four assists are tied for third. In 50 career games played, Sheen already has 19 goals and 13 assists for 32 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.
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 205-196-44 (.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 and is currently with the Rangers' AHL affiliate in Hartford, Conn. He 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).