Holy Cross Men's Hockey Set For Catamount Cup

Dec. 19, 2007

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:

The Teams: Holy Cross (5-4-4, 4-3-3 AHA) vs. Vermont (4-6-3, 3-3-2 HEA)

Holy Cross vs. Quinnipiac (8-5-2, 3-3-2 ECACHL) or Western Michigan (6-10-0, 2-8-0 CCHA)

Dates: December 29-30, 2007

Times: Saturday-6:30 p.m.; Sunday-3:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.

Place: Gutterson Fieldhouse (4,003), Burlington, Vt.

Television: CN8

Live Video Streaming: B2 Networks

Series Records (Varsity games since 1966):

With Vermont: Vermont leads 2-0-0

Last Meeting: Vermont 10, HC 2 (12/2/00; Burlington, Vt.)

With Quinnipiac: Quinnipiac leads 16-5-3

Last Meeting: Quinnipiac 7, HC 0 (1/28/07; Hamden, Conn.)

With Western Michigan: First Meeting

Last Meeting: First Meeting

CATAMOUNT CUP: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (5-4-4, 4-3-3 Atlantic Hockey) will return to action for the first time since tying Hockey East member Merrimack (12/4), when it competes at the Sheraton/TD Banknorth Catamount Cup on December 29-30 at the Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington, Vt. On Saturday night, Holy Cross will put its four-game unbeaten streak (1-0-3) on the line when it meets tournament host Vermont (4-6-3, 3-3-2 Hockey East) at 6:30 p.m., while on Sunday the Crusaders will take on either Quinnipiac (8-5-2, 3-3-2 ECACHL) or Western Michigan (6-10-0, 2-8-0 CCHA). Both games will be televised on CN8. The Crusaders are 3-1-1 in their last five games against teams from Hockey East, including a 6-4 win at Providence (10/20) this season and the 2-2 tie with Merrimack (12/4). Holy Cross is ranked first in the nation on the power play.

#1 IN THE NATION ON THE POWER PLAY: Holy Cross' 29.6 power play percentage is ranked first in the nation. The Crusaders are 21-71 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), a 3-8 performance against Army (11/4) and a 3-8 performance against Connecticut (12/1). Sophomore Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) has five power play goals which are tied for 11th in the nation and are tied for first in Atlantic Hockey. Sophomore Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) and freshman Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) both have four power play goals on the year which are tied for 20th in the country and are tied for third in the conference.

STRONG OFFENSE: The Crusaders' 3.00 goals per game are tied for 17th in the nation and are second in Atlantic Hockey. Everett Sheen leads the team with eight goals as he has scored seven in the last four games. His eight goals are tied for second in Atlantic Hockey.

HC VERSUS HOCKEY EAST: The Crusaders are 3-1-1 in their last five games against teams from Hockey East. This season the Crusaders won at Providence (10/20) by a score of 6-4, while they had a 2-2 tie with Merrimack (12/4). 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 22-75-1 against teams currently in Hockey East.

HC VERSUS ECACHL: The Crusaders have an all-time record of 18-42-0 against teams currently in the ECACHL. Holy Cross is 3-3-0 in its last six games against ECACHL opponents, including a perfect 3-0-0 mark two seasons ago with two wins over Rensselaer and a victory over Dartmouth, while last season Holy Cross fell at Yale, at Dartmouth and at Quinnipiac.

HC VERSUS CCHA: Holy Cross has a 1-4-0 all-time record against teams from the CCHA as Holy Cross is 1-2-0 against Notre Dame, while it is 0-1-0 against Nebraska-Omaha and Ohio State.

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 65 assists for 106 points in 116 games. 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 11 assists for 14 points, including the game-winning goal in the 6-4 win at Providence. His 0.85 assists per game are tied for 10th nationally and are tied for third in the conference.

CRUSADERS ON A ROLL: Senior Dale Reinhardt has at least one point in 10 of the 13 games this season, while sophomores Brodie Sheahan, Rob Forshner (Sundre, Alberta) and Ryan Driscoll have earned at least one point in eight games. Freshman forward Everett Sheen has scored seven goals in the last four games as his eight goals so far this season lead the team and are tied for second in the conference.

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, 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.

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.

CAPTAIN Matt Burke: Senior Matt Burke is the team captain for the 2007-08 season. Last season he ranked fourth on the team in points with 18 and assists with 16, while he also added two goals. He has 13 goals and 43 assists for 56 points in 116 career games. In eight games this season he has one goal and four assists.

REINHARDT NAMED CLASS AWARD CANDIDATE: Senior Dale Reinhardt has been named one of 20 candidates for the 2007-08 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award as college hockey's outstanding NCAA Division I senior student-athlete for the men's hockey division. The award is presented annually to the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete of the Year in eight sports as it focuses on the "Four C's" of classroom, character, community and competition. This marks the second year for the hockey division of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Notre Dame goaltender David Brown was the inaugural winner in 2006-07. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award was launched in 2001 to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who fulfill their entire athletic eligibility and pursue the many rewards of a senior season and complete college education. Since that time, Lowe's an official corporate partner of the NCAA, has expanded the award to include other NCAA sports and it has developed into the nation's premier tribute to college seniors.

ROOKIES GET OFF TO FAST START: All seven Holy Cross freshmen have seen playing time this season. Forward Everett Sheen leads the team with eight goals, while he also has two assists for 10 points, including seven goals in the last four games. Forward J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) is sixth on the team with eight points as he has three goals and five assists, while forward Joe Brock (Cumming, Ga.) is seventh on the team in points with seven as he has four goals and three assists. Sheen has been named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week twice, while goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) and Martignetti have been named once.

HC PICKED SIXTH IN PRESEASON POLL: Holy Cross was 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 196-172-40 (.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 30 games with two goals and three assists. Overall Rissmiller has recorded 12 goals and 21 assists for 33 points in 131 games. Currently two players from last season's graduating class are on professional rosters. Forward James Sixsmith is on Milwaukee of the AHL and defenseman Jon Landry is playing for Elmira of the ECHL.

THE SERIES WITH VERMONT: This will mark the third meeting between these two schools since HC became a varsity program in the 1966-67 season, with Vermont winning the two previous games. The Catamounts defeated the Crusaders, 10-2, on December 2, 2000, while Vermont defeated Holy Cross, 8-3, on January 12, 1978. Both games were played at Vermont.

THE CATAMOUNTS: Vermont enters the game against Holy Cross with an overall record of 4-6-3 and a 3-3-2 mark in Hockey East which puts it tied for seventh in the Hockey East standings. The Catamounts are coming off a 4-3 overtime win over St. Lawrence (12/15). Junior forward Dean Strong leads the team with 13 points as he has two goals and 11 assists, while junior forward Corey Carlson has five goals and seven assists for 12 points. Senior goalie Joe Fallon has a 3.31 goals against average and a .893 save percentage in 10 games as he has a 3-5-2 record. Sophomore Mike Spillane has a 3.70 goals against average and a .877 save percentage in five games as he has a 1-1-1 record.

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.