October 27, 2005
Video and the Goaltending Star

By Ken McMillan

 Atlantic Hockey Notebook

Tony Quesada would like to replay the success of his sophomore season as a senior in 2005-06.

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Holy Cross senior goaltender Tony Quesada has plenty of fond memories of his sophomore season, and thanks to an idea hatched while watching television he now has a means to re-live those special moments with his teammates.

The Crusaders were gathered around the TV one day watching ESPN. The network was airing an edition of “The Season,’’ a show which allows viewers to catch all the behind-the-scenes work and antics that goes on with a particular team. Since this episode dealt with the Detroit Red Wings, it was only natural that someone popped off that the same thing could be done with the Holy Cross hockey team.

Tony Quesada, meet Cecil B. DeMille.

“I broke out the camera and started taping everything: the practices, bus rides and stuff like that,’’ Quesada said. “It started out as a fun thing to do. Then I said, maybe I can propose this for a class, and asked if I could get credit.’’

The school agreed to his request, requiring Quesada to take a class in digital editing, amongst other things.

“He is very much into movie making and that whole side of it,’’ said Holy Cross coach Paul Pearl. “He is a very artistic guy.’’

“It made me appreciate the opportunities that I might have after (college),’’ Quesada said, “as well as capturing one of the greatest times of our lives. It was a unique experience.’’

In a case of perfect timing, the Crusaders enjoyed a banner season in 2003-04, posting an overall mark of 22-10-4 and winning the first Atlantic Hockey Association title with a three-game breeze through the playoffs held at West Point. The magical ride came to an end at the NCAA West Regional in Colorado Springs as North Dakota downed Holy Cross 3-0.

Quesada stopped 80 of 81 shots he faced during the Atlantic Hockey playoffs. He went 17-6-2 that season (ranking sixth nationally in win percentage) with a .925 save percentage (ranking sixth) and 2.23 goals-against average (ranking 11th).

Quesada has been splitting time with classmate Ben Conway since the pair arrived in Worcester. Conway is a fiery competitor who is small and quick in net. Quesada is also competitive but displays a very calm demeanor in net and plays in the classic butterfly style. The duo have nearly identical career save percentage and goals-against averages.

Quesada got the nod in the 2005-06 opener against Massachusetts, his 22 saves backstopping a 3-2 victory in Amherst. It was Holy Cross’ first win over a Hockey East team.

The finished documentary is 80 minutes long and remains in Quesada’s computer, awaiting transfer to DVD.

“Everyone on the team has seen it and they loved it,’’ Quesada said.

His final grade for the project: an A-minus.

Quesada said he can’t watch television shows now without thinking about what goes into making one.

“It’s interesting to see what goes into it,’’ he said. “You don’t appreciate the work they do until you try to emulate it yourself. I watch TV now and analyze what they are doing. It gives me a whole new dimension to watching TV and movies.’’

Don’t expect mass sales or an airing of the hockey documentary on New England public television any time soon, though … at least during family viewing hours.

“I was thinking about it but it’s pretty raw in the sense that it captures the locker room and bus that wouldn’t be appropriate for public television,’’ Quesada said. “I actually showed it to my family this summer and I wasn’t aware of how much vulgarity there was until I showed it to my family. Then I thought, maybe this isn’t the best idea.’’


Hello, and good to see you again – Former high school teammates Ryan Soderquist and Mark White will be teamed up again, this time on the bench at Bentley.

Soderquist named White, 26, to his coaching staff, almost eight years after they played together for Arlington (Mass.) Catholic. White, a defenseman, went on to play four seasons and 133 games for New Hampshire and four years in minor-pro hockey.

“I’m excited to add Mark to our coaching staff,’’ Soderquist said. “He brings a large amount of hockey experience after playing at UNH and as a professional. He has been successful wherever he has been and I feel that he will also be a success as a coach.’’

White was a member of the UNH team that lost to Maine in the 1999 NCAA title game. He played one season with the Johnstown Chiefs of the East Coast Hockey League, the better part of two seasons with the Orlando Seals of the Atlantic Coast Hockey League and the final months of the 2003-04 season with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.

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Canisius at Sacred Heart (Fri.-Sat.)
Sacred Heart beat Ryerson University from Toronto in its home debut. Now the Pioneers will take on a team from the East side of Peace Bridge, opening Atlantic Hockey play with Canisius. Last season the home team held serve in all three meetings with Sacred Heart prevailing, two games to one.

While You're There: Between games, you can experience Halloween tales on the Center Church Crypt Tour in New Haven (18 minute drive), the Trail of Terror in Wallingford (30 minutes), a Haunted Graveyard in Bristol (one hour) and the always scary visit to New York City (90 minutes).

By the way, the expected travel delay while crossing the Peace Brige is 10 minutes from Monday through Thursday and 20 minutes from Friday through Sunday and on holidays.

Stick Salute

Freshman Jon Anderson made 36 saves to backstop Connecticut’s 2-1 victory over Merrimack last Saturday. It gave the Huskies a split of the weekend series, but more importantly it was UConn’s second victory over a Hockey East foe and first triumph over Merrimack in 20 tries.

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Bentley enjoyed unprecedented success at the beginning of the season, killing off its opponents' first 26 power play opportunities. That streak came to an end Friday at Robert Morris. The wounded Falcons penalty kill then allowed seven power-play goals in nine opportunities, including all five in a 5-2 loss to Robert Morris on Saturday.


• It’s early, but …: Six Atlantic Hockey players are tied for fourth nationally in points per game (2.00) after just two weeks of play: Mike Ruberto of Canisius, Rob Godfrey, Sean Nappo and Dale Reinhardt of Holy Cross and Dave Borelli and Scott Champagne of Mercyhurst. Ruberto is tied for second in goal-scoring with five goals in four games.

• Hit the books, take the ice: Sacred Heart sophomore Nick Kary will be presented with the 2004-05 Atlantic Hockey scholar athlete award prior to Friday’s game with Canisius. League commissioner Robert DeGregorio will present the award. Kary posted a league-best 3.94 grade-point average in his freshman year. Kary is working on a double major: finance and business administration.

• Did you know?: The University of Connecticut hockey team has no players hailing from the state itself.

• Applying for membership?: No, Union College in Schenectady does not play in Atlantic Hockey, even if the Dutchmen’s schedule appears so. Union lost to future member Air Force, beat Sacred Heart, tied Connecticut and hosts Bentley on Friday. Still ahead: two games with future Atlantic Hockey member Rochester Institute of Technology.

• Power play is no advantage: Army has surrendered four short-handed goals this season.

• Road woes: Army plays nine of its next 11 games on the road, starting with this weekend’s series at Holy Cross. Last season the Black Knights were 1-15-1 away from the friendly confines of West Point’s Tate Rink; this year they are 0-3.

• Haven’t I seen you before?: Mercyhurst coach Rick Gotkin and Connecticut coach Bruce Marshall have both been head coaches for 18 seasons. Gotkin owns a 317-186-32 record; Marshall’s mark is 246-222-89. Gotkin enjoys a 16-5-1 edge in the series. Their clubs meet in a weekend series in Erie, Pa.

A variety of sources were utilized in the compilation of this report.