GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (4-4-0, 3-1-0 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Canisius (4-4-2, 3-3-2 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: November 13-14, 2010
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Place: Buffalo State Sports Arena (1,800), Buffalo, N.Y.
Live Video Streaming: One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Canisius: Holy Cross leads 26-11-8
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 3, Canisius 2 (10/25/09; Buffalo, N.Y.)
Last Canisius Win: Canisius 2, Holy Cross 1 (2/17/08; Buffalo, N.Y.)
First Meeting: Holy Cross 3, Canisius 1 (11/1/86; Potsdam, N.Y.)
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross three games
2009-2010 Series: Holy Cross won 2-0-0
HC TO PLAY TWO ROAD GAMES VERSUS CANISIUS: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (4-4-0 overall, 3-1-0 Atlantic Hockey) will travel to Buffalo, N.Y., to play two Atlantic Hockey games versus Canisius (4-4-2 overall, 3-3-2 Atlantic Hockey) at the Buffalo State Sports Arena on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13-14 at 3:30 p.m. The Crusaders have won four of their last six games and are coming off a split in a two-game series with Robert Morris. Last week, the Golden Griffins lost to Niagara and went 0-1-1 versus UConn. Canisius is in second place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with eight points as it has a .500 league winning percentage which is tied for sixth best, while the Crusaders are in third place with six points as they have a .750 winning percentage which is third best in the conference. The Crusaders enter the contest averaging 2.62 goals scored per game which is seventh in the AHA, while the Golden Griffins are fourth in the conference with 3.20 goals per game. Canisius has been strong on defense as it has allowed just 2.40 goals per game which rank second in the league and 15th nationally. The Crusaders bring a solid power play to this match up as their .200 power play percentage is fourth in the conference and tied for 19th in the country, while the Golden Griffins' .867 penalty kill percentage if fourth in the AHA and 14th nationally. Canisius' Cory Conacher leads Atlantic Hockey with 12 points.
BIG IN CLUTCH SITUATIONS: The Crusaders have so far demonstrated the ability to win close games. Holy Cross is 4-0-0 this season in one-goal contests, including three overtime victories. In the overtime win over Army, HC scored with just 11 seconds left and the overtime winning goal over Robert Morris was with just five seconds left. All four of Holy Cross' game-winning goals this season have occurred in either the third period or in overtime.
BOUNCING RIGHT BACK: HC has responded well after losing a game this season. Holy Cross is 3-1-0 so far following a loss.
CRUSADERS OFF TO A GREAT START: Holy Cross' 3-1-0 Atlantic Hockey record is its best start since going 3-1-0 in the 2006-2007 season. The last time the Crusaders started the AHA season with a 4-1-0 record was in the 2005-2006 season.
CRUSADERS 3-0-0 IN OVERTIME: Three of the four Holy Cross wins this season have been in overtime as they are a perfect 3-0-0 in overtime games. The three wins are the Crusaders most overtime victories in a season since they won three in the 1994-1995 season which was Paul Pearl's first season as head coach of the Crusaders. Last season, the Crusaders played in nine overtime games with a 0-3-6 (.333) record in those games. The six ties are tied for the second most ties in a season at the school as the record is seven set in the 2007-2008 season. The most overtime games played in a single-season at Holy Cross was in 2008-2009 when the Crusaders played 10 and went 2-3-5 (.450) in those games. Since the 2006-2007 season and 153 total games, the Crusaders have played 38 overtime contests with a 5-10-23 (.434) record as .248 percent of their games have gone to overtime. Last season, Holy Cross played three straight games that went to overtime as it tied RIT, 1-1, lost to RIT, 3-2, and tied No. 7 Quinnipiac, 1-1. This was the fourth time in program history that the Crusaders had played three straight overtime contests as Holy Cross did it twice in the 2008-2009 season and once in the 1986-1987 season. The school record is four consecutive overtime games set in the 2007-2008 season.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Crusaders started the 2010-2011 season with six straight games away from Worcester. Holy Cross went 0-2-0 on neutral ice at the Ice Breaker Tournament and then went 3-1-0 on its opponents' home ice. Holy Cross won league road games over AIC (Oct. 15) and Army (Oct. 17), while the Crusaders lost at ECACHL member Quinnipiac (Oct. 23). The Crusaders then defeated Hockey East member Northeastern (Oct. 29). Last season, Holy Cross compiled a 6-12-1 record on its opponents' home ice and went 0-1-0 on neutral ice.
THE SERIES WITH CANISIUS: This week's games will be the 46th and 47th meetings between the Crusaders and the Golden Griffins with Holy Cross leading the all-time series, 26-11-8. Last season, the Crusaders won the series, 2-0-0, as both games were played at the Buffalo State Sports Arena and Holy Cross won each game by a 3-2 score. The Crusaders have won three straight games over the Golden Griffins and are 6-3-1 versus Canisius in the last 10 meetings. Holy Cross is also 4-1-0 against the Golden Griffins in the last five games in Buffalo.
FLETCHER AND LINSMAYER WITH SIX POINTS: Sophomores Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) and Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) are tied for second on the team with six points. They have each recorded at least one point in three consecutive games and in four of the last five. Fletcher scored his first collegiate game-winner in the 3-2 overtime victory over Robert Morris on Nov. 6. Fletcher is tied for first on the team in goals with three. Linsmayer is second on the team with five assists. For his career, Linsmayer has five goals and 20 assists for 25 points in 45 games.
KUMP EARNS WIN IN COLLEGIATE DEBUT: Freshman goalie Derek Kump (Falmouth, Maine) made 30 saves and allowed two goals in his collegiate debut in the 3-2 overtime win over Robert Morris on Nov. 6. He recorded a 1.85 goals against average and a .938 save percentage in the victory.
SHEEN SHINES: Senior co-captain Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) leads the team in points with eight and in assists with six, while he is tied for fourth in goals with two. Sheen's six assists are tied for second in Atlantic Hockey. He was named the AHA Player of the Week on Oct. 18 as he recorded two goals and three assists for five points as the Crusaders earned two conference victories on the road. Sheen tallied two assists, including one on the game-winner, in the 3-2 win versus AIC on Oct. 15. He then scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, and recorded one assist for three points in the 5-4 win over Army on Oct. 17. He has played in all 119 games in his four seasons. This is his second straight season as a captain. He leads all current Crusaders with 37 goals and 40 assists for 77 points. He has been named AHA Player of the Week twice, while he was named to the AHA All-Rookie Team, earned AHA Rookie of the Week honors three times and was named the AHA Rookie of the Month once. Sheen led the team with 15 goals as a freshman.
STOCKTON & SCHMIDT WITH FIVE POINTS EACH: Freshmen Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) and Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) are tied for fourth in rookie scoring in Atlantic Hockey with five points each. Stockton has three goals and two assists, while Schmidt has one goal and four assists. Stockton is also tied for the team-lead in goals. Both Stockton and Schmidt each recorded one goal and one assist for two points in their collegiate debuts versus No. 17 Notre Dame (Oct. 8). Stockton scored the first goal of the season for the Crusaders and Schmidt scored the second goal. Stockton was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week for his performance. Stockton was then named the AT&T Crusader of the Week as he scored his first collegiate game-winning goal in the 3-2 victory over AIC (Oct. 15) and then recorded one goal and one assist in the 5-4 overtime win over Army (Oct. 17).
BALDASSARI TIED FOR LEAD WITH THREE GOALS: Junior Gianni Baldassari (Fort Wayne, Ind.) is tied for the team-lead with a career-best three goals. He scored two goals including his first collegiate game-winner in overtime in Holy Cross' 4-3 victory over Northeastern at Matthews Arena on Oct. 29 and was named the AT&T Crusader of the Week for his performance. Two of his three goals this season are shorthanded. His two shorthanded goals are tied for first nationally. For his career he has recorded five goals and three assists for eight points in 55 games.
ZNUTAS LEADS DEFENSEMEN IN POINTS: Senior Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) is tied for third on the team in assists with four and is tied for fourth in points with five. His five points are also tied for fourth in Atlantic Hockey by defensemen. For his career, Znutas has played in 116 games with 11 goals and 37 assists for 48 points.
HC ON ONE NETWORKS: All of Holy Cross' home games and Atlantic Hockey away games can be seen via live video streaming. The games can been viewed through One Networks.
TYSOWSKY WITH THREE WINS SO FAR THIS SEASON: Sophomore goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) is 3-3-0 overall on the season as he recorded two conference victories on Oct. 15 and Oct. 17, and earned a win over Northeastern on Oct. 29. He made 20 saves and allowed two goals in the 3-2 win over AIC, while he recorded 31 saves and allowed four goals in the 5-4 overtime win over Army. Tysowsky made 28 saves and recorded a .903 save percentage in the Crusaders' 4-3 win over the Huskies. For his career, he is 14-20-6 with a 2.59 goals against average, 1,008 saves and a .906 save percentage. Last season as a freshman, he had a 2.43 goals against average ranking him second in Atlantic Hockey, 17th nationally and fourth on the school's Division I single-season list. Tysowsky was fourth in the league with a .910 save percentage and ranked second on the all-time Holy Cross Division I single-season save list with 839 saves. He was named the Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week twice, and Goalie of the Month, Rookie of the Month and Rookie of the Week once.
HOLY CROSS HEAD COACH PAUL PEARL: Paul Pearl is in his 16th 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 230-230-54 (.500) 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 14 post-season appearances in 15 years, Pearl led the Crusaders to their first two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003-2004 and 2005-2006, 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 2005-2006, 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 AHA regular season and tournament titles.