GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (5-4-1, 4-1-1 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Sacred Heart (1-6-2, 1-3-2 Atlantic Hockey)
Date: November 19, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Milford Ice Pavilion (1,000), Milford, Conn.
Teams: Holy Cross vs. Bentley (2-5-1, 1-2-0 Atlantic Hockey)
Date: November 20, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: Nov. 20-WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Chris Del Vecchio & Jake Bass. Listen to game.
Live Video Streaming: One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Sacred Heart: Sacred Heart leads 25-20-1
Series At Milford Ice Pavilion: Sacred Heart leads 16-5-1
Last Meeting: Sacred Heart 4, Holy Cross 3 (OT) (3/13/10; Milford, Conn.)
Last Holy Cross Win: Holy Cross 4, Sacred Heart 2 (11/6/09; Milford, Conn.)
First Meeting: Holy Cross 7, Sacred Heart 3 (10/30/98; Worcester, Mass.)
Current Series Win Streak: Sacred Heart, five games
2009-2010 Season Series: Sacred Heart won 5-1-0
With Bentley: Holy Cross leads 26-13-4
Series Record At Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 14-5-2
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 1, Bentley 1 (2/27/10; Watertown, Mass.)
Last Holy Cross Win: Holy Cross 4, Bentley 1 (2/26/10; Worcester, Mass.)
Last Bentley Win: Bentley 4, Holy Cross 1 (2/7/09; Watertown, Mass.)
First Meeting: Holy Cross 5, Bentley 2 (2/10/73; Bentley home game)
2009-2010 Series: Holy Cross won 3-0-1
HC TO PLAY SACRED HEART AND BENTLEY: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (5-4-1 overall, 4-1-1 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action on Friday, Nov. 19, when it travels to Milford, Conn., to play Atlantic Hockey opponent Sacred Heart (1-6-2, 1-3-2 Atlantic Hockey) at the Milford Ice Pavilion at 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross will then return to Worcester to play Bentley (2-5-1, 1-2-0 Atlantic Hockey) in an Atlantic Hockey contest on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 7:00 p.m. The Falcons play UConn on Friday. The Crusaders have won five of their last eight games and are 2-0-1 in their last three. Holy Cross is tied for second in the Atlantic Hockey standings with nine points as its .750 league winning percentage is also tied for second. Sacred Heart is tied for eighth in the Atlantic Hockey standings with four points, while Bentley is tied for 10th with two points. Both teams are tied for ninth with a .333 conference winning percentage. Holy Cross is seventh in the league with 3.00 goals scored per game, while Bentley is ninth with 2.25 and Sacred Heart is 11th with 2.00. The Crusaders are seventh as they have allowed 3.50 goals per game, while the Falcons are tied for fourth with 3.25 and the Pioneers are 11th with 5.00.
CRUSADERS OFF TO A GREAT START: The Crusaders' 4-1-1 Atlantic Hockey record is their best start since they went 5-0-1 in the 2003-2004 season. Holy Cross' overall record is its best after 10 games since the 2005-2006 season when it was 7-2-1.
OUTSTANDING ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders have been outstanding on the road as they are 4-1-1 on their opponents' home ice so far this season. The Crusaders started the 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). Holy Cross went 1-0-1 in Buffalo versus Canisius (Nov. 13-14). Last season, Holy Cross compiled a 6-12-1 record on its opponents' home ice and went 0-1-0 on neutral ice.
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. Four of Holy Cross' five game-winning goals this season have occurred in either the third period or in overtime. Also the Crusaders were trailing 3-2 versus Canisius on Nov. 13 in the third period and scored a goal to tie the game at 3-3 as the game ended in a tie.
HC TO HONOR BOB SKINNER: After the first period of the game versus Bentley on Nov. 20, Holy Cross will honor the memory of former assistant coach Bob Skinner with a ceremony unveiling a plaque honoring his contributions to the Holy Cross hockey program. Skinner was an assistant coach at Holy Cross between 1968-1974. Members of his family and the team from 1968-1974 will be in attendance at the game.
BOUNCING RIGHT BACK: HC has responded well after losing a game this season. Holy Cross is 3-1-0 so far following a loss.
HOME ICE: Holy Cross is 1-1-0 at home this season as it split a two-game series with Robert Morris. Last season, Holy Cross went 6-6-5 at the Hart Center. Holy Cross has a 301-190-33 (.606) all-time record at the Hart Center since it started playing there in 1975-1976.
HC TO HOST RUSSIAN RED ARMY JUNIOR TEAM: The Crusaders will play the Russian Red Army Junior Team in an exhibition game at the Hart Center on Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 7:00 p.m. The Russian Red Army Junior Team is also playing Army (Dec. 28) and Yale (Dec. 29). Admission to this game will be free to the public.
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.
CRUSADERS 3-0-1 IN OVERTIME: Three of the five Holy Cross wins this season have been in overtime as they are 3-0-1 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 155 total games, the Crusaders have played 39 overtime contests with a 5-10-24 (.436) record as .252 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.
UNDEFEATED WHEN SCORING FIRST GOAL: So far this season the Crusaders are undefeated when scoring the first goal of the game. Holy Cross is a perfect 5-0-0 when its scores the first goal of the contest.
THE SERIES WITH SACRED HEART: These two teams have played each other 46 times with Sacred Heart leading the all-time series, 25-20-1. The Pioneers won last year's season series, 5-1-0, including a two-game sweep of the Crusaders in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament quarterfinals. The prior two years the season series was tied at 2-2-0. Sacred Heart is 16-5-1 versus Holy Cross at the Milford Ice Pavilion. The Crusaders have a 2-8-0 record versus the Pioneers in the last 10 games in Milford. The Pioneers have won five straight overall games over the Crusaders. Holy Cross is 3-7-0 in the last 10 games against the Pioneers.
SCOUTING THE ROSTER: Holy Cross has six seniors, nine juniors, seven sophomores and six freshmen on this year's roster. The Crusaders have 15 forwards, 10 defenders and three goalies.
THE SERIES WITH BENTLEY: This will be the 44th meeting between these two teams. Holy Cross leads the series 26-13-4. The Crusaders won last year's series, 3-0-1. The Crusaders are 5-4-1 against Bentley in the last 10 games. Holy Cross has a 14-5-2 record versus the Falcons in Worcester. The Crusaders are 4-1-0 in their last five home games versus Bentley.
SHEEN SHINES: Senior co-captain Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) leads the team with five goals and 12 points, while he is tied for first with seven assists. He now has 40 goals and 41 assists for 81 points. His 40 goals are tied for ninth on the all-time Holy Cross Division I list, while his 13 career power play goals are tied for 10th. He has played in all 121 games in his four seasons, while he has the most goals, assists and points by any current Crusader. Sheen recorded three goals and one assist for four points as the Crusaders went 1-0-1 on the road versus Canisius. He scored one goal in the 3-3 tie on Nov. 13, while he tallied two goals and one assist in the 6-2 win on Nov. 14. He scored his fifth career game-winner and his team-best second of the season in the victory. 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. This is his second straight season as a captain. 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.
FLETCHER AND LINSMAYER WITH EIGHT POINTS: Sophomores Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) and Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) are tied for third on the team with eight points. They have each recorded at least one point in five consecutive games. Fletcher scored his first collegiate game-winner in the 3-2 overtime victory over Robert Morris on Nov. 6. Fletcher is tied for second on the team in goals with three. Linsmayer is third on the team with six assists. For his career, Linsmayer has six goals and 21 assists for 27 points in 47 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. Kump then made 18 saves in the 3-3 tie with Canisius on Nov. 13. He is 1-0-1 on the season with a .906 save percentage and a 2.31 goals against average.
STOCKTON & SCHMIDT OFF TO GREAT STARTS: Freshmen Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) and Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) have added a lot to the Holy Cross offense. Schmidt is tied for first in rookie scoring in Atlantic Hockey with nine points and leads all freshmen with seven assists, while Stockton is tied for fifth with seven points. Schmidt's .90 points per game are 14th nationally by rookies. Schmidt's seven assists are tied for first on the team, while he is second in points. Stockton is tied for second on the team with three goals, while he also has four assists. Schmidt recorded four points with one goal and three assists as Holy Cross won the two-game series with Canisius, 1-0-1, on Nov. 13-14. He recorded one assist in the 3-3 tie on Nov. 13, while he tallied one goal and two assists for three points in the 6-2 victory on Nov. 14. 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 WITH TWO SHORTHANDED GOALS: Junior Gianni Baldassari (Fort Wayne, Ind.) is tied for second on the team 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 fifth on the team in assists with four, while he also has one goal and five points. His five points are also tied for seventh in Atlantic Hockey by defensemen. For his career, Znutas has played in 118 games with 11 goals and 37 assists for 48 points.
TYSOWSKY WITH FOUR WINS THIS SEASON: Sophomore goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) is 4-3-0 overall on the season as he has recorded three conference victories and earned a win over Northeastern on Oct. 29. He made 20 saves and allowed two goals in the 3-2 win over AIC on Oct. 15, while he recorded 31 saves and allowed four goals in the 5-4 overtime win over Army on Oct. 17. Tysowsky made 28 saves and recorded a .903 save percentage in the Crusaders' 4-3 win over the Huskies. Tysowsky made 20 saves on 22 shots in the Crusaders' 6-2 win over Canisius on Nov. 14. He recorded a 2.01 goals against average and a .909 save percentage in the game. For his career, he is 15-20-6 with a 2.57 goals against average, 1,028 saves and a .907 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.
THREE-GAME POINT STREAKS: Sophomore Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) has two goals and two assists for four points in the last three games as he has at least one point in three straight. Vos is tied for second on the team with three goals, while he also has two assists and five points. Junior Matthew Davis (Lancaster, N.Y.) has one assist in three straight games. Davis has a career-best three assists this season.
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 231-230-55 (.501) 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.
HC PICKED EIGHTH IN PRESEASON POLL: Holy Cross was picked eighth in the Atlantic Hockey Association Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Crusaders received 60 total points. Last season's tournament and regular season champion RIT, who was also a 2010 NCAA Tournament semifinalist, was picked as this year's preseason favorite with 118 points and eight first place votes, followed by Mercyhurst with 101 points and two first place votes. Air Force was picked third with 98 points, while league additions Niagara and Robert Morris tied for fourth with 82 points each. Robert Morris also had two first place votes. Canisius was sixth (63 points), Sacred Heart was seventh (61 points), the Crusaders were eighth (60 points), Army was ninth (48 points), Bentley was 10th (47 points), UConn was 11th (21 points) and AIC was 12th (11 points).