GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (6-5-1, 5-2-1 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Providence (5-5-3, 3-3-3 Hockey East)
Date: November 27, 2010
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Chris Del Vecchio & Dan Gentile. Listen to game.
Live Video Streaming: One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Providence: Providence leads 4-1-0
Series Record At Hart Center: Providence leads 1-0-0
Last Meeting: Providence 2, Holy Cross 1 (10/10/09; Providence, R.I.)
Last Holy Cross Win: Holy Cross 6, Providence 4 (10/20/07; Providence, R.I.)
First Meeting: Providence 2, Holy Cross 1 (1/14/01; Providence, R.I.)
HC TO PLAY HOME GAME VERSUS PROVIDENCE: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (6-5-1 overall, 5-2-1 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action when it plays Hockey East opponent Providence (5-5-3, 3-3-3 Hockey East) at the Hart Center on Saturday, Nov. 27, at 3:00 p.m. This will be the sixth meeting between these two teams in the all-time series and the second in Worcester. The Crusaders are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games. Holy Cross is in third place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 11 points as its .688 league winning percentage is second in the conference. The Crusaders are 1-3-0 so far this season in non-conference games as they defeated Northeastern, 4-3 in overtime on Oct. 29. The Friars are 4-1-3 in their last eight games. Providence is tied for fourth in the Hockey East standings with nine points. The Crusaders are fourth in Atlantic Hockey and 17th in the nation with 3.25 goals scored per game, while the Friars are seventh in Hockey East and tied for 40th in the country with 2.54 goals per game. Holy Cross is seventh in the league and 48th nationally as it has allowed 3.50 goals per game, while Providence is eighth in Hockey East and 35th in the country with 3.08 goals allowed per game.
CRUSADERS OFF TO A GREAT START: The Crusaders' 5-2-1 Atlantic Hockey record is their best start since they also went 5-2-1 in 2005-2006. Holy Cross' overall record of 6-5-1 is its best after 12 games since the 2006-2007 season when it was 7-5-0.
HC HAS TOP RANKED POWER PLAY IN AHA: The Crusaders' 24.5 power play percentage is first in Atlantic Hockey and ninth nationally. The Crusaders are 12-49 while on the power play.
BOUNCING RIGHT BACK: HC has responded well after losing a game this season. Holy Cross is 3-1-0 so far following a loss.
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.
HOME ICE: Holy Cross is 1-2-0 at home this season as it split a two-game series with Robert Morris and lost to Bentley. Last season, Holy Cross went 6-6-5 at the Hart Center. Holy Cross has a 301-191-33 (.605) all-time record at the Hart Center since it started playing there in 1975-1976.
THE SERIES WITH PROVIDENCE: This will be the sixth meeting between the Crusaders and the Friars, with Providence leading 4-1-0 since Holy Cross became a varsity program in the 1966-67 season. Last season, Providence defeated Holy Cross, 2-1 at Schneider Arena on Oct. 10, 2009. The Friars won the first ever match up between the two teams ever at the Hart Center by a 6-4 score on Oct. 25, 2008. The Crusaders earned their first ever win over the Friars with a 6-4 victory on the road on Oct. 20, 2007. In the previous two meetings, Providence won 3-1 in the opening round of the Coffee Pot Tournament on November 27, 2004, at the Dunkin' Donuts Center and the Friars won 2-1 on January 14, 2001, at Schneider Arena.
VERSUS HOCKEY EAST: The Crusaders are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games against teams from Hockey East, including a 4-3 overtime victory over Northeastern this season on Oct. 29 for their first win over the Huskies. That was also the Crusaders first win over a school from Hockey East since a 6-4 win at Providence on Oct. 20, 2007. Last season Holy Cross had a 0-3-0 record with a 3-0 loss versus UMass Lowell on Jan. 2, a 3-1 loss at Merrimack on Oct. 16 and a 2-1 loss at Providence on Oct. 10. Two years ago, Holy Cross recorded a 9-4 loss at New Hampshire on Dec. 11, 2008, a 3-2 loss at Boston University on Nov. 25, 2008, and a 6-4 loss at home versus Providence on Oct. 25, 2008. Three years ago, 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. During the 2006-2007 season, 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 23-81-2 (.226) 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, 6-21-0 against UMass Lowell, 8-25-1 vs. Merrimack, 0-2-0 against New Hampshire, 1-3-0 vs. Northeastern, 1-4-0 against Providence and 0-2-1 vs. Vermont).
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.
OUTSTANDING ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders have been outstanding on the road as they are 5-1-1 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), and then defeated Sacred Heart (Nov. 19) on the road. Last season, Holy Cross compiled a 6-12-1 record on its opponents' home ice and went 0-1-0 on neutral ice.
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 six 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 157 total games, the Crusaders have played 39 overtime contests with a 5-10-24 (.436) 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.
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 6-0-0 when its scores the first goal of the contest.
REPPUCCI NAMED ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Freshman defenseman Jeffrey Reppucci (Newburyport, Mass.) was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week as he recorded three assists in two conference games. Reppucci tallied two assists in the 7-2 victory over Sacred Heart on Nov. 19, while he assisted on one goal versus Bentley on Nov. 20. He has four assists over the last three games. Reppucci is fifth on the team with six assists this season. His six points are tied for eighth in Atlantic Hockey by defensmen and are tied for 14th by rookies. His .60 points per game are tied for 42nd in the nation by defenders and tied for 49th in the country by rookies.
FLETCHER AND LINSMAYER ON POINT STREAK: Sophomores Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) and Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) have each recorded at least one point in seven straight games. They are each tied for third on the team in assists with seven. Linsmayer is tied for second on the team in points with 11, while he is second in goals with four. Fletcher is tied for third on the team with three goals and his 10 points are fourth. For his career, Linsmayer has eight goals and 22 assists for 30 points in 49 games. Fletcher scored his first collegiate game-winner in the 3-2 overtime victory over Robert Morris on Nov. 6. He has three goals and 11 assists for 14 points in 22 games.
FOUR-GAME POINT STREAK: Junior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) has at least one point in four straight games. For the season he is tied for third on the team with three goals, while he also has three assists for six points.
SHEEN SHINES: Senior co-captain Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) leads the team with five goals and 13 points, while he is tied for first with eight assists. He now has 40 goals and 42 assists for 82 career 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 123 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.
ZNUTAS LEADS DEFENSEMEN IN POINTS: Senior Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) is tied for fifth on the team with eight points, while he is tied for third with three goals. He also has five assists. His eight points are also tied for fourth in Atlantic Hockey by defensemen, while his .67 points per game are tied for 29th nationally by defenders. He recorded two goals and one assist in the 7-2 victory over Sacred Heart on Nov. 19. He also tallied two assists in the 5-4 overtime victory over Army on Oct. 17. For his career, Znutas has played in 120 games with 13 goals and 38 assists for 51 points.
SCHMIDT & STOCKTON 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 leads Atlantic Hockey in rookie scoring with 11 points and also leads all freshmen with eight assists, while Stockton is tied for sixth with eight points. Schmidt's .92 points per game are 15th nationally by rookies. Schmidt's eight assists and 11 points are tied for first on the team, while his three goals are tied for third. Stockton is also tied for third on the team with three goals, while his eight points are tied for fifth. His .67 points per game are tied for 36th nationally by freshmen. Schmidt scored his first collegiate game-winner and also added an assist in the 7-2 win over Sacred Heart on Nov. 19. He 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 on Oct. 15 and then recorded one goal and one assist in the 5-4 overtime win over Army on Oct. 17.
TYSOWSKY WITH FIVE WINS THIS SEASON: Sophomore goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) is 5-4-0 overall on the season as he has recorded four 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. He made 29 saves for a .935 save percentage in the 7-2 victory over Sacred Heart (Nov. 19). For his career, he is 16-21-6 with a 2.62 goals against average, 1,076 saves and a .905 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.
BALDASSARI WITH TWO SHORTHANDED GOALS: Junior Gianni Baldassari (Fort Wayne, Ind.) is tied for third 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 second nationally. For his career he has recorded five goals and three assists for eight points in 55 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.
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 232-231-55 (.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.