GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (6-6-1, 5-2-1 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Air Force (5-7-1, 3-3-1 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: December 3-4, 2010
Time: 9:00 p.m. (EST)
Place: Cadet Ice Arena (2,502)
Live Video Streaming: One Networks
With Air Force: Air Force leads 17-5-6
Series Record At Air Force: Air Force leads 10-3-2
Last Meeting: Air Force 4, Holy Cross 3 (OT) (1/23/10; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
First Meeting: Air Force 4, Holy Cross 3 (2/5/93; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Last Holy Cross Win: Holy Cross 6, Air Force 4 (1/22/10; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Current Series Streak: Air Force, one game
2009-2010 Series: Air Force won 2-1-1
HC TO PLAY TWO GAMES AT AIR FORCE: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (6-6-1 overall, 5-2-1 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action when its travels to Colorado Springs, Colo., to play Atlantic Hockey opponent Air Force at the Cadet Ice Arena on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3-4, at 9:00 p.m. (EST). Holy Cross has played eight conference games and is in fourth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 11 points, but its .688 league winning percentage is first. Air Force has played seven league games and is tied for eighth with seven points as its .500 winning percentage is tied for sixth. The Crusaders are 2-2-1 in their last five games, while the Falcons are 3-1-1 in their last five. The Crusaders are fifth in Atlantic Hockey and tied for 22nd in the nation with 3.08 goals scored per game, while the Falcons are first in the conference and 10th in the country with 3.54 goals per game. Holy Cross is eighth in the league as it has allowed 3.38 goals per game, while Air Force is seventh with 3.31 goals allowed per game. The Crusaders are second in the league and third in the country in fewest penalty minutes per game with 9.2, while the Falcons are first nationally with 7.8. Air Force won last season's series with the Crusaders, 2-1-1.
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.
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 6-6-1 is its best after 13 games since the 2007-2008 season when it was 5-4-4.
HC HAS SECOND RANKED POWER PLAY IN AHA: The Crusaders' 23.1 power play percentage is second in Atlantic Hockey and ninth nationally. The Crusaders are 12-52 while on the power play.
STRONG OFFENSE: This season the Crusaders have scored 40 goals through 13 games and they are fifth in Atlantic Hockey with 3.08 goals per game. Last season through 13 games Holy Cross had scored 29 goals and was averaging 2.23 goals per game. This season, the Crusaders have scored three or more goals in eight of the 13 games with a 6-1-1 record.
BOUNCING RIGHT BACK: HC has responded well after losing a game this season. Holy Cross is 3-2-0 so far following a loss.
BIG IN CLUTCH SITUATIONS: The Crusaders have so far demonstrated the ability to win close games. Holy Cross is 4-1-0 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. Holy Cross' only one-goal loss was versus Providence by a 2-1 score on Nov. 27.
HOME ICE: Holy Cross is 1-3-0 at home this season as it split a two-game series with Robert Morris and lost to Bentley and Providence. Last season, Holy Cross went 6-6-5 at the Hart Center. Holy Cross has a 301-192-33 (.604) all-time record at the Hart Center since it started playing there in 1975-1976.
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.
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.
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.
CRUSADERS 3-0-1 IN OVERTIME: Three of the six Holy Cross wins this season have been in overtime as it is 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 158 total games, the Crusaders have played 39 overtime contests with a 5-10-24 (.436) record as .247 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.
THE SERIES WITH AIR FORCE: This will be the 29th and 30th times that these two teams have met with Air Force leading, 17-5-6. The Crusaders are 1-8-4 against the Falcons since Air Force entered Atlantic Hockey in the 2006-2007 season as Holy Cross defeated Air Force on the road by a 6-4 score last season on Jan. 22, 2010. Holy Cross' last victory over Air Force prior to last season was on Oct. 30, 2004 as the Crusaders won at home by a 5-2 score in the last non-league game between the two teams. That was also the last time that Holy Cross has taken a season series from Air Force as the teams also tied 2-2 on Oct. 20, 2004, as the Crusaders won the series 1-0-1. Last year, Air Force won the season series, 2-1-1.
FLETCHER AND LINSMAYER ON POINT STREAK: Sophomores Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) and Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) have each recorded at least one point in eight straight games. Over this eight-game stretch, Linsmayer has recorded four goals and seven assists for 11 points, while Fletcher has two goals and seven assists for nine points. For the season, Linsmayer is second on the team in points with 12, while he is tied for first in assists with eight and is tied for second in goals with four. Fletcher is tied for third on the team in points with 11, while he is tied for first with eight assists and is tied for fourth in goals with three. For his career, Linsmayer has eight goals and 23 assists for 31 points in 50 games. Fletcher has three goals and 12 assists for 15 points in 23 games.
FIVE-GAME POINT STREAK: Junior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) has at least one point in five straight games. He has three goals and two assists for five points in the last five games. For the season he is tied for second on the team with a career-best four goals, while he also has three assists for seven points. For his career, he has nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points in 71 games.
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. His 10 points are tied for 10th in Atlantic Hockey. 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 124 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 fourth with three goals. He also has five assists. His eight points are also tied for sixth in Atlantic Hockey by defensemen, while his .62 points per game are tied for 38th 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 121 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 is tied for first in Atlantic Hockey in rookie scoring with 11 points and is second with eight assists, while Stockton is tied for eighth with eight points. Schmidt's .85 points per game are 15th nationally by rookies. Schmidt's eight assists are tied for first on the team and his 11 points are tied for third on the team, while his three goals are tied for fourth. Stockton is also tied for fourth on the team with three goals, while his eight points are tied for fifth. His .62 points per game are tied for 47th 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.
BALDASSARI WITH TWO SHORTHANDED GOALS: Junior Gianni Baldassari (Fort Wayne, Ind.) is tied for fourth 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.
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.
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. Kump made a season-best 38 saves for a .950 save percentage in the 2-1 loss versus Providence on Nov. 27. He also had a 2.03 goals against average. He is 1-1-1 on the season with a .925 save percentage and a 2.22 goals against average.
REPPUCCI WITH SIX ASSISTS: Freshman defenseman Jeffrey Reppucci (Newburyport, Mass.) is fifth on the team with six assists this season. He was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week on Nov. 22 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 four games. His six points are tied for eighth in Atlantic Hockey by defensmen and are tied for 14th by rookies. His .55 points per game are tied for 49th in the nation by defenders.
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 232-232-55 (.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.
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).