Crusaders To Make Seventh Appearance At UConn Classic On Dec. 29-30

Shayne Stockton

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:

Toyota UConn Holiday Classic

Tournament Web site: http://www.uconnhuskies.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/09-toyota-classic.html

Dates: Dec. 29-30, 2010

Place: Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum (2,000), Storrs, Conn.

Dec. 29 (7:15 p.m.): Holy Cross (6-7-2, 5-3-2 Atlantic Hockey) vs. UConn (5-7-3, 5-4-1 Atlantic Hockey)

Dec. 30 (4:00 p.m. or 7:15 p.m.): Holy Cross vs. Bowling Green (6-12-2, 2-10-2 CCHA) or Princeton (8-5-0, 6-3-0 ECACHL)

Live Video Streaming: Dec. 29-One Networks

Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):

With UConn: Holy Cross leads 46-42-2
Series Record At UConn: Tied 20-20-0
Series Record At Freitas Ice Forum: Holy Cross leads 14-5-0
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 3, UConn 2 (2/9/10; Worcester, Mass.)
Last UConn Win: UConn 4, Holy Cross 2 (3/1/08; Storrs, Conn.)
First Varsity Meeting: Holy Cross 4, UConn 3 (1/17/67; Worcester, Mass.)
Current Series Win Streak: Holy Cross, four games
2009-2010 Series: Holy Cross won 2-0-0

With Bowling Green: First meeting

With Princeton: Princeton leads 4-0-0
Last Meeting: Princeton 12, HC 0 (12/18/88; Princeton, N.J.)
First Varsity Meeting: Princeton 10, HC 3 (11/19/79; Princeton, N.J.)

HC TO PLAY AT UCONN CLASSIC FOR SEVENTH TIME: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (6-7-2 overall, 5-3-2 Atlantic Hockey) will make its seventh appearance at the Toyota UConn Holiday Classic on Dec. 29-30, in Storrs, Conn. Holy Cross will play an Atlantic Hockey game versus UConn (5-7-3 overall, 5-4-1 Atlantic Hockey) on Dec. 29 at 7:15 p.m. at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum, while it will take on either Bowling Green (6-12-2 overall, 2-10-2 CCHA) or Princeton (8-5-0 overall, 6-3-0 ECACHL) on Dec. 30 at either 4:00 p.m. or 7:15 p.m. Only one point separates the Crusaders and the Huskies in the Atlantic Hockey standings as Holy Cross has 12 points and UConn has 11 as both teams have played 10 league games. The Crusaders are in fifth place and the Huskies are in sixth. UConn is third in the AHA with 3.53 goals per game and Holy Cross is seventh with 3.13. The Crusaders are ninth in the league by allowing 3.47 goals per contest and UConn is 10th with 4.00. Bowling Green is in 11th place in the CCHA standings with eight points, while Princeton is tied for first in the ECACHL with Yale with 12 points.  

HC AT UCONN CLASSIC: The Crusaders have a 3-9-0 record in its six appearances (1994, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2006) at the UConn Classic. Holy Cross has played UConn in the first round in all six meetings at the tournament and is 3-3-0 in those games. Holy Cross has placed second three times (1994, 2001 and 2004) and fourth three times (1999, 2000 and 2006). In 1994, Holy Cross defeated UConn (6-4) and then fell to Babson (3-1), while in 1999 the Crusaders lost to UConn (3-0) and Findlay (5-3). Holy Cross fell to the Huskies (4-1) and Queen College from Canada (3-1) in 2000, while Holy Cross defeated UConn (4-1) and fell to Air Force (5-1) in 2001. Holy Cross was victorious over UConn (6-3) and lost to Brown (5-2) in 2004. The Crusaders fell to the Huskies (2-1) and Northeastern (7-2) in 2006.    

CRUSADERS OFF TO A GREAT START: The Crusaders have a 5-3-2 Atlantic Hockey record after 10 games. The Crusaders are off to their best Atlantic Hockey start since they were 6-4-0 in the 2006-2007 season.

HC IN REGULAR SEASON TOURNAMENTS: The Crusaders have a 57-54-3 (.513) all-time record in 61 regular season tournaments since becoming a varsity program in the 1966-1967 season and have won 10 championships with the last being the 1992 Crusader Classic. Holy Cross is 2-3-3 in its last eight regular season tournament games. This will be the second tournament this season for the Crusaders as they went 0-2-0 to start the season at the Warrior Ice Breaker Tournament in St. Louis, Mo. Holy Cross fell to No. 17 Notre Dame (6-3) and No. 13 Wisconsin (6-0). Last season, Holy Cross went 1-1-0 at the Ledyard Bank Classic in Hanover, N.H. The Crusaders fell to No. 14 UMass Lowell, 3-0, and then defeated tournament host Dartmouth, 4-2. Two years ago  at the Denver Cup, Holy Cross tied No. 5 Denver, 2-2, but lost the shootout, and then defeated Rensselaer, 4-3. Three years ago, the Crusaders tied both Vermont and Western Michigan but dropped both shootouts at the Catamount Cup. Since the 2005-2006 season, Holy Cross is 4-7-3 in regular season tournaments.

THE SERIES WITH UCONN: This will be the 91st meeting between these two teams in varsity games since the 1966-1967 season. The Crusaders lead the series, 46-42-2 and are 14-5-0 all-time at the Freitas Ice Forum and are 20-20-0 all-time at UConn.  Holy Cross has won four straight over the Huskies and is 5-4-1 in the last 10 games against UConn, and is 3-2-0 in the last five games in Storrs.

THE SERIES WITH BOWLING GREEN: This would be the first ever meeting between the Falcons and the Crusaders.

THE SERIES WITH PRINCETON: The Tigers are 4-0-0 all-time versus the Crusaders, including a 12-0 win in the last meeting between the two teams on Dec. 18, 1988, in Princeton, N.J. Princeton won the first meeting in the series by a 10-3 score on Nov. 19, 1979. All four meetings have been in Princeton.

HC VERSUS THE CCHA: Holy Cross has a 1-4-1 all-time record against teams currently from the CCHA as Holy Cross is 1-3-0 against Notre Dame, 0-1-0 against Ohio State and 0-0-1 versus Western Michigan.

VERSUS THE ECACHL: Holy Cross is 5-6-2 in its last 13 games against ECACHL opponents, including a 3-1 loss this season at Quinnipiac on Oct. 23. Last season the Crusaders had a 1-1-1 record with a 7-3 home loss on Nov. 28 to No. 11 Yale, a 1-1 tie at home against No. 7 Quinnipiac on Dec. 10 and a 4-2 victory at Dartmouth on Jan. 3. The Crusaders had a 1-0-1 record two seasons ago as they tied Dartmouth, 2-2, on Jan. 21 at the Hart Center and earned a 4-3 win over Rensselaer on Jan. 3 at the Denver Cup as the Crusaders have won three straight over the Engineers. Three years ago, the Crusaders fell to Quinnipiac, while four years ago they fell at Yale, at Dartmouth and at Quinnipiac. In the 2005-2006 season, Holy Cross went a perfect 3-0-0 with two wins over Rensselaer and a victory over Dartmouth. The Crusaders have an all-time record of 20-46-6 (.319) against teams currently in the ECACHL (2-3-0 against Brown, 0-5-0 vs. Colgate, 3-3-1 against Dartmouth, 0-4-0 vs. Princeton, 5-18-4 against Quinnipiac, 3-4-0 vs. Rensselaer, 0-1-0 against St. Lawrence, 7-5-1 vs. Union and 0-3-0 against Yale).

OUTSTANDING ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders have been outstanding on the road as they are 5-2-2 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. The Crusaders went 0-1-1 at Air Force (Dec. 3-4). Last season, Holy Cross compiled a 6-12-1 record on its opponents' home ice and went 0-1-0 on neutral ice.  

HC HAS FIRST RANKED POWER PLAY IN AHA: The Crusaders' 24.6 power play percentage is first in Atlantic Hockey and fifth nationally. The Crusaders are 14-57 while on the power play and are 6-2-1 in games when they score a power play goal.
 
STRONG OFFENSE: This season the Crusaders have scored 47 goals through 15 games and they are seventh in Atlantic Hockey with 3.13 goals per game. Last season through 15 games Holy Cross had scored 33 goals and was averaging 2.20 goals per game. This season, the Crusaders have scored three or more goals in nine of the 15 games with a 6-2-1 record.

BOUNCING RIGHT BACK: HC has responded well after losing a game this season. Holy Cross is 3-2-1 so far following a loss.

BIG IN CLUTCH SITUATIONS: The Crusaders have so far demonstrated the ability to win close games. Holy Cross is 4-2-0 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' six 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' one-goal losses were versus Providence by a 2-1 score on Nov. 27, and at Air Force, 7-6, on Dec. 4.

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 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 6-0-1 when it 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 3-0-2 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 160 total games, the Crusaders have played 40 overtime contests with a 5-10-25 (.438) record as .250 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.

SILVIA WITH FIVE POINTS IN LAST FIVE GAMES: Junior Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) has recorded four goals and one assist for five points over the last five games. For the season he is tied for third on the team with four goals, while he also has three assists for seven points. He has 25 goals and 17 assists for 42 points in 82 games.

FLETCHER AND LINSMAYER PROVIDE SPARK: Sophomores Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) and Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) have each recorded at least one point in nine of their last 10 games. Over this 10-game stretch, Linsmayer has recorded six goals and seven assists for 13 points, while Fletcher has two goals and eight assists for 10 points. For the season, Linsmayer is tied for the team-lead with a career-best six goal and is second in points with 14, while he is tied for third in assists with eight. Fletcher is tied for first on the team with a career-best nine assists and is third with a career-best 12 points. For his career, Linsmayer has 10 goals and 23 assists for 33 points in 52 games, while Fletcher has three goals and 13 assists for 16 points in 25 games.

POINT IN SIX OF SEVEN GAMES: Junior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) has at least one point in six of the last seven games. He has three goals and three assists for six points in the last seven games. For the season he is tied for third on the team with  a career-best four goals, while he also has four assists for eight points. For his career, he has nine goals and 15 assists for 24 points in 73 games.

SHEEN SHINES: Senior co-captain Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) leads the team with 15 points, while he is tied for first with six goals and nine assists. He is also tied for first on the team and 50th nationally with three power play goals. He now has 41 goals and 43 assists for 84 career points. His 41 goals are 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 126 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.) has three goals and five assists for eight points. His eight points are also tied for sixth in Atlantic Hockey by defensemen. He is tied for the team-lead and is tied for 50th nationally with a career-best three power play goals. 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 123 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 sixth in Atlantic Hockey in rookie scoring with 11 points and is tied for fifth with eight assists. Schmidt's .73 points per game are tied for 29th nationally by rookies. Schmidt's eight assists are tied for third on the team and his 11 points are fourth. Stockton is tied for third on the team with four goals, while his 10 points are fifth. His .67 points per game are 38th 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.) has 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 57 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. His .556 winning percentage is fifth in the conference. 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 made 31 saves in the 1-1 tie at Air Force on Dec. 3, as he recorded a  season-best.969 save percentage and a season-best 0.92 goals against average. He is 1-2-2 on the season with a .908 save percentage and a 2.87 goals against average. His save percenatge is sixth in Atlantic Hockey and his goals against average is seventh.

REPPUCCI HAVING GREAT FRESHMAN SEASON: Freshman defenseman Jeffrey Reppucci (Newburyport, Mass.) is tied for 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.

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 232-233-56 (.499) 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).

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.

CRUSADERS AT NHL DEVELOPMENT CAMPS: Everett Sheen and junior Jay Silvia participated at NHL development camps in July. Sheen attended the Philadelphia Flyers' camp, while Silvia participated at the New York Islanders' camp. This was the third time that Sheen has attended a NHL development camp, as he participated at the Washington Capitals' development camp in the summer of 2009 and the Anaheim Ducks' conditioning camp in the summer of 2008. Philadelphia's camp was at the Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone from July 5-12. On July 8 the players competing in a triathlon which included cycling, kayaking and running. The competition was then followed by a charity softball game. The Islanders' camp started on July 7 and featured the Orange vs. Blue Scrimmage on July 10 at the Nassau Coliseum with 4,940 fans in attendance. Silvia was a member of the Orange team that won the contest 5-4. The night also had a skills competition. Last year, senior J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) participated at the Chicago Blackhawks' camp.

HC REMAINS UNDEFEATED IN AHA OPENERS: With the 3-2 win over AIC on Oct. 15, the Crusaders are now 7-0-1 in Atlantic Hockey openers with a 3-1 win at Canisius on Oct. 11, 2003, a 3-1 win at AIC on Nov. 5, 2004, a 1-0 victory over Army on Oct. 28, 2005, a 4-1 win over Mercyhurst on Oct. 20, 2006, a 4-1 win at Mercyhurst on Oct. 26, 2007, a 1-1 tie versus Canisius on Oct. 17, 2008 and a 3-2 win on the road versus Canisius on Oct. 24, 2009. This was the fifth time that Holy Cross had opened the AHA season on the road as the Crusaders have a 5-0-0 record.

BIG WIN OVER NORTHEASTERN: The Crusaders' 4-3 overtime victory over Northeastern was the first time that Holy Cross had defeated the Huskies. Northeastern had won the previous three varsity contests. That was also the Crusaders first win over a school from Hockey East since a 6-4 win at Providence on Oct. 20, 2007.