Men's Hockey To Play At #1 Yale On Jan. 2

Everett Sheen

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:

Teams: Holy Cross (6-9-2, 5-4-2 Atlantic Hockey) vs. #1 Yale (11-1-0, 6-0-0 ECACHL)

Date: January 2, 2011

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Place: Ingalls Rink (3,500), New Haven, Conn.

Live Video Streaming: stretchinternet

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

With Yale: Yale leads 3-0-0

Series Record At Yale: Yale leads 2-0-0

Last Meeting: Yale 7, Holy Cross 3 (11/28/09; Worcester, Mass.)

First Varsity Meeting: Yale 6, Holy Cross 1 (1/20/01; New Haven, Conn.)

HC TO PLAY AT #1 YALE: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (6-9-2 overall, 5-4-2 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action on Sunday, Jan. 2, when it will travel to New Haven, Conn., to play No. 1 Yale (11-1-0 overall, 6-0-0 ECACHL) at Ingalls Rink at 4:00 p.m. This will be the first time that Holy Cross has played a No. 1 ranked team in the program's Division I era. Yale is ranked No. 1 in the nation for the first time in program history as it has won six straight contests which is the longest winning streak in the country. Yale's only loss of the season was at Atlantic Hockey member Air Force by a 4-3 score on Nov. 14. The Bulldogs' 11-1-0 record is their best start since the 1929-1930 season and their .917 winning percentage is the best in the country. Former Holy Cross assistant coach Kyle Wallack is serving as head coach of Yale while head coach Keith Allain serves as head coach of the U.S. Junior National Team at the World Championship. The Bulldogs' 4.92 goals scored per game are ranked first in the nation, while their 2.08 goals allowed per game are fifth. Yale's 25.8 power play percentage is third nationally, while the Crusaders' 21.9 power play percentage is 13th nationally. Holy Cross' 2.94 goals per game are tied for 28th in the country, while the Crusaders have allowed 3.35 goals per game.

HC HAS SECOND RANKED POWER PLAY IN AHA: The Crusaders' 21.9 power play percentage is second in Atlantic Hockey and 13th nationally. The Crusaders are 14-64 while on the power play and are 6-2-1 in games when they score a power play goal.

THE SERIES WITH YALE: This will be the fourth meeting between these two teams in varsity games. Holy Cross is 0-3-0 all-time against Yale, including a 7-3 loss last season at the Hart Center on Nov. 28, 2009. The two previous match ups took place at Yale as the Crusaders lost 2-1 on Oct. 27, 2006 and 6-1 on January 20, 2001.

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).

AGAINST RANKED TEAMS: The game against Yale will be the first time that the Crusaders have played the No. 1 ranked team in the nation as a Division I program. Holy Cross fell to No. 2 North Dakota by a 3-0 score in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 26, 2004. Since the 2005-2006 season, Holy Cross is 1-11-3 versus ranked teams including the 4-3 NCAA Tournament overtime win over No. 3 Minnesota on March 24, 2006. Holy Cross has played 11 games versus nationally ranked teams over the last three seasons, including two this season with a 6-3 loss versus No. 17 Notre Dame on Oct. 8, and a 6-0 loss versus No. 17 Wisconsin on Oct. 10. Both game were at the Warrior Ice Breaker Tournament in St. Louis, Mo. Last year the Crusaders played three games against a nationally ranked team and went 0-2-1 as the Crusaders fell to No. 11 Yale by a score of 7-3 on Nov. 28, tied No. 7 Quinnipiac, 1-1, on Dec. 10, and fell to No. 14 UMass Lowell, 3-0, on Jan. 2. Two seasons ago, the Crusaders played one of their toughest schedules ever as they played six times against ranked opponents. Despite its 0-4-2 record in those games, Holy Cross challenged some of the best teams in the nation including a 1-0 overtime loss to No. 13 Air Force, a 3-2 loss at No. 8 and eventual national champion Boston University, a 2-2 tie at No. 5 Denver and a 2-2 tie with No. 18 Dartmouth.

HC OFF TO BEST AHA START SINCE 2006-2007: The Crusaders have a 5-4-2 Atlantic Hockey record after 11 games. The Crusaders are off to their best Atlantic Hockey start since they were 6-4-1 in the 2006-2007 season.

SOLID OFFENSE: This season the Crusaders have scored 50 goals through 17 games and they are seventh in Atlantic Hockey with 2.94 goals per game. Last season through 17 games Holy Cross had scored 36 goals and was averaging 2.12 goals per game. This season, the Crusaders have scored three or more goals in nine of the 17 games with a 6-2-1 record.

AFTER A LOSS: The Crusaders are looking to end their three-game losing streak. Holy Cross is 3-4-1 so far this season following a loss.

OUTSTANDING ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders have been outstanding on the road as they are 5-3-2 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), and then fell at UConn (Dec. 29) and lost to Bowling Green (Dec. 30) on neutral ice. 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 4-4-0 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, at Air Force, 7-6, on Dec. 4, at UConn, 2-1, on Dec. 29, and versus Bowling Green, 3-2 in overtime, on Dec. 30.

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.   

WHEN SCORING FIRST GOAL: So far this season the Crusaders have found success when they score the first goal of the game. Holy Cross is 6-1-1 when it scores the first goal of the contest.

CRUSADERS 3-1-2 IN OVERTIME: Three of the six Holy Cross wins this season have been in overtime as it is 3-1-2 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 162 total games, the Crusaders have played 41 overtime contests with a 5-11-25 (.427) record as .253 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.

SHEEN SHINES: Senior co-captain Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) leads the team with 16 points, while he is tied for first with six goals and 10 assists. He is also tied for first on the team with three power play goals. He now has 41 goals and 44 assists for 85 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 128 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.

CLUNE WITH A CAREER-BEST FIVE GOALS: Junior defenseman Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) is third on the team with a career-best five goals. He has scored a goal in two straight games as he netted the Crusaders' goal in the 2-1 loss at UConn on Dec. 29, and scored one goal in the 3-2 overtime loss versus Bowling Green on Dec. 30. He also has one assist for six points this season. For his career he has nine goals and 17 assists for 26 points in 86 games.

MCGRATH RECORDS ASSIST IN COLLEGIATE DEBUT: Freshman Ryan McGrath (Pittsburgh, Pa.) recorded an assist in his collegiate debut in the 3-2 overtime loss versus Bowling Green on Dec. 30. His assist was on the goal that tied the game at 2-2.

POINT IN SEVEN OF NINE GAMES: Junior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) has at least one point in seven of the last nine games. He has three goals and four assists for seven points in the last nine games. For the season he is tied for third on the team with a career-best four goals, while he also has five assists for nine points. For his career, he has nine goals and 16 assists for 25 points in 75 games.

FLETCHER AND LINSMAYER PROVIDE SPARK: Sophomores Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) and Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) have each provided strong offense this season. Fletcher recorded at least one point in 10 of the last 12 games, while Linsmayer has recorded at least one point in nine of the last 12. Over this 12-game stretch, Linsmayer has recorded six goals and seven assists for 13 points, while Fletcher has two goals and nine assists for 11 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 10 assists and is third with a career-best 13 points. For his career, Linsmayer has 10 goals and 23 assists for 33 points in 54 games, while Fletcher has three goals and 14 assists for 17 points in 27 games.

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 seventh in Atlantic Hockey by defensemen. He is tied for the team-lead 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 125 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 seventh in Atlantic Hockey in rookie scoring with 11 points and is tied for sixth with eight assists. Schmidt's .65 points per game are tied for 38th 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 .59 points per game are tied for 49th 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 58 games.   

TYSOWSKY WITH FIVE WINS THIS SEASON: Sophomore goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) is 5-5-0 overall on the season as he has recorded four conference victories and earned a win over Northeastern on Oct. 29. His .500 winning percentage is tied for 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 16-22-6 with a 2.60 goals against average, 1,096 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.

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 232-235-56 (.497) 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.