GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (7-11-2, 6-5-2 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Mercyhurst (8-11-2, 6-8-0 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: Jan. 14-15, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Mercyhurst Ice Center (1,500), Erie, Pa.
Live Video Streaming: One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
Series Record With Mercyhurst: Mercyhurst leads 21-10-4
Series Record At Mercyhurst: Mercyhurst leads 6-5-4
Last Meeting: Mercyhurst 4, Holy Cross 1 (11/21/09; Erie, Pa.)
First Meeting: Mercyhurst 5, Holy Cross 4 (11/29/97; Worcester, Mass.)
Series Win Streak: Mercyhurst, two games
Last Holy Cross Win: Holy Cross 4, Mercyhurst 3 (OT) (11/8/08; Worcester, Mass.)
2009-2010 Series: Mercyhurst won 2-0-0
HC TRAVELS TO ERIE FOR TWO VERSUS MERCYHURST: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (7-11-2 overall, 6-5-2 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action when it travels to Erie, Pa., to play two games versus Atlantic Hockey opponent Mercyhurst (8-11-2, 6-8-0 Atlantic Hockey) at 7:00 p.m., on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 14-15, at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. Only two points separate the two teams in the Atlantic Hockey standings as the Crusaders are tied for sixth with 14 points, while the Lakers are in eighth with 12 points. The Crusaders are 1-4-0 in their last five games, while the Lakers are 2-2-1 in their last five contests. Mercyhurst is fourth in the league with 3.29 goals scored per game, while Holy Cross is seventh with 3.00 goals scored per contest. The Lakers are fourth in the conference by allowing 3.05 goals per game, while the Crusaders are ninth with 3.65 goals allowed per game. The Crusaders have the best power play in Atlantic Hockey with a 23.4 percentage and the Lakers are 10th with a 14.1 percentage. Holy Cross has lost two straight to Mercyhurst as the Lakers won both games last season.
HC OFF TO BEST AHA START SINCE 2005-2006: The Crusaders have a 6-5-2 Atlantic Hockey record. The Crusaders have their best Atlantic Hockey record after 13 games since they were 9-3-1 in the 2005-2006 season.
HC HAS TOP RANKED POWER PLAY IN AHA: The Crusaders' 23.4 power play percentage is first in Atlantic Hockey and sixth nationally. The Crusaders are 18-77 while on the power play and are 7-3-1 in games when they score a power play goal.
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 7-1-1 when it scores the first goal of the contest.
THE SERIES WITH MERCYHURST: These games will be the 36th and 37th times that these two teams have met with Mercyhurst leading, 21-10-4. The Crusaders are 2-6-2 versus the Lakers in the last 10 games, including going 0-2-0 last season. Holy Cross is 1-2-2 in the last five games at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.
AFTER A WIN: The Crusaders are looking to win their second straight game. So far this season, Holy Cross is 2-3-1 following a victory. The last time the Crusaders have won three straight games was last season when they defeated UConn (Feb. 9) and Bentley (Feb. 12-13).
SOLID OFFENSE: This season the Crusaders have scored 60 goals through 20 games and they are seventh in Atlantic Hockey with 3.00 goals per game. Last season through 20 games, Holy Cross had scored 42 goals and was averaging 2.10 goals per game. This season, the Crusaders have scored three or more goals in 11 of the 20 games with a 7-3-1 record.
ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders have been solid on the road as they are 5-4-2 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. The Crusaders fell at No. 1 Yale by a 10-3 score on Jan. 2. Last season, Holy Cross compiled a 6-12-1 record on its opponents' home ice and went 0-1-0 on neutral ice.
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.
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.
CRUSADERS 3-1-2 IN OVERTIME: Three of the seven 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 165 total games, the Crusaders have played 41 overtime contests with a 5-11-25 (.427) 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.
HOME ICE: Starting with the two-game series versus RIT on Jan. 21-22, the Crusaders will play nine of their last 12 games of the season at home. Holy Cross is 2-4-0 at home this season as it split a two-game series with Robert Morris, lost to Bentley and Providence, and went 1-1-0 versus Niagara. Last season, Holy Cross went 6-6-5 at the Hart Center. Holy Cross has a 302-193-33 (.603) all-time record at the Hart Center since it started playing there in 1975-1976.
SHEEN SHINES: Senior co-captain Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) leads the team with eight goals, 12 assists and 20 points. He also leads the team and is tied for first in Atlantic Hockey with a career-best three game-winners and has six for his career. He is also tied for first on the team and is tied for sixth in the league with four power play goals. For his career he has 43 goals and 46 assists for 89 points in 131 games. His 43 goals are ninth all-time on the Holy Cross Division I list, while his 14 career power play goals are 10th. He has played in all 131 games in his four seasons, while he has the most goals, assists and points by any current Crusader. On Jan. 8, he scored two goals, including the game-winner, and also tallied one assist for three points in the 5-1 victory over Niagara. 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, including the game-winner, and recorded one assist in the 6-2 win on Nov. 14. 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 fourth on the team with a career-best five goals. He also has one assist for six points this season. For his career he has nine goals and 17 assists for 26 points in 87 games.
POINT IN 10 OF 12 GAMES: Junior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) has at least one point in 10 of the last 12 games. He has five goals and five assists for 10 points in the last 12 games. For the season he is tied for second on the team with a career-best six goals, while he is tied for fourth with a career-best 12 points. For his career, he has 11 goals and 17 assists for 28 points in 78 games.
FLETCHER AND LINSMAYER PROVIDE SPARK: Sophomores Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) and Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) have each provided strong offense this season. Fletcher has recorded at least one point in 13 of the last 15 games, while Linsmayer has recorded at least one point in 11 of the last 15. Over this 15-game stretch, Linsmayer has recorded six goals and nine assists for 16 points, while Fletcher has three goals and 11 assists for 14 points. For the season, Linsmayer and Fletcher are tied for second on the team with 16 points. Linsmayer is tied for second with a career-best six goals and is third with 10 assists. Fletcher is tied for first on the team with a career-best 12 assists and he is also tied for fifth with a career-best four goals. For his career, Linsmayer has 10 goals and 25 assists for 35 points in 57 games, while Fletcher has four goals and 16 assists for 20 points in 30 games.
ROY NAMED CRUSADER OF THE WEEK: Senior goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) was named the AT&T Crusader of the Week for his performance versus Niagara on Jan. 7-8. Roy was outstanding in net in the two games as he allowed only one goal on 55 shots. He made 54 saves for a .982 save percentage and he recorded a 0.68 goals against average. On Friday, he made seven saves and allowed no goals as he played in the second and third periods for a total of 27:41. Then on Saturday, he earned his first victory of the season as he made a career-best 47 saves for a .979 save percentage in the 5-1 win. Roy's 1,502 career saves are second all-time on the Holy Cross Division I saves list, while his 15 victories are seventh.
ZNUTAS LEADS DEFENSEMEN IN POINTS: Senior Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) has four goals and five assists for nine points. His nine points are tied for seventh in Atlantic Hockey by defensemen. He is tied for the team-lead and is tied for sixth in Atlantic Hockey with a career-best four 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 128 games with 14 goals and 38 assists for 52 points.
SCHMIDT & STOCKTON OFF TO GREAT STARTS: Freshmen Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) and Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) have added a lot to the Holy Cross offense. Stockton is tied for eighth in Atlantic Hockey in points by rookies with 12, while his .60 points per game are tied for 48th nationally by freshmen. His eight assists and 12 points are tied for fourth on the team, while his four goals are tied for fifth. Schmidt is tied for 14th in Atlantic Hockey in rookie scoring with 11 points. Schmidt's eight assists are tied for fourth on the team. 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.
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.
TYSOWSKY WITH FIVE WINS THIS SEASON: Sophomore goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) is 5-6-0 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 sixth 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 16-23-6 with a 2.67 goals against average, 1,120 saves and a .900 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.
REPPUCCI HAVING GREAT FRESHMAN SEASON: Freshman defenseman Jeffrey Reppucci (Newburyport, Mass.) has six assists this season as he has played 17 games. 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 233-237-56 (.496) 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 Preseason Coaches' Poll. Last season's tournament and regular season champion RIT was picked first 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), HC was eighth (60 points), Army was ninth (48 points), Bentley was 10th (47 points), UConn was 11th (21 points) and AIC was 12th (11 points).