GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (7-13-2, 6-7-2 Atlantic Hockey) vs. RIT (12-8-4, 11-3-3 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: January 21-22, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Live Video Streaming: One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With RIT: RIT leads 19-6-1
As Atlantic Hockey Opponents: RIT leads 15-1-1
At The Hart Center: RIT leads 7-1-1
Last Meeting: RIT 2, Holy Cross 0 (1/9/10; Rochester, N.Y.)
First Meeting: Holy Cross 8, RIT 4 (12/18/72; Worcester, Mass.)
Series Win Streak: RIT, three games
Last Holy Cross Win: Holy Cross 5, RIT 3 (3/13/09; Rochester, N.Y.)
2009-2010 Series: RIT won 3-0-1
HC TO PLAY TWO AT HOME VERSUS FIRST-PLACE RIT: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (7-13-2 overall, 6-7-2 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 21-22, at 7:00 p.m., when it plays RIT (12-8-4 overall, 11-3-3 Atlantic Hockey) at the Hart Center. The Crusaders are tied for seventh place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 14 points and the Tigers are in first place with 25 points. The Crusaders are 1-4-0 in their last five games, while the Tigers are 2-1-2 in their last five contests and are 6-0-2 in their last eight Atlantic Hockey games. RIT goalie Shane Madolora leads Atlantic Hockey with a 1.98 goals against average, a .934 save percentage and a .885 winning percentage (10-0-3). He is second nationally in winning percentage, third in save percentage and 10th in goals against average. RIT is third in the league with 3.38 goals scored per game, while Holy Cross is seventh with 2.86 goals scored per contest. The Tigers are fourth in the conference by allowing 2.96 goals per game, while the Crusaders are ninth with 3.59 goals allowed per game. The Crusaders have the best power play in Atlantic Hockey with a 21.6 percentage and the Tigers are sixth with a 17.9 percentage. Holy Cross has lost three straight to RIT.
HC HAS TOP RANKED POWER PLAY IN AHA: The Crusaders' 21.6 power play percentage is first in Atlantic Hockey and eighth nationally. The Crusaders are 19-88 while on the power play and are 7-4-1 in games when they score a power play goal.
HC OFF TO BEST AHA START SINCE 2006-2007: The Crusaders have a 6-7-2 Atlantic Hockey record. The Crusaders have their best Atlantic Hockey record after 15 games since they were also 6-7-2 in the 2006-2007 season.
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 7-2-1 when it scores the first goal of the contest.
THE SERIES WITH RIT: This will be the 27th and 28th meetings between these two teams with RIT leading the series, 19-6-1. Last season the Tigers went 3-0-1 versus the Crusaders. Holy Cross is 1-15-1 versus the Tigers since RIT joined Atlantic Hockey for the 2006-2007 season. The Crusaders' only recent win was in the 2008-2009 season when they defeated the Tigers, 5-3, in game one of the best two-out-of-three Atlantic Hockey quarterfinals series as RIT won the series, 2-1. Holy Cross is 1-7-1 all-time against the Tigers at the Hart Center.
AFTER A LOSS: The Crusaders are looking to end their two-game losing streak. Holy Cross is 4-7-1 so far this season following a loss. The Crusaders' longest losing streak this season is five games.
SOLID OFFENSE: This season the Crusaders have scored 63 goals through 22 games as they have netted 2.86 goals per game. Last season through 22 games, Holy Cross had scored 43 goals and was averaging 1.95 goals per game. This season, the Crusaders have scored three or more goals in 11 of the 22 games with a 7-3-1 record.
HOME ICE: 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.
ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders have played 13 games on the road as they are 5-6-2 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. Then the Crusaders were swept at Mercyhurst (Jan. 14-15). 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.
CRUSADERS TO PINK THE RINK ON FEBRUARY 5: The Holy Cross men's hockey team will hold its second annual "Pink the Rink" on Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Hart Center during its game versus AIC at 7:00 p.m. This year, the Crusaders will raise money for breast cancer awareness by selling 'Pink the Rink' T-shirts, holding a chuck-a-puck competition during an intermission, running a 50/50 raffle and promoting special hockey prize raffles. There will also be a ceremonial puck drop before the game which will honor Jackie Peterson, Holy Cross' Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students and breast cancer survivor. Proceeds will go to Pink Revolution which is an alliance of dedicated individuals with a unified commitment to those touched by breast cancer at UMass Memorial and UMass Medical School here in Worcester. "Pink the Rink" is part of Breast Cancer Awareness Day at Holy Cross as the women's basketball team celebrates "Pink Zone" at its game versus Lafayette at 1:00 p.m. Also the men's and women's swimming and diving teams will be wearing pink caps during their meet versus Bryant at 1:00 p.m.
WIN A PAIR OF NCAA REGIONAL TICKETS: During Holy Cross home men's hockey games, fans can enter to win, free of charge, a pair of tickets to the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Northeast Regional on March 26th and 27th in Manchester, N.H. The winner will be announced at the game versus Bentley on Feb. 25.
HC IN ONE-GOAL GAMES: Holy Cross is 4-5-0 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' seven 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, versus Bowling Green, 3-2 in overtime, on Dec. 30, and at Mercyhurst by a 3-2 score in overtime on Jan. 15.
CRUSADERS 3-2-2 IN OVERTIME: Three of the seven Holy Cross wins this season have been in overtime as it is 3-2-2 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. The school record is four overtime victories in the 1986-1987 season. 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 167 total games, the Crusaders have played 42 overtime contests with a 5-12-25 (.417) record as .251 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 eight goals and 21 points, while he is tied for first with 13 assists. For his career he has 43 goals and 47 assists for 90 points in 133 games. He also leads the team and is tied for second in Atlantic Hockey with a career-best three game-winners and has six for his career. Also he is tied for first on the team and tied for eighth in the league with four power play goals. His 43 goals are ninth all-time on the Holy Cross Division I list, while his 14 career power play goals are 10th. He is also on the Hobey Baker fan ballot for the fourth time. He leads all current Crusaders in goals, assists, points and games played. 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.
MILLER ON THREE-GAME POINT STREAK: Junior Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) has recorded at least one point in three straight games as he has two goals and two assists for four points. For the season, he has three goals and four assists for seven points, while he has recorded 16 goals and 16 assists for 32 points in 83 career games.
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 14 GAMES: Junior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) has at least one point in 10 of the last 14 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 80 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 14 of the last 17 games, while Linsmayer has recorded at least one point in 11 of the last 17. Over this 17-game stretch, Linsmayer has recorded six goals and nine assists for 16 points, while Fletcher has three goals and 12 assists for 15 points. For the season, Fletcher is tied for first on the team with 13 assists, while he is second with a career-best 17 points and tied for fifth with a career-best four goals. Linsmayer is tied for second with a career-best six goals and is third with 10 assists and 16 points. For his career, Linsmayer has 10 goals and 25 assists for 35 points in 59 games, while Fletcher has four goals and 17 assists for 21 points in 32 games.
ROY WITH THREE STRAIGHT STARTS: Senior goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) has played in the last six games, including three starts in a row. He 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. This season he has a .913 save percentage, a 3.24 goals against average and a 1-5-0 record. Roy's 1,566 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 six assists for 10 points. His four goals are tied for fifth on the team. His 10 points are tied for seventh in Atlantic Hockey by defensemen. He is tied for the team-lead and is tied for eighth 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 130 games with 14 goals and 39 assists for 53 points.
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 third nationally. For his career he has recorded five goals and three assists for eight points in 59 games.
REPPUCCI HAVING GREAT FRESHMAN SEASON: Freshman defenseman Jeffrey Reppucci (Newburyport, Mass.) has one goal and six assists for seven points this season as he has played 19 games. He netted his first collegiate goal in the game versus Mercyhurst on Jan. 14. 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.
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 11th in Atlantic Hockey in points by rookies with 12. His eight assists and 12 points are tied for fourth on the team, while his four goals are tied for fifth. Schmidt is 15th 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.
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 233-239-56 (.494) 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.