GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (7-14-3, 6-8-3 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Connecticut (7-13-4, 7-8-2 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: January 28-29, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With UConn: Holy Cross leads 46-43-2
Series Record At The Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 22-15-2
Last Meeting: UConn 2, Holy Cross 1 (12/29/10; Storrs, Conn.)
Last Holy Cross Win: Holy Cross 3, UConn 2 (2/9/10; Worcester, Mass.)
First Varsity Meeting: Holy Cross 4, UConn 3 (1/17/67; Worcester, Mass.)
Current Series Win Streak: UConn, one game
2010-2011 Series: UConn leads 1-0-0
HC TO PLAY TWO AT HOME VERSUS UCONN: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (7-14-3 overall, 6-8-3 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 28-29, at 7:00 p.m., when it plays Connecticut (7-13-4 overall, 7-8-2 Atlantic Hockey) at the Hart Center. UConn defeated Holy Cross by a 2-1 score earlier this season on Dec. 29 at the UConn Classic. Only one point separates these two teams in the Atlantic Hockey standings as the Huskies have 16 points and are in seventh place, while the Crusaders are tied for eighth with 15 points. The Crusaders are 1-3-1 in their last five games, while the Huskies are 0-4-1 in their last five contests. UConn forward Cole Schneider leads all freshmen in Atlantic Hockey with 22 points as he has seven goals and 15 assists. UConn is tied for fifth in the league with 3.04 goals scored per game, while Holy Cross is eighth with 2.75 goals scored per contest. The Crusaders are ninth in the conference by allowing 3.58 goals per game, while the Huskies are 10th with 3.92 goals allowed per game. The Crusaders have the third best power play in Atlantic Hockey with a 20.4 percentage and the Huskies are fourth with a 19.6 percentage. Holy Cross has lost one straight to UConn, but the Crusaders won four consecutive games over the Huskies before this season.
HC HAS THIRD BEST POWER PLAY IN AHA: The Crusaders' 20.4 power play percentage is third in Atlantic Hockey and 16th nationally. The Crusaders are 20-98 while on the power play and are 7-4-2 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 7-2-2 when it scores the first goal of the contest.
THE SERIES WITH UCONN: This will be the 92nd and 93rd meetings between these two teams in varsity games since the 1966-1967 season. The Crusaders lead the series, 46-43-2 and are 22-15-2 all-time at the Hart Center versus the Huskies. Holy Cross has won four out of the last five games versus the Huskies as UConn defeated Holy Cross this season. The Crusaders are 5-4-1 in the last 10 games against UConn, and are 2-2-1 in the last five games in Worcester.
AFTER A TIE: The Crusaders tied RIT, 3-3, in their last game. This season Holy Cross is 1-1-0 following a tie.
SOLID OFFENSE: This season the Crusaders have scored 66 goals through 24 games as they have netted 2.75 goals per game. Last season through 24 games, Holy Cross had scored 49 goals and was averaging 2.04 goals per game. This season, the Crusaders have scored three or more goals in 12 of the 24 games with an 7-3-2 record.
HOME ICE: The Crusaders will play seven of their last 10 games of the season at home. Holy Cross is 2-5-1 at home this season as it split a two-game series with Robert Morris, lost to Bentley and Providence, went 1-1-0 versus Niagara and then had a 0-1-1 record versus RIT. Last season, Holy Cross went 6-6-5 at the Hart Center. Holy Cross has a 302-194-34 (.604) 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.
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.
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.
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 3-2-3 IN OVERTIME: Three of the seven Holy Cross wins this season have been in overtime as it is 3-2-3 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 169 total games, the Crusaders have played 43 overtime contests with a 5-12-26 (.419) record as .254 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.
VOS WITH A CAREER-BEST NINE POINTS: Sophomore Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) is having his career best season with five goals, four assists and nine points as he is tied for fourth on the team in goals. As a freshman, Vos recorded four goals and three assists for seven points. He has played in 52 career games with nine goals, seven assists for 16 points.
SHEEN SHINES: Senior 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 135 games. He also leads the team and is tied for fourth 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 tied for 10th 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. Also his 135 games played are tied for 10th. He is 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.
DALY HAS BIG GAME VERSUS RIT: Junior defenseman Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) recorded a point on all three of Holy Cross' goals in the 3-3 tie versus RIT on Saturday, Jan. 22, as he tallied one goal and two assists for three points. He assisted on the Crusaders' first two goals of the game and then scored a goal to tie the game at 3-3 with 3:38 left in the third period. He has two goals and eight assists for 10 points this season as he is tied for fourth on the team in assists. For his career he has seven goals and 23 assists for 30 points in 95 games.
CLUNE WITH A CAREER-BEST FIVE GOALS: Junior defenseman Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) is tied for 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 88 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 15 of the last 19 games, while Linsmayer has recorded at least one point in 12 of the last 19. Over this 19-game stretch, Linsmayer has recorded six goals and 10 assists for 16 points, while Fletcher has four goals and 12 assists for 16 points. For the season, Fletcher is tied for first on the team with a career-best 13 assists, while he is second with a career-best 18 points and is tied for fourth with a career-best five goals. Linsmayer is tied for second with a career-best six goals, while he is third with 11 assists and 17 points. For his career, Linsmayer has 10 goals and 26 assists for 36 points in 61 games, while Fletcher has five goals and 17 assists for 22 points in 33 games.
POINT IN 10 OF 16 GAMES: Junior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) has at least one point in 10 of the last 16 games. He has five goals and five assists for 10 points in the last 16 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 82 games.
ROY WITH FIVE STRAIGHT STARTS: Senior goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) has played in the last eight games, including five 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 .907 save percentage, a 3.27 goals against average and a 1-6-1 record. Roy's 1,620 career saves are second all-time on the Holy Cross Division I saves list, while his 15 victories are seventh.
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 60 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 21 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's eight assists and 12 points are tied for fourth on the team, while he also has four goals. Schmidt's eight assists are tied for fourth on the team, while he also has three goals and 11 points. 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.
ZNUTAS WITH 10 POINTS: Senior Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) has four goals and six assists for 10 points. He is tied for the team-lead and is tied for 10th 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 131 games with 14 goals and 39 assists for 53 points.
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 233-240-57 (.493) 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 AHA 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), Holy Cross 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).