GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (9-14-3, 8-8-3 Atlantic Hockey) vs. AIC (6-15-1, 6-12-1 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: February 4-5, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Places: Feb. 4-Olympia Ice Center (2,200), West Springfield, Mass.
Feb. 5 ("Pink the Rink")-Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: Feb. 5-WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass., Dan Gentile & Jake Bass; Listen to game.
Live Video Streaming: One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With AIC: Holy
Cross leads, 39-20-8
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 3, AIC 2 (10/15/10; West Springfield, Mass.)
Last AIC Win: AIC 1, Holy Cross 0 (1/16/10; West Springfield, Mass.)
First Varsity Meeting: AIC 12, Holy Cross 2 (11/30/71; Worcester, Mass.)
Current Series Win Streak: Holy Cross, two games
Series Record At AIC Home Game: Holy Cross leads 17-11-2
Series Record At The Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 19-7-6
2010-2011 Season Series: Holy Cross leads, 1-0-0
HC TO PLAY HOME-AND-HOME WITH AIC: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (9-14-3 overall, 8-8-3 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4-5, at 7:00 p.m., when it plays a home-and-home series with AIC (6-15-1 overall, 6-12-1 Atlantic Hockey). Friday's game will be at the Olympia Ice Center, while Saturday's contest is at the Hart Center and is Holy Cross' second annual "Pink the Rink" night. Holy Cross defeated AIC by a 3-2 score in the Crusaders' Atlantic Hockey season-opener on Oct. 15. The Crusaders are tied fifth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 19 points, while the Yellow Jackets are in 11th with 13 points. The Crusaders are 2-2-1 in their last five games, while the Yellow Jackets are 2-3-0 in their last five contests. Both teams have won two straight games entering this series. Holy Cross is eighth in the league with 2.85 goals scored per game, while AIC is ninth with 2.55 goals scored per contest. The Crusaders are ninth in the conference by allowing 3.38 goals per game, while the Yellow Jackets are 11th with 4.27 goals allowed per game. The Crusaders have the third best power play in Atlantic Hockey with a 21.7 percentage and the Yellow Jackets are fourth with a 21.2 percentage. Holy Cross has won two straight over AIC.
HC HAS THIRD BEST POWER PLAY IN AHA: The Crusaders' 21.7 power play percentage is third in Atlantic Hockey and 10th nationally. The Crusaders are 23-106 while on the power play and are 9-4-2 in games when they score a power play goal.
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 and running a 50/50 raffle. 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.
CRUSADERS ARE 2-0-1 IN LAST THREE GAMES: The Crusaders are 2-0-1 in their last three games with a 3-3 tie versus RIT, and 4-2 and 4-0 wins over UConn. Holy Cross has outscored its opponents by an 11-5 margin in the last three games as the Crusaders are averaging 3.7 goals per game and allowing 1.7 goals per contest. The 4-0 win against UConn was Holy Cross' first shutout of the season. Sophomore Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) has led the Crusaders in this stretch with two goals and four assists for six points, while junior Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) has two goals and three assists for five points. Sophomore Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) has also been strong with three goals and one assist for four points as he scored both game-winning goals versus UConn. Senior Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) has been big in net as he has an 1.63 goals against average and a .932 save percentage in the three games.
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 9-2-2 when it scores the first goal of the contest.
HC LOOKING TO CONTINUE WIN STREAK: The Crusaders are looking to win their third straight game. So far this season Holy Cross is 3-4-1 following a victory. This is the third time this season that the Crusaders have won two straight. Holy Cross will be looking for its first three-game winning streak since last season when it defeated UConn (Feb. 9) and Bentley (Feb. 12-13). The Crusaders last four-game winning streak was in the 2005-2006 season when they won six straight games between March 3-March 24.
HOME ICE: The Crusaders will play five of their last eight games of the season at home. Holy Cross is 4-5-1 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, recorded a 0-1-1 record versus RIT and then swept UConn. Last season, Holy Cross went 6-6-5 at the Hart Center. Holy Cross has a 304-194-34 (.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.
THE SERIES WITH AIC: Friday's contest will be the 68th meeting between the Crusaders and the Yellow Jackets with Holy Cross leading the all-time series, 39-20-8. Overall Holy Cross is 6-2-2 in the last 10 games against the Yellow Jackets, including two straight victories. Holy Cross leads the series, 1-0-0 this season. Last season, AIC won the season series, 2-1-2. It was the first time that the Yellow Jackets took a season series from Holy Cross since the 2000-2001 season. The Crusaders are 2-3-0 in their last five games at the Olympia Ice Center and are 3-0-2 in their last five contests versus AIC in Worcester. Holy Cross has defeated the Yellow Jackets two years in a row in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament first round.
SOLID OFFENSE: This season the Crusaders have scored 74 goals through 26 games as they have netted 2.85 goals per game. Last season through 26 games, Holy Cross had scored 57 goals and was averaging 2.19 goals per game. This season, the Crusaders have scored three or more goals in 14 of the 26 games with a 9-3-2 record.
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.
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).
DALY ON THREE-GAME POINT
STREAK: Junior defenseman Mike Daly has
tallied at least one point in three straight games. He recorded a
point on all three of Holy Cross' goals in the 3-3 tie versus RIT
on 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. Daly then had one assist in the 4-2 win over UConn on
Jan. 28, while he scored a goal in the 4-0 victory versus the
Huskies on Jan. 29. He has three goals and nine assists for 12
points this season as he is tied for fourth on the team in assists
and tied for fifth in points. For his career he has eight goals and
24 assists for 32 points in 97 games.
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 171 total games, the Crusaders have played 43 overtime contests with a 5-12-26 (.419) 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.
BALDASSARI WITH TWO SHORTHANDED GOALS: Junior Gianni Baldassari (Fort Wayne, Ind.) has a career-best four 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 four goals this season are shorthanded. His two shorthanded goals are tied for third nationally. For his career he has recorded six goals and three assists for nine points in 62 games.
SHEEN SHINES: Senior captain Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) leads the team with nine goals and 23 points, while he is tied for first with 14 assists. For his career he has 44 goals and 48 assists for 92 points in 137 games. He is also tied for first on the team and tied for fourth in the league with a career-best three game-winners and has six for his career. He also leads the team with five power play goals. His 44 goals are ninth all-time on the Holy Cross Division I list, while his 92 points are tied for ninth and his 15 career power play goals are also tied for ninth. Also his 137 games played are eighth all-time in the program's history. 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. Sheen recorded one goal and one assist for two points in the 4-0 win over UConn on Jan. 29. 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.
POINT IN 11 OF 18 GAMES: Junior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) has at least one point in 11 of the last 18 games. He has six goals and five assists for 11 points in the last 18 games. For the season he is tied for third on the team with a career-best seven goals, while he is fourth with a career-best 13 points. For his career, he has 12 goals and 17 assists for 29 points in 83 games.
FLETCHER AND LINSMAYER PROVIDE SPARK: Sophomores Rob Linsmayer and Kyle Fletcher have each provided strong offense this season. Fletcher has recorded at least one point in 17 of the last 21 games, while Linsmayer has recorded at least one point in 14 of the last 21. Over this 19-game stretch, Linsmayer has recorded eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points, while Fletcher has six goals and 13 assists for 19 points. For the season, Linsmayer is tied for first on the team with 14 assists, while he is second with a career-best eight goals and a career-best 22 points. Fletcher is tied for first on the team with a career-best 14 assists, while he is third with a career-best 21 points and is tied for third with a career-best seven goals. Linmsayer was named the AT&T Crusader of the Week as he recorded two goals and three assists in the wins over UConn on Jan. 28-29, including two goals and one assist in the 4-2 victory on Jan. 28. Fletcher scored both game-winners versus UConn and is tied for first on the team and tied for fourth in Atlantic Hockey with a career-best three. For his career, Linsmayer has 12 goals and 29 assists for 41 points in 63 games, while Fletcher has seven goals and 18 assists for 25 points in 35 games.
ROY NAMED AHA GOALIE OF THE WEEK: Senior goalie Adam Roy has played in the last 10 games, including seven starts in a row. He was named the Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week as he allowed only two goals for a 1.00 goals against average, while he made 46 saves for a .958 save percentage in the two wins over UConn on Jan. 28-29. This was the second time he has received this honor as he also earned it once as a freshman in 2007-2008. On Friday, he made 18 saves and allowed two goals in the 4-2 win, while on Saturday he made 28 saves, recording his second career shutout in the 4-0 victory. 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 .915 save percentage, a 2.80 goals against average and a 3-6-1 record. Roy is second all-time on the Holy Cross Division I list with 1,666 career saves. He is fourth all-time with 17 victories. As a freshman he was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Month for February, while he earned Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week honors twice.
REPPUCCI HAVING GREAT FRESHMAN SEASON: Freshman defenseman Jeffrey Reppucci (Newburyport, Mass.) has one goal and seven assists for eight points this season as he has played 23 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.
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 235-240-57 (.495) 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.