GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (11-14-3, 10-8-3 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Army (8-16-4, 7-10-4 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: February 11-12, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Listen to games.
Live Video Streaming: One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Army: Army leads 27-20-8
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 5, Army 4 (OT) (10/17/10; West Point, N.Y.)
Last Army Win: Army 4, Holy Cross 1 (2/6/10; Worcester, Mass.)
First Varsity Meeting: Army 6, Holy Cross 5 (OT) (1/8/75; West Point, N.Y.)
Current Series Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
Series Record At The Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 14-9-0
2010-2011 Season Series: Holy Cross leads, 1-0-0
HC TO PLAY TWO AT HOME VERSUS ARMY: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (11-14-3 overall, 10-8-3 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11-12, at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m., when it plays Army (8-16-4 overall, 7-10-4 Atlantic Hockey). Saturday will also be winter homecoming as a MVP trophy will be awarded after the game. The Crusaders defeated the Black Knights by a 5-4 score in overtime earlier this season on Oct. 17 in the first meeting of the three-game regular season series. Holy Cross has won four straight games and is 4-0-1 in its last five contests as the Crusaders are tied for fifth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 23 points, while the Black Knights are tied for eighth with 18 points. The Black Knights are 1-2-2 in their last five contests. Holy Cross is fifth in the league with 3.11 goals scored per game, while Army is 12th with 2.39 goals scored per contest. The Black Knights are fourth in the conference by allowing 3.11 goals per game, while the Crusaders are seventh with 3.36 goals allowed per game. The Crusaders have the second best power play in Atlantic Hockey and the seventh in the nation with a 23.1 percentage, and the Black Knights are ninth with a 16.4 percentage. Army leads the league and is fourth nationally with a 88.1 penalty kill percentage, while the Crusaders are 10th with a 76.1 percentage. Holy Cross has won two out of its last three games versus Army.
HC HAS SECOND BEST POWER PLAY IN AHA: The Crusaders' 23.1 power play percentage is second in Atlantic Hockey and seventh nationally. The Crusaders are 27-117 while on the power play and are 11-4-2 in games when they score a power play goal.
HOME ICE: The Crusaders will play four of their last six games of the season at home. Holy Cross is 5-5-1 at home this season and has won three straight in Worcester. The Crusaders 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, then swept UConn and defeated AIC. Last season, Holy Cross went 6-6-5 at the Hart Center. Holy Cross has a 305-194-34 (.604) all-time record at the Hart Center since it started playing there in 1975-1976.
HC LOOKING TO CONTINUE WIN STREAK: The Crusaders are looking to win their fifth straight game. So far this season Holy Cross is 5-4-1 following a victory. The Crusaders' four-game winning streak is their longest since the 2005-2006 season when they won six straight games between March 3-March 24. Also in 2005-2006, the Crusaders also recorded an eight-game winning-streak between Jan. 19-Feb. 10.
CRUSADERS ARE 4-0-1 IN LAST FIVE GAMES: The Crusaders are 4-0-1 in their last five games and have won four straight following a 3-3 tie versus RIT. Holy Cross then earned 4-2 and 4-0 wins over UConn, and 5-2 and 8-4 victories versus AIC. Holy Cross' four wins in a row represents the Crusaders' longest winning streak since the 2005-2006 season when they won six straight games between March 3-March 24. Holy Cross has outscored its opponents by a 24-11 margin in the last five games as the Crusaders are averaging 4.8 goals per game and allowing 2.2 goals per contest. The Crusaders' eight goals versus AIC on Feb. 5 were the most scored in a single game since their 10-3 win over Mercyhurst on Nov. 11, 2005. The 4-0 win against UConn was Holy Cross' first shutout of the season. The Crusaders are also 8-24 on the power play in the last five contests for a .333 percentage. Sophomore Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) has led the Crusaders in this stretch with four goals and 10 assists for 14 points, while sophomore Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) has six goals and six assists for 12 points as he has scored three of the four game-winning goals. Sophomore Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) has also been outstanding with four goals and six assists for 10 points, including his first collegiate game-winner in the game versus AIC on Feb. 4. Senior Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) has been big in net as he has a 2.17 goals against average and a .911 save percentage in the five games as he also has a 4-0-1 record and tallied his second career shutout.
WINTER HOMECOMING: The game on Feb. 12 will be the winter homecoming game at Holy Cross as a trophy will be given to the contest's most valuable player. Holy Cross' Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) received the winter homecoming MVP trophy last season as the Crusaders defeated Bentley, 4-0, on Feb. 13.
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 10-2-2 when it scores the first goal of the contest.
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.
THREE CRUSADERS HAVE BIG SERIES VERSUS AIC: The line of Brandon Nunn, Kyle Fletcher and Rob Linsmayer had a big series in the two-game sweep of AIC on Feb. 4-5. At least two members of this line recorded a point on 10 of the 13 goals scored for Holy Cross in the series. The three players totaled 23 of the 33 points tallied by Holy Cross players including scoring nine of the 13 goals. Over the course of two nights Fletcher put up three goals and five assists for a total of eight points. Linsmayer also totaled eight points in two nights putting up two goals and six assists, while Nunn scored four goals and three assists for a total of seven points. Before this series the last time a Holy Cross player recorded five points in a game was when Jon Landry had one goal and four assists in a 7-4 victory versus Bentley on Jan. 5, 2007. In the series versus AIC, Holy Cross had three players reach five points in a game. In the 5-2 win on Feb. 4, both Linsmayer and Nunn tallied two goals and three assists, while in the 8-4 win on Feb. 5, Fletcher also had two goals and three assists.
THE SERIES WITH ARMY: This will be the 56th and 57th meeting between these two teams in varsity games since 1966-1967. The Black Knights lead the series, 27-20-8, while the Crusaders are 3-3-4 against Army in the last 10 games between the two schools. The Crusaders lead the all-time series at the Hart Center, 14-9-0, and are 3-2-0 in the last five games. This season the Crusaders won 5-4 in overtime at Army on Oct. 17. Last season, these two teams split the season series as both games were played in Worcester. Holy Cross won on Feb. 5 by a 5-3 score, while Army won on Feb. 6 by a 4-1 score.
SOLID OFFENSE: This season the Crusaders have scored 87 goals through 28 games as they have netted 3.11 goals per game. Last season through 28 games, Holy Cross had scored 61 goals and was averaging 2.18 goals per game. This season, the Crusaders have scored three or more goals in 16 of the 28 games with an 11-3-2 record.
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.
LINSMAYER LEADS TEAM WITH 30 POINTS: Rob Linsmayer leads the team with a career-best 30 points and a career-best 20 assists, while he is tied for first with a career-best 10 goals. For his career, Linsmayer has 14 goals and 35 assists for 49 points in 65 games. Over the last five games, Linsmayer has four goals and 10 assists for 14 points. He 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 NAMED AHA PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kyle Fletcher was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week as he recorded three goals and five assists for eight points in the two wins over AIC on Feb. 4-5. This is the first time that he has received this honor. In the 5-2 win on Friday, he tallied one goal and two assists for three points, while in the 8-4 victory on Saturday, Fletcher recorded two goals and three assists for five points including his team-best fourth game-winner of the season. Holy Cross is 4-0-1 in the last five games as Fletcher has six goals and six assists for 12 points during that stretch of games. For the season he is tied for first on the team with a career-best 10 goals, while he is second with a career-best 19 assists and a career-best 29 points. He also leads the team and is tied for first in Atlantic Hockey with four game-winning goals. For his career, Fletcher has 10 goals and 23 assists for 33 points in 37 games.
NUNN NAMED AT&T CRUSADER OF THE WEEK: Brandon Nunn was named the AT&T Crusader of the Week, for competition from Jan. 31-Feb. 6. During Friday night's 5-2 win over the Yellow Jackets, Nunn set new career highs with two goals and three assists for five points, including scoring his first collegiate game-winner. Then in Saturday night's 8-4 victory over AIC, Nunn scored two more goals. Overall this season, Nunn has now totaled five goals and seven assists for 12 points. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, he has 15 points on six goals and nine assists.
DALY LEADS DEFENDERS WITH 13 POINTS: Junior defenseman Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) has recorded two goals and four assists for six points over the last five 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. Daly also had one assist in the 5-2 win over AIC on Feb. 4. He has three goals and 10 assists for 13 points this season as he is fourth on the team in assists and tied for fifth in points. For his career he has eight goals and 25 assists for 33 points in 99 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 173 total games, the Crusaders have played 43 overtime contests with a 5-12-26 (.419) record as .249 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) is third on the team with nine goals, a career-best 15 assists and also 24 points. For his career he has 44 goals and 49 assists for 93 points in 139 games. He is second on the team with a career-best three game-winners and has six for his career. His 44 goals are ninth all-time on the Holy Cross Division I list, while his 93 points are ninth and his 15 career power play goals are tied for ninth. Also his 139 games played are fifth 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.
ROY WITH A 4-0-1 RECORD IN LAST FIVE GAMES: Senior goalie Adam Roy has played in the last 12 games, including nine starts in a row. He is also 4-0-1 in the last five contests. Roy made 43 saves in the two-game sweep of AIC on Feb. 4-5, with a .878 save percentage and a 3.00 goals against average. He made 17 saves in the 5-2 win on Friday, while he made 26 saves in the 8-4 victory on Saturday. 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. For the season he has a .910 save percentage and a 2.84 goals against average with a 5-6-1 record. Roy is second all-time on the Holy Cross Division I list with 1,709 career saves. He is also second all-time with 19 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.
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).
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 237-240-57 (.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.