February 16, 2011

Men's Hockey To Play Home-And-Home With Sacred Heart

Game Notes In PDF Format

GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:

Teams: Holy Cross (13-14-3, 12-8-3 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Sacred Heart (4-21-5, 4-14-5 Atlantic Hockey)

Dates: February 18 & 20, 2011

Times: Feb. 18-7:00 p.m.

Feb. 20-12:00 p.m.

Places: Feb. 18-Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.

Feb. 20-Webster Bank Arena (9,000), Bridgeport, Conn.

Holy Cross Radio: Friday-WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Listen to game.

Live Video Streaming: One Networks

Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):

With Sacred Heart: Sacred Heart leads 25-21-1

Series Record At The Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 13-9-0

Series At Webster Bank Arena: First Meeting

Last Meeting: Holy Cross 7, Sacred Heart 2 (11/19/10; Milford, Conn.)

Last Sacred Heart Win: Sacred Heart 4, Holy Cross 3 (OT) (3/13/10; Milford, Conn.)

First Meeting: Holy Cross 7, Sacred Heart 3 (10/30/98; Worcester, Mass.)

Current Series Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game

2010-2011 Season Series: Holy Cross leads, 1-0-0

HC TO PLAY HOME-AND-HOME WITH SACRED HEART: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (13-14-3 overall, 12-8-3 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action when it plays a home-and-home series with Sacred Heart (4-21-5 overall, 4-14-5 Atlantic Hockey) on Friday and Sunday, Feb. 18 and 20. Friday's game will be at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m., while Sunday's contest will be at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn, at noon. The Crusaders defeated the Pioneers by a 7-2 score earlier this season on Nov. 19 in the first game of the three-game regular season series. The Crusaders are tied for third place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 27 points, while the Pioneers are 12th with 13 points. The Crusaders lead the east-scheduling zone for a first round bye in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament. The top two teams from the east zone and the west zone earn a bye. With four games left to play, the Crusaders are five points ahead of UConn (22 points) and seven points in front of Bentley (20 points). A Holy Cross win or a Bentley loss will officially clinch the bye for the Crusaders. Holy Cross has won six straight games and is 6-0-1 in its last seven contests. Holy Cross is fifth in the league with 3.27 goals scored per game, while Sacred Heart is 10th with 2.43 goals scored per contest. The Crusaders are fourth in the conference by allowing 3.17 goals per game, while the Pioneers are 12th with 4.93 goals allowed per game. The Crusaders have the second best power play in Atlantic Hockey and the sixth in the nation with a 23.8 percentage, and the Pioneers are 11th with a 13.6 percentage. The Crusaders are 1-4-0 versus the Pioneers in the last five games between the teams.

HC HAS SECOND BEST POWER PLAY IN AHA: The Crusaders' 23.8 power play percentage is second in Atlantic Hockey and sixth nationally. The Crusaders are 30-126 while on the power play and are 13-4-2 in games when they score a power play goal.

HOME ICE: The Crusaders will play two of their last four games of the season at home. Holy Cross is 7-5-1 at home this season and has won five 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, defeated AIC and won two over Army. Last season, Holy Cross went 6-6-5 at the Hart Center. Holy Cross has a 307-194-34 (.606) all-time record at the Hart Center since it started playing there in 1975-1976.

MOST AHA WINS SINCE 2005-2006: The Crusaders' 12 Atlantic Hockey wins are their most in a season since they won a program-best 19 games with a 19-7-2 record in 2005-2006. Holy Cross' 13 overall victories are its most since going 13-20-5 in 2008-2009.

CRUSADERS ARE 6-0-1 IN LAST SEVEN GAMES: The Crusaders are on a seven-game unbeaten streak as they are 6-0-1 in their last seven games and have won six straight following a 3-3 tie versus RIT. Holy Cross earned 4-2 and 4-0 wins over UConn, 5-2 and 8-4 victories versus AIC and 5-1 and 6-1 wins over Army. This is tied for the second longest current unbeaten streak in the country. This is Holy Cross' longest unbeaten streak since the 2008-2009 season when it went 5-0-4 in nine games. The longest in school history is 10 games (10-0-0) between Dec. 8, 1979-Jan. 16, 1980. Here is a list of the longest unbeaten streaks in school history.

Rank    Streak                      Dates    
1         10 games (10-0-0)    Dec. 8, 1979-Jan. 16, 1980
2         9 games (5-0-4)        Jan. 2, 2009-Jan. 31, 2009
           9 games (9-0-0)        Jan. 16, 1999-Feb. 13, 1999
4         8 games (8-0-0)        Jan. 19, 2006-Feb. 10, 2006
           8 games (7-0-1)        Feb. 20, 1999-Mar. 20, 1999
           8 games (7-0-1)        Feb. 20, 1993-Nov. 27, 1993
           8 games (6-0-2)        Nov. 26, 1982-Jan. 4, 1983
           8 games (8-0-0)        Feb. 23, 1976-Dec. 8, 1976
 
HC LOOKING TO CONTINUE WIN STREAK: The Crusaders are looking to win their seventh straight game. So far this season Holy Cross is 7-4-1 following a victory. The Crusaders' six-game winning streak is their longest since the 2005-2006 season when they also won six straight games between March 3-March 24. Also in 2005-2006, the Crusaders recorded an eight-game winning-streak between Jan. 19-Feb. 10. The longest winning streak in school history is when they Crusaders won 10 straight in the 1979-1980 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 12-2-2 when it scores the first goal of the contest.

DURING THE STREAK: Holy Cross has outscored its opponents by a 35-12 margin in the last seven games as the Crusaders are averaging 5.0 goals per game and allowing 1.7 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 and the 6-0 win over Army was Holy Cross' first and second shutouts of the season. The Crusaders are also 11-33 on the power play in the last seven 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 six game-winning goals. Sophomore Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) has also been outstanding with five goals and seven assists for 12 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 1.70 goals against average and a .923 save percentage in the seven games as he also has a 6-0-1 record and tallied two shutouts.

HC WITH 35 GOALS IN THE LAST SEVEN GAMES: Holy Cross has scored 35 goals in the last seven games. These are the most goals scored by the Crusaders in a seven-game stretch in their Division I era that started in the 1998-1999 season. These are the most goals scored in a seven-game stretch in the overall history of the program since the 1997-1998 season when they scored 35 goals between Jan. 3-Jan. 24, 1998.  

SCORING FOUR OR MORE GOALS IN SIX STRAIGHT: The Crusaders have scored four goals or more in six straight games in a season for the first time since the 1998-1999 season. Holy Cross scored four or more goals in seven straight contests between Jan. 16-Feb. 6, 1999.  

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.

ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders have played 13 games on the road as they are 6-6-2 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) and defeated AIC (Feb. 4). Last season, Holy Cross compiled a 6-12-1 record on its opponents' home ice and went 0-1-0 on neutral ice.  

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.

SOLID OFFENSE: This season the Crusaders have scored 98 goals through 30 games as they have netted 3.27 goals per game. Last season through 30 games, Holy Cross had scored 71 goals and was averaging 2.37 goals per game. This season, the Crusaders have scored three or more goals in 18 of the 30 games with a 13-3-2 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.   

THE SERIES WITH SACRED HEART: These two teams have played each other 47 times with Sacred Heart leading the all-time series, 25-21-1. The Crusaders won the first game this season by a 7-2 score. The Pioneers won last year's season series, 5-1-0, including a two-game sweep of the Crusaders in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament quarterfinals. The prior two years the season series was tied at 2-2-0. Holy Cross is 13-9-0 versus the Pioneers at the Hart Center, while this will be the first meeting between the teams at the Webster Bank Arena. The Crusaders are 2-3-0 versus the Pioneers in the last five games at the Hart Center. Holy Cross is 3-7-0 in the last 10 overall games against the Pioneers.

LINE HAS BIG SERIES VERSUS ARMY: The line of junior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario), junior Matt Gordon (Perth, Ontario) and sophomore Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) recorded a total of 13 points in the two-game series versus Army. Vos recorded two goals and three assists for five points, while Cox tallied two goals and two assists for four points, and Gordon had one goal and three assists for four points. Cox is tied for first on the team with a career-best 10 goals and is fourth with a career-best 18 points, while he also has a career-best eight assists. For the season, Vos is fifth on the team with a career-best seven goals and is tied for fifth with a career-best 15 points, while he also has a career-best eight assists. Gordon has a career-best four goals and a career-best 12 points.  

VOS NAMED AHA PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Erik Vos was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week for his five-point series versus Army on Feb. 11-12. This was the first time that Vos had received this honor. On Friday, Vos scored two goals in the 5-1 win, while he tallied three assists in the 6-0 victory on Saturday.  

REPPUCCI NAMED AHA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Freshman defenseman Jeffrey Reppucci (Newburyport, Mass.) was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week for the second time this season as he recorded four points in the two-game sweep of Army on Feb. 11-12. On Friday, he tallied one goal and one assist in the 5-1 win as he scored the first goal of the game, while in the 6-0 victory on Saturday he recorded two assists. 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. For the season, Reppucci is tied for fourth on the team with 10 assists, while he also has two goals for 12 points.  

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.

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. He was named one of 15 semifinalists for the 59th Walter Brown Award as announced by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston president Ray Gallant. The award is presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England. Linsmayer is the first semifinalist from Holy Cross since James Sixsmith earned the honor in the 2006-2007 season. He is the sixth Crusader to be named a semifinalist for this award in the program's history, along with Sixsmith, Jim Stewart, Patrick Rissmiller, Tony Coskren and Tony Quesada. For his career, Linsmayer has 14 goals and 35 assists for 49 points in 67 games. Over the last seven 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 SECOND ON THE TEAM WITH 29 POINTS: Kyle Fletcher is tied for first on the team with a career-best 10 goals, while he is second with a career-best 19 assists and 29 points. He is also tied for first in Atlantic Hockey with four game-winning goals. 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 was the first time that he had 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. For his career, Fletcher has 10 goals and 23 assists for 33 points in 39 games.

NUNN WITH 12 POINTS IN LAST SIX GAMES: Brandon Nunn has recorded five goals and seven assists for 12 points in the last six games. He was named the AT&T Crusader of the Week, for competition from Jan. 31-Feb. 6. During Friday night's 5-2 win over AIC, 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 six goals and eight assists for 14 points. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, he has 17 points on seven goals and 10 assists.

ZNUTAS WITH 137 CAREER GAMES PLAYED: Senior defenseman Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) has played in 137 career games which are ninth all-time at Holy Cross. This season he has four goals and seven assists for 11 points, while for his career he has 14 goals and 40 assists for 54 points.

DALY LEADS DEFENDERS WITH 13 POINTS: Junior defenseman Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) has three goals and 10 assists for 13 points this season as he is tied for fourth on the team in assists. 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.  For his career he has eight goals and 25 assists for 33 points in 101 games.

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 239-240-57 (.499) 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.

SHEEN SHINES: Senior captain Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) is tied for first on the team with 10 goals, while he is third with a career-best 16 assists and a career-best 26 points. For his career he has 45 goals and 50 assists for 95 points in 141 games. He is tied for first in Atlantic Hockey with a career-best four game-winners and has seven for his career. His 45 goals are ninth all-time on the Holy Cross Division I list, while his 95 points are ninth and his 15 career power play goals are tied for ninth. Also his 141 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.

CRUSADERS 3-2-3 IN OVERTIME: Three of the 13 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 175 total games, the Crusaders have played 43 overtime contests with a 5-12-26 (.419) record as .246 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.

ROY WITH A 6-0-1 RECORD IN LAST SEVEN GAMES: Senior goalie Adam Roy has played in the last 14 games, including 11 starts in a row. He is also 6-0-1 in the last seven contests. Roy only allowed one goal in the two-game sweep of Army for a 0.50 goals against average, while he made 32 saves for a .970 save percentage. He made 11 saves in the 5-1 win on Feb. 11, while he made 21 saves in the 6-0 victory on Feb. 12, as he recorded his second shutout of the season and the third of his career. 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, Roy has a .915 save percentage and a 2.49 goals against average with a 7-6-1 record as he is 6-0-1 in his last seven starts. Roy is second all-time on the Holy Cross Division I list with 1,741 career saves. He is also second all-time with 21 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).