GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (14-14-4, 13-8-4 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Bentley (10-16-5, 9-12-4 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: February 25-26, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Places: Feb. 25-Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Feb. 26-John A. Ryan Skating Arena (1,200), Watertown, Mass.
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Bentley: Holy Cross leads 26-14-4
Series Record At The Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 14-6-2
Series Record At Bentley Home Game: Holy Cross leads 11-7-2
Last Meeting: Bentley 5, Holy Cross 2 (11/20/10; Worcester, Mass.)
Last Holy Cross Win: Holy Cross 4, Bentley 1 (2/26/10; Worcester, Mass.)
First Meeting: Holy Cross 5, Bentley 2 (2/10/73; Bentley home game)
Current Series Win Streak: Bentley one game
2010-2011 Season Series: Bentley leads, 1-0-0
HC TO CONCLUDE REGULAR SEASON VS. BENTLEY: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (14-14-4 overall, 13-8-4 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26, when it plays a home-and-home series with Atlantic Hockey opponent Bentley (10-16-5 overall, 9-12-4 Atlantic Hockey) to conclude the regular season. Friday's game will be Senior Night at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m., while Saturday's game will be played at the John A. Ryan Skating Arena at 7:00 p.m. The Falcons defeated the Crusaders by a 5-2 score this season on Nov. 20. The Crusaders are tied for third place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 30 points, while the Falcons are tied for ninth with 22 points. The Crusaders have clinched the top spot in the east scheduling zone and will get a first round bye in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament, while Bentley is only two points behind UConn for the second bye. Holy Cross is 7-0-2 in its last nine contests. Holy Cross is fifth in the league with 3.25 goals scored per game, while Bentley is 10th with 2.48 goals scored per contest. The Crusaders are fourth in the conference by allowing 3.12 goals per game, while the Falcons are seventh with 3.35 goals allowed per game. The Crusaders have the second best power play in Atlantic Hockey and the fourth in the nation with a 24.6 percentage, and the Falcons are 12th with a 8.8 percentage. The Crusaders are 3-1-1 versus the Falcons in the last five games between the teams.
HC HAS FOURTH BEST POWER PLAY IN THE NATION: The Crusaders' 24.6 power play percentage is second in Atlantic Hockey and fourth nationally. The Crusaders are 34-138 while on the power play and are 14-4-3 in games when they score a power play goal.
ATLANTIC HOCKEY TOURNAMENT: The Crusaders are tied for third place overall in the Atlantic Hockey standings with two regular season games to play. The Crusaders have already clinched a first round bye in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament and will play a best two-out-of-three quarterfinal series on March 11-13. Holy Cross earned the bye as it will finish as the top team in the east-scheduling zone. The Crusaders are looking to play the quarterfinals at home. The Crusaders can finish as high as second place and as low as fifth place. If the Crusaders finish in the top four they are guaranteed a home series, but can also play at home if they finish fifth depending on the results of the first round.
SENIOR SALUTE: The six seniors of Matt Celin (Gibsonia, Pa.), Jamie Jelinek (Great Falls, Va.), J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.), Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.), Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) and Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) will be honored before Friday's game. The senior class has been a part of 49 wins, including the 14 this season which are the most for the program since the 2005-2006 season. This group has also been involved in two of the longest unbeaten streaks in program history. The Crusaders' nine-game unbeaten streak in the 2008-2009 season and their current nine-game streak are both tied for the second longest in school history. Also this season, this class has contributed to the most Atlantic Hockey victories since the 2005-2006 season.
MOST WINS SINCE 2005-2006: The Crusaders' 13 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' 14 overall victories are its most since recording a school record 27 with a 27-10-2 record also in 2005-2006.
CRUSADERS ARE 7-0-2 IN LAST NINE GAMES: The Crusaders are on a nine-game unbeaten streak as they are 7-0-2 in their last nine games. The Crusaders' nine-game unbeaten streak is tied for the second longest in school history. The longest is when Holy Cross went 10-0-0 between Dec. 8, 1979-Jan. 16, 1980. This streak is also currently tied for the longest in the nation as Union is 9-0-0 over its last nine contests. 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 (7-0-2) Jan. 22, 2011-current
9 games (5-0-4) Jan. 2, 2009-Jan. 31, 2009
9 games (9-0-0) Jan. 16, 1999-Feb. 13, 1999
5 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
DURING THE STREAK: Holy Cross has outscored its opponents by a 41-17 margin in the last nine games as the Crusaders are averaging 4.6 goals per game and allowing 1.9 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 15-45 on the power play in the last nine contests for a .333 percentage. Sophomore Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) has led the Crusaders in the last nine games with five goals and 11 assists for 16 points, while sophomore Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) has six goals and seven assists for 13 points as he has scored three of the seven game-winning goals. Sophomore Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) has also been outstanding with five goals and eight assists for 13 points, including his first collegiate game-winner in the game versus AIC on Feb. 4. Senior Adam Roy has been big in net as he has a 1.86 goals against average and a .916 save percentage in the nine games as he also has a 7-0-2 record and tallied two shutouts.
STOCKTON NAMED AHA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Freshman forward Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week for his performance in the two-game series versus Sacred Heart on Feb. 18 and 20. Stockton recorded a total of four assists in the series. This is the second time this season that Stockton has earned this honor. He tallied two assists in the 3-2 win on Friday, including an assist on the game-winner, while he also recorded two assists in the 3-3 tie on Sunday, including one on the goal that tied the game at 3-3. For the season, Stockton is fourth on the team with 19 points and he is tied for fourth with 13 assists. He also has six goals. He has recorded at least one point in the last five games as he has two goals and five assists for seven points in that stretch of games.
HOME ICE: Holy Cross is 8-5-1 at home this season and has won six straight in Worcester. Its eight home wins are the most since winning 12 with a 12-4-1 record in the 2005-2006 season. 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, won two over Army and defeated Sacred Heart. Last season, Holy Cross went 6-6-5 at the Hart Center. Holy Cross has a 308-194-34 (.606) all-time record at the Hart Center since it started playing there in 1975-1976.
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.
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.
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 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.
ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders have played 15 games on the road as they are 6-6-3 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), defeated AIC (Feb. 4) and tied Sacred Heart (Feb. 20). Last season, Holy Cross compiled a 6-12-1 record on its opponents' home ice and went 0-1-0 on neutral ice.
SOLID OFFENSE: This season the Crusaders have scored 104 goals through 32 games as they have netted 3.25 goals per game. Last season through 32 games, Holy Cross had scored 75 goals and was averaging 2.34 goals per game. This season, the Crusaders have scored three or more goals in 20 of the 32 games with a 14-3-3 record.
THE SERIES WITH BENTLEY: These two teams have played each other 44 times with Holy Cross leading the series 26-14-4. The Falcons defeated the Crusaders by a 5-2 score earlier this season. The Crusaders won last year's series, 3-0-1. The Crusaders are 5-4-1 against Bentley in the last 10 games. Holy Cross has a 14-6-2 record versus the Falcons in Worcester and are 11-7-2 versus Bentley on the road.
REPPUCCI LEADS DEFENSEMEN WITH 15 POINTS: Freshman defenseman Jeffrey Reppucci (Newburyport, Mass.) is tied for fourth on the team with 13 assists, while he also has two goals for 15 points. He has at least one point in the last four games with one goal and six assists for seven points. Reppucci 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.
LINSMAYER LEADS TEAM WITH 32 POINTS: Rob Linsmayer leads the team with a career-best 32 points and a career-best 21 assists, while he is second with a career-best 11 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 15 goals and 36 assists for 51 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 30 POINTS: Kyle Fletcher is second on the team with a career-best 20 assists and 30 points, while he is tied for third with a career-best 10 goals. 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 fourth game-winner of the season. For his career, Fletcher has 10 goals and 24 assists for 34 points in 41 games.
NUNN WITH 13 POINTS IN LAST EIGHT GAMES: Brandon Nunn has recorded five goals and eight assists for 13 points in the last eight 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 nine assists for 15 points. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, he has 18 points on seven goals and 11 assists.
ZNUTAS WITH 139 CAREER GAMES PLAYED: Mark Znutas has played in 139 career games which are sixth all-time at Holy Cross. This season he has five goals and seven assists for 12 points, while for his career he has 15 goals and 40 assists for 55 points.
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 third on the team with a career-best 10 goals and is fifth 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, while he also has a career-best eight assists and a career-best 15 points. 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. Gordon has a career-best four goals and a career-best 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.
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 240-240-58 (.500) 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: Everett Sheen leads the team with 13 goals, while he is third with a career-best 16 assists and a career-best 29 points. He also leads the team with a career-best seven power play goals which are tied for 10th all-time for a season on the Holy Cross Division I list. He is also tied for first on the team and in the league with a career-best four game-winning goals. For his career, Sheen has 48 goals and 50 assists for 98 points in 143 games. He is tied for sixth on the school's all-time Division I list for career goals, while he is ninth in points. Sheen is also ninth all-time on the Division I list with 17 career power play goals. He is tied for second in the history of the program for games played. 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 3-2-4 IN OVERTIME: Three of the 14 Holy Cross wins this season have been in overtime as it is 3-2-4 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 177 total games, the Crusaders have played 44 overtime contests with a 5-12-27 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.
ROY WITH A 7-0-2 RECORD IN LAST NINE GAMES: Senior goalie Adam Roy has played in the last 16 games, including 13 starts in a row. He is also 7-0-2 in the last nine contests. Roy recorded a 2.40 goals against average and a .891 save percentage as he went 1-0-1 versus Sacred Heart on Feb. 18 and 20. On Friday, he made 13 saves in the 3-2 victory, while on Sunday he made 28 saves in the 3-3 tie. 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 .912 save percentage and a 2.48 goals against average with a 8-6-2 record as he is 7-0-2 in his last nine starts. Roy is second all-time on the Holy Cross Division I list with 1,782 career saves. He is also second all-time with 22 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).