Crusaders Set For Quarterfinal Series Versus Canisius On March 11-13

Mark Znutas

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What: Atlantic Hockey Tournament Quarterfinal Best Two-Out-Of-Three Series

Teams: Holy Cross (15-14-5, 14-8-5 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Canisius (12-17-6, 10-12-5 Atlantic Hockey)

Dates: March 11-13, 2011

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.

Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Chris Del Vecchio; Listen to games.

Television: Friday-WCTR, Worcester, Kevin Shea & Brian Akashian

Live Video Streaming: One Networks

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

With Canisius: HC leads 27-11-9

Atlantic Hockey Tournament Series Record: Holy Cross leads 1-0

Series Record At The Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 13-6-3

Last Meeting: Holy Cross 6, Canisius 2 (11/14/10; Buffalo, N.Y.)

Last Canisius Win: Canisius 2, Holy Cross 1 (2/17/08; Buffalo, N.Y.)

First Meeting: Holy Cross 3, Canisius 1 (11/1/86; Potsdam, N.Y.)

Current Series Win Streak: Holy Cross one game

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

HC TO PLAY CANISIUS IN AHA QUARTERFINALS: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (15-14-5 overall, 14-8-5 Atlantic Hockey) will host a best two-out-of-three Atlantic Hockey Tournament quarterfinal series versus Canisius (12-17-6, 10-12-5 Atlantic Hockey) on March 11-13 at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m. The winner will advance to the Atlantic Hockey Tournament semifinals which will be held at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y., on Friday March 18. The championship game will be on Saturday, March 19. The Crusaders are the No. 3 seed in the tournament and Canisius is No. 8. The Golden Griffins defeated Niagara in the first round on March 5. All four lower seeds (Mercyhurst, Canisius, Sacred Heart and AIC) won on the road in the first round. The Crusaders went 1-0-1 versus the Golden Griffins this season on Nov. 13-14, with a 3-3 tie and a 6-2 win with both games on the road. Holy Cross is fifth in the league with 3.26 goals scored per game, while Canisius is eighth with 2.89 goals scored per contest. The Crusaders are fourth in the conference by allowing 3.12 goals per game, while the Golden Griffins are tied for seventh with 3.43 goals allowed per game. HC has the second best power play in Atlantic Hockey and the third best in the nation with a 24.7 percentage, and the Golden Griffins are 10th with a 15.6 percentage. The Crusaders are 4-0-1 versus Canisius in the last five games between the teams.

THIRD BEST POWER PLAY IN THE NATION: HC has the second best power play in the AHA and the third best nationally with a 24.7 percentage. HC is 37-150 while on the power play.

HC FINISHES THIRD IN AHA STANDINGS: The Crusaders finished in third place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 33 points. On Jan. 28 with 10 games left to play the Crusaders were tied for eighth place out of 12 teams in Atlantic Hockey with a 6-8-3 league record and 15 points. Holy Cross then finished in third place with 33 points taking 18 of the 20 available points. The third place finish is Holy Cross' best since it placed first in the standings in the 2005-2006 season.

MOST WINS SINCE 2005-2006: The Crusaders' 14 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. Their 15 overall wins are the most in a season since it won a school record 27 games in 2005-2006.

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 13-2-3 when it scores the first goal of the contest.

HC IN THE ATLANTIC HOCKEY TOURNAMENT: The Crusaders have a 10-8 all-time record in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament as they have won two titles (2004 & 2006). Last season, The Crusaders went 1-2 with a victory over AIC in the first round and two losses on the road to Sacred Heart in the quarterfinals. The Crusaders went 2-2 in the 2009 tournament with a win over AIC in the first round and a 2-1 quarterfinals series defeat at RIT. In 2008, Holy Cross was swept in the best two-out-of-three quarterfinals series at RIT as it lost two 5-4 overtime games. In 2007, Holy Cross lost at Air Force in the quarterfinals. In 2006 at the Hart Center, Holy Cross defeated AIC in the quarterfinals (3-1), UConn in the semifinals (4-1) and Bentley in the championship game (5-2), earning their second title and second NCAA Tournament appearance. In 2005, Holy Cross defeated Sacred Heart, 4-2, in the quarterfinals, but then fell to eventual champion Mercyhurst, 4-3 (OT), in the semifinals. Holy Cross won the first-ever Atlantic Hockey Tournament in 2004, earning the program's first ever spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Crusaders defeated AIC (5-0), Canisius (4-1) and Sacred Heart in the title game (4-0). In 1999, the Crusaders won the MAAC Tournament Championship by defeating Canisius, 4-3, in the finals.

UNDEFEATED AT HOME IN AHA TOURNAMENT: Holy Cross is 6-0-0 all-time in Atlantic Hockey Tournament games played at the Hart Center. Holy Cross defeated Sacred Heart in 2005, AIC, UConn and Bentley in 2006 to win the title, and most recently has earned first round victories over AIC in 2009 and 2010.

HC VERSUS CANISIUS IN AHA TOURNAMENT: This will be the second ever meeting between Holy Cross and Canisius in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament. The Crusaders won the previous match up in the 2004 semifinals by a 4-1 score as the Crusaders went on to capture their first AHA Tournament title and earn their first NCAA Tournament appearance. In 1999, the Crusaders won the MAAC Tournament Championship by defeating Canisius, 4-3, in the finals.

CRUSADERS IN THE QUARTERFINALS: The Crusaders are 4-7 all-time in Atlantic Hockey Tournament quarterfinal round games. Holy Cross has advanced to the semifinals three times and has failed to reach the semifinals four times. The first four years of the tournament the quarterfinal round was a one-game playoff. In 2004 the Crusaders defeated AIC, in 2005 they defeated Sacred Heart, in 2006 they defeated AIC and in 2007 they lost at Air Force. The last three seasons the quarterfinal round has been a best-two-out-three series. In 2008, the Crusaders lost the series, 2-0, at RIT, in 2009 they lost the series at RIT, 2-1, and in 2010 they lost on the road to Sacred Heart, 2-0.   

HC SETS SCHOOL RECORD UNDEFEATED STREAK: The Crusaders set a new school record with their 11th straight game without a loss. Holy Cross is 8-0-3 in its last 11 contests. This is now the longest streak in school history surpassing the streak when Holy Cross went 10-0-0 between Dec. 8, 1979-Jan. 16, 1980. The Crusaders' streak is also currently tied for the longest in the nation as Union is 10-0-1 over its last 11 contests. Here is a list of the longest unbeaten streaks in school history.

Rank    Streak                         Dates    
1         11 games (8-0-3)        Jan. 22, 2011-current
2         10 games (10-0-0)      Dec. 8, 1979-Jan. 16, 1980
3           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: During the last 11 games the Crusaders have outscored their opponents by a 47-23 margin. Holy Cross has averaged 4.4 goals per game and has allowed 2.1 goals per contest during this streak. The Crusaders' eight goals versus AIC on Feb. 5 were their most scored in a single game since a 10-3 win over Mercyhurst on Nov. 11, 2005. The 4-0 win against UConn and the 6-0 win over Army were Holy Cross' first and second shutouts of the season. The Crusaders are also 18-57 on the power play in the last 11 contests for a .316 percentage. Sophomore Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) has led the Crusaders in the last 11 games with five goals and 11 assists for 16 points, while sophomore Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) has eight goals and seven assists for 15 points as he has scored three of the eight 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 (Feeding Hills, Mass.) has been big in net as he has a 2.05 goals against average and a .908 save percentage in the 11 games as he also has a 8-0-3 record and tallied two shutouts.

SOLID OFFENSE: This season the Crusaders have scored 111 goals as they have netted 3.3 goals per game. These are the most goals Holy Cross has scored in a season since netting 130 in 2005-2006. This season, the Crusaders have scored three or more goals in 22 of the 34 games with a 15-3-4 record.

THE SERIES WITH CANISIUS: These two teams have played each other 47 times with Holy Cross leading the all-time series, 27-11-9, including the Crusaders going 1-0-1 versus the Golden Griffins this season. The Crusaders are 6-3-1 versus the Golden Griffins over the last 10 games and 4-0-1 over the last five. Holy Cross is 3-1-1 versus Canisius over the last five games in Worcester.

HOME ICE: Holy Cross is 9-5-1 at home this season and has won seven straight in Worcester. Its nine 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, defeated Sacred Heart and had a victory over Bentley. Last season, Holy Cross went 6-6-5 at the Hart Center. Holy Cross has a 309-194-34 (.607) all-time record at the Hart Center since it started playing there in 1975-1976.

SENIOR SALUTE: The six seniors of Matt Celin (Gibsonia, Pa.), Jamie Jelinek (Great Falls, Va.), J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.), Adam Roy, Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) and Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) have has been a part of 50 wins, including the 15 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' current 11-game streak is the longest in school history, while their nine-game unbeaten streak in the 2008-2009 season is tied for third. Also this season, this class has contributed to the team's most Atlantic Hockey victories since the 2005-2006 season.

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.

ROOKIES OF THE WEEK: Freshman defenseman Jeffrey Reppucci (Newburyport, Mass.) and freshman forward Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) have each been named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week two times this season. Reppucci was named the 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. Stockton earned the honor for his performance in the two-game series versus Sacred Heart on Feb. 18 and 20. He recorded a total of four assists in the series. 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. Stockton was also named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week for his performance versus No. 17 Notre Dame at the Warrior Ice Breaker Tournament at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. Stockton recorded one goal and one assist for two points in his collegiate debut in Holy Cross' 6-3 loss to the Fighting Irish on Oct. 8. He scored the first goal of the season for the Crusaders to tie the game at 1-1 in the first period, while he assisted on Holy Cross' second goal of the game. For the season, Reppucci is tied for fourth on the team with 14 assists, while he also has two goals for 16 points. Stockton is fourth on the team with 20 points and he is tied for fourth with 14 assists. He also has six goals.

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 16 games on the road as they are 6-6-4 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) and Bentley (Feb. 26). Last season, Holy Cross compiled a 6-12-1 record on its opponents' home ice and went 0-1-0 on neutral ice.  

ZNUTAS WITH 141 CAREER GAMES PLAYED: Mark Znutas has played in 141 career games which are the sixth most 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.

LINSMAYER TIED FOR TEAM-LEAD WITH 32 POINTS: Rob Linsmayer is tied for the team-lead with a career-best 32 points, while he leads the team with a career-best 21 assists. He is third 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 ALSO WITH 32 POINTS: Kyle Fletcher is also tied for first on the team with a career-best 32 points. He is second on the team with a career-best 12 goals and a career-best 20 assists. 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 12 goals and 24 assists for 36 points in 43 games.

NUNN WITH 13 POINTS IN LAST 10 GAMES: Brandon Nunn has recorded five goals and eight assists for 13 points in the last 10 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.

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 241-240-59 (.501) 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 14 goals, while he is third with a career-best 16 assists and a career-best 30 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 the Atlantic Hockey-lead with a career-best four game-winning goals. For his career, Sheen has 49 goals and 50 assists for 99 points in 145 games. He is 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 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 career 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 3-2-5 IN OVERTIME: Three of the 15 Holy Cross wins this season have been in overtime as it is 3-2-5 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 year as head coach of the Crusaders. The school record is four overtime victories in the 1986-1987 season. The Crusaders have tied the most overtime games played in a single-season at Holy Cross with 10 as they also played in 10 overtime games in 2008-2009 when the Crusaders went 2-3-5 in those games. Since the start of the 2006-2007 season in 179 total games, the Crusaders have played 45 overtime contests with a 5-12-28 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 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 8-0-3 RECORD IN LAST 11 GAMES: Senior goalie Adam Roy has played in the last 18 games, including 15 starts in a row. He is also 8-0-3 in the last 11 contests. He was named the Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Month for February. Roy only allowed one goal in the two-game sweep of Army for an 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 an 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 .909 save percentage and a 2.53 goals against average with a 9-6-3 record. Roy is second all-time on the Holy Cross Division I list with 1,824 career saves. He is also second all-time with 23 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).