October 10, 2011

Men's Hockey To Open Season At Quinnipiac On Oct. 12

Game Notes In PDF Format

GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:

Teams: Holy Cross (0-0-0, 0-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Quinnipiac (1-1-0, 0-0-0 ECACHL)

Date: October 12, 2011

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: TD Bank Sports Center (3,300), Hamden, Conn.

Live Video Streaming: QuinnipiacBobcats.com

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

With Quinnipiac: Quinnipiac leads 18-5-4

Last Meeting: QU 3, HC 1 (10/23/10; Hamden, Conn.)

Last HC Win: HC 5, QU 2 (2/12/05; Boston, Mass.)

First Varsity Meeting: HC 4, QU 1 (1/2/98; Worcester, Mass.)

Current Series Win Streak: Quinnipiac, one game

Series Record In Quinnipiac Home Game: QU leads 12-0-2

Series Record At The TD Bank Sports Center: QU leads 2-0-0

HC OPENS SEASON AT QUINNIPIAC: The Holy Cross men's hockey team opens the 2011-2012 season on Wednesday, Oct. 12, when it travels to Hamden, Conn., to take on Quinnipiac (1-1-0, 0-0-0 ECACHL) at 7:00 p.m. at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. On Oct. 7, the Crusaders lost to New Brunswick, 2-1 in overtime, in an exhibition game. The Bobcats started their season at Ohio State on Oct. 7-8, as they lost the first game by a 2-1 score and then won the second contest, 4-3. The Crusaders lost to the Bobcats last season in Hamden by a 3-1 score on Oct. 23.

THE SERIES WITH QUINNIPIAC: This game will be the 28th meeting between the two schools with Quinnipiac leading the series, 18-5-4. This will only be the sixth time that these two former MAAC and Atlantic Hockey rivals meet as non-conference opponents and the fifth since Quinnipiac entered the ECACHL. The other non-conference game was in the first contest of the series on January 2, 1998, when Holy Cross won by a 4-1 score in the Crusader Classic in Worcester. Quinnipiac is 3-0-1 versus the Crusaders as a member of the ECACHL with a 7-0 win on Jan. 28, 2007 for the opening of the TD Bank Sports Center, a 5-2 victory at the Hart Center on Jan. 19, 2008, a 1-1 tie in Worcester on Dec. 10, 2010 and a 3-1 victory in Hamden on Oct. 23, 2010.  As members of the same conference Quinnipiac had a 15-4-3 record versus the Crusaders. The Crusaders last victory over Quinnipiac was a 5-2 victory on February 12, 2005, at the Fleet Center in the last game between these two teams as conference opponents.

HC IN SEASON OPENERS: Holy Cross is 15-27-3 (.367) all-time in season openers, including a 0-4-1 record in the last five years. Last year, the Crusaders lost to Notre Dame by a 6-3 score. Holy Cross' last season-opening victory was a 3-2 win over UMass in Amherst on Oct. 21, 2005.

CRUSADERS SET FOR 2011-2012 SEASON: The 2011-2012 Holy Cross men's hockey team returns five of six starters and 22 letterwinners from last year's squad (17-16-5, 14-8-5 Atlantic Hockey) that earned the most overall and conference victories since the school record-setting season of 2005-2006. Holy Cross posted the best power play in Atlantic Hockey and the fourth nationally last season with a 24.1 percentage. Last year, the Crusaders scored 128 goals which were the most in a season since netting 130 in 2005-2006. The Crusaders finished in third place in the last year's regular season standings.

VERSUS THE ECACHL: Holy Cross is 2-6-2 in its last 10 games against ECACHL opponents, including a 0-2-0 record last season with a 3-1 loss at Quinnipiac and a 10-3 loss at No. 1 Yale. The Crusaders had a 1-1-1 record in the 2009-2010 season with a 7-3 home loss to No. 11 Yale, a 1-1 tie at home against No. 7 Quinnipiac  and a 4-2 victory at Dartmouth. The Crusaders had a 1-0-1 record three seasons ago as they tied Dartmouth, 2-2, at the Hart Center and earned a 4-3 win over Rensselaer at the Denver Cup as the Crusaders have won three straight over the Engineers. Four years ago, the Crusaders fell to Quinnipiac, while five years ago they fell at Yale, at Dartmouth and at Quinnipiac. In the 2005-2006 season, Holy Cross went a perfect 3-0-0 with two wins over Rensselaer and a victory over Dartmouth. The Crusaders have an all-time record of 20-47-6 (.315) against teams currently in the ECACHL (2-3-0 against Brown, 0-5-0 vs. Colgate, 3-3-1 against Dartmouth, 0-4-0 vs. Princeton, 5-18-4 against Quinnipiac, 3-4-0 vs. Rensselaer, 0-1-0 against St. Lawrence, 7-5-1 vs. Union and 0-4-0 against Yale).

POWER PLAY POINTS FOR PINK: For the 2011-2012 season, every time the Holy Cross men's hockey team scores a power play goal in the Hart Center, money pledged will benefit PINK Revolution. PINK Revolution is an alliance of dedicated individuals with a unified commitment to those touched by breast cancer. Its mission is to support early detection and prevention strategies, fund clinical research advancements and promote survivorship programs in Central Mass. through its affiliation with the UMass Memorial Comprehensive Breast Center. For more information, please contact Brandon Nunn at btnunn13@g.holycross.edu.

HC TO HOLD 2012 NCAA REGIONAL: Holy Cross will host the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Northeast Regional at the DCU Center in Worcester on March 24-25, 2012. Holy Cross previously hosted this event at the DCU Center in 2008 and 2010. This will be the 12th overall time that the regional has been at the DCU Center. Nine of the 11 teams to win the regional in Worcester have gone on to play in the national championship game. Five of those teams won the national championship.

HC PICKED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL: Holy Cross was picked third in the Atlantic Hockey Association Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Crusaders received 103 total points and two first place votes. Last season's regular season champion RIT, who was also 2010 NCAA Tournament semifinalists, was picked as this year's preseason favorite with 113 points and five first place votes, followed by Air Force, last year's tournament champion, with 112 points and five first place votes. Niagara was picked fourth behind the Crusaders with 89 points, followed by UConn in fifth, with 79 points. Robert Morris was sixth (70 points), Mercyhurst was seventh (59 points), Army was eighth (51 points), Canisius was ninth (42 points), Bentley was 10th (41 points), Sacred Heart was 11th (20 points) and AIC was 12th (13 points).

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.  

FRESHMEN SHINE VERSUS NEW BRUNSWICK: In the 2-1 loss versus New Brunswick, freshman Tommy Dwyer (Ridgefield, Conn.) scored Holy Cross' goal, while freshman goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) played the first 31:07 and allowed no goals and made 14 saves. New Brunswick has won four collegiate national championships in Canada (1998, 2007, 2009 and 2011). The 2011-2012 freshman class for the Crusaders has five players. Forward Dwyer, goalie Ginn, forward Mike McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.), defender Nilan Nagy (Canonsburg, Pa.) and forward Jake Youso (International Falls, Minn.) are on the Crusaders' roster.

FLETCHER & LINSMAYER LOOKING FOR BIG YEARS: The Crusaders return 12 forwards to an offense that tied for fourth in Atlantic Hockey with 3.37 goals per game. Junior Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) is expected to have another outstanding season as he led the team with 38 points a year ago. Junior Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.), who already has 53 career points, is also expected to continue to be a big factor on offense. He tied with Fletcher for the team-lead in assists with 22 and was third with 34 points.

GUERRIERO NAMED ASSISTANT COACH: Holy Cross named former Northeastern captain and first team All-American Jason Guerriero as an assistant men's hockey coach. Guerriero is a 2005 graduate of Northeastern where he had an outstanding career with 49 goals and 98 assists for 147 points, including a career-best 17 goals and 31 assists for 48 points as a senior. He was the first ever Northeastern player to lead Hockey East in scoring. During his career, he earned numerous honors including first team All-America, first team All-Hockey East, Northeastern Male Athlete of the Year, Hockey East Len Ceglarski Sportsmanship Award, Hockey East 25th Anniversary All-Northeastern team, New England Hockey All-Star, Walter Brown Award runner-up and Northeastern Rookie of the Year.

DALY IS A LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS AWARD CANDIDATE: Senior captain Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) has been named one of 20 candidates for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award as college hockey's outstanding NCAA Division I senior student-athlete for the men's hockey division. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The 20 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, Division I men's coaches and fans who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

HOLY CROSS HEAD COACH PAUL PEARL: Paul Pearl is in his 17th 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 243-242-59 (.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. He has been named the Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year twice (2004 and 2011). Along with post-season appearances in 16 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.