GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (0-1-0, 0-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) vs. AIC (0-2-0, 0-0-0 Atlantic Hockey)
Date: October 15, 2011
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Dan Gentile & Bill Bellerose, Jr. Listen to the game here.
Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With AIC: Holy Cross leads 41-20-8
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 8, AIC 4 (2/5/11; Worcester, Mass.)
Last AIC Win: AIC 1, Holy Cross 0 (1/16/10; West Springfield, Mass.)
First Varsity Meeting: AIC 12, Holy Cross 2 (11/30/71; Worcester, Mass.)
Current Series Win Streak: Holy Cross, four games
Series Record At The Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 20-7-6
2010-2011 Season Series: Holy Cross won 3-0-0
HC STARTS LEAGUE PLAY AT HOME VERSUS AIC: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (0-1-0, 0-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) will play its first Atlantic Hockey game of the season on Saturday, Oct. 15, when it takes on American International (0-2-0, 0-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) at the Hart Center at 4:00 p.m. The contest is also the Crusaders' home opener. Holy Cross lost its season opener at Quinnipiac, 5-3, on Oct. 12, while the Yellow Jackets dropped two contests at Michigan Tech by scores of 4-3 and 3-1 on Oct. 7-8.
THE SERIES WITH AIC: The contest versus AIC will be the 70th meeting between the Crusaders and the Yellow Jackets with Holy Cross leading the all-time series, 41-20-8, including going 3-0-0 versus AIC last season. Holy Cross is 6-2-2 in the last 10 games against the Yellow Jackets, including four straight victories.
HC UNDEFEATED IN ATLANTIC HOCKEY OPENERS: The Crusaders are 7-0-1 in Atlantic Hockey openers with a 3-1 win at Canisius on Oct. 11, 2003, a 3-1 win at AIC on Nov. 5, 2004, a 1-0 victory over Army on Oct. 28, 2005, a 4-1 win over Mercyhurst on Oct. 20, 2006, a 4-1 win at Mercyhurst on Oct. 26, 2007, a 1-1 tie versus Canisius on Oct. 17, 2008, a 3-2 win on the road versus Canisius on Oct. 24, 2009 and a 3-2 away victory versus AIC on Oct. 15, 2010. The game versus AIC will be the fourth time that Crusaders have opened the AHA season at home as they have a 2-0-1 record.
CRUSADERS IN HOME OPENERS: Holy Cross is 23-17-5 (.567) all-time in home openers, including a 4-2 lost to Robert Morris last season. The Crusaders are 1-2-2 over the last five seasons.
HC AT HOME: The Crusaders are 311-195-34 (.607) all-time at the Hart Center including a 11-6-1 record last season. Last year's record was the Crusaders best since going 12-4-1 in 2005-2006. The Crusaders will play two non-conference games at home this year with contests versus ECAC members Brown (Nov. 26) and Clarkson (Nov. 27).
GINN MAKES COLLEGIATE DEBUT: Freshman goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) made his collegiate debut with 39 saves in the 5-3 season-opening loss at Quinnipiac on Oct. 12. Ginn's 39 saves was the most by a Crusader goalie in his debut since Tyler Chestnut made 41 saves in the 4-1 victory versus Mercyhurst on Oct. 20, 2006.
HC ON AMERICA 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 America One Networks.
OFFENSE STARTS STRONG: The Crusaders scored three goals in the season opener at Quinnipiac as senior defender Matthew Davis (Lancaster, N.Y.), junior forward Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) and sophomore forward Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) each found the back of the net. The Crusaders' 3.00 goals per game lead Atlantic Hockey and are tied for 18th nationally. Last year, the Crusaders scored 128 goals which were the most in a season since netting 130 in 2005-2006. Go here to watch a video of the goals at Quinnipiac.
DAVIS SCORES FIRST COLLEGIATE GOAL: Senior defender Matthew Davis scored his first collegiate goal in the 5-3 season-opening defeat at Quinnipiac on Oct. 12. Davis' goal was the Crusaders first of the contest and cut the deficit to 2-1. Davis has played in 89 career games with one goal and 10 assists for 11 points. Last season he recorded six assists which were a career best.
FLETCHER SCORES GOAL AT QUINNIPIAC: Junior Kyle Fletcher, who led the team with 38 points a year ago and was second with 16 goals, scored a goal in the 5-3 season opening loss versus Quinnipiac. His goal gave the Crusaders a 3-2 lead in the second period. Also last season Fletcher tied for the team-lead with 22 assists. Fletcher has played in 48 career games with 17 goals, 26 assists and 43 points. Last year, he was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week twice.
STOCKTON OFF TO GREAT START: Sophomore Shayne Stockton netted a goal in the 5-3 season-opening loss at Quinnipiac. His goal tied the game at 2-2 in the second period. Stockton had a strong freshman season as he ranked fourth on the team with 25 points, tied for fourth with 16 assists and was fifth with nine goals. As a freshman he earned Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Month accolades in March and was named Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week twice.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
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.
WHAT'S NEXT: After the game versus AIC, the Crusaders return to action when they play at No. 8 Boston University at Agganis Arena at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22. The Crusaders and the Terriers have only met once in varsity action as Holy Cross lost at Boston University by a 3-2 score on Nov. 25, 2008. The Terriers went on to win the national championship that season.
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.
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 243-243-59 (.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. 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.