GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (1-1-0, 1-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) vs. #7 Boston University (2-1-0, 1-1-0 Hockey East)
Date: October 22, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Agganis Arena (6,300), Boston, Mass.
Live Video Streaming: www.goterriers.com
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Boston University: Boston University leads 1-0-0
Last Meeting: #8 Boston University 3, Holy Cross 2 (11/25/08; Boston, Mass.)
Current Series Win Streak: Boston University, one game
Series Record At Agganis Arena: Boston University leads 1-0-0
HC PLAYS AT BU ON OCT. 22: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (1-1-0, 1-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) will play at No. 7 Boston University (2-1-0, 1-1-0 Hockey East) at Agganis Arena in Boston, Mass., on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders started the season with a 5-3 loss at Quinnipiac and a 2-1 home league victory versus AIC, while the Terriers defeated No. 12 New Hampshire (5-0), lost at Providence (5-3) and posted a win over No. 3 Denver (4-3). BU has averaged 4.00 goals scored per game in the early going which are tied for ninth in the nation, while Holy Cross is averaging 2.50. Defensively the Terriers have allowed 2.67 goals per game and the Crusaders have allowed 3.00. Both teams have a .167 power play percentage, while BU's .944 penalty kill percentage is fourth nationally and the Crusaders' .875 percentage is tied for 16th.
THE SERIES WITH BU: Holy Cross and Boston University have only met once in varsity action as HC lost at BU in Agganis Arena by a 3-2 score on Nov. 25, 2008. With 45 seconds remaining, HC went on a power play and pulled the goalie for a two-man advantage but could not score. Then with 17 seconds remaining each team was called for a penalty and with HC up one-man with the empty net the Terriers were able to hold on for the 3-2 victory. The Terriers went on to win the national championship that season.
SCHMIDT LEADS TEAM WITH THREE POINTS: Sophomore Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) recorded one goal and two assists to lead the team with three points in the first week of the season. He posted one assist in the 5-3 season-opening loss at Quinnipiac on Oct. 12, and then recorded one goal and one assist as he contributed on both of Holy Cross' goals in the 2-1 win versus AIC on Oct. 15. His goal versus the Yellow Jackets tied the game at 1-1 with six seconds left in the second period and was on the power play. As a freshman, Schmidt recorded six goals and 15 assists for 21 points as he ranked fifth on the team in points. He was also named the AHA Rookie of the Week once. For his career, Schmidt has seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points.
STOCKTON OFF TO GREAT START: Sophomore Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) leads the Crusaders with two goals as he scored one versus Quinnipiac and netted the game winner in the 2-1 victory versus AIC. The goal was his third career game winner. He now has 11 goals and 16 assists for 27 career points in 38 games. 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.
HC ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 0-1-0 on the road so far this season with a 5-3 loss at Quinnipiac on Oct. 12. Last season, Holy Cross went 6-6-4 in road games which was its best away record since going 13-5-1 in 2005-2006. The 13 road wins is the school record.
GINN EARNS FIRST COLLEGIATE VICTORY: Freshman goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) went 1-1 last week in his first two collegiate games. He 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. Ginn then earned his first collegiate victory as he made 14 saves on 15 shots against for a .933 save percentage in the 2-1 win versus AIC on Oct. 15.
DAVIS SCORES FIRST COLLEGIATE GOAL: Senior defender Matthew Davis (Lancaster, N.Y.) 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 90 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 (Kanata, Ontario), 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 49 career games with 17 goals, 26 assists and 43 points. Last year, he was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week twice.
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.
HC TO HOLD 2012 NCAA REGIONAL: Holy Cross will host the Northeast Regional at the DCU Center in Worcester on March 24-25, 2012. HC 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.
AGAINST RANKED TEAMS: Boston University is ranked No. 7 in the USCHO.com poll and No. 8 in the USA Today poll. Last year the Crusaders fell at No. 1 Yale, 10-3 on Jan. 2, as it was the first time that the Crusaders played the No. 1 ranked team in the nation as a Division I program. Holy Cross fell to No. 2 North Dakota by a 3-0 score in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 26, 2004. Since the 2005-2006 season, Holy Cross is 1-12-3 versus ranked teams including the 4-3 NCAA Tournament overtime win over No. 3 Minnesota on March 24, 2006. Holy Cross has played 12 games versus nationally ranked teams over the last three seasons. Last season, the Crusaders also posted a 6-3 loss versus No. 17 Notre Dame on Oct. 8, and a 6-0 loss versus No. 17 Wisconsin on Oct. 10. Both games were at the Warrior Ice Breaker Tournament in St. Louis, Mo. Two years ago the Crusaders played three games against a nationally ranked team and went 0-2-1 as the Crusaders fell to No. 11 Yale by a score of 7-3 on Nov. 28, tied No. 7 Quinnipiac, 1-1, on Dec. 10, and fell to No. 14 UMass Lowell, 3-0, on Jan. 2. Three seasons ago, the Crusaders played one of their toughest schedules ever as they played six times against ranked opponents. Despite its 0-4-2 record in those games, Holy Cross challenged some of the best teams in the nation including a 1-0 overtime loss to No. 13 Air Force, a 3-2 loss at No. 8 and eventual national champion Boston University, a 2-2 tie at No. 5 Denver and a 2-2 tie with No. 18 Dartmouth.
VERSUS HOCKEY EAST: The Crusaders are 1-7-2 in their last 10 games against teams from Hockey East, including a 4-3 overtime victory over Northeastern last season on Oct. 29 for their first win over the Huskies and a 2-1 loss versus Providence on Nov. 27. Two seasons ago Holy Cross had a 0-3-0 record with a 3-0 loss versus UMass Lowell on Jan. 2, a 3-1 loss at Merrimack on Oct. 16 and a 2-1 loss at Providence on Oct. 10. Three years ago, Holy Cross recorded a 9-4 loss at New Hampshire on Dec. 11, 2008, a 3-2 loss at Boston University on Nov. 25, 2008, and a 6-4 loss at home versus Providence on Oct. 25, 2008. Four years ago, Holy Cross had a 1-1 tie at Vermont on Dec. 29, 2007, a 2-2 tie at home with Merrimack on Dec. 4, 2007, and a 6-4 win at Providence on Oct. 20, 2007. During the 2006-2007 season, the Crusaders fell to Northeastern, 7-2, on Dec. 30, 2006, and won at Merrimack, 2-1, on Oct. 24, 2006. In 2005-2006 the Crusaders earned a 3-2 win at UMass Amherst on Oct. 21. Holy Cross has an all-time record of 23-82-2 (.224) against teams currently in Hockey East (0-8-0 against Boston College, 0-1-0 vs. Boston University, 2-4-0 against Maine, 5-11-0 vs. UMass Amherst, 6-21-0 against UMass Lowell, 8-25-1 vs. Merrimack, 0-2-0 against New Hampshire, 1-3-0 vs. Northeastern, 1-5-0 against Providence and 0-2-1 vs. Vermont).
HC REMAINS UNDEFEATED IN AHA OPENERS: With Holy Cross' 2-1 win versus AIC in its Atlantic Hockey season-opener on Oct. 15, the Crusaders are 8-0-1 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 this season was the fourth time that Crusaders have opened the AHA season at home as they have a 3-0-1 record.
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.
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 PICKED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL: Holy Cross was picked third in the Atlantic Hockey Association Preseason Coaches' Poll. Last season's regular season champion RIT, who was also a 2010 NCAA Tournament semifinalist, was picked as this year's preseason favorite, followed by Air Force, last year's tournament champion. Niagara was picked fourth behind the Crusaders, followed by UConn in fifth. Robert Morris was sixth, Mercyhurst was seventh, Army was eighth, Canisius was ninth, Bentley was 10th, Sacred Heart was 11th and AIC was 12th.
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 244-243-59 (.501) record at Holy Cross. He has been named the Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year twice (2004 and 2011). 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 2006.