GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (2-1-0, 1-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Connecticut (2-2-1, 1-0-0 Atlantic Hockey)
Date: October 27, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Freitas Ice Forum (2,000), Storrs, Conn.
Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With UConn: Holy Cross leads 48-43-2
Series Record At UConn: UConn leads 21-20-0
Series Record At Freitas Ice Forum: Holy Cross leads 14-6-0
Last Meeting: Hoy Cross 4, UConn 0 (1/29/11; Worcester, Mass.)
Last UConn Win: UConn 2, Holy Cross 1 (12/29/10; Storrs, Conn.)
First Varsity Meeting: Holy Cross 4, UConn 3 (1/17/67; Worcester, Mass.)
Current Series Win Streak: Holy Cross, two games
2010-2011 Series: Holy Cross won 2-1-0
HC TRAVELS TO UCONN ON OCT. 27: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (2-1-0, 1-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) will travel to Storrs, Conn., to take on Connecticut (2-2-1, 1-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) at the Freitas Ice Forum on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders are off to their best start since going 2-1-0 to begin the 2007-2008 season. Holy Cross started this season with a 5-3 loss at Quinnipiac, and then defeated AIC (2-1) and won at No. 7 Boston University (5-4). The Huskies are also 1-0-0 in Atlantic Hockey with a 5-0 win at Army, while they have a 3-2 overtime victory versus UMass-Lowell. The Crusaders are tied for first in Atlantic Hockey with 3.33 goals scored per game, while the Huskies are third with 2.60. UConn is second in the league defensively with 2.60 goals allowed per game and Holy Cross is sixth with 3.33. The Crusaders' 27.8 power play percentage leads Atlantic Hockey and is fifth nationally, while the Huskies' 20.7 percentage is second in the conference and 15th in the nation. The Crusaders' 90.9 penalty kill percentage is second in the AHA and tied for eighth nationally, while UConn's 81.1 percentage is sixth in the league. Last year, Holy Cross won the season series, 2-1-0.
THE SERIES WITH UCONN: This will be 94th meeting between these two teams in varsity games since the 1966-1967 season. The Crusaders lead the series, 48-43-2. Holy Cross is 20-21-0 versus the Huskies at UConn and are 14-6-0 at the Freitas Ice Forum. Holy Cross has won four out of the last five games versus the Huskies. The Crusaders are 6-3-1 in the last 10 games against UConn, and are 3-2-0 in the last five games in Storrs.
SCHMIDT LEADS TEAM WITH FIVE POINTS: Sophomore Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) leads the team with three goals and five points. He is tied for fourth nationally with 1.00 goals per game and is tied for fifth with three power play goals. He is also tied for 15th in the country with 1.67 points per game. Schmidt scored two goals in the Crusaders 5-4 win at No. 7 Boston University. With Holy Cross trailing 2-1 in the first period, he netted two straight power play goals to give the Crusaders a 3-2 lead. He has at least one point in each of the three games so far this season. Schmidt posted one assist in the 5-3 season-opening loss at Quinnipiac, and then recorded one goal and one assist as he contributed on both of Holy Cross' goals in the 2-1 win versus AIC. 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 nine goals and 17 assists for 26 points.
HC ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 1-1-0 on the road so far this season with a 5-3 loss at Quinnipiac and a 5-4 victory at No. 7 Boston University. 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.
COX RANKS FIRST WITH THREE ASSISTS: Senior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) leads the team with three assists and is second with four points. He posted one goal and two assists in the 5-4 win at No. 7 Boston University. Cox has 16 goals and 23 assists for 39 career points in 97 games.
STOCKTON OFF TO GREAT START: Sophomore Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) has at least one point in each of the first three games this season. He is second on the team with two goals and third with three points. Stockton has 11 goals and 17 assists for 28 points in 39 career contests. Stockton posted one assist in the win at No. 7 Boston University, while he scored versus Quinnipiac and netted the game-winner in the 2-1 victory versus AIC. The goal was his third career game-winner. 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 DEFEATS #7 BU: The 5-4 win at No. 7 Boston University was Holy Cross' first ever win over BU, as the Terriers won the only other meeting by a 3-2 score on Nov. 25, 2008. It is also the Crusaders' first win over a ranked team since the 4-3 NCAA Tournament overtime victory over No. 3 Minnesota on March 24, 2006. Go here to view the post game press conference. Go here to view Holy Cross' five goals in the game.
TOP RANKED AHA POWER PLAY: The Crusaders are 5-18 on the power play this season for a 27.8 percentage which is ranked first in Atlantic Hockey and fifth nationally. The Crusaders posted the best power play in Atlantic Hockey and the fourth nationally last season with a 24.1 percentage.
GINN IS 2-1-0 IN GOAL: Freshman goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) has started every game so far this season and is 2-1-0. Ginn made 27 saves in the 5-4 win at No. 7 Boston University. He made 13 saves in the third period to secure the victory. 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.
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.
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.
SPREADING OUT THE OFFENSE: In the first three games, 14 Crusaders have at least one point. Seven players have at least one goal and seven have at least one assist. The Crusaders have recorded 10 goals and 18 assists for 28 points so far this season.
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 245-243-59 (.502) 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.