GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (2-2-0, 1-1-0 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Niagara (1-3-2, 0-1-1 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: November 4-5, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Dwyer Arena (2,100), Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Niagara: Niagara leads 5-1-0
Series Record At Niagara: Niagara leads 2-0-0
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 5, Niagara 1 (1/8/11; Worcester, Mass.)
Last Niagara Win: Niagara 5, Holy Cross 2 (1/7/11; Worcester, Mass.)
First Varsity Meeting: Niagara 3, Holy Cross 0 (1/3/99; Worcester, Mass.)
Current Series Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
2010-2011 Series: Tied 1-1-0
HC TO PLAY TWO AT NIAGARA ON NOV. 4-5: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (2-2-0, 1-1-0 Atlantic Hockey) will travel to Niagara Falls, N.Y., to play two games versus Niagara (1-3-2, 0-1-1 Atlantic Hockey) at Dwyer Arena on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5, at 7:00 p.m. Last week Holy Cross fell at UConn by a 4-2 score. The Purple Eagles split a two-game series with No. 16 Colgate as they lost at home, 7-6 in overtime, and then won on the road by a 2-1 score. The Crusaders are second in Atlantic Hockey with 3.00 goals scored per game, while the Purple Eagles are tied for sixth with 2.17. Niagara is fourth in the league defensively with 3.17 goals allowed per game and Holy Cross is fifth with 3.50. The Crusaders' 25.0 power play percentage leads Atlantic Hockey and is tied for eighth nationally, while the Purple Eagles' 12.0 percentage is seventh in the conference. The Crusaders' 86.7 penalty kill percentage is second in the AHA, while Niagara's 75.0 percentage is tied for ninth in the league. Last year, the season series was tied at 1-1-0.
THE SERIES WITH NIAGARA: These two games will be the seventh and eighth meetings between the Crusaders and the Purple Eagles with Niagara leading 5-1-0. The two games last year were the first contests between the two programs as members of Atlantic Hockey as last year was the first season that Niagara had competed in the conference. Both games were played in Worcester last year with the Purple Eagles winning by a 5-2 score on Jan. 7 and the Crusaders taking the win 5-1 on Jan. 8 for their first ever victory versus Niagara. The Purple Eagles won by a 6-2 score in Worcester on Oct. 13, 2007. On January 3, 1999, Niagara won 3-0 at Holy Cross, while on Jan. 11, 2000 the Purple Eagles won 6-0 at Niagara. In the 2006-2007 season, Niagara defeated Holy Cross, 5-4 in overtime, on October 14, 2006 at Niagara.
SCHMIDT LEADS TEAM WITH SIX POINTS: Sophomore Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) leads the team with four goals and six points. He is tied for fifth nationally with 1.00 goals per game and is tied for seventh with three power play goals. He is also tied for 18th in the country with 1.50 points per game. He netted one goal at UConn. 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 10 goals and 17 assists for 27 points in 41 games.
HC ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 1-2-0 on the road so far this season with a 5-3 loss at Quinnipiac, a 5-4 victory at No. 7 Boston University and a 4-2 loss at UConn. 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 FOUR ASSISTS: Senior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) leads the team with four assists and is second with five points. His 1.00 assists per game are tied for 17th nationally and his four assists are tied for fifth in the AHA. He posted one goal and two assists in the 5-4 win at No. 7 Boston University. Cox has 16 goals and 24 assists for 40 career points in 98 games.
STOCKTON OFF TO GREAT START: Sophomore Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) is second on the team with two goals and third with three points. Stockton has 11 goals and 17 assists for 28 points in 40 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.
GINN IS 2-2-0 IN GOAL: Freshman goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) has started every game so far this season and is 2-2-0. 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.
TOP RANKED AHA POWER PLAY: The Crusaders are 5-20 on the power play this season for a 25.0 percentage which is ranked first in Atlantic Hockey and tied for eighth nationally. The Crusaders posted the best power play in Atlantic Hockey and the fourth nationally last season with a 24.1 percentage.
YOUSO RECORDS FIRST COLLEGIATE POINT: Freshman Jake Youso (International Falls, Minn.) recorded his first collegiate point with an assist at UConn on Oct. 27. It was also his collegiate debut.
OFFENSE STARTS STRONG: The Crusaders have netted 12 goals in the first four games. The Crusaders' 3.00 goals per game are second in Atlantic Hockey. Last year, the Crusaders scored 128 goals which were the most in a season since netting 130 in 2005-2006.
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. Tickets go on sale on Friday, Nov. 11 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be available at the DCU Center Box Office, Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com. Go here for more information.
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 four games, 15 Crusaders have at least one point. Eight players have scored at least one goal and 14 have recorded at least one assist. Seven players have at least one goal and one assist The Crusaders have recorded 12 goals and 22 assists for 34 points so far this season.
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.
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 245-244-59 (.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.