Men's Hockey To Take On UMass & Sacred Heart

Matt Clune

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:

Teams: Holy Cross (3-3-0, 2-2-0 Atlantic Hockey) vs. UMass (2-4-2, 1-4-2 Hockey East)

Date: November 11, 2011

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Place: Mullins Center (8,389), Amherst, Mass.

Teams: Holy Cross vs. Sacred Heart (0-8-0, 0-4-0 Atlantic Hockey)

Date: November 12, 2011

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.

Holy Cross Radio: Nov. 12-WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Listen to game here.

Live Video Streaming: Nov. 11-www.umassathletics.com

Nov. 12-America One Networks

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

With UMass: UMass leads 11-5-0

Series Record At UMass: UMass leads 7-2-0

Series Record At The Mullins Center: UMass leads 2-1-0

Last Meeting: Holy Cross 3, UMass 2 (10/21/05; Amherst, Mass.)

Last UMass Win: UMass 2, Holy Cross 1 (10/24/03; Amherst, Mass.)

First Varsity Meeting: UMass 8, Holy Cross 4 (2/10/67; Amherst, Mass.)

Current Series Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game

With Sacred Heart: Sacred Heart leads 25-22-2

Series Record At The Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 14-9-0

Last Meeting: Holy Cross 3, Sacred Heart 3 (2/20/11; Bridgeport, Conn.)

Last Holy Cross Win: Holy Cross 3, Sacred Heart 2 (2/18/11; Worcester, Mass.)

Last Sacred Heart Win: Sacred Heart 4, Holy Cross 3 (OT) (3/13/10; Milford, Conn.)

First Meeting: Holy Cross 7, Sacred Heart 3 (10/30/98; Worcester, Mass.)

Current Series Win Streak: Tied, one game

2010-2011 Season Series: Holy Cross won, 2-0-1

HC TO PLAY UMASS & SACRED HEART: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (3-3-0, 2-2-0 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action on Friday, Nov. 11 when it plays Hockey East opponent UMass (2-4-2, 1-4-2 Hockey East) in Amherst, Mass., at the Mullins Center at 6:00 p.m. Holy Cross will then take on Sacred Heart (0-8-0, 0-4-0 Atlantic Hockey) on Saturday, Nov. 12 in Worcester at 7:00 p.m. Last week, Holy Cross split a two-game series at Niagara. UMass defeated No. 1 Boston College on Nov. 5 by a 4-2 score at the Mullins Center. Both the Crusaders and the Minutemen have a win over a ranked team as Holy Cross defeated No. 7 Boston University on Oct. 22. The Crusaders defeated the Minutemen in the last meeting between the teams on Oct. 21, 2005 by a 3-2 score in Amherst. The Pioneers, who have lost eight straight to start the season, play Army on Nov. 11. HC won the season series last year, 2-0-1.

#1 RANKED POWER PLAY IN THE NATION: The Crusaders are 9-28 on the power play this season for a 32.1 percentage which is ranked first nationally. HC went 3-6 on the power play in the 5-4 victory at No. 7 Boston University on Oct. 22 and went 3-4 on the man-advantage in the 4-3 win at Niagara on Nov. 5. The Crusaders posted the best power play in Atlantic Hockey and ranked fourth nationally last season with a 24.1 percentage.

NUNN NAMED AHA PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior forward Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) was named the Team Travel USA Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week for his performance in the two-game series at Niagara on Nov. 4-5. Nunn recorded one goal and three assists for four points. This is the first time in his career that he has earned the honor. Nunn posted one assist in the 4-2 loss on Nov. 4, while he tallied one goal and two assists for three points in the 4-3 victory on Nov. 5. He scored the first goal of the game on Saturday, while one of his two assists was on the game-winner. This season, Nunn has two goals and four assists for six points. He is tied for second on the team in all three categories. For his career he has 10 goals and 17 assists for 27 points in 47 games.

MATCH-UPS: The Crusaders are tied for 27th out of 58 teams nationally with 3.00 goals scored per game, while UMass is 15th with 3.38 and Sacred Heart is 56th with 1.50. Holy Cross is tied for 46th in the nation defensively with 3.50 goals allowed per game, while the Minutemen are tied for 53rd with 4.00 and the Pioneers are 58th with 5.25. The Crusaders' 32.1 power play percentage leads the nation, while the Minutemen's 18.8 percentage is tied for 29th and the Pioneers' 2.3 percentage is 57th. The Crusaders' 82.6 penalty kill percentage is tied for 28th nationally, while the Minutemen's 73.7 percentage is 53rd and the Pioneers' 77.1 percentage is 47th. Holy Cross is tied for fourth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with a 2-2-0 record and four points, while the Pioneers are in 12th with a 0-4-0 record. UMass is tied for seventh in the Hockey East standings with a 1-4-2 record and four points.

THE SERIES WITH UMASS: This will be the 17th meeting between these two program in varsity games since 1966-1967 when the Crusaders' varsity program started. The Minutemen lead the series 11-5. Holy Cross won the last meeting between these two teams by a 3-2 score on Oct. 21, 2005 in the Mullins Center in the Crusaders' season-opener. Holy Cross would go on to have a school record setting 27-10-2 season and defeat Minnesota in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.   

THE SERIES WITH SACRED HEART: These two teams have played each other 49 times with Sacred Heart leading the all-time series, 25-22-2. The Crusaders won last year's season series 2-0-1. The Pioneers won the 2009-2010 season series, 5-1-0, including a two-game sweep of the Crusaders in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament quarterfinals. The season series was tied at 2-2-0 after the prior two years. Holy Cross is 14-9-0 versus the Pioneers. The Crusaders are 2-3-0 versus the Pioneers in the last five games at the Hart Center. Holy Cross is 3-6-1 in the last 10 overall games against the Pioneers.

OFFENSE STARTS STRONG: The Crusaders have netted 18 goals in the first six 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.

SCHMIDT LEADS TEAM WITH EIGHT POINTS: Sophomore Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) leads the team with five goals and eight points, while his three assists are tied for fourth. He has recorded at least one point in each of the first six games this season. He is tied for ninth nationally with 0.83 goals per game and is tied for third with a career-best four power play goals. He is also tied for 25th in the country with 1.33 points per game. Schmidt netted one goal at Niagara on Nov. 4 and one assist versus the Purple Eagles on Nov. 5. He netted one goal at UConn, while he 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. 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 11 goals and 18 assists for 29 points in 43 games.

BIG IN CLUTCH SITUATIONS: The Crusaders are 3-0-0 this season in games decided by one goal. With the game versus AIC on Oct. 15 tied at 1-1, sophomore Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) scored the game-winner at 9:01 of the third period for the 2-1 victory. Junior Brendan Baker (Edina, Minn.) gave the Crusaders a 5-2 lead at No. 7 Boston University on Oct. 22 as HC won by a 5-4 score. Junior Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) scored the game-winner at 14:30 of the third period to break a 3-3 tie in the 4-3 victory at Niagara on Nov. 5.

HC AT HOME: The Crusaders are 312-195-34 (.608) all-time at the Hart Center including a 1-0-0 record this season with a 2-1 win over AIC. Last year's 11-6-1 record at home 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).  

HC ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 2-3-0 on the road so far this season with a 5-3 loss at Quinnipiac, a 5-4 victory at No. 7 Boston University, a 4-2 loss at UConn, a 4-2 loss at Niagara and a 4-3 win at Niagara. 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 FIVE ASSISTS: Senior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) leads the team with five assists and is tied for second with six points. His 0.83 assists per game are tied for 27th nationally and his five assists are tied for fourth 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 25 assists for 41 career points in 100 games.

GINN WITH FIVE STARTS IN GOAL: Freshman goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) has started five games so far this season and is 2-3-0. 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.

SPREADING OUT THE OFFENSE: In the first six games, 17 Crusaders have at least one point. Eleven players have scored at least one goal and 15 have recorded at least one assist. Nine players have at least one goal and one assist. The Crusaders have recorded 18 goals and 34 assists for 52 points so far this season.

TYSOWSKY EARNS WIN IN 2011-2012 DEBUT: Junior goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) made 32 saves and recorded a .914 save percentage in the 4-3 victory at Niagara on Nov. 5 in his first appearance of the season. He recorded seven saves in the first period, 15 in the second and 10 in the third. Tysowsky's 17 career wins are fifth all-time on the Holy Cross Division I list, while his 1,152 saves are fourth.

HC VERSUS HOCKEY EAST: The Crusaders are 1-0-0 this season versus teams from Hockey East with a 5-4 victory at No. 7 Boston University on Oct. 22. The Crusaders are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games against teams from Hockey East, including a 4-3 overtime victory over Northeastern last season on Oct. 29 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 24-82-2 (.231) against teams currently in Hockey East (0-8-0 against Boston College, 1-1-0 vs. Boston University, 2-4-0 against Maine, 5-11-0 vs. UMass, 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 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.

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.

BOUNCING BACK: The Crusaders are 2-1-0 so far this season following a loss. After losing their season-opener to Quinnipiac, the Crusaders responded by defeating AIC. After falling to UConn, HC lost at Niagara, but then answered by defeating the Purple Eagles in the second game of the series. Last year the Crusaders went 5-8-2 after a loss.

STOCKTON OFF TO GREAT START: Shayne Stockton is tied for second on the team with two goals and is tied for fourth with three assists. He is fourth with five points. Stockton has 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points in 42 career contests. Stockton scored a goal 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 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 btnunn13@g.holycross.edu.

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 246-245-59 (.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.