GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (4-4-0, 3-2-0 Atlantic Hockey) vs. RIT (3-3-2, 2-2-2 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: November 18-19, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Frank Ritter Ice Arena (2,100), Rochester, N.Y.
Television: Time Warner Cable Sports Channel 26
Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
Radio: WITR 89.7 FM
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With RIT: RIT leads 20-6-2
As Atlantic Hockey Opponents: RIT leads 16-1-2
At RIT: RIT leads 11-3-0
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 3, RIT 3 (122/11; Worcester, Mass.)
Last Holy Cross Win: Holy Cross 5, RIT 3 (3/13/09; Rochester, N.Y.)
Last RIT Win: RIT 4, Holy Cross 0 (1/21/11; Worcester, Mass.)
First Meeting: Holy Cross 8, RIT 4 (12/18/72; Worcester, Mass.)
Series Win Streak: Tied, one game
2010-2011 Series: RIT won 1-0-1
HC TO PLAY TWO AT RIT ON NOV. 18-19: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (4-4-0, 3-2-0 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18-19 when they travel to Rochester, N.Y., to play two games versus the Rochester Institute of Technology (3-3-2, 2-2-2 Atlantic Hockey) at Ritter Arena at 7:00 p.m. Last week the Crusaders lost at UMass and then won a home game versus Atlantic Hockey opponent Sacred Heart, while the Tigers played at home and defeated first-place Air Force. The Crusaders are 2-1-0 in their last three games and the Tigers are 2-0-1. The two teams are tied for fourth place with Canisius in the Atlantic Hockey standings with six points each. Holy Cross has played five league games with a .600 winning percentage and RIT has played six games with a .500 percentage. The Crusaders lead Atlantic Hockey with 3.25 goals scored per game, while the Tigers are seventh with 2.25. Defensively the Tigers are third in the conference by allowing 2.62 goals per contest and the Crusaders are 11th with 4.00. Holy Cross has the top ranked power play in the league with a 26.3 percentage, while RIT is eighth with a 10.5 percentage. The Tigers' 80.5 penalty kill percentage is sixth in the conference and the Crusaders are 11th with a 75.8 percentage. RIT won the series last season, 1-0-1.
HC LEADS THE LEAGUE IN GOALS PER GAME: Holy Cross is averaging 3.25 goals scored per game which leads Atlantic Hockey. The Crusaders have scored 26 goals in eight games. Holy Cross is also 17th nationally in goals per contest. The Crusaders are 3-1-0 this season when scoring three or more goals. Last year, the Crusaders scored 128 goals which were the most in a season since netting 130 in 2005-2006.
#1 RANKED POWER PLAY IN THE AHA: The Crusaders are 10-38 on the power play this season for a 26.3 percentage which is ranked first in Atlantic Hockey. Holy Cross is also sixth 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 are 4-2-0 in games this season when they net a power play goal. The Crusaders posted the best power play in Atlantic Hockey and ranked fourth nationally last season with a 24.1 percentage.
THE SERIES WITH RIT: This will be the 29th and 30th meetings between these two teams with RIT leading the series, 20-6-2. Last season the Tigers went 1-0-1 versus the Crusaders. Holy Cross is 1-16-2 versus the Tigers since RIT joined Atlantic Hockey for the 2006-2007 season. The Crusaders' only recent win was in the 2008-2009 season when they defeated the Tigers, 5-3, in game one of the best two-out-of-three Atlantic Hockey quarterfinals series as RIT won the series, 2-1. Holy Cross is 3-11-0 all-time against the Tigers at RIT.
SCHMIDT LEADS TEAM WITH NINE POINTS: Sophomore Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) leads the team with six goals and nine points, while his three assists are tied for fifth. He has at least one point in seven of the first eight games this season. Schmidt is tied for second in Atlantic Hockey in goals and tied for 11th nationally with 0.75 goals per game, while he is tied for first in the league and sixth nationally with a career-best four power play goals. 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 12 goals and 18 assists for 30 points in 45 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 ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 2-4-0 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, a 4-3 win at Niagara and a 7-2 loss at UMass. 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.
SILVIA NAMED AHA PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior forward Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) was named the Team Travel USA Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week for his performance in games versus UMass and Sacred Heart. Silvia posted two goals and one assist for three points on the week. This is the first time in his career that he has earned this honor, while this is his second career weekly award. He was also named the Rookie of the Week in the 2008-2009 season. Silvia notched one assist in the 7-2 loss at UMass on Nov. 11, while he then scored two goals including the game-winner, in the 6-4 victory versus Sacred Heart on Nov. 12. He now has eight career game-winning goals. Silvia has 29 goals and 20 assists for 49 points in 109 games.
NUNN IS SECOND ON THE TEAM WITH EIGHT POINTS: Junior forward Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) has four goals and four assists for eight points. He is second on the team in goals and points, while he is third in assists. He netted two goals in the 6-4 win versus Sacred Heart on Nov. 12. Nunn 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, where he recorded one goal and three assists for four points. This was 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. For his career he has 12 goals and 17 assists for 29 points in 49 games.
HC AT HOME: The Crusaders are 313-195-34 (.609) all-time at the Hart Center, including a 2-0-0 record this season with a 2-1 win over AIC and a 6-4 victory versus Sacred Heart. 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).
COX WITH SIX ASSISTS & SEVEN POINTS: Senior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) is tied for the team-lead with six assists and is third with seven points. His 0.75 assists per game are tied for 37th nationally and his six 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. He has at least one point in five of the eight games this season. Cox has 16 goals and 26 assists for 42 career points in 102 games.
DALY WITH SIX POINTS: Senior captain Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) is tied for first on the team with six assists and is tied for fourth with six points. He is tied for 37th in the nation with 0.75 assists per game and is tied for fifth in the league in assists. Daly posted two assists in the 5-4 victory versus No. 7 Boston University, two assists in the 4-3 win at Niagara and two assists in the 7-2 loss at UMass. He has eight goals and 36 assists for 44 points in 117 career games.
MILLER WITH SIX POINTS OVER THE LAST THREE: Senior Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) has tallied six points over the last three games. He posted one goal and two assists in the 4-3 victory at Niagara and notched three assists in the 6-4 win versus Sacred Heart. His five assists are third on the team and his six points are tied for fourth. Miller has 17 goals and 21 assists for 38 points in 93 contests.
GINN WITH SIX STARTS IN GOAL: Freshman goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) has started six games so far this season and is 3-3-0. 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 eight games, 19 Crusaders have at least one point. Thirteen players have scored at least one goal and 16 have recorded at least one assist. Ten players have at least one goal and one assist. The Crusaders have recorded 26 goals and 45 assists for 71 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.
HC TO HOLD 2012 NCAA REGIONAL: Holy Cross will host the Northeast Regional at the DCU Center in Worcester on Friday and Saturday, March 24-25, 2012. Friday's games are at 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., while the contest on Saturday is at 8:00 p.m. 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 are on sale now. Tickets are 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: Mike Daly 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 3-1-0 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. After losing to UMass, the Crusaders then defeated Sacred Heart. Last year the Crusaders went 5-8-2 after a loss.
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.
HC TO SUPPORT MASS. SOLDIERS LEGACY FUND: On Saturday, Dec. 10, the Holy Cross men's hockey program will be raising money for the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund (MSLF) at the Hart Center during its game versus Army at 4:00 p.m. The fund provides educational assistance grants to the children of Massachusetts service members who were killed while deployed on Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. The team will be wearing a special edition camouflage jersey to show its support. The jerseys will be auctioned off throughout the game with all proceeds going to the fund. A limited amount of special edition Holy Cross hockey camouflage t-shirts will be available for purchase.
"It's an honor for the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund to be part of the Holy Cross/Army in-game fundraiser on December 10," said fund founder Peter Trovato. "The MSLF has a very simple mission: to honor the sacrifice of fallen Massachusetts service members by providing support to their surviving children. To date, there have been over 115 service members from Massachusetts killed while serving in Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom; 45 of these casualties had children; leaving 75 kids without a parent."
"This is a great opportunity for our program to support an outstanding fund that honors fallen service members and helps their children," said Holy Cross head men's hockey coach Paul Pearl. "The work that Peter and the supporters of the fund do to make sure that the kids of fallen military personnel get an education is amazing. The team is very excited to honor the arm services and support this cause."
Trovato, who played hockey at UMass and is the brother of former Holy Cross hockey player Chris Trovato (Class of 2008), is very excited for the game. "Events like these not only help us achieve our funding goals for these children but also promote additional awareness of the tremendous sacrifices made by our local military personnel and their families," said Trovato. "The MSLF is truly grateful and excited that the Holy Cross hockey team has chosen the MSLF as the beneficiary of their jersey auction. Proceeds raised will help the MSLF pay tribute and honor those families that have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom."
There will be 27 game jerseys available to bid on during the silent auction with a minimum bid of $150.00 for each jersey. The jersey numbers that will be available in the auction are #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #10, #11, #12, #14, #15, #17, #19, #20, #21, #23, #24, #26, #27, #28, #29, #30, #33, #35 and #44. The auction will start at 3:00 p.m.
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 247-246-59 (.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.