GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (4-6-0, 3-4-0 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Brown (3-4-1, 2-2-0 ECACHL)
Date: November 26, 2011
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Teams: Holy Cross vs. Clarkson (7-4-3, 2-3-1 ECACHL)
Date: November 27, 2011
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Chris Del Vecchio & Bill Bellerose, Jr. Listen to game here.
Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Brown: Brown leads 3-2-0
At The Hart Center: Tied 1-1-0
Last Meeting: Brown 5, Holy Cross 2 (12/31/04; Storrs, Conn.)
Last Holy Cross Win: Holy Cross 5, Brown 4 (11/9/85; Providence, R.I.)
Last Meeting At The Hart Center: Brown 5, Holy Cross 4 (11/8/86)
First Meeting: Holy Cross 4, Brown 2 (11/24/84; Worcester, Mass.)
Series Win Streak: Brown, three games
With Clarkson: First Meeting
HC TO PLAY HOME GAMES VS. BROWN & CLARKSON: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (4-6-0, 3-4-0 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action when it plays two home games versus ECACHL opponents. On Saturday, Nov. 26, Holy Cross will take on Brown (3-4-1, 2-2-0 ECACHL) at the Hart Center at 3:00 p.m., while on Sunday, Nov. 27, the Crusaders will play Clarkson (7-4-3, 2-3-1 ECACHL) at 5:00 p.m. The Crusaders are 2-3-0 all-time versus Brown in varsity games as the Bears have won three in a row. Brown defeated Holy Cross by a 5-2 score in the championship game of the UConn Hockey Classic on Dec. 31, 2004, in the last meeting. The last time the Bears played at the Hart Center was a 5-4 win for Brown on Nov. 8, 1986. This will be the first meeting between the Crusaders and Clarkson. The Crusaders are 2-3-0 in their last five games including being swept in a two-game series at RIT on Nov. 18-19. Brown is 2-2-1 in its last five contests, including a 1-1 tie at Army on Nov. 19 and a 3-0 home loss to AIC on Nov. 22, while Clarkson is 1-3-1 in its last five games, including a 3-2 loss versus Harvard on Nov. 18 and 4-0 victory over Dartmouth on Nov 19. The Golden Knights are 5-0-1 this season versus Atlantic Hockey teams with two wins each over Sacred Heart and AIC, and a win and a tie versus Bentley.
MATCHUPS: The Crusaders are ranked 24th out of 58 teams nationally in goals scored per game (3.10), while Brown is 54th (1.88) and Clarkson is tied for 29th (2.86). Defensively Holy Cross is 56th in goals allowed per contest (4.00), while the Bears are tied for 15th (2.38) and the Golden Knights are fifth (1.86). The Crusaders have the 13th best power play percentage (.220), while Brown is 49th (.114) and Clarkson is tied for 20th (.197). The Crusaders are 53rd in penalty kill percentage (.738), while the Bears are tied for 12th (.878) and the Golden Knights are 15th (.873). HC is tied for sixth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with six points. The Bears are tied for ninth in the ECACHL standings with four points, while the Golden Knights are tied for seventh with five points. Brown has played four conference games and has a .500 winning percentage and Clarkson has played in six contests with a .417 percentage.
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.
HC LEADS THE LEAGUE IN GOALS PER GAME: Holy Cross is averaging 3.10 goals scored per game which leads Atlantic Hockey. The Crusaders have scored 31 goals in 10 games. Holy Cross is also 21st nationally in goals per contest. The Crusaders are 3-2-0 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.
#3 RANKED POWER PLAY IN THE AHA: HC is 11-50 on the power play this season for a .220 percentage which is ranked third in Atlantic Hockey. Holy Cross is also 14th 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. HC is 4-3-0 in games this season when they net a power play goal. The Crusaders posted the best power play in the AHA and ranked fourth nationally last season with a .241 percentage.
THE SERIES WITH BROWN: This will be the sixth varsity meeting between these two teams with Brown leading the series, 3-2-0. The series is tied 1-1-0 all-time at the Hart Center. The Bears defeated Holy Cross by a 5-2 score in the championship game of the UConn Hockey Classic on Dec. 31, 2004, in the last meeting. Brown has won three straight in the series including a 4-2 win in Providence on Jan. 18, 2003, and a 5-4 victory on Nov. 8, 1986, in the last meeting between these teams at the Hart Center. The Crusaders won the first two games in the series with a 4-2 victory on Nov. 24, 1984, at the Hart Center and a 5-4 win at Brown on Nov. 9, 1985.
FIRST EVER GAME VERSUS CLARKSON: This will be the first ever matchup between Holy Cross and Clarkson. The only other teams that the Crusaders have not played in varsity games that are currently in the ECACHL are Cornell and Harvard.
SPREADING OUT THE OFFENSE: In the first 10 games, 20 Crusaders have at least one point. Fourteen players have scored at least one goal and 17 have recorded at least one assist. Eleven players have at least one goal and one assist. HC have recorded 31 goals and 52 assists for 83 points so far this season.
HC VERSUS THE ECACHL: The Crusaders are 0-1-0 so far this season versus the ECACHL with a 5-3 loss at Quinnipiac in the season-opener. Holy Cross is 2-6-2 in its last 10 games against ECACHL opponents, including a 0-2-0 record last season with a 3-1 loss at Quinnipiac and a 10-3 loss at No. 1 Yale. The Crusaders had a 1-1-1 record in the 2009-2010 season with a 7-3 home loss to No. 11 Yale, a 1-1 tie at home against No. 7 Quinnipiac and a 4-2 victory at Dartmouth. The Crusaders had a 1-0-1 record three seasons ago as they tied Dartmouth, 2-2, at the Hart Center and earned a 4-3 win over Rensselaer at the Denver Cup as the Crusaders have won three straight over the Engineers. Four years ago, the Crusaders fell to Quinnipiac, while five years ago they fell at Yale, at Dartmouth and at Quinnipiac. In the 2005-2006 season, Holy Cross went a perfect 3-0-0 with two wins over Rensselaer and a victory over Dartmouth. The Crusaders have an all-time record of 20-48-6 (.311) against teams currently in the ECACHL (2-3-0 against Brown, 0-5-0 vs. Colgate, 3-3-1 against Dartmouth, 0-4-0 vs. Princeton, 5-19-4 against Quinnipiac, 3-4-0 vs. Rensselaer, 0-1-0 against St. Lawrence, 7-5-1 vs. Union and 0-4-0 against Yale).
BIG IN CLUTCH SITUATIONS: The Crusaders are 3-1-0 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. The Crusaders' only one-goal loss was a 6-5 defeat at RIT on Nov. 19. With Holy Cross trailing 6-2 in the third period, the Cruasaders netted three straight goals but were unable to tie the contest.
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.
SCHMIDT LEADS TEAM WITH NINE POINTS: Sophomore Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) leads the team with six goals and nine points. He has at least one point in seven of the first 10 games this season. Schmidt is tied for second in Atlantic Hockey in goals and is tied for 23rd nationally with 0.60 goals per game, while he is second in the league and tied for eighth 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 47 games.
SILVIA WITH FIVE POINTS OVER LAST FOUR GAMES: Senior forward Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) has posted three goals and two assists for five points over the last four games. Most recently he tallied one goal and one assist for two points in the 6-5 loss at RIT on Nov. 19. Silvia 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 was the first time in his career that he had earned this honor, while this was 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 30 goals and 21 assists for 51 points in 111 games.
NAGY RECORDS FIRST COLLEGIATE POINT: Freshman Nilan Nagy (Canonsburg, Pa.) posted his first collegiate point with an assist in the 6-5 loss at RIT on Nov. 19. He has played five games this season.
VOS HAS NETTED THREE GOALS IN LAST FOUR: Junior Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) is tied for second on the team with four goals including netting three over the last four games. Vos scored in the 5-4 win over No. 7 Boston University on Oct. 22. Recently he netted one goal versus UMass on Nov. 11, Sacred Heart on Nov. 12 and RIT on Nov. 19. Vos has 16 goals and 14 assists for 30 points in 75 career games.
NUNN WITH EIGHT POINTS: Junior forward Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) has four goals and four assists for eight points. He is tied for second on the team in goals and points, while he is tied for fourth 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 had 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 51 games.
COX WITH SEVEN ASSISTS & EIGHT POINTS: Senior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) is tied for the team-lead with seven assists and is tied for second with eight points. His 0.70 assists per game are tied for 44th nationally and his seven 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 six of the 10 games this season. Cox has 16 goals and 27 assists for 43 career points in 104 games.
DALY THIRD IN AHA DEFENSEMEN SCORING: Senior captain Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) is tied for first on the team with seven assists and is tied for second with eight points. His eight points are ranked third by defensemen in Atlantic Hockey. He is tied for 44th in the nation with 0.70 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 also netted his first goal of the season and tallied one assist in the 6-5 loss at RIT. He has nine goals and 37 assists for 46 points in 119 career games.
HC TO HOLD 2012 NCAA REGIONAL: Holy Cross will host the Northeast Regional at the DCU Center in Worcester on Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25, 2012. Saturday's games are at 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., while the contest on Sunday 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 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.
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 email@example.com.
THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL: HC was picked third in the AHA Preseason Coaches' Poll. 2010-2011 regular season champion RIT was picked first, followed by Air Force, last year's tournament champion. Niagara was picked fourth behind HC, followed by UConn (fifth), Robert Morris (sixth), Mercyhurst (seventh), Army (eighth), Canisius (ninth), Bentley (10th), Sacred Heart (11th) and AIC (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. 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.
HC HEAD COACH PAUL PEARL: Paul Pearl is in his 17th year at the helm of the Holy Cross men's hockey program, and is the fifth head coach in the history of the program. On Jan. 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 247-248-59 (.499) record at HC. He has been named the Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year twice (2004 and 2011). Pearl led the team to its first two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003-2004 and 2005-2006, while he coached HC to its first ever NCAA Tournament win with the 4-3 overtime victory over Minnesota in 2006.