Crusaders Ready For Two Home Games Versus Canisius On Dec. 2-3

Matt Gordon

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:

Teams: Holy Cross (5-7-0, 3-4-0 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Canisius (4-6-3, 4-1-2 Atlantic Hockey)

Dates: December 2-3, 2011

Times: Friday-7:00 p.m.; Saturday-3:00 p.m.

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

Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Friday-Jake Bass & Dom DiPersia; Saturday-Jake Bass & Paul Fontelo. Listen to game here.

Live Video Streaming: America One Networks

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

With Canisius: Holy Cross leads 29-12-9

Series Record At The Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 15-7-3

Last Meeting: Holy Cross 7, Canisius 3 (3/13/11; Worcester, Mass.)

Last Canisius Win: Canisius 3, Holy Cross 2 (3/12/11; Worcester, Mass.)

First Meeting: Holy Cross 3, Canisius 1 (11/1/86; Potsdam, N.Y.)

Current Series Win Streak: Holy Cross one game

2010-2011 Season Series: Holy Cross won, 3-1-1

HC TO PLAY TWO HOME GAME VERSUS CANISIUS: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (5-7-0, 3-4-0 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action when it plays two home games versus Canisius (4-6-3, 4-1-2 Atlantic Hockey), on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3 at the Hart Center. Friday's game is at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday's contest is at 3:00 p.m. Holy Cross is 2-3-0 in its last five contests, including a 2-0 win versus Brown on Nov. 26 and a 5-0 loss against Clarkson on Nov. 27. The Golden Griffins are 2-1-2 in their last five contests including a two-game sweep of AIC on Nov. 26-27. The Crusaders are tied for ninth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with six points and Canisius is tied for third with 10 points. Holy Cross is third in Atlantic Hockey out of 12 teams in goals scored per game with 2.75 and Canisius is 12th with 1.62. The Crusaders are 11th in goals allowed per contest with 3.75 and the Golden Griffins are third with 2.62. Holy Cross has the fourth ranked power play percentage in the league (.200), while Canisius is 11th (.083). The Crusaders are eighth with a .771 penalty kill percentage and the Golden Griffins are sixth with a .781 percentage. Holy Cross won last year's season series, 3-1-1, including winning a quarterfinal Atlantic Hockey Tournament series in three games.

HC AT HOME: The Crusaders are 314-196-34 (.608) all-time at the Hart Center, including a 3-1-0 record this season with a 2-1 win over AIC, a 6-4 victory versus Sacred Heart, a 2-0 win versus Brown and a 5-0 loss against Clarkson. Last year's 11-6-1 record at home was the Crusaders best since going 12-4-1 in 2005-2006.

HC TO HOLD ARMED SERVICE DAY ON DEC. 10: 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. Tickets are five dollars for veterans and current members of the armed services. A limited amount of special edition Holy Cross hockey camouflage t-shirts will be available for purchase. There will be 26 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, #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. Jersey #2 will be raffled off to a student at the game. The auction will start at 3:00 p.m. 

THIRD IN THE LEAGUE IN GOALS PER GAME: Holy Cross is averaging 2.75 goals scored per game which are third in Atlantic Hockey. The Crusaders have scored 33 goals in 12 games. The Crusaders are 3-2-0 this season when scoring three or more goals. Last year, the Crusaders scored 128 goals which were their most in a season since netting 130 in 2005-2006.

CRUSADERS DEFEAT BROWN: HC is now 3-3-0 all-time versus Brown in varsity action with a 2-0 win on Nov. 26. This was the first win for the Crusaders over the Bears since a 5-4 win at Brown on Nov. 9, 1985. Brown had won three straight in the series.     

THE SERIES WITH CANISIUS: These two teams have played each other 50 times with Holy Cross leading the all-time series, 29-12-9, including the Crusaders going 3-1-1 versus the Golden Griffins last season. The Crusaders are 6-2-2 versus the Golden Griffins over the last 10 games. Holy Cross is 3-1-1 versus Canisius over the last five games in Worcester.

HOLDING ON TO THE LEAD: The Crusaders are 4-0-0 so far this season when leading after the second period. Four of Holy Cross' five victories have been when it has been leading after the second.      

HC ON AMERICA ONE NETWORKS: All of Holy Cross' home games and AHA away games can be seen via live video streaming. The games can been viewed through America One Networks.  

VOS SECOND ON THE TEAM WITH FIVE GOALS: Junior Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) is second on the team with five goals. He contributed on both of Holy Cross' goals in the 2-0 win versus Brown on Nov. 26. Vos netted the first goal of the game and assisted on the second. His goal was his first career game-winner.  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 17 goals and 15 assists for 32 points in 77 career games.

SCHMIDT LEADS TEAM WITH SIX GOALS: Sophomore Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) leads the team with six goals and is tied for first with nine points. Schmidt is tied for fourth in Atlantic Hockey in goals, while he is tied for second in the league and tied for 10th 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 49 games.

COX LEADS TEAM WITH EIGHT ASSISTS: Senior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) leads the team with eight assists and is tied for first with nine points. His 0.67 assists per game are tied for 45th nationally and his eight assists are tied for second 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 seven of the 12 games this season. Cox has 16 goals and 28 assists for 44 career points in 106 games.

DALY FOURTH IN AHA DEFENSEMEN SCORING: Senior captain Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) is second on the team with seven assists and is tied for third with eight points. His eight points are ranked fourth by defensemen in Atlantic Hockey and he is tied for eighth 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 121 career games. 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.

TYSOWSKY EARNS FIRST SHUTOUT OF THE SEASON: Junior goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) recorded his first shutout of the season and the third of his career as he made 21 saves in the 2-0 win versus Brown on Nov. 26. He then made 28 saves in the 5-0 loss to Clarkson on Nov. 27. For the week he recorded a 2.51 goals against average and a .907 save percentage. Tysowsky has a 2-2-0 record this season. His 18 career victories are tied for third on the school's all-time Division I list, while his 1,209 saves are third and his 2.79 goals against average is fourth.

NUNN WITH EIGHT POINTS: Junior forward Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) is third on the team with four goals and is tied for third with eight points, while he is tied for fifth with four 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 53 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.

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 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 248-249-59 (.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.