GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (7-7-0, 5-4-0 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Army (1-7-6, 1-5-4 Atlantic Hockey)
Date: December 10, 2011
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass. Listen to game here.
Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Army: Army leads 27-22-8
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 6, Army 0 (2/12/11; Worcester, Mass.)
Last Army Win: Army 4, Holy Cross 1 (2/6/10; Worcester, Mass.)
First Varsity Meeting: Army 6, Holy Cross 5 (OT) (1/8/75; West Point, N.Y.)
Current Series Win Streak: Holy Cross three games
Series Record At The Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 16-9-0
2010-2011 Season Series: Holy Cross won 3-0-0
HC TO PLAY HOME GAME VERSUS ARMY ON DEC. 10: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (7-7-0, 5-4-0 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action when it plays a home game versus Army (1-7-6, 1-5-4 Atlantic Hockey), on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Hart Center at 4:00 p.m. At the game, the men's hockey program will be raising money for the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund (MSLF). 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. Holy Cross is 3-2-0 in its last five contests, including a two-game sweep of Canisius on Dec. 2-3. The Black Knights are 0-2-3 in their last five contests including a loss and a tie versus Mercyhurst on Dec. 2-3. The Crusaders are tied for fifth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 10 points and Army is tied for 10th with six points. Holy Cross is third in Atlantic Hockey out of 12 teams in goals scored per game with 2.86 and Army is 11th with 1.86. The Crusaders and Black Knights are tied for ninth in goals allowed per contest with 3.36. Holy Cross has the third ranked power play percentage in the league (.234), while Army is 10th (.107). The Crusaders are seventh with a .782 penalty kill percentage and the Black Knights are third with a .839 percentage. Holy Cross won last year's season series, 3-0-0.
HC AT HOME: The Crusaders are 316-196-34 (.610) all-time at the Hart Center, including a 5-1-0 record this season with a 2-1 win over AIC, a 6-4 victory versus Sacred Heart, a 2-0 win versus Brown, a 5-0 loss against Clarkson, a 3-2 win versus Canisius and a 4-0 victory versus Canisius. 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 SERVICES DAY ON DEC. 10: During the game versus Army, the Holy Cross men's hockey program will be raising money for the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund (MSLF). 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 and 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 2.86 goals scored per game which are third in Atlantic Hockey. The Crusaders have scored 40 goals in 14 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.
THE SERIES WITH ARMY: This will be the 58th meeting between these two teams in varsity games since 1966-1967. The Black Knights lead the series, 27-22-8, while the Crusaders are 5-2-3 against Army in the last 10 games. The Crusaders lead the all-time series at the Hart Center, 16-9-0, and are 4-1-0 in the last five games. Last season, Holy Cross swept the season series versus Army, 3-0-0. The Crusaders outscored the Black Knights by a 16-5 margin.
GINN NAMED GOALIE OF THE WEEK: Freshman Matt Ginn (Lindsey, Ontario) was named the Team Travel USA Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week for his performance in wins versus Canisius on Dec. 2-3. He went 2-0-0 on the week with a 1.00 goals against average and a .938 save percentage. Ginn made 30 saves and allowed two goals in the two wins over Canisius. This is the first time in his career that he has earned this honor. In the 3-2 victory on Dec. 2, Ginn posted 16 saves and recorded his first collegiate assist. Then on Dec. 3, he notched his first collegiate shutout as he made 14 saves in the 4-0 win. Ginn is now 5-5-0 on the season and has made 252 saves.
HOLDING ON TO THE LEAD: The Crusaders are 5-0-0 so far this season when leading after the second period. Five of Holy Cross' seven victories have been when its led after the second.
TWO SHUTOUTS IN LAST FOUR GAMES: The Crusaders have shut out their opponents in two of the last four games. Holy Cross shutout Brown 2-0 and Canisius 4-0.
BIG IN CLUTCH SITUATIONS: The Crusaders are 4-1-0 this season in games decided by one goal. The Crusaders' only one-goal loss was a 6-5 defeat at RIT on Nov. 19.
COX LEADS TEAM WITH 13 POINTS: Senior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) leads the team with 13 points, while he is tied for first with nine assists and tied for third with four goals. He is tied for fifth in the league in points and assists. His two game-winners lead the team and are tied for first in the league. Cox posted three goals and one assists for four points in two victories versus Canisius, including scoring his first two career game-winners. In the 3-2 win on Dec. 2, he gave the Crusaders a 2-1 lead in the first period and then tallied the game-winner, breaking a 2-2 tie with just 2:14 left in the third period. Then on Dec. 3, Cox posted one goal and one assist in the 4-0 victory. He netted the first goal of the contest for his second straight game-winner and also assisted on the third goal. All three of his goals were scored on the power play. He posted one goal and two assists in the 5-4 win at No. 7 Boston University. Cox has 19 goals and 29 assists for 48 career points in 108 games.
SCHMIDT LEADS TEAM WITH SEVEN GOALS: Sophomore Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) leads the team with a career-best seven goals and is second with 11 points. Schmidt is fourth in Atlantic Hockey in goals, while he is tied for second in the league with a career-best four power play goals. He scored one goal in the 3-2 win versus Canisius on Dec. 2. Schmidt netted one goal in the 4-2 loss at Niagara on Nov. 4. 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 13 goals and 19 assists for 32 points in 51 games.
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 SIX GOALS: Junior Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) is second on the team with six goals and he is tied for third with 10 points. He posted one goal and three assists for four points in the two-game sweep of Canisius on Dec. 2-3. Vos tallied two assists in the 3-2 win and then notched one goal and one assist in the 4-0 victory. 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 18 goals and 18 assists for 36 points in 79 career games.
DALY FOURTH IN AHA DEFENSEMEN SCORING: Senior captain Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) is tied for first on the team with nine assists, while he is tied for third with 10 points. His 10 points are ranked fourth by defensemen in Atlantic Hockey and he 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, while he tallied two assists in the 4-0 win versus Canisius. He has nine goals and 39 assists for 48 points in 123 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.
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 250-249-59 (.501) 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.