GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Ledyard National Bank Classic
Dates: December 30-31, 2011
Place: Thompson Arena (4,500), Hanover, N.H.
Dec. 30 (7:00 p.m.): Holy Cross (8-7-0, 6-4-0 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Dartmouth (5-5-1, 3-3-1 ECACHL)
Dec. 31 (4:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.): Holy Cross vs. #7 Merrimack (10-3-2, 7-2-1 Hockey East) or St. Lawrence (7-10-0, 4-5-0 ECACHL)
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Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Dartmouth: Tied 3-3-1
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 4, Dartmouth 2 (1/3/10; Hanover, N.H.)
Last Dartmouth Win: Dartmouth 4, Holy Cross 0 (1/16/07; Hanover, N.H.)
First Meeting: Holy Cross 5, Dartmouth 2 (12/30/86; Hanover, N.H.)
At Thompson Arena: Tied 3-3-0
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
With Merrimack: Merrimack leads 25-8-1
Last Meeting: Merrimack 3, Holy Cross 1 (10/16/09; North Andover, Mass.)
Last Holy Cross Win: Holy Cross 2, Merrimack 1 (10/24/06; North Andover, Mass.)
First Meeting: Merrimack 6, Holy Cross 1 (1/25/72; Worcester, Mass.)
Current Win Streak: Merrimack, one game
With St. Lawrence: St. Lawrence leads 1-0-0
Only Meeting: St. Lawrence 5, Holy Cross 1 (10/20/00; Orono, Maine)
HC SET FOR LEDYARD NATIONAL BANK CLASSIC: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (8-7-0, 6-4-0 Atlantic Hockey), which has won three straight games and four of its last five, returns to action when its competes at the Ledyard National Bank Classic at Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H., on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 30-31. HC will play the Big Green (5-5-1, 3-3-1 ECACHL) at Thompson Arena on Friday at 7:00 p.m., while on Saturday the Crusaders will take on either No. 7 Merrimack (10-3-2, 7-2-1 Hockey East) or St. Lawrence (7-10-0, 4-5-0 ECACHL) at 4:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders are 2-3-0 versus non-conference competition this season. Holy Cross is tied for sixth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 12 points, while Dartmouth is tied for ninth in the ECACHL with seven points. Merrimack is in third place in Hockey East with 15 points and St. Lawrence is tied for fourth in the ECACHL with eight points. The Crusaders are ranked 30th out of 58 teams nationally with 2.87 goals scored per game, while the Big Green are 43rd with 2.55. HC is 46th nationally in goals allowed per contest with 3.20 and Dartmouth is 31st with 2.82. The Crusaders' .239 power play percentage is eighth nationally and the Big Green are ranked 57th with a .057 percentage. HC is ranked 38th with a .797 penalty kill percentage and Dartmouth is 43rd with a .783 percentage.
#8 RANKED POWER PLAY IN THE NATION: HC is 17-71 on the power play this season for a .239 percentage which is ranked eighth nationally and third in Atlantic Hockey. The Crusaders have gone 6-16 over the last three contests for a .375 percentage, with a 2-3 performance in the 3-2 win versus Canisius on Dec. 2, a 2-6 performance in the 4-0 victory versus Canisius on Dec. 3, and a 2-7 performance in the 3-1 win versus Army on Dec. 10. 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 7-3-0 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.
THIRD IN THE LEAGUE IN GOALS PER GAME: Holy Cross is averaging 2.87 goals scored per game which are third in Atlantic Hockey. The Crusaders have scored 43 goals in 15 games. The Crusaders are 6-2-0 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 ON THREE-GAME WINNING STREAK: Holy Cross has won three straight games with two wins over Canisius (3-2 & 4-0) and a victory versus Army (3-1). The Crusaders have outscored the opposition by a 10-3 margin in this stretch, averaging 3.3 goals scored per game and 1.0 goals allowed per contest. The Crusaders have gone 6-16 on the power play (.375) and their opponents have gone 1-11 (.091). Holy Cross has also won 129 of 201 face-offs for a .642 winning percentage. The Crusaders have also not allowed any third period goals in these games. Junior forward Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) has led the Crusaders with five points during this streak with one goal and four assists. Senior forward Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) leads the team with three goals including both game-winners versus Canisius. He also has one assist for four points. Senior defender Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) has also been strong during the last three games with four assists. Freshman goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) has been outstanding over the last three games with a 3-0-0 record, a .947 save percentage and a 1.00 goals against average.
HC AT DARTMOUTH TOURNAMENTS: The Crusaders are 2-2-0 all-time in tournaments at Dartmouth. Holy Cross is also 2-0-0 versus the Big Green in these tournaments. The Crusaders defeated Dartmouth, 5-2 on Dec. 30, 1986 in the Auld Lang Syne Classic. Holy Cross then lost to New Hampshire by a 4-1 score in the finals on Dec. 31. The Crusaders competed in the Ledyard National Bank Classic in the 2009-2010 season, falling to No. 14 UMass-Lowell 3-0 on Jan. 2, 2010, and defeating the Big Green, 4-2 on Jan. 3.
THE SERIES WITH THE BIG GREEN: The Crusaders are 3-3-1 all-time versus Dartmouth including a 2-1-1 record versus the Big Green in the last four meetings between the teams. Holy Cross won the last meeting with a 4-2 win on Jan. 3, 2010 in the third-place game at the Ledyard National Bank Classic. These two teams tied 2-2 on Jan. 21, 2009, in the only game in the series in Worcester. The Big Green had a 4-0 win over the Crusaders on Jan. 16, 2007. The Crusaders defeated the Big Green by a score of 3-2 on Jan. 21, 2006 as Dartmouth had won two in a row prior, while Holy Cross won the first ever game in the series, 5-2 on Dec. 30, 1986, at Dartmouth's Auld Lang Syne Classic.
HC IN REGULAR SEASON TOURNAMENTS: The Crusaders have a 57-56-3 (.504) all-time record in 62 regular season tournaments since becoming a varsity program in the 1966-1967 season and have won 10 championships with the last being the 1992 Crusader Classic. Holy Cross is 2-5-3 in its last 10 regular season tournament games. Last season, Holy Cross went 0-4-0 in regular season tournament games. The Crusaders went 0-2-0 to start the season at the Warrior Ice Breaker Tournament in St. Louis, Mo. Holy Cross fell to No. 17 Notre Dame (6-3) and No. 13 Wisconsin (6-0). Then Holy Cross lost to Connecticut (2-1) and Bowling Green (3-2 OT) at the UConn Hockey Classic. Two seasons ago, Holy Cross went 1-1-0 at the Ledyard National Bank Classic. Three years ago at the Denver Cup, Holy Cross tied No. 5 Denver, 2-2, but lost the shootout, and then defeated Rensselaer, 4-3. Four years ago, the Crusaders tied both Vermont and Western Michigan but dropped both shootouts at the Catamount Cup. Since the 2005-2006 season, Holy Cross is 4-9-3 in regular season tournaments.
THE SERIES WITH MERRIMACK: Holy Cross is 8-25-1 all-time versus Merrimack. Holy Cross is 1-1-1 over the last three games. The Crusaders fell to the Warriors by a 3-1 score on Oct. 16, 2009 in the last meeting in North Andover, these teams tied, 2-2, on Dec. 4, 2007 at the Hart Center, while the Crusaders defeated Merrimack, 2-1, on Oct. 24, 2006 at Lawler Arena.
THE SERIES WITH ST. LAWRENCE: The Crusaders are 0-1-0 versus St. Lawrence. The only meeting was a 5-1 loss on Oct. 20, 2000, at the Black Bear Classic.
HOLDING ON TO THE LEAD: The Crusaders are 6-0-0 so far this season when leading after the second period. Six of Holy Cross' eight victories have been when its led after the second. The Crusaders are also 7-2-0 when scoring the first goal of the game.
TWO SHUTOUTS IN LAST FIVE GAMES: The Crusaders have shut out their opponents in two of the last five 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.
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 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.
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.
HC VERSUS THE ECACHL: The Crusaders are 1-2-0 so far this season versus the ECACHL with a 5-3 loss at Quinnipiac in the season-opener, a 2-0 win versus Brown and a 5-0 loss against Clarkson. Holy Cross is 3-5-2 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 21-49-6 (.316) against teams currently in the ECACHL (3-3-0 against Brown, 0-1-0 vs. Clarkson, 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). The only teams that HC has not played in varsity games that are currently in the ECACHL are Cornell and Harvard.
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 251-249-59 (.502) 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.
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.
HC VERSUS HOCKEY EAST: The Crusaders are 1-1-0 this season versus teams from Hockey East with a 5-4 victory at No. 7 Boston University and a 7-2 loss at UMass. The Crusaders are 2-8-0 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 24-83-2 (.229) against teams currently in Hockey East (0-8-0 against Boston College, 1-1-0 vs. Boston University, 2-4-0 against Maine, 5-12-0 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).
GINN HAS WON THREE IN A ROW: Freshman Matt Ginn has earned a victory in each of his last three starts and is now 6-5-0 on the season. He recorded a .960 save percentage and a 1.00 goals against average as he made 24 saves in the 3-1 win versus Army on Dec. 10. Ginn 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 was 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 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 were the most by an HC 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.
COX LEADS TEAM WITH 13 POINTS: Senior Andrew Cox leads the team with 13 points, while he is second with nine assists and is tied for fourth with four goals. He is tied for eighth in the league in points and assists. His two game-winners are tied for the team-lead and are tied for second in the league. Cox posted three goals and one assist 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 109 games.
SCHMIDT LEADS TEAM WITH SEVEN GOALS: Sophomore Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) leads the team with a career-best seven goals. Schmidt is tied for fifth 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 52 games.
VOS SECOND ON THE TEAM WITH SIX GOALS: Junior Erik Vos is second on the team with six goals and he is tied for third with 11 points. He is also tied for fourth with five assists. 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 19 assists for 37 points in 80 career games.
DALY TIED FOR FIRST IN AHA DEFENSEMEN SCORING: Senior captain Mike Daly leads the team with 11 assists, while he is second with 12 points. His 12 points are tied for first by defensemen in Atlantic Hockey and he is tied for fourth in the league in assists. Nationally his 0.80 points per game are tied for 12th by defenders. 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 four assists over the last two games with two versus Canisius on Dec. 3 and two against Army on Dec. 10. He has nine goals and 41 assists for 50 points in 124 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 AT HOME: The Crusaders are 317-196-34 (.611) all-time at the Hart Center, including a 6-1-0 record this season. Last year's 11-6-1 record at home was the Crusaders best since going 12-4-1 in 2005-2006.
HC ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 2-6-0 on the road so far this season. 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.