GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (8-9-0, 6-4-0 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Air Force (10-5-2, 8-2-1 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: January 6-7, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Chris DelVecchio & Dom DiPersia. Listen to game here.
Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Air Force: Air Force leads 19-5-7
Last Meeting: Air Force 3, Holy Cross 2 (3/18/11; Rochester, N.Y.)
Last Holy Cross Win: Holy Cross 6, Air Force 4 (1/22/10; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
At The Hart Center: Air Force leads 6-2-4
First Meeting: Air Force 4, Holy Cross 3 (2/5/93; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Current Series Win Streak: Air Force, two games
2010-2011 Series: Air Force won 2-0-1
HC TO PLAY TWO AT HOME VERSUS AIR FORCE: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (8-9-0, 6-4-0 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action with home games on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 6-7, when it plays first-place Air Force (10-5-2, 8-2-1 Atlantic Hockey) at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross is tied for sixth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 12 points, while Air Force is first with 17 points. The Crusaders are 3-2-0 in their last five games including losses versus Dartmouth and No. 7 Merrimack at the Ledyard National Bank Classic on Dec. 30-31. The Falcons are 4-1-0 in their last five contests including a 2-1 victory at No. 6 Colorado College on Dec. 30 and a 7-1 loss versus No. 15 Denver on Dec. 31. Air Force had won five straight games before the loss. The Falcons rank first out of 12 teams in Atlantic Hockey with 3.29 goals scored per game, while the Crusaders are fifth with 2.65. Air Force is second in the conference defensively by allowing 2.59 goals per contest and Holy Cross is tied for eighth with 3.18 goals allowed per game. The Crusaders have the third ranked power play in the league with a .215 percentage, while the Falcons are fourth with a .195 percentage. Air Force is ranked second in the AHA with a .839 penalty kill percentage and the Crusaders are eighth with a .794 percentage. Air Force junior forward Kyle De Laurell leads the league with 1.29 points per game, while freshman forward Cole Gunner is first with 0.82 assists per contest. Falcon senior goalie Stephen Caple leads the conference with a .733 winning percentage (10-3-2).
HC AT HOME: HC is 6-1-0 this season at home. HC is 317-196-34 (.611) all-time at the Hart Center. Last year's 11-6-1 record at home was the Crusaders best since going 12-4-1 in 2005-2006.
#3 RANKED POWER PLAY IN THE AHA: HC is 17-79 on the power play this season for a .215 percentage which is ranked third in Atlantic Hockey and 16th nationally. The Crusaders have gone 6-24 over the last five contests for a .250 percentage, with a 2-3 performance in the 3-2 win versus Canisius on Dec. 2, a 2-6 effort in the 4-0 victory versus Canisius on Dec. 3, a 2-7 performance in the 3-1 win versus Army on Dec. 10, an 0-5 effort in the 3-2 loss at Dartmouth on Dec. 30 and an 0-3 performance in the 3-0 loss versus No. 7 Merrimack on Dec. 31. 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 it nets a power play goal. The Crusaders posted the best power play in the AHA and ranked fourth nationally last season with a .241 percentage.
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.
CRUSADERS ARE 3-2-0 OVER LAST FIVE: Holy Cross is 3-2-0 over the last five games with two wins over Canisius (3-2 & 4-0), a victory versus Army (3-1), and losses versus Dartmouth (3-2) and No. 7 Merrimack (3-0). The Crusaders have outscored the opposition by a 12-9 margin in this stretch, averaging 2.4 goals scored per game and 1.8 goals allowed per contest. The Crusaders have gone 6-24 on the power play (.250) and their opponents have gone 3-20 (.150). Holy Cross has also won 195 of 315 face-offs for a .619 winning percentage. Junior forward Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) and senior defender Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) have led the Crusaders with five points during this stretch. Vos has one goal and four assists, while Daly has five 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. Sophomore forward Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) also has four points with two goals and two assists. Senior Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) has gone 32-14 on faceoffs with a .696 percentage over the last five contests, while Cox is 65-30 for a .684 percentage. Freshman goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) has started in four of the five games with a 3-1-0 record, a .923 save percentage and a 1.51 goals against average.
FIFTH IN THE LEAGUE IN GOALS PER GAME: HC is averaging 2.65 goals scored per game which are fifth in Atlantic Hockey. The Crusaders have scored 45 goals in 17 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.
BIG IN CLUTCH SITUATIONS: The Crusaders are 4-2-0 this season in games decided by one goal. The Crusaders' two one-goal losses were a 6-5 defeat at RIT and a 3-2 loss at Dartmouth. The wins were a 2-1 victory versus AIC, a 5-4 win at No. 7 Boston University, a 4-3 victory at Niagara and a 3-2 win versus Canisius.
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.
THE SERIES WITH AIR FORCE: These games will be the 32nd and 33rd times the two programs have met. The Falcons lead the all-time series, 19-5-7. The Crusaders are 1-10-5 against the Falcons since Air Force entered Atlantic Hockey in the 2006-2007 season and 0-3-3 at the Hart Center. The Crusaders are 2-6-4 all-time at home versus Air Force. The last time Holy Cross defeated Air Force was on the road by a 6-4 score on Jan. 22, 2010. Holy Cross' last victory over Air Force prior to the 2009-2010 season was on Oct. 30, 2004 as the Crusaders won at home by a 5-2 score in the last non-league game between the two teams. That was also the last time Holy Cross took a season series from Air Force as the teams also tied 2-2 on Oct. 20, 2004, with the Crusaders winning the series 1-0-1. Last year, Air Force won the season series, 2-0-1, including a 3-2 win in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament semifinals.
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. 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. Go here for more information.
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 251-251-59 (.500) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
GINN NAMED AHA ROOKIE OF THE MONTH: Freshman Matt Ginn was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Month for his performance in December. For the month, Ginn posted a 1.51 goals against average and a .923 save percentage with a 3-1-0 record. This is the first time that Ginn has earned this honor. 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 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 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. This season he has a 6-6-0 record with 294 saves.
COX TIED FOR TEAM-LEAD WITH 13 POINTS: Senior Andrew Cox is tied for the team-lead with 13 points, while he is second with nine assists and is tied for fourth with four goals. His two game-winners are tied for the team-lead and are tied for third in the league. He is 128-73 on faceoffs for a .637 percentage. 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 111 games.
SCHMIDT LEADS TEAM WITH EIGHT GOALS: Sophomore Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) leads the team with a career-best eight goals and is tied for first with 13 points. He also has a career-best four power play goals, which lead the team. Schmidt is tied for fourth in Atlantic Hockey in goals, while he is tied for second in the league in power play goals. Schmidt was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Ledyard National Bank Classic as he posted one goal and one assist for two points in the 3-2 loss versus Dartmouth. 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 14 goals and 20 assists for 34 points in 54 games.
VOS SECOND ON THE TEAM WITH SIX GOALS: Junior Erik Vos is second on the team with six goals. He is fourth on the team with 11 points and is 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 82 career games.
DALY LEADS THE TEAM WITH 12 ASSISTS: Senior captain Mike Daly leads the team with 12 assists, while he is tied for first with 13 points. His 13 points are second by defensemen in Atlantic Hockey and he is tied for second in the league in assists. Nationally his 0.76 points per game are tied for 19th 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 had two assists versus Canisius on Dec. 3 and two against Army on Dec. 10. He has nine goals and 42 assists for 51 points in 126 career games.
HC ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 2-7-0 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.
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.
LINSMAYER WITH TWO GAME-WINNERS: Junior forward Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) is tied for second on the team and tied for third in the AHA with a career-best two game-winning goals. His first of the season was when he broke a 3-3 tie at 14:30 of the third period in the 4-3 win at Niagara on Nov. 5. His second was when he broke a 1-1 tie in the second period in the 3-1 victory versus Army on Dec. 10. Linsmayer is tied for fourth on the team in goals with four and in assists with five, while he is tied for fifth with nine points. He has the most career points on the team with 62 as he has posted 20 goals and 42 assists over 92 games. Last season, he was named one of 15 semifinalists for the Walter Brown Award and won the Atlantic Hockey Best Defensive Forward Award. He had a career-season with 12 goals and 22 assists for 34 points, while he had four goals and 15 assists for 19 points as a freshman.
SPREADING OUT THE OFFENSE: In the first 17 games, 21 Crusaders have at least one point. Sixteen have scored at least one goal and 20 have recorded at least one assist. Fifteen players have at least one goal and one assist. HC has recorded 45 goals and 77 assists for 122 points.
BOUNCING BACK: HC is 5-3-0 so far this season following a loss. After losing their season-opener to Quinnipiac, HC 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. After falling to RIT on Nov. 18, the Crusaders then lost again at RIT on Nov. 19 but then defeated Brown on Nov. 26. After the loss versus Clarkson on Nov. 27, HC defeated Canisius on Dec. 2. Following a loss versus Dartmouth on Dec. 30, the Crusaders fell to No. 7 Merrimack on Dec. 31. Last year HC went 5-8-2 after a loss.
NO OT FOR HC: After the first 17 games of the season, the Crusaders have not played in an overtime game. Out of 58 Division I teams, Rensselaer is the only other team to have not played in overtime. The Crusaders are one of only five teams to not have at least one tie as Rensselaer, UMass-Lowell, Colorado College and Boston College also don't have a tie this season. This is the longest the Crusaders have gone in a season without playing in overtime since the 2002-2003 season when they went the first 27 games. This is the longest Holy Cross has gone without a tie since the 2002-2003 season when it tied Canisius 1-1 on Feb. 15 in the 28th game of the season. Last season, the Crusaders played the most overtime games in a single-season at Holy Cross with 11, while the previous record was 10 overtime games in 2008-2009.