GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (9-9-1, 7-4-1 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Robert Morris (9-8-3, 7-3-3 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: January 13-14, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Clearview Arena (1,00), Pittsburgh, Pa.
Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Robert Morris: Tied 1-1-0
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 3, Robert Morris 2 (OT) (11/6/10; Worcester, Mass.)
First Meeting: Robert Morris 4, Holy Cross 2 (11/5/10; Worcester, Mass.)
At Clearview Arena: First Meetings
Current Series Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
2010-2011 Series: Tied 1-1-0
HC HITS THE ROAD FOR TWO VERSUS ROBERT MORRIS: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (9-9-1, 7-4-1 Atlantic Hockey) will return to action on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13-14, in Pittsburgh, Pa., when it meets Robert Morris (9-8-3, 7-3-3 Atlantic Hockey) for two games at Clearview Arena at the RMU Island Sports Complex at 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross is tied for fifth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 15 points, while Robert Morris is third with 17 points. The Crusaders are 2-2-1 in their last five overall games including a tie and a win versus Air Force on Jan. 6-7. The Crusaders are 4-0-1 in their last five Atlantic Hockey contests. The Colonials are 2-2-1 in their last five contests including a 2-1 loss and a 2-2 tie on the road versus Bentley on Jan. 6-7. RMU is 2-1-2 in its last five league games. Robert Morris is ranked third out of 12 teams in Atlantic Hockey with 2.85 goals scored per game and Holy Cross is fourth with 2.74. RMU is fourth defensively by allowing 2.70 goals per contest and HC is tied for ninth with 3.16. The Crusaders are third in the league and 10th nationally with a .227 power play percentage, while the Colonials are ninth in the conference with a .121 percentage. Robert Morris leads the nation and Atlantic Hockey with a .944 penalty kill percentage and the Crusaders are eighth in the conference with a .805 percentage. The teams split the season series last year with both games played at Holy Cross. These will be only the third and fourth meetings ever between the two programs.
CRUSADERS OFF TO BEST START SINCE 2005-2006: The Crusaders' 7-4-1 (.625) Atlantic Hockey record is their best after 12 games since going 8-3-1 (.708) in the 2005-2006 season. The Crusaders' 9-9-1 (.500) overall record is their best after 19 games since going 12-6-1 overall (.658) in the 2005-2006 season.
BIG SERIES WIN VERSUS AIR FORCE: With the 3-3 tie and 4-3 win versus Air Force on Jan. 6-7, this was the first time the Crusaders had won a regular season series versus the Falcons since Air Force joined Atlantic Hockey in 2006-2007. The last time the Crusaders won a season series versus Air Force was a non-conference series in 2004-2005.
MCNAMARA POSTS FIRST CAREER POINTS: Freshman forward Mike McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) posted his first collegiate goal and assist in the series versus Air Force. He scored the last goal of the game to tie the contest in the third period in the 3-3 tie on Jan. 6. He then posted his first assist in the 4-3 win on Jan. 7. McNamara has played in eight games this season.
HC AT HOME: HC is 7-1-1 this season at home. HC is 318-196-35 (.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 20-88 on the power play this season for a .227 percentage which is ranked third in Atlantic Hockey and 10th nationally. HC went 2-6 in the 4-3 win versus Air Force on Jan. 7. The Crusaders recorded a 2-7 performance in the 3-1 win versus Army on Dec. 10, a 2-6 effort in the 4-0 victory versus Canisius on Dec. 3 and a 2-3 performance in the 3-2 win versus Canisius on Dec. 2. HC went 3-4 on the man-advantage in the 4-3 win at Niagara on Nov. 5 and went 3-6 on the power play in the 5-4 victory at No. 7 Boston University on Oct. 22. HC is 8-3-1 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' nine victories have been when its led after the second. The Crusaders are also 8-2-1 when scoring the first goal of the game.
CRUSADERS ARE 4-0-1 OVER LAST FIVE AHA GAMES: Holy Cross is 4-0-1 over their last five Atlantic Hockey games with two wins over Canisius (3-2 & 4-0), a victory versus Army (3-1) and a tie and win versus Air Force (3-3 & 4-3). The Crusaders have outscored the opposition by a 17-9 margin in this stretch, averaging 3.4 goals scored per game and 1.8 goals allowed per contest. The Crusaders have gone 9-25 on the power play (.360) and their opponents have gone 2-20 (.100). Holy Cross has also won 200 of 317 face-offs for a .631 winning percentage. Junior forward Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) leads the team with six points during this stretch with two goals and four assists. Senior forward Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) leads the team with four goals including the two game-winners versus Canisius, while he also has one assist for five points. All of his points are on the power play. Senior defender Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) is first with five assists. Cox is 64-23 on face-offs for an impressive .736 percentage. Senior Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) has also been strong with a 31-12 face-off record and a .721 percentage. Freshman goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) has started in all five games with a 4-0-1 record, a .913 save percentage and a 1.77 goals against average.
FOURTH IN THE LEAGUE IN GOALS PER GAME: HC is averaging 2.74 goals scored per game which are fourth in Atlantic Hockey. The Crusaders have scored 52 goals in 19 games. The Crusaders are 7-2-1 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 Crusaders also averaged 3.37 goals per game which were the most since they averaged 3.53 in the 2001-2002 season.
BIG IN CLUTCH SITUATIONS: The Crusaders are 5-2-0 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, a 3-2 win versus Canisius and a 4-3 victory versus Air Force.
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 ROBERT MORRIS: These will be only the third and fourth meetings ever between the two programs as the teams split a two-game series last year at Holy Cross. Robert Morris won on Nov. 5, by a 4-2 score, and then the Crusaders won a 3-2 overtime contest on Nov. 6. This will be the Crusaders first ever road games versus Robert Morris.
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 252-251-60 (.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.
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. He continued his success with a 1-0-1 record versus Air Force on Jan. 6-7. 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 7-6-1 record with 334 saves.
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.
COX TIED FOR TEAM-LEAD WITH 14 POINTS: Senior Andrew Cox is tied for the team-lead with 14 points, while he is second with nine assists and is tied for fourth with five goals. His two game-winners are tied for the team-lead and are tied for fourth in the league. Also his career-best four power play goals are tied for the team-lead and tied for second in the league. He is 151-81 on face-offs for a .651 percentage. He broke a 2-2 tie with a third period power play goal in the 4-3 win versus Air Force on Jan. 7. 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 20 goals and 29 assists for 49 career points in 113 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 14 points. His six assists are tied for fourth. He also has a career-best four power play goals, which is tied for the team-lead. Schmidt is tied for seventh in the AHA in goals, while he is tied for second in the AHA 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 HC trailing 2-1 in the first period, he netted two straight power play goals to give the Crusaders a 3-2 lead. He recorded one goal and one assist as he contributed on both of HC's 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 21 assists for 35 points in 56 games.
DALY LEADS THE TEAM WITH 13 ASSISTS: Senior captain Mike Daly leads the team with 13 assists, while he is tied for first with 14 points. He is tied for second in the AHA in assists and his 14 points are fourth by defensemen in the league. 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 43 assists for 52 points. His 128 career games played are the most by any current Crusader.
SPREADING OUT THE OFFENSE: The Crusaders scored seven goals versus Air Force with seven different goal scorers. In the first 19 games, 22 Crusaders have at least one point. Eighteen have scored at least one goal and 22 have recorded at least one assist. Eighteen players have at least one goal and one assist. HC has recorded 52 goals and 89 assists for 141 points.
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.
VOS SECOND ON THE TEAM IN GOALS: Junior Erik Vos is second on the team with seven goals. He is fourth on the team with 12 points. He scored the first goal of the game in the 4-3 win versus Air Force on Jan. 7. 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 19 goals and 19 assists for 38 points in 84 career games.
DALY ON HOBEY BAKER FAN BALLOT: Mike Daly is on the on the Hobey Baker Award Fan Ballot on hobeybakeraward.com. Fans can help determine the winner of the Hobey Baker Award as the game's top player. This first phase of fan balloting will run now through March 4, 2012. Phase two of fan balloting will begin on March 16 from the list of Top 10 Hobey Baker finalists. The fans' vote accounts for one percent of the total ballot in each phase in selecting this year's award recipient. Go here to vote.
LINSMAYER & SILVIA WITH TWO GAME-WINNERS: Junior forward Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) and senior Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) are tied with Andrew Cox for first on the team and tied for fourth in the AHA with two game-winning goals. Linsmayer's 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. He now has three career game-winners. Linsmayer is tied for fifth on the team with four goals, is third in assists with seven and is fifth will 11 points. He has posted 20 goals and 44 assists for 64 points over 94 games. He has the most career assists and points by any current Crusader. 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. Silvia's first game-winner of the season was in the 6-4 win versus Sacred Heart on Nov. 12, while his second was an empty-netter in the 4-3 victory versus Air Force on Jan. 7. He now has nine career game-winners. Silvia is tied for fifth on the team with four goals, while he also has four assists for eight points. His 31 career goals are the most by any current Crusader, while he also has 23 assists and 54 points.