GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (10-10-1, 8-5-1 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Mercyhurst (13-9-2, 10-3-2 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: January 20-21, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Dan Gentile & Dom DiPersia. Listen to games here.
Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Mercyhurst: Mercyhurst leads 23-10-4
Series Record At The Hart Center: Mercyhurst leads 14-5-0
Last Meeting: Mercyhurst 3, Holy Cross 2 (OT) (1/15/11; Erie, Pa.)
First Meeting: Mercyhurst 5, Holy Cross 4 (11/29/97; Worcester, Mass.)
Series Win Streak: Mercyhurst, four games
Last Holy Cross Win: Holy Cross 4, Mercyhurst 3 (OT) (11/8/08; Worcester, Mass.)
2010-2011 Series: Mercyhurst won 2-0-0
HC TO PLAY TWO VERSUS FIRST-PLACE MERCYHURST: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (10-10-1, 8-5-1 Atlantic Hockey) will return to action with two home games versus first-place Mercyhurst (13-9-2, 10-3-2 Atlantic Hockey) on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20-21, at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross is tied for seventh place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 17 points, but is only two points out of third place and three points behind second-place RIT, while Mercyhurst is first with 22 points. The Crusaders are 2-2-1 in their last five overall games including a loss and a win on the road versus Robert Morris on Jan. 13-14. The Crusaders are 3-1-1 in their last five Atlantic Hockey contests. The Lakers are 4-1-0 in their last five contests including a 3-2 loss and a 7-2 win on the road versus AIC on Jan. 13-14. Mercyhurst is 3-2-0 in its last five league games. Mercyhurst is ranked first out of 12 teams in Atlantic Hockey with 3.12 goals scored per game and Holy Cross is sixth with 2.67. Mercyhurst is sixth defensively by allowing 2.83 goals per contest and HC is tied for eighth with 3.05. The Lakers are second in the league and seventh nationally with a .240 power play percentage, while the Crusaders are third in the AHA and tied for 12th nationally with a .216 percentage. The Crusaders are fifth in the league with a .819 penalty kill percentage and the Lakers are sixth with a .818 percentage. Mercyhurst has won four straight games versus the Crusaders.
CRUSADERS OFF TO BEST START SINCE 2005-2006: The Crusaders' 8-5-1 (.607) Atlantic Hockey record is their best after 14 games since going 9-4-1 (.679) in the 2005-2006 season. The Crusaders' 10-10-1 (.500) overall record is their best after 21 games since going 14-6-1 overall (.690) in the 2005-2006 season.
HC WITH THREE SHUTOUTS: The Crusaders have recorded three shutouts so far this season with a 2-0 win over Brown on Nov. 26, a 4-0 victory versus Canisius on Dec. 3, and a 1-0 win versus Robert Morris on Jan. 14. All three of Holy Cross' goalies have one shutout this season. Junior Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) made 21 saves versus Brown, freshman Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) posted 14 saves versus Canisius and sophomore Derek Kump (Falmouth, Maine) tallied 29 saves versus Robert Morris. Tysowsky has three career shutouts, while Ginn and Kump each have one. The three shutouts are the most for the Crusaders since the 2003-2004 season when the team posted four. The school record is five set in the 2001-2002 season.
HC AT HOME: The Crusaders are 7-1-1 this season at home 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, a 4-0 victory versus Canisius, a 3-1 win versus Army, a 3-3 tie with Air Force and a 4-3 win versus Air Force. 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.
KUMP POSTS FIRST COLLEGIATE SHUTOUT: Sophomore Derek Kump posted his first collegiate shutout in his season-debut in the 1-0 victory versus Robert Morris on Jan. 14. He made 29 saves. Kump now has a 2-2-2 career record.
#3 RANKED POWER PLAY IN THE AHA: HC is 21-97 on the power play this season for a .216 percentage which is ranked third in Atlantic Hockey and tied for 12th 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 8-4-1 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 7-0-0 so far this season when leading after the second period. Seven of Holy Cross' 10 victories have been when its led after the second. The Crusaders are also 9-2-1 when scoring the first goal of the game.
BIG IN CLUTCH SITUATIONS: The Crusaders are 6-3-0 this season in games decided by one goal. The Crusaders' three one-goal losses were a 6-5 defeat at RIT, a 3-2 loss at Dartmouth and a 4-3 overtime loss on the road versus Robert Morris. 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, a 4-3 victory versus Air Force and a 1-0 win versus Robert Morris.
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 ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 3-8-0 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.
CRUSADERS ARE 5-1-1 OVER LAST SEVEN AHA GAMES: Holy Cross is 5-1-1 over its last seven Atlantic Hockey games with two wins over Canisius (3-2 & 4-0), a victory versus Army (3-1), a tie and win versus Air Force (3-3 & 4-3), and a 4-3 overtime loss and a 1-0 win on the road versus Robert Morris. The Crusaders have outscored the opposition by a 21-13 margin in this stretch, averaging 3.0 goals scored per game and 1.9 goals allowed per contest. The Crusaders have gone 10-34 on the power play (.294) and their opponents have gone 2-26 (.077). Holy Cross has also won 283 of 462 face-offs for a .613 winning percentage. Junior forward Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) leads the team with nine points during this stretch with five goals and four assists. Senior forward Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) has four goals including the two game-winners versus Canisius, while he also has three assists for seven points. Senior defender Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) is first with seven assists. Cox is 83-29 on face-offs for an impressive .741 percentage. Senior Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) has also been strong with a 45-19 face-off record and a .703 percentage. Freshman goalie Matt Ginn has started in five games with a 4-0-1 record, a .913 save percentage and a 1.77 goals against average.
THE SERIES WITH MERCYHURST: These games will be the 38th and 39th times that these two teams have met with Mercyhurst leading, 23-10-4. The Lakers are 14-5-0 versus the Crusaders at the Hart Center. The Crusaders are 2-7-1 versus the Lakers in the last 10 games, including four straight losses with all four taking place on the road. Holy Cross is 1-4-0 in the last five games at the Hart Center versus Mercyhurst.
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 253-252-60 (.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 email@example.com.
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.
COX TIED FOR TEAM-LEAD WITH 16 POINTS: Senior Andrew Cox is tied for the team-lead with 16 points, while he is second with a career-best 11 assists and is fourth with five goals. His two game-winners are tied for the team-lead and are tied for fifth in the league. Also his career-best four power play goals are tied for the team-lead and tied for fourth in the league. He is 170-87 on face-offs for a .661 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 31 assists for 51 career points in 115 games.
DALY LEADS THE TEAM WITH 15 ASSISTS: Senior captain Mike Daly leads the team with 15 assists, while he is tied for first with 16 points. He is tied for second in the AHA in assists and his 16 points are tied for second 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. Daly posted two assists in the 4-3 overtime loss versus Robert Morris on Jan. 13. He has nine goals and 45 assists for 54 points. His 130 career games played are the most by any current Crusader.
SPREADING OUT THE OFFENSE: In the first 21 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 56 goals and 97 assists for 153 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 LEADS THE TEAM IN GOALS: Junior Erik Vos leads the team with a career-best 10 goals. He has scored four goals over the last three games. He is third on the team with 15 points. He also has five assists. Vos is tied for first on the team and fifth in the league with two game-winning goals. Vos scored three of the Crusaders' four goals in the two-game series on the road versus Robert Morris on Jan. 13-14. With Holy Cross trailing 3-1 in the third period on Jan. 13, he netted two straight goals including a shorthanded goal with just 2:04 left in the period to tie the contest in the 4-3 overtime loss. Then on Jan. 14, he scored the only goal of the game in the 1-0 victory. 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. He netted one goal versus UMass on Nov. 11, Sacred Heart on Nov. 12 and RIT on Nov. 19. For his career, Vos has 22 goals and 19 assists for 41 points in 86 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 and Erik Vos for first on the team and tied for fifth 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 tied for third in assists with eight and is fifth with 12 points. He has posted 20 goals and 45 assists for 65 points over 96 games. He has the most career 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.