GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (10-11-2, 8-6-2 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Bentley (7-11-5, 7-5-4 Atlantic Hockey)
Date: January 24, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: John A. Ryan Skating Arena (1,200), Watertown, Mass.
Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Bentley: Holy Cross leads 27-14-5
Series Record At Bentley Home Game: Holy Cross leads 11-7-3
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 3, Bentley 3 (OT) (2/26/11; Watertown, Mass.)
Last Holy Cross Win: Holy Cross 4, Bentley 3 (2/25/11; Worcester, Mass.)
Last Bentley Win: Bentley 5, Holy Cross 2 (11/20/10; Worcester, Mass.)
First Meeting: Holy Cross 5, Bentley 2 (2/10/73; Bentley home game)
2010-2011 Series: Tied, 1-1-1
HC TO PLAY ON THE ROAD VERSUS BENTLEY: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (10-11-2, 8-6-2 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action on Tuesday, Jan. 24, when it takes on Bentley (7-11-5, 7-5-4 Atlantic Hockey) at the John A. Ryan Skating Arena in Watertown, Mass., at 7:00 p.m. HC and Bentley are tied for seventh place in the AHA standings with 18 points as both teams have played 16 league games and have a .562 conference winning percentage. The Crusaders are 2-2-1 in their last five games including an overtime loss and a tie at home versus first-place Mercyhurst on Jan. 20-21. The Falcons are 1-2-2 in their last five contests including a 2-0 loss and a 2-1 loss at home versus RIT on Jan. 20-21. HC is ranked sixth out of 12 teams in the AHA with 2.74 goals scored per game and Bentley is eighth with 2.22. Bentley is sixth defensively by allowing 2.78 goals per contest and HC is ninth with 3.13. The Crusaders are third in the league and 12th nationally with a .221 power play percentage, while the Falcons are seventh in the AHA with a .130 percentage. HC is fifth in the league with a .817 penalty kill percentage and the Falcons are ninth with a .804 percentage.
CRUSADERS OFF TO BEST START SINCE 2005-2006: The Crusaders' 8-6-2 (.562) Atlantic Hockey record is their best after 16 games since going 11-4-1 (.719) in the 2005-2006 season. The Crusaders' 10-11-2 (.478) overall record is their best after 23 games since going 16-6-1 overall (.717) in the 2005-2006 season.
THE SERIES WITH BENTLEY: This game will be the 47th time that these two teams have met with HC leading, 27-14-5. The Crusaders are 11-7-3 versus the Falcons on the road. HC is 5-3-2 versus the Falcons in the last 10 games. HC is 1-2-2 in the last five games on the road versus Bentley. Last year the season series was tied at 1-1-1 as the Crusaders went 1-1-0 at home and tied the game on the road.
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 ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 3-8-0 (.273) on the road so far this season. Last season, Holy Cross went 6-6-4 (.500) in road games which was its best away record since going 13-5-1 (.711) in 2005-2006. The 13 road wins is the school record.
HC AT HOME: The Crusaders are 7-2-2 (.727) 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, a 4-3 win versus Air Force, a 3-2 overtime loss versus Mercyhurst and a 5-5 tie versus Mercyhurst. HC is 318-197-36 (.610) all-time at the Hart Center. Last year's 11-6-1 (.639) record at home was the Crusaders best since going 12-4-1 (.735) in 2005-2006.
DWYER POSTS FIRST COLLEGIATE POINT: Freshman forward Tommy Dwyer (Ridgefield, Conn.) posted his first collegiate point with an assist in the 5-5 tie versus Mercyhurst on Jan. 21. He has played in 15 games so far this season.
#3 RANKED POWER PLAY IN THE AHA: HC is 23-104 on the power play this season for a .221 percentage which is ranked third in Atlantic Hockey and 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 7-0-1 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.
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.
CRUSADERS ARE 5-2-2 OVER LAST NINE AHA GAMES: Holy Cross is 5-2-2 (.667) over its last nine 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), a 4-3 overtime loss and a 1-0 win on the road versus Robert Morris, and a 3-2 overtime loss and a 5-5 tie versus Mercyhurst. The Crusaders have outscored the opposition by a 28-21 margin in this stretch, averaging 3.1 goals scored per game and 2.3 goals allowed per contest. The Crusaders have gone 12-41 on the power play (.293) and their opponents have gone 4-36 (.111). Holy Cross has also won 394 of 633 face-offs for a .622 winning percentage. Junior forward Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) leads the team with 11 points during this stretch as he is tied for first with five goals and is second with six assists. Senior forward Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) also has five goals including the two game-winners versus Canisius, while he has four assists for nine points. Senior defender Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) is first with seven assists. Cox is 88-32 on face-offs for an impressive .733 percentage. Senior Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) has also been strong with a 72-30 face-off record and a .706 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.
BIG IN CLUTCH SITUATIONS: The Crusaders are 6-4-0 this season in games decided by one goal. The Crusaders' four one-goal losses were a 6-5 defeat at RIT, a 3-2 loss at Dartmouth, a 4-3 overtime loss on the road versus Robert Morris and a 3-2 overtime loss versus Mercyhurst. 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.
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.
SPREADING OUT THE OFFENSE: In the first 23 games, 23 Crusaders have at least one point. Eighteen have scored at least one goal and 23 have recorded at least one assist. Eighteen players have at least one goal and one assist. HC has recorded 63 goals and 109 assists for 172 points. The Crusaders had five different goal scorers and 13 different players with points in the 5-5 tie versus Mercyhurst on Jan. 21. The Crusaders scored seven goals in the two-game series versus Air Force on Jan. 6-7 with seven different goal scorers.
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 253-253-61 (.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.
DALY LEADS THE TEAM WITH 15 ASSISTS: Senior captain Mike Daly leads the team with 15 assists, while he is third with 16 points. He is tied for third in the AHA in assists and his 16 points are tied for third by defensemen in the league and his 0.76 points per game are tied for 17th nationally 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. 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.
BOUNCING BACK: HC is 6-3-2 (.636) so far this season following a loss. Last year HC went 5-8-2 (.400) after a loss.
GINN NAMED AHA ROOKIE OF THE MONTH: Freshman Matt Ginn was named the AHA 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. 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. 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 LEADS TEAM WITH 18 POINTS: Senior Andrew Cox leads the team with 18 points, while he is second with a career-best 12 assists and is fourth with six goals. His two game-winners are tied for the team-lead and are tied for seventh in the league. Also his career-best five power play goals lead the team and are tied for second in the league. He is 175-90 on face-offs for a .660 percentage. He has posted at least one point in five straight contests. He tallied one goal and one assist in the series versus Mercyhurst on Jan. 20-21, while he posted one assist in each of the games on the road versus Robert Morris on Jan. 13-14. 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 21 goals and 32 assists for 53 career points in 117 games.
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 WITH 10 GOALS: Junior Erik Vos leads the team with a career-best 10 goals. His 10 goals are tied for fifth in the conference. He is second on the team with 17 points. He also has seven assists. Vos is tied for first on the team and seventh in the league with two game-winning goals. He has posted at least one point in five straight games. He tallied one assist in each game versus Mercyhurst on Jan. 20-21. 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 21 assists for 43 points in 88 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 seventh 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 nine and is fifth with 13 points. He has posted 20 goals and 46 assists for 66 points over 98 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 six assists for 10 points. His 31 career goals are the most by any current Crusader, while he also has 25 assists and 56 points and has played in 124 games.