GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (10-11-3, 8-6-3 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Connecticut (10-12-2, 9-8-1 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: January 27-28, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Jan. 27-Freitas Ice Forum (2,000), Storrs, Conn.
Jan. 28-Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: Jan. 28-WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Jake Bass & Dom DiPersia. Listen to game here.
Television: Jan. 28-Charter TV3; Andy Lacombe
Live Video Streaming: Jan. 27-28-America One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With UConn: Holy Cross leads 48-44-2
Series Record At UConn: UConn leads 22-20-0
Series Record At Freitas Ice Forum: Holy Cross leads 14-7-0
Series Record At Holy Cross Home Game: Holy Cross leads, 27-19-2
Series Record At Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 24-15-2
Last Meeting: UConn 4, Holy Cross 2 (10/27/11; Storrs, Conn.)
Last Holy Cross Win: Holy Cross 4, UConn 0 (1/29/11; Worcester, Mass.)
First Varsity Meeting: Holy Cross 4, UConn 3 (1/17/67; Worcester, Mass.)
Current Series Win Streak: UConn, one game
2011-2012 Series: UConn leads, 1-0-0
HC TO PLAY HOME-AND-HOME SERIES WITH UCONN: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (10-11-3, 8-6-3 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action when it plays a home-and-home series with Atlantic Hockey opponent Connecticut at 7:00 p.m., on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27-28. Friday's game is at the Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs, Conn., while Saturday's contest will be at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass. Friday night UConn is holding its annual Skating Strides contest with all proceeds from the game going to the Friends of Mel Foundation as part of the Skating Strides initiative for cancer research. The Crusaders are 0-1-0 so far versus the Huskies this season with a 4-2 loss on the road on Oct. 27. HC and UConn are tied for sixth place in the AHA standings with Bentley with 19 points. The Crusaders have played 17 league games with a .559 winning percentage, while the Huskies have played 18 conference contests with a .528 winning percentage. The Crusaders are 1-2-2 in their last five games including a 6-6 tie on the road versus Bentley on Jan. 24. The Huskies are 3-2-0 in their last five contests including two losses at home versus Robert Morris on Jan. 20-21. HC is ranked third out of 12 teams in the AHA with 2.88 goals scored per game and UConn is fourth with 2.83. UConn is fifth defensively by allowing 2.62 goals per contest and HC is ninth with 3.25. The Huskies are first in Atlantic Hockey and third nationally with a .269 power play percentage, while the Crusaders are third in the league and 12th nationally with a .222 percentage. UConn is fourth in the league with a .820 penalty kill percentage and the Crusaders are fifth with a .812 percentage. Last year, Holy Cross won the season series, 2-1-0.
CRUSADERS OFF TO BEST START SINCE 2005-2006: The Crusaders' 8-6-3 (.559) Atlantic Hockey record is their best after 17 games since going 12-4-1 (.735) in the 2005-2006 season. The Crusaders' 10-11-3 (.479) overall record is their best after 24 games since going 17-6-1 overall (.729) in the 2005-2006 season.
THE SERIES WITH UCONN: This will be 95th and 96th meetings between these two teams in varsity games since the 1966-1967 season. The Crusaders lead the series, 48-44-2. Holy Cross is 20-22-0 versus the Huskies at UConn and are 14-7-0 at the Freitas Ice Forum. The Crusaders are 2-3-0 in the last five games versus UConn in Storrs. The Crusaders are 27-19-2 all-time versus the Huskies in home games, while they are 24-15-2 versus UConn at the Hart Center and are 4-0-1 in the last five contests in Worcester. The Crusaders are 6-4-0 in the last 10 total games against UConn.
HC ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 3-8-1 (.292) 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.
PLAYING OVERTIME: After playing the first 17 games of the season without an overtime contest, the Crusaders have had five of their last seven games go to overtime, including the last three. Holy Cross 0-2-3 this season in overtime games. 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.
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.
THIRD IN THE LEAGUE IN GOALS PER GAME: HC is averaging 2.88 goals scored per game which are third in Atlantic Hockey. The Crusaders have scored 69 goals in 24 games. The Crusaders are 7-3-3 this season when scoring three or more goals. Over the last two games, the Crusaders have netted 11 total goals for a 5.5 average. Holy Cross tied Mercyhurst, 5-5, and tied Bentley, 6-6. 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.
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 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.
#3 RANKED POWER PLAY IN THE AHA: HC is 24-108 on the power play this season for a .222 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 8-5-3 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 7-0-2 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 5-2-3 OVER LAST 10 AHA GAMES: Holy Cross is 5-2-3 (.650) over its last 10 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, a 3-2 overtime loss and a 5-5 tie versus Mercyhurst, and a 6-6 tie on the road versus Bentley. The Crusaders have outscored the opposition by a 34-27 margin in this stretch, averaging 3.4 goals scored per game and 2.7 goals allowed per contest. The Crusaders have gone 13-45 on the power play (.289) and their opponents have gone 5-39 (.128). Holy Cross has also won 443 of 715 face-offs for a .620 winning percentage. Senior forward Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) and junior forward Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) lead the team with 12 points each during this stretch. Cox is first with six goals including the two game-winners versus Canisius. He is also third with six assists. Vos is second on the team with five goals and is tied for first with seven assists. Senior defender Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.) is also tied for first with seven assists. Cox is 108-40 on face-offs for an impressive .730 percentage. Senior Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) has also been strong with a 74-30 face-off record and a .712 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. Sophomore goalie Derek Kump has a 1-1-2 record.
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.
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.
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 24 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 69 goals and 118 assists for 187 points. Holy Cross had six different goal scorers and 12 players post at least one point in the 6-6 tie on the road versus Bentley on Jan. 24. 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.
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. 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.
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 253-253-62 (.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 16th 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.
COX LEADS TEAM WITH 21 POINTS: Senior Andrew Cox leads the team with a career-best 21 points, while he is second with a career-best 14 assists and is fourth with seven 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 195-98 on face-offs for a .666 percentage. He has posted at least one point in six straight contests. He posted one goal and two assists for three points in the 6-6 tie versus Bentley on Jan. 24. 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 22 goals and 34 assists for 56 career points in 118 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 18 points. He also has eight assists which are tied for fourth on the team. 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 six straight games. He recorded one assist in the 6-6 tie versus Bentley on Jan. 24. 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 22 assists for 44 points in 89 games.
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 third on the team in assists with 10 and is fifth with 14 points. He also has four goals. He has posted 20 goals and 47 assists for 67 points over 99 games. He has the most career assists and points by any current Crusader. 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 five goals, while he also has seven assists for 12 points. He netted his first career shorthanded goal in the 6-6 tie versus Bentley on Jan. 24. His 32 career goals are the most by any current Crusader, while he also has 26 assists and 58 points and has played in 125 games.