GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (10-13-3, 8-8-3 Atlantic Hockey) vs. American International (5-19-2, 4-13-2 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: February 3-4, 2012
Times: Feb, 3-7:00 p.m.
Feb. 4-3:00 p.m.
Places: Feb. 3-Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Feb. 4-Olympia Ice Center (2,200), West Springfield, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: Feb. 3-WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Jake Bass, Dom DiPersia & Paul Fontelo. Listen to game here.
Live Video Streaming: Feb. 3-4-America One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With AIC: Holy Cross leads, 42-20-8
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 2, AIC 1 (10/15/11; Worcester, Mass.)
Last AIC Win: AIC 1, Holy Cross 0 (1/16/10; West Springfield, Mass.)
First Meeting: AIC 12, Holy Cross 2 (11/30/71; Worcester, Mass.)
Series Record At Holy Cross Home Game: Holy Cross leads 21-9-6
Series Record At The Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 21-7-6
Series Record At AIC Home Game: Holy Cross leads 18-11-2
Current Series Win Streak: Holy Cross, five games
2011-2012 Season Series: Holy Cross leads, 1-0-0
HC TO PLAY HOME-AND-HOME SERIES WITH AIC: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (10-13-3, 8-8-3 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action when it plays a home-and-home series with Atlantic Hockey opponent American International on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3-4. Friday's game is at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass., at 7:00 p.m., while Saturday's game is at the Olympia Ice Center in West Springfield, Mass., at 3:00 p.m. The Crusaders defeated the Yellow Jackets by a 2-1 score earlier this season on Oct. 15. Holy Cross is tied for eighth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 19 points, while AIC is 10th with 10 points. The Crusaders are 0-3-2 in their last five games including two losses to UConn in a home-and-home series on Jan. 27-28. The Yellow Jackets are 1-4-0 in their last five contests including going 1-1-0 in a home-and-home series with Sacred Heart on Jan. 27-28. HC is tied for fifth out of 12 teams in the AHA with 2.69 goals scored per game and AIC is 10th with 1.96. HC is ninth defensively by allowing 3.23 goals per contest and AIC is 11th with 3.58. The Crusaders are third in Atlantic Hockey with a .198 power play percentage, while the Yellow Jackets are seventh in the league with a .135 percentage. Holy Cross is sixth in the league with a .819 penalty kill percentage and the Yellow Jackets are eighth with a .805 percentage. Last year, Holy Cross won the season series, 3-0-0.
THE SERIES WITH AIC: The contests versus AIC will be the 71st and 72nd meetings between the Crusaders and the Yellow Jackets with Holy Cross leading the all-time series, 42-20-8, including a 2-1 win earlier this season on Oct. 15 in Worcester. Holy Cross is 6-2-2 in the last 10 games against the Yellow Jackets, including five straight victories. The Crusaders have not lost in the last eight games versus AIC at the Hart Center with a 7-0-1 record. The Yellow Jackets' last win in Worcester was a 4-2 victory on Jan. 19, 2007. The Crusaders are 3-2-0 in their last five games at the Olympia Ice Center.
HC ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 3-9-1 (.269) 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.
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.
PLAYING OVERTIME: After playing the first 17 games of the season without an overtime contest, the Crusaders have had five of their last nine games go to overtime. Holy Cross is 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 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 7-3-2 (.667) 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, and a 3-0 loss to UConn. HC is 318-198-36 (.609) 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 24-121 on the power play this season for a .198 percentage which is ranked third in Atlantic Hockey. 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.
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.
BOUNCING BACK: HC is 6-4-2 (.583) 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 26 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 70 goals and 120 assists for 190 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 (South Burlington, Vt.) 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.
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 253-255-62 (.498) 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 tied for third with 16 points. He is tied for sixth in the AHA in assists, while his 16 points are tied for fourth by defensemen in the league and his 0.76 points per game are 15th 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 (Lombardy, Ontario) leads the team with a career-best 21 points, while he is second with a career-best 14 assists and fourth with seven goals. His two game-winners are tied for the team-lead and tied for seventh in the league. His career-best five power play goals lead the team and are tied for third in the league. He is 212-105 on face-offs for a .669 percentage. 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 120 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 (Carlisle, Ontario) 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 101 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 127 games.
CRUSADERS TO PINK THE RINK ON FEBRUARY 17: The Holy Cross men's hockey team will hold its third annual "Pink the Rink" on Friday, Feb. 17, at the Hart Center during its game versus Sacred Heart at 7:00 p.m. This year, the Crusaders will raise money for breast cancer awareness by selling 'Pink the Rink' T-shirts, holding a chuck-a-puck competition during an intermission and running special hockey prize raffles. Proceeds will go to Pink Revolution which is an alliance of dedicated individuals with a unified commitment to those touched by breast cancer at UMass Memorial and UMass Medical School here in Worcester. "Pink the Rink" is part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Holy Cross as the women's ice hockey team hosted its first annual "Pink the Rink" last weekend and the women's basketball team will host its annual "Think Pink Day" at the Hart Center on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 1:00 p.m. for its game versus Lehigh.
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 seventh 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 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 91 games.
ATKINS WITH A GOAL IN THREE OF THE LAST FOUR: Senior defenseman Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario) has scored one goal in three of the last four games. He netted one goal each in the 5-5 tie versus Mercyhurst on Jan. 21, in the 6-6 tie on the road versus Bentley on Jan. 24 and in the 3-1 loss at UConn on Jan. 27. This season, Atkins has a career-best four goals, while he also has three assists for seven points. For his career, he has eight goals and 23 assists for 31 points in 100 games.
GINN NAMED ROOKIE OF THE MONTH FOR DECEMBER: 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. 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.