GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (12-13-3, 10-8-3 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Army (4-15-7, 3-13-5 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: February 10-11, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Tate Rink (2,648), West Point, N.Y.
Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Army: Army leads 27-23-8
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 3, Army 1 (12/10/11; Worcester, Mass.)
Last Army Win: Army 4, Holy Cross 1 (2/6/10; Worcester, Mass.)
First Meeting: Army 6, Holy Cross 5 (OT) (1/8/75; West Point, N.Y.)
Current Series Win Streak: Holy Cross four games
Series Record At Army Home Game: Army leads 14-7-7
2011-2012 Season Series: Holy Cross leads 1-0-0
HC TO PLAY TWO GAMES AT ARMY: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (12-13-3, 10-8-3 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action when it travels to West Point, N.Y., to play Atlantic Hockey opponent Army (4-15-7, 3-13-5 Atlantic Hockey) on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11 at Tate Rink at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders defeated Army earlier this season by a 3-1 score on Dec. 10. Holy Cross is tied for seventh place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 23 points, while Army is 10th with 11 points. HC is six points behind first-place Air Force and five points behind second-place Mercyhurst. The Crusaders are 2-2-1 in their last five games including two wins versus AIC in a home-and-home series on Feb. 3-4. The Black Knights are also 2-2-1 in their last five contests including a 4-2 win at UConn on Feb. 7. HC is tied for third out of 12 teams in the AHA with 2.86 goals scored per game and Army is 12th with 1.85. HC is ninth defensively by allowing 3.04 goals per contest and Army is 10th with 3.23. The Crusaders are third in Atlantic Hockey with a .202 power play percentage, while the Black Knights are ninth in the league with a .118 percentage. Holy Cross is fourth in the league with a .830 penalty kill percentage and the Black Knights are fifth with a .826 percentage. Last year, Holy Cross won the season series, 3-0-0.
THE SERIES WITH ARMY: This will be the 59th and 60th meeting between these two teams in varsity games since 1966-1967. The Black Knights lead the series, 27-23-8, while the Crusaders are 5-2-3 against Army in the last 10 games, including a 3-1 victory in Worcester on Dec. 10. The Crusaders have won four straight versus the Black Knights as they have outscored Army, 19-6. Army leads the all-time series in its home games with a 14-7-7 record. The Crusaders are 1-1-3 in their last five contests at Tate Rink. Last season, Holy Cross swept the season series versus Army, 3-0-0.
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" and the women's basketball team held its annual "Think Pink Day."
HC ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 4-9-1 (.321) 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 ON TWO-GAME WINNING STREAK: The Crusaders are on a two-game winning streak after defeating AIC by a 6-1 score on Feb. 3 and by a 4-0 score on Feb. 4. Holy Cross outscored AIC, 10-1, while the Crusaders went 2-8 on the power play (.250) and kept the Yellow Jackets off the scoreboard on the seven power play opportunities for AIC. Holy Cross went 64-44 on face-offs for a .593 winning percentage. Sophomore Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) led the way as he posted two goals and three assists for five points. Junior Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) led the team with three goals in the series as he tallied his first career hat-trick in the 6-1 win. Junior Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) was impressive as he went 17-7 on face-offs for a .708 winning percentage. Freshman goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) went 2-0-0 as he only allowed one goal for 0.50 goals against average and a .981 save percentage.
HOLDING ON TO THE LEAD: The Crusaders are 9-0-2 (.909) so far this season when leading after the second period. Nine of Holy Cross' 12 victories have been when its led after the second. The Crusaders are also 11-2-1 (.821) 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 11 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.
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 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 WITH FOUR SHUTOUTS: The Crusaders have recorded four shutouts so far this season with a 2-0 win over Brown on Nov. 26, a 4-0 victory versus Canisius on Dec. 3, a 1-0 win versus Robert Morris on Jan. 14 and a 4-0 victory versus AIC on Feb. 4. All three of Holy Cross' goalies have at least one shutout this season. Freshman Matt Ginn posted 14 saves versus Canisius and 25 saves versus AIC, while junior Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) made 21 saves versus Brown and sophomore Derek Kump (Falmouth, Maine) tallied 29 saves versus Robert Morris. Tysowsky has three career shutouts, Ginn has two and Kump has one. The four shutouts are the most for the Crusaders since the 2003-2004 season when the team also posted four. The school record is five set in the 2001-2002 season.
HC AT HOME: The Crusaders are 8-3-2 (.692) 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, a 3-0 loss to UConn and a 6-1 victory versus AIC. HC is 319-198-36 (.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 26-129 on the power play this season for a .202 percentage which is ranked third in Atlantic Hockey and 19th nationally. HC went 2-4 in the 4-0 win versus AIC on Feb. 4 and 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 9-5-3 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.
BOUNCING BACK: HC is 7-4-2 (.615) 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 (.600) 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 THE LEAGUE IN GOALS PER GAME: HC is averaging 2.86 goals scored per game which are third in Atlantic Hockey. The Crusaders have scored 80 goals in 28 games. The Crusaders are 9-3-3 this season when scoring three or more goals. Over the last two games, the Crusaders have netted 10 total goals for a 5.0 average. Holy Cross defeated AIC, 6-1 and 4-0. 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.
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 28 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 80 goals and 138 assists for 218 points. The Crusaders had four different goal scorers and 11 different players post at least one point in the 4-0 win versus AIC on Feb. 4. 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. Go here to vote.
NUNN LEADS THE TEAM WITH 11 GOALS: Junior Brandon Nunn leads the team with a career-best 11 goals. He is tied for sixth in Atlantic Hockey in goals. He scored his first career hat-trick in the 6-1 win versus AIC on Feb. 3. He is tied for fifth on the team with 15 points, while he also has four assists. He has played in 69 games with 19 goals and 17 assists for 36 points.
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 255-255-62 (.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 fourth with 16 points. He is tied for eighth in the AHA in assists, while his 16 points are tied for fifth by defensemen in the league and his 0.76 points per game are 18th 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 23 POINTS: Senior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) leads the team with a career-best 23 points, while he is second with a career-best 14 assists and is fourth with nine goals. He is tied for seventh in the league in points. His three game-winners are tied for the team-lead and tied for third in the league. His career-best five power play goals lead the team and are tied for fourth in the league. He is 215-106 on face-offs for a .670 percentage. He scored one goal each in both wins versus AIC on Feb. 3-4. 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 24 goals and 34 assists for 58 career points in 122 games.
ATKINS WITH A GOAL IN FOUR OF THE LAST SIX: Senior defenseman Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario) has scored one goal in four of the last six games. He netted one goal each in the 4-0 win versus AIC on Feb. 4, 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. He also posted two assists in the 6-1 victory versus AIC on Feb. 3, as he has four goals and two assists for six points over the last six games. This season, Atkins is tied for fifth on the team with a career-best five goals, while he also has five assists for 10 points. For his career, he has nine goals and 25 assists for 34 points in 102 games.
GINN NAMED AHA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Freshman Matt Ginn was named the Team Travel USA Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week for his performance in wins versus American International on Feb. 3-4. He went 2-0-0 in the two-game series versus AIC as he only allowed one goal and posted 53 saves. Ginn tallied a 0.50 goals against average and a .981 save percentage. This was the first time in his career that he has been named Rookie of the Week, while this is his second weekly honor as he earned Goalie of the Week accolades on Dec. 5. He was also named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Month for December. Ginn made 28 saves in the 6-1 win on Friday, while on Saturday he posted 25 saves and tallied his second shutout of the season in the 4-0 victory. For the month of December, 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. Ginn has made 387 saves and is 9-6-1 this season as his .594 winning percentage is fourth in the league.
LINSMAYER WITH THREE GAME-WINNERS: Junior forward Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) is tied with senior Andrew Cox for first on the team and tied for third in the AHA with a career-best three 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. His third was when he netted the second goal of the contest in the 6-1 victory versus AIC on Feb. 3. He now has four career game-winners. Linsmayer is tied for fifth on the team in goals with five, in assists with 10 and in points with 15. He also has 10 assists. He has posted 21 goals and 47 assists for 68 points over 103 games. He has the most career assists and points by any current Crusader.