GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Team: Holy Cross (14-13-3, 12-8-3 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Sacred Heart (3-24-3, 2-18-3 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: February 17-18, 2012
Times: Feb 17-7:00 p.m.
Feb. 18-4:00 p.m.
Places: Feb 17-Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Feb. 18-Webster Bank Arena (9,000), Bridgeport, Conn.
Holy Cross Radio: Feb. 17-WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Listen to game here.
Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Sacred Heart: Sacred Heart leads 25-23-2
At The Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 15-9-0
At Webster Bank Arena: Tied 0-0-1
At Sacred Heart Home Game: Sacred Heart leads 16-6-2
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 6, Sacred Heart 4 (11/12/11; Worcester, Mass.)
Last SHU Win: Sacred Heart 4, Holy Cross 3 (OT) (3/13/10; Milford, Conn.)
First Meeting: Holy Cross 7, Sacred Heart 3 (10/30/98; Worcester, Mass.)
Current Series Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
2011-2012 Season Series: Holy Cross leads, 1-0-0
HC TO PLAY HOME-AND-HOME WITH SACRED HEART: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (14-13-3, 12-8-3 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17-18, when it plays a home-and-home series with Sacred Heart (3-24-3, 2-18-3 Atlantic Hockey). Friday's game will be at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass., while Saturday's contest will be at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. On Friday, the Crusaders will hold their third annual "Pink the Rink." The Crusaders are 1-0-0 versus the Pioneers this season with a 6-4 win on Nov. 12 in Worcester. Holy Cross is tied for sixth place with Robert Morris in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 27 points, while Sacred Heart is 12th with seven points. HC is five points behind first-place Air Force and four points behind second-place RIT. The Crusaders are also three points behind third-place Mercyhurst and Niagara, while they are one point behind fifth-place Bentley. The top four teams in the standings earn a first round bye in the AHA Tournament. The Crusaders are 4-1-0 in their last five games including four straight wins. The Pioneers are 1-2-2 in their last five contests including going 1-0-1 versus UConn last week. HC is second out of 12 teams in the AHA with 3.00 goals scored per game and Sacred Heart is ninth with 2.13. HC is seventh defensively by allowing 2.93 goals per contest and Sacred Heart is 12th with 4.87. The Crusaders are tied for third in Atlantic Hockey with a .200 power play percentage, while the Pioneers are 12th in the league with a .076 percentage. Holy Cross is fifth in the league with a .820 penalty kill percentage and the Pioneers are 12th with a .733 percentage.
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 a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds will go to Pink Revolution, 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. "We are very excited to have our third annual 'Pink the Rink Day'," said Holy Cross head men's hockey coach Paul Pearl. "It is a great cause and we are proud to be able to do a small part in helping breast cancer research." "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 OFF TO BEST START SINCE 2005-2006: The Crusaders are 14-13-3 overall. The 14 wins are the most for the Crusaders after 30 games since the 2005-2006 season when they were 21-7-2.
HC ON FOUR-GAME WINNING STREAK: The Crusaders are on a four-game winning streak, which is their longest of the season as they had a three-game streak earlier this season from Dec. 2-10. HC defeated AIC by a 6-1 score on Feb. 3 and 4-0 on Feb. 4, while the Crusaders defeated Army by a 6-1 score on Feb. 10 and 4-2 on Feb. 11. The Crusaders have outscored their opponents by a 20-4 margin over the last four contests. The Crusaders have gone 4-19 on the power play (.211) and their opponents have gone 3-17 (.176). Holy Cross has gone 120-101 on face-offs for a .543 winning percentage. Sophomore Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) has led the way as he has two goals and six assists for eight points. Junior Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) leads the team with five goals during this stretch as he tallied his first career hat-trick in the 6-1 win versus AIC on Feb 3. Senior forward Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) has four goals. During this streak, all 19 skaters who have played have at least one point. Junior Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) is 34-20 on face-offs for a .630 winning percentage. Freshman goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) is 4-0-0 as he has only allowed four goals for 1.00 goals against average and a .963 save percentage.
WINTER HOMECOMING: The game on Feb. 17 will be the winter homecoming game at Holy Cross as a trophy will be given to the contest's most valuable player. Last year, Andrew Cox won the trophy as he posted two goals and one assist for three points in the 6-0 win versus Army on Feb. 12, 2011. Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) received the winter homecoming MVP trophy two seasons ago as he made 17 saves as the Crusaders defeated Bentley, 4-0, on Feb. 13, 2010.
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.
HC ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 6-9-1 (.406) on the road so far this season, including three straight victories. 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.
THE SERIES WITH SACRED HEART: These two teams have played each other 50 times with Sacred Heart leading the all-time series, 25-23-2. HC won by a 6-4 score earlier this season in Worcester on Nov. 12 and are 3-1-1 in its last five contests versus the Pioneers. The Crusaders won last year's season series 2-0-1. The Pioneers won the 2009-2010 season series, 5-1-0, including a two-game sweep of the Crusaders in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament quarterfinals. The season series was tied at 2-2-0 after the prior two years. Holy Cross is 15-9-0 versus the Pioneers at the Hart Center, including a 3-2-0 record in the last five games. The Crusaders are 6-16-2 on the road versus the Pioneers with a 1-3-1 road record over the last five contests. Holy Cross is 4-5-1 in the last 10 overall games against the Pioneers.
MCGRATH NETS FIRST COLLEGIATE GOAL: Sophomore Ryan McGrath (Pittsburgh, Pa.) scored his first collegiate goal in the 6-1 win at Army on Feb. 10. He also posted one assist. He has one goal and two assists for three points in eight career games.
HOLDING ON TO THE LEAD: The Crusaders are 11-0-2 (.923) so far this season when leading after the second period. Eleven of Holy Cross' 14 victories have been when its led after the second. The Crusaders are also 13-2-1 (.844) 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.
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 made 21 saves versus Brown. Sophomore Derek Kump (Falmouth, Maine) also 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.
#3 RANKED POWER PLAY IN THE AHA: HC is 28-140 on the power play this season for a .200 percentage which is tied for third in the AHA and tied for 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 11-5-3 in games this season when it nets a power play goal. HC posted the best power play (.241) in the AHA and ranked fourth nationally last season.
SECOND IN THE LEAGUE IN GOALS PER GAME: HC is averaging 3.00 goals scored per game which are second in Atlantic Hockey. The Crusaders have scored 90 goals in 30 games. The Crusaders are 11-3-3 this season when scoring three or more goals. Over the last four games, the Crusaders have netted 20 total goals for a 5.0 average. 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 30 games, 24 Crusaders have at least one point. Nineteen have scored at least one goal and 24 have recorded at least one assist. Nineteen players have at least one goal and one assist. HC has recorded 90 goals and 157 assists for 247 points. All 18 skaters posted at least one point in the two-game sweep of Army on Feb. 10-11. 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 13 GOALS: Junior Brandon Nunn leads the team with a career-best 13 goals. He is tied for fourth on the team with 17 points, while he also has four assists. He is tied for third in Atlantic Hockey in goals. Nunn has scored five goals over the last four contests. He scored his first career hat-trick in the 6-1 win versus AIC on Feb. 3, while he netted one goal in each game versus Army on Feb 10-11. He has played in 71 games with 21 goals and 17 assists for 38 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 257-255-62 (.502) 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 also has one goal for 16 points. His 16 points are tied for eighth 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.
ATKINS WITH A GOAL IN FIVE OF THE LAST EIGHT: Senior defenseman Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario) has scored one goal in five of the last eight games. He also has three assists for eight points during this stretch. This season, Atkins is tied for fifth on the team with a career-best six goals, while he also has six assists for a career-best 12 points. For his career, he has 10 goals and 26 assists for 36 points in 104 games.
COX LEADS TEAM WITH 25 POINTS: Senior Andrew Cox leads the team with a career-best 25 points, while he is second with a career-best 11 goals and tied for second with a career-best 14 assists. Cox has scored one goal in four straight contests. He is tied for seventh in the league in points. His three game-winners are tied for second on the team and tied for fourth in the league. His career-best five power play goals lead the team and are tied for fifth in the league. He is 220-110 on face-offs for a .667 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 26 goals and 34 assists for 60 career points in 124 games.
GINN WITH FOUR STRAIGHT WINS: Freshman Matt Ginn is 4-0-0 over the last four games. Ginn went 2-0-0 in the two-game series at Army as he only allowed three goals and posted 51 saves. He 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 was 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 has made 438 saves and is 11-6-1 (.639) this season. His 11 wins are tied for sixth all-time for a Division I season at the school.
LINSMAYER WITH FOUR GAME-WINNERS: Junior forward Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) is first on the team and tied for first in the AHA with a career-best four 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, and his fourth was when he netted the second goal in the 6-1 win at Army on Feb. 10. He now has five career game-winners. Linsmayer is tied for fifth on the team in goals with six and is tied for fourth points with 17. He also has 11 assists. He has posted 22 goals and 48 assists for 70 points over 105 games. He has the most career assists and points by any current Crusader.