GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (16-13-3, 14-8-3 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Bentley (13-12-7, 13-6-6 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: February 24-25, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Places: Feb. 24-John A. Ryan Skating Arena (1,500), Watertown, Mass.
Feb. 25-Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: Feb. 25-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 Bentley: Holy Cross leads 27-14-6
At Bentley Home Game: Holy Cross leads 11-7-4
At Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 15-6-2
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 6, Bentley 6 (OT) (1/24/12; 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)
2011-2012 Series: Tied, 0-0-1
HC TO PLAY KEY HOME-AND-HOME WITH BENTLEY: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (16-13-3, 14-8-3 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25, when it plays a home-and-home series with Bentley (13-12-7, 13-6-6 Atlantic Hockey). The game on Friday will be at the John A. Ryan Skating Arena in Watertown, Mass., while Saturday's game will be the Crusaders' Senior Day at the Hart Center. These two teams tied, 6-6, earlier in the season on Jan. 24 in Watertown. The Falcons are tied for third place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 32 points, while the Crusaders are just one point behind and in sixth place with 31 points. The top four teams in the standings earn a first round bye in the AHA Tournament. The Crusaders have won six straight games, while the Falcons are 5-0-1 in their last six contests, including four straight wins. HC is second out of 12 teams in the AHA with 3.09 goals scored per game and Bentley is fifth with 2.75. Bentley is fifth defensively by allowing 2.66 goals per contest and HC is seventh with 2.84. The Crusaders are fourth in Atlantic Hockey with a .199 power play percentage, while the Falcons are ninth in the league with a .127 percentage. Holy Cross is fourth in the league with a .824 penalty kill percentage and the Falcons are seventh with a .816 percentage.
HC OFF TO BEST START SINCE 2005-2006: The Crusaders' 16-13-3 (.547) record is their best after 32 games since they were 21-9-2 (.688) in the 2005-2006 season, while their 14-8-3 (.620) AHA record is their best after 25 games since they were 17-6-2 (.720) also in 2005-2006.
AHA TOURNAMENT: The Crusaders are in sixth place overall in the Atlantic Hockey standings with two regular season games to play. The Crusaders are three points behind first-place Air Force, two points behind second-place RIT and only one point behind third-place Niagara, Mercyhurst and Bentley. HC is two points in front of seventh-place Robert Morris. The Crusaders can finish as high as tied for first and as low as seventh. The top four teams in the Atlantic Hockey standings earn byes to the best two-out-of-three quarterfinals of the AHA Tournament on March 9-11. The best two-out-of-three Atlantic Hockey first round is on March 2-4.
SECOND IN THE LEAGUE IN GOALS PER GAME: HC is averaging 3.09 goals scored per game which are second in Atlantic Hockey, while its 99 goals are first. The Crusaders are 13-3-3 (.763) this season when scoring three or more goals. Over the last six games, the Crusaders have netted 29 total goals for a 4.8 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.
THE SERIES WITH BENTLEY: These games will be the 48th and 49th times that these two teams have met with HC leading, 27-14-6. These two teams tied, 6-6, earlier in the season on Jan. 24 in Watertown. The Crusaders are 11-7-4 versus the Falcons on the road and 15-6-2 at the Hart Center. HC is 4-3-3 versus the Falcons in the last 10 games and 1-1-3 over the last five. HC is 1-1-3 in the last five games on the road versus Bentley and are 3-2-0 at home. 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.
SENIOR SALUTE: The nine seniors of Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario), Gianni Baldassari (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario), Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario), captain Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.), Matthew Davis (Lancaster, N.Y.), Matt Gordon (Perth, Ontario), Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) and Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) will be honored before Saturday's game. The senior class has been a part of 58 wins, including 16 this season and the 17 last season which were the most for the team since the 2005-2006 season. This group has also been involved in two of the longest unbeaten streaks in program history. The Crusaders' 12-game streak last season set a new school record and the nine-game streak in the 2008-2009 season is tied for third.
HC AT HOME: The Crusaders are 9-3-2 (.714) 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, a 6-1 victory versus AIC and a 6-1 win versus Sacred Heart. HC is 320-198-36 (.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.
HC ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 7-9-1 (.441) 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 SIX-GAME WINNING STREAK: The Crusaders are on a six-game winning streak, which is their longest of the season as they had a three-game streak earlier this season from Dec. 2-10. Last year the Crusaders went on a seven-game winning streak which was part of a school record 12-game stretch of not losing a contest (9-0-3). 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 then defeated Sacred Heart by a 6-1 score on Feb. 17 and 3-2 on Feb. 18. The Crusaders have outscored their opponents by a 29-7 margin over the last six contests. The Crusaders have gone 6-31 on the power play (.194) and their opponents have gone 4-26 (.154). Holy Cross has gone 190-159 on face-offs for a .544 winning percentage. Sophomore Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) has led the way as he has three goals and eight assists for 11 points. Junior Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) leads the team with six 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 has five goals. Junior Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) is 51-32 on face-offs for a .614 winning percentage, while sophomore Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) is 55-35 (.611). Freshman goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) is 6-0-0 as he has only allowed seven goals for a 1.17 goals against average and a .952 save percentage.
HOLDING ON TO THE LEAD: The Crusaders are 12-0-2 (.929) so far this season when leading after the second period. Twelve of Holy Cross' 16 victories have been when its led after the second. The Crusaders are also 14-2-1 (.853) 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 (Amherst, N.Y.) 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.
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.
#4 RANKED POWER PLAY IN THE AHA: HC is 30-151 on the power play this season for a .199 percentage which is fourth in the AHA. HC went 2-5 in the 6-1 win versus Sacred Heart on Feb. 17, 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 12-5-3 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.
SPREADING OUT THE OFFENSE: In the first 32 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 99 goals and 170 assists for 269 points. The Crusaders had six different goal scorers in the 6-1 win versus Sacred Heart on Feb. 17 and three different goal scorers in the 3-2 win versus the Pioneers on Feb. 18. 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.
THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL: HC was picked third in the AHA Preseason Coaches' Poll. 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).
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.
NUNN LEADS THE TEAM WITH 14 GOALS: Junior Brandon Nunn leads the team with a career-best 14 goals. He is tied for fourth on the team with a career-best 19 points, while he also has five assists. He is tied for third in Atlantic Hockey in goals. He is tied for first on the team with a career-best five power play goals and is tied for sixth in the league. Nunn has scored six goals over the last six 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 and scored a goal in the 6-1 victory versus Sacred Heart on Feb. 17. He has played in 73 games with 22 goals and 18 assists for 40 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 258-255-62 (.503) 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.
SCHMIDT WITH A CAREER-BEST 27 POINTS: Sophomore Adam Schmidt is tied for first on the team with a career-best 27 points. He leads the team with a career-best 16 assists and is tied for third with a career-best 11 goals. He is tied for sixth in the league in points. He has at least one point in six straight contests. As a freshman, Schmidt recorded six goals and 15 assists for 21 points as he ranked fifth on the team in points. He was also named the AHA Rookie of the Week once. He has 17 goals and 31 assists for 48 points in 68 games.
BIG IN CLUTCH SITUATIONS: The Crusaders are 7-4-0 (.636) 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, a 1-0 win versus Robert Morris and a 3-2 victory versus Sacred Heart.
COX WITH A CAREER-BEST 27 POINTS: Senior Andrew Cox is tied for the team-lead with a career-best 27 points, while he is second with a career-best 12 goals and is tied for second with a career-best 15 assists. He is tied for sixth in the league in points. His four game-winners are second on the team and tied for second in the league. His career-best five power play goals are tied for the team-lead and are tied for sixth in the league. He is 222-113 on face-offs for a .663 percentage. He broke a 2-2 tie at 14:56 of the third period with the game-winning goal in the 3-2 victory versus Sacred Heart on Feb. 18. 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. For his he has career he has 27 goals and 35 assists for 62 points in 126 games.
GINN NAMED AHA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Freshman Matt Ginn is 6-0-0 over the last six games. Ginn was named the Team Travel USA Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week for his performance in wins versus Sacred Heart on Feb. 17-18. He went 2-0-0 in the two-game series versus Sacred Heart as he only allowed three goals and posted 36 saves. He tallied a 1.50 goals against average and a .923 save percentage. This is the second time this season he has been named Rookie of the Week as he also won it on Feb. 6, while this is his third 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 11 saves in the 6-1 win on Friday, while on Saturday he posted 25 saves in the 3-2 victory. During the Crusaders' current six-game winning streak, he is 6-0-0 as he has only allowed seven goals for a 1.17 goals against average and a .952 save percentage. Ginn has made 474 saves and is 13-6-1 (.675) this season. His 13 wins are tied for fifth all-time for a Division I season at the school.
LINSMAYER LEADS AHA WITH FIVE GAME-WINNERS: Junior forward Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) leads the AHA and is tied for fourth nationally with a career-best five 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. Linsmayer also netted the game-winner in the 6-1 victory versus Sacred Heart on Feb. 17. He now has six career game-winners. Linsmayer is fifth on the team in goals with seven and is tied for fourth in points with 19. He also has 12 assists. He has posted 23 goals and 49 assists for 72 points over 107 games. He has the most career assists and points by any current Crusader.