February 29, 2012

Men's Hockey To Play Army In First Round Of AHA Tournament

Game Notes In PDF Format

GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:

Atlantic Hockey Tournament First Round (Best two-out-of-three)

Teams: Holy Cross (17-13-4, 15-8-4 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Army (4-21-7, 3-19-5 Atlantic Hockey)

Dates: March 2-4, 2012

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.

Holy Cross Radio: 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 Army: Army leads 27-25-8

AHA Tournament Series Record: First meeting

Last Meeting: Holy Cross 4, Army 2 (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 six games

Series Record At Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 17-9-0

2011-2012 Regular Season Series: Holy Cross won 3-0-0

HC TO PLAY ARMY IN FIRST ROUND OF AHA TOURNAMENT: The No. 5 seeded Holy Cross men's hockey team (17-13-4, 15-8-4 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action when it meets No. 12 seed Army (4-21-7, 3-19-5 Atlantic Hockey) in a best two-out-of-three Atlantic Hockey Tournament first round series at the Hart Center on March 2-4 at 7:00 p.m. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two programs in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament. With a Crusader series win, Holy Cross will play at No. 4 seed Mercyhurst in a best two-out-of-three quarterfinal series on March 9-11. With a Army series victory, the Black Knights will play at No. 1 seed Air Force. The Crusaders swept the Black Knights this season winning by a 3-1 score on Dec. 10 in Worcester, Mass., while they won 6-1 on Feb. 10 and 4-2 on Feb. 11 in West Point, N.Y. The Crusaders outscored the Black Knights by a 13-4 margin this season. The Crusaders are 7-0-1 in their last eight games which is the second longest current unbeaten streak in the nation behind No. 1 Boston College's nine-game streak. The Black Knights have lost six in a row. HC is first out of 12 teams in the AHA with 3.15 goals scored per game and Army is 11th with 1.91. HC is seventh defensively by allowing 2.85 goals per contest and Army is 10th with 3.50. The Crusaders are fourth in Atlantic Hockey with a .199 power play percentage, while the Black Knights are eighth in the league with a .130 percentage. Holy Cross is fourth in the league with a .831 penalty kill percentage and the Black Knights are ninth with a .809 percentage. The Crusaders have won six straight versus the Black Knights.

HC WITH BEST RECORD SINCE 2005-2006: The Crusaders' 17-13-4 (.559) record is their best after 34 games since they were 23-9-2 (.706) in the 2005-2006 season. HC's 15-8-4 (.630) Atlantic Hockey record was its best since going 19-7-2 (.714) in 2005-2006.

HC TIES FOR THIRD PLACE: On Feb. 3 and with eight games left to play the Crusaders were tied for eighth place out of 12 teams in Atlantic Hockey with an 8-8-3 league record and 19 points. Holy Cross then finished tied for third place with a 15-8-4 record and 34 points taking 15 of the 16 available points. The Crusaders are the fifth seed in the AHA Tournament due to Mercyhurst winning the season series against the Crusaders going 1-0-1 and RIT winning 2-0-0. Last season, the Crusaders finished in third place with a 14-8-5 record and 33 points.

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 ON EIGHT-GAME UNBEATEN STREAK: The Crusaders are 7-0-1 in their last eight games as they have outscored their opponents by a 37-13 margin as they are averaging 4.6 goals per game and 1.6 goals allowed per contest during this streak. Holy Cross has outscored its opponents by a 20-5 margin in the second period during the streak. The eight game unbeaten streak is tied for the fifth longest in school history and is currently the second longest in the nation. The school record is 12 games (9-0-3) set last season. The Crusaders have gone 8-40 on the power play (.200) and their opponents have gone 5-37 (.135). Holy Cross has gone 273-228 on face-offs for a .545 winning percentage. Sophomore Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) has led the way as he has seven goals and nine assists for 16 points. Senior Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) and junior Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) each have six goals and two assists for eight points, while junior Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) has three goals and five assists for eight points. Freshman goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) is 7-0-1 as he has only allowed 13 goals for a 1.61 goals against average and a .937 save percentage. Here is a list of the longest unbeaten streaks in school history.

Rank    Streak                         Dates    
1         12 games (9-0-3)         Jan. 22, 2011-March 11, 2011
2         10 games (10-0-0)       Dec. 8, 1979-Jan. 16, 1980
3          9 games (9-0-0)         Jan. 16, 1999-Feb. 13, 1999
            9 games (5-0-4)         Jan. 2, 2009-Jan. 31, 2009
5          8 games (8-0-0)         Feb. 23, 1976-Dec. 8, 1976
            8 games (6-0-2)         Nov. 26, 1982-Jan. 4, 1983
            8 games (7-0-1)         Feb. 20, 1993-Nov. 27, 1993
            8 games (7-0-1)         Feb. 20, 1999-Mar. 20, 1999
            8 games (8-0-0)         Jan. 19, 2006-Feb. 10, 2006
            8 games (7-0-1)         Feb. 3, 2012-present

8-1 AT HOME IN THE AHA TOURNAMENT: Holy Cross is 8-1 all-time in Atlantic Hockey Tournament games played at the Hart Center. Holy Cross defeated Sacred Heart in 2005, AIC, UConn and Bentley in 2006 to win the title, earned first round victories over AIC in 2009 and 2010, and won a best two-out-three quarterfinal series versus Canisius, 2-1, in 2011.

HC IN THE AHA TOURNAMENT: The Crusaders have a 12-10 all-time record in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament as they have won two titles (2004 & 2006). Last season, the Crusaders went 2-2 in the tournament and qualified for the semifinals for the first time since the 2006 tournament. Holy Cross won a quarterfinal series against Canisius, 2-1, at the Hart Center, and then lost to eventual champion Air Force by a 3-2 score in the semifinals. In the 2010 tournament, the Crusaders went 1-2 with a victory over AIC in the first round and two losses on the road to Sacred Heart in the quarterfinals. The Crusaders went 2-2 in the 2009 tournament with a win over AIC in the first round and a 2-1 quarterfinals series defeat at RIT. In 2008, Holy Cross was swept in the best two-out-of-three quarterfinals series at RIT as it lost two 5-4 overtime games. In 2007, Holy Cross lost at Air Force in the quarterfinals. In 2006 at the Hart Center, Holy Cross defeated AIC in the quarterfinals (3-1), UConn in the semifinals (4-1) and Bentley in the championship game (5-2), earning their second title and second NCAA Tournament appearance. In 2005, Holy Cross defeated Sacred Heart, 4-2, in the quarterfinals, but then fell to eventual champion Mercyhurst, 4-3 (OT), in the semifinals. Holy Cross won the first-ever Atlantic Hockey Tournament in 2004, earning the program's first ever spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Crusaders defeated AIC (5-0), Canisius (4-1) and Sacred Heart in the title game (4-0). In 1999, the Crusaders won the MAAC Tournament Championship by defeating Canisius, 4-3, in the finals.  

UNDEFEATED IN THE FIRST ROUND: The Crusaders are 2-0 all-time in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament first round. The Crusaders defeated AIC by a 1-0 score in overtime on March 7, 2009, and also defeated AIC in the first round by a 4-2 score on March 5, 2010.

THE SERIES WITH ARMY: There have been 60 meetings between these two teams in varsity games since 1966-1967. The Black Knights lead the series, 27-25-8, while the Crusaders are 7-1-2 against Army in the last 10 games, including six straight victories versus the Black Knights as they have outscored Army, 29-9. The Crusaders lead the all-time series at the Hart Center, 17-9-0, and are 4-1-0 in the last five games.

FIRST IN THE LEAGUE IN GOALS PER GAME: HC has scored 107 goals and is averaging 3.15 goals scored per game which are both first in Atlantic Hockey. The Crusaders are 14-3-3 (.775) this season when scoring three or more goals. Over the last eight games, the Crusaders have netted 37 total goals for a 4.6 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 AT HOME: The Crusaders are 10-3-2 (.733) 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, a 6-1 win versus Sacred Heart and a 6-4 victory versus Bentley. HC is 321-198-36 (.611) 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.

SENIOR SALUTE: The nine seniors of Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario), Gianni Baldassari (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario), Andrew Cox, captain Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.), Matthew Davis (Lancaster, N.Y.), Matt Gordon (Perth, Ontario), Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) and Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) have been a part of 59 wins, including 17 this season and the 17 last season which are 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. They are currently on an eight-game streak, which is tied for fifth.
 
HC ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 7-9-2 (.444) 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 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.   

HOLDING ON TO THE LEAD: The Crusaders are 13-0-3 (.906) so far this season when leading after the second period. Thirteen of Holy Cross' 17 victories have been when it has led after the second. The Crusaders are also 14-2-2 (.833) when scoring the first goal of the game.      

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 SPECIAL TEAMS IN THE AHA: HC is 32-161 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 13-5-4 (.682) 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. The Crusaders also have the fourth ranked penalty kill in the league with a .831 percentage (118-142). HC is 7-9-3 (.447) this season when its opponents score a power play goal. Last season, the Crusaders finished eighth in the conference with a .800 percentage (128-160).

SPREADING OUT THE OFFENSE: In the first 34 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 107 goals and 185 assists for 292 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: Senior captain 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. Daly is tied for the team-lead with a career-best 17 assists. He also has one goal for 18 points. For his career he has played in 132 games with nine goals and 47 assists for 56 points. 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 259-255-63 (.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 btnunn13@g.holycross.edu.

SCHMIDT NAMED AHA PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Sophomore forward Adam Schmidt was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Month for February. This is the first time that Schmidt has won this award. Schmidt led the Crusaders for the month of February with seven goals, nine assists and 16 points as Holy Cross went 7-0-1 for the month. He posted at least one point in all eight games. He tallied one goal and two assists for three points in the 6-1 win versus AIC on Feb. 3, while he posted three goals for his first career hat-trick in the 6-4 victory versus Bentley on Feb. 25. He was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week on Feb. 27 for his five-point performance in the two-game series against Bentley. Schmidt leads the team this season with a career-best 15 goals and a career-best 32 points, while he is tied for first with a career-best 17 assists. His career-best six power play goals also lead the team. He is tied for third in the AHA in goals and is fourth in points. 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. For his career, he has 21 goals and 32 assists for 53 points in 70 contests.
 
PLAYING OVERTIME: After playing the first 17 games of the season without an overtime contest, the Crusaders have had six of their last 17 games go to overtime. Holy Cross is 0-2-4 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.   

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 29 POINTS: Senior Andrew Cox is second on the team with a career-best 29 points, while he is third with a career-best 13 goals and 16 assists. He is tied for fifth in the league in points. His four game-winners are second on the team and tied for second in the league. 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 28 goals and 36 assists for 64 points in 128 games.

GINN NAMED AHA ROOKIE OF THE MONTH: Freshman Matt Ginn was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Month for February. He was also named Rookie of the Month in December. Ginn went 7-0-1 in the month of February with a 1.61 goals against average and a .937 save percentage. He won Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week honors twice in the month. He went 2-0-0 in the two-game series versus AIC on Feb. 3-4 as he only allowed one goal and posted 53 saves. Ginn tallied a 0.50 goals against average and a .981 save percentage. 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. He went 2-0-0 in the two-game series versus Sacred Heart on Feb. 17-18 as he only allowed three goals and posted 36 saves. He tallied a 1.50 goals against average and a .923 save percentage. Ginn made 11 saves in the 6-1 win on Friday, while on Saturday he posted 25 saves in the 3-2 victory. This season he was also named the AHA Goalie of the Week on Dec. 5. Ginn has made 526 saves and is 14-6-1 (.682) this season. His .682 winning percentage leads Atlantic Hockey and is seventh in the country. His 14 wins are tied for fourth all-time for a Division I season at the school.   

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.

NUNN WITH A CAREER-BEST 14 GOALS: Junior Brandon Nunn is second on the team with a career-best 14 goals. He is tied for fourth on the team with a career-best 20 points, while he also has six assists. 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, 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 75 games with 22 goals and 19 assists for 41 points.

LINSMAYER LEADS AHA WITH FIVE GAME-WINNERS: Junior forward Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) leads the AHA and is tied for fifth 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 eight and is tied for fourth in points with 20. He also has 12 assists. He has posted 24 goals and 49 assists for 73 points over 109 games. He has the most career assists and points by any current Crusader.

CRUSADERS HELD THEIR THIRD "PINK THE RINK": The Holy Cross men's hockey team held its third annual "Pink the Rink" on Friday, Feb. 17, at the Hart Center during its game versus Sacred Heart. At the game, the Crusaders raised over $1,300 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, 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. Before the game, Linda Reppucci took part in the ceremonial puck drop. Linda is a breast cancer survivor and is the mother of sophomore defenseman Jeffrey Reppucci (Newburyport, Mass.). Also before the game, junior Brandon Nunn presented a check to Pink Revolution co-founder Audrey Kurlan-Marcy. Nunn started Power Play Points for PINK, which is a program that raises money by pledges and donations for every power play goal the Crusaders score at home this season. To date, Power Play Points for PINK has raised over $2,500. The game was also part of Holy Cross' winter homecoming. In honor of the event, an MVP trophy was awarded at the end of the game and went to junior Rob Linsmayer. The award is presented by the Holy Cross Club of Greater Worcester. 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 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.