WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross sophomore forward Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) has been named the Hockey Commissioners' Association (HCA) National Division I Player of the Month for February, while freshman goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) has earned National Rookie of the Month accolades. This is the first time a Holy Cross player has won either award. Schmidt was just recently named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Month for the first time in his career, while Ginn was named the AHA Rookie of the Month for the second time this season.
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. The Crusaders' eight-game unbeaten streak is the second longest in the nation. 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 leads the team. He is tied for third in the AHA in goals and is fourth in points. For his career, he has 21 goals and 32 assists for 53 points in 70 contests.
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, while he has two shutouts. 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.
The No. 5 seeded Crusaders (17-13-4, 15-8-4 Atlantic Hockey) will square off against the 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. The Crusaders are 7-0-1 in their last eight games as they have outscored their opponents by a 37-13 margin. With a series win, the Crusaders will qualify for the quarterfinals as they are looking to earn their third NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students/seniors and may be purchased by calling (508) 793-2573 or visiting the Holy Cross Ticket Office located in the Holy Cross Field House during business hours (9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). 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.