GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Atlantic Hockey Tournament Quarterfinals (Best two-out-of-three)
Teams: Holy Cross (19-13-4, 15-8-4 AHA) vs. Mercyhurst (18-14-4, 15-8-4 AHA)
Dates: March 9-11, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Mercyhurst Ice Center (1,500), Erie, Pa.
Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Mercyhurst: Mercyhurst leads 24-10-5
AHA Tournament Series Record: Mercyhurst leads 1-0
AHA Semifinals: Mercyhurst 4, Holy Cross 3 (OT) (3/18/2005; Northford, Conn.)
Postseason Series Record: Mercyhurst leads 2-0
MAAC Quarterfinals: Mercyhurst 10, Holy Cross 3 (3/11/2000; Erie, Pa.)
Series Record At Mercyhurst: Mercyhurst leads 8-5-4
Last Meeting: Mercyhurst 5, Holy Cross 5 (OT) (1/21/2012; Worcester, Mass.)
First Meeting: Mercyhurst 5, Holy Cross 4 (11/29/1997; Worcester, Mass.)
Last Holy Cross Win: Holy Cross 4, Mercyhurst 3 (OT) (11/8/2008; Worcester, Mass.)
Last Mercyhurst Win: Mercyhurst 3, Holy Cross 2 (OT) (1/20/2012; Worcester, Mass.)
2011-2012 Series: Mercyhurst leads 1-0-1
HC TO PLAY MERCYHURST IN AHA QUARTERFINALS: The No. 5 seeded Holy Cross men's hockey team (19-13-4, 15-8-4 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action when it meets No. 4 seed Mercyhurst (18-14-4, 15-8-4 Atlantic Hockey) in a best two-out-of-three Atlantic Hockey Tournament quarterfinal series at the Mercyhurst Ice Center on March 9-11 at 7:00 p.m., in Erie, Pa. Both teams tied for third place in the Atlantic Hockey standings but the Lakers won the tie-breaker as Mercyhurst went 1-0-1 versus the Crusaders this season, with both games played at Holy Cross. The Lakers won 3-2 in overtime on Jan. 20 and the two teams tied 5-5 on Jan. 21. The Crusaders are 9-0-1 in their last 10 games which is the second longest current unbeaten streak in the nation behind No. 1 Boston College's 11-game streak (11-0-0). The Lakers are 4-5-1 in their last 10 contests. HC is first out of 12 teams in the AHA with 3.19 goals scored per game and Mercyhurst is tied for fourth with 2.86. HC is seventh defensively by allowing 2.81 goals per contest and MC is eighth with 2.94. The Crusaders are third in Atlantic Hockey with a .203 power play percentage, while the Lakers are fourth in the league with a .201 percentage. Holy Cross is fourth in the league with a .831 penalty kill percentage and the Lakers are sixth with a .821 percentage. The Crusaders are 0-1 all-time versus the Lakers in the AHA Tournament with a 4-3 overtime loss in the semifinals on March 18, 2005 in Northford, Conn. The Lakers also defeated HC by a 10-3 score in the quarterfinals of the MAAC Tournament in Erie on March 11, 2000. Mercyhurst leads the all-time series 24-10-5. The Crusaders are 5-8-4 all-time at Mercyhurst.
HC WITH BEST RECORD SINCE 2005-2006: The Crusaders' 19-13-4 (.583) record is their best after 36 games since they were 25-9-2 (.722) in the 2005-2006 season. The Crusaders have five 20-win seasons in program history as they went 21-9-0 in 1979-1080, 20-10-2 in 1982-1983, 22-9-4 in 1998-1999, 22-10-4 in 2003-2004 and 27-10-2 in 2005-2006. The Crusaders' 15-8-4 (.630) Atlantic Hockey record this season was their best since going 19-7-2 (.714) in 2005-2006.
FIRST IN THE LEAGUE IN GOALS: HC has scored 115 goals and is averaging 3.19 goals scored per game which are both first in Atlantic Hockey. The Crusaders are 16-3-3 (.795) this season when scoring three or more goals. Over the last 10 games, the Crusaders have netted 45 total goals for a 4.5 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 ON 10-GAME UNBEATEN STREAK: The Crusaders are 9-0-1 (.950) in their last 10 games as they have outscored their opponents by a 45-17 margin. They are averaging 4.5 goals per game and 1.7 goals allowed per contest during this streak. Holy Cross has outscored its opponents by a 22-6 margin in the second period during the streak. The 10-game unbeaten streak is tied for the second longest in school history and is tied for the second longest current streak in the nation. The school record is 12 games (9-0-3), set last season. The Crusaders have gone 11-51 on the power play (.216) and their opponents have gone 6-43 (.140). Sophomore Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.), who was named the National Player of the Month for February, has led the way during the streak as he has eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points. Freshman goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario), who was named the National Rookie of the Month for February, is 9-0-1 as he has only allowed 17 goals for a 1.69 goals against average and a .931 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
10 games (9-0-1) Feb. 3, 2012-present
4 9 games (9-0-0) Jan. 16, 1999-Feb. 13, 1999
9 games (5-0-4) Jan. 2, 2009-Jan. 31, 2009
6 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
HC ON THE ROAD IN THE AHA TOURNAMENT: Holy Cross is 1-7 (.125) all-time in games on its opponent's home ice in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament with all of the games in the quarterfinals. The Crusaders lost at Air Force, 3-0, in 2007, while they were swept in a two-game series at RIT in 2008. Holy Cross lost the series at RIT, 2-1, in 2009 and was swept in 2010 against Sacred Heart.
HC IN THE AHA TOURNAMENT: With the Atlantic Hockey Tournament first round series sweep of Army, the Crusaders have a 14-10 (.583) 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.
HC IN THE AHA QUARTERFINALS: The Crusaders are 6-8 (.429) all-time in Atlantic Hockey Tournament quarterfinal round games. Holy Cross has advanced to the semifinals four times and has failed to reach the semifinals four times. During the first four years of the tournament, the quarterfinal round was a one-game playoff. In 2004 the Crusaders defeated AIC, in 2005 they defeated Sacred Heart, in 2006 they defeated AIC and in 2007 they lost at Air Force. The last four seasons the quarterfinal round has been a best-two-out-three series. In 2008, the Crusaders lost the series, 2-0, at RIT, in 2009 they lost the series at RIT, 2-1, in 2010 they lost on the road to Sacred Heart, 2-0 and in 2011 they defeated Canisius in Worcester, 2-1.
10-1 AT HOME IN THE AHA TOURNAMENT: With the two wins over Army, Holy Cross is now 10-1 (.909) 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.
UNDEFEATED IN THE FIRST ROUND: With the two wins over Army, the Crusaders are 4-0 (1.000) 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.
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.
THE SERIES WITH MERCYHURST: These teams have met 39 times with Mercyhurst leading, 24-10-5. The Lakers are 8-5-4 versus the Crusaders at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. The Crusaders are 1-8-1 versus the Lakers in the last 10 games. Holy Cross is 0-4-1 in the last five games at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.
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 AT HOME: The Crusaders are 12-3-2 (.765) this season at home. The Crusaders' home record is their best since going 10-1-2 (.846) in the 2003-2004 season. The 12 wins are the most at home since the Crusaders won 13 in 1998-1999 going 13-3-2 (.778). The school record for home wins was set in the 1968-1969 season when the Crusaders went 14-3-1 (.806.). Last year the Crusaders went 11-6-1 (.639) at home. HC is 323-198-36 (.612) all-time at the Hart Center.
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.
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.) have been a part of 61 wins, including 19 this season, which are the most for the team since the 27 in the 2005-2006 season. This group has also been involved in three 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 a 10-game streak, which is tied for second.
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 15-0-3 (.917) so far this season when leading after the second period. Fifteen of Holy Cross' 19 victories have been when it has led after the second. The Crusaders are also 16-2-2 (.850) 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.
#3 RANKED POWER PLAY IN THE AHA: HC is 35-172 on the power play this season for a .203 percentage which is third in the AHA. The Crusaders went 2-6 on the man-advantage in the 5-2 AHA Tournament first round series clinching win on March 3. 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 15-5-4 (.708) 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.
FOURTH BEST PENALTY KILL: The Crusaders have the fourth ranked penalty kill in the league with a .831 percentage (123-148). HC is 8-9-3 (.475) 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 36 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 115 goals and 197 assists for 312 points. The Crusaders had seven different goal scorers as they netted a total of eight goals in the two-game sweep of Army in the AHA first round on March, 2-3. 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 leads the team with a career-best 19 assists. He also has one goal for 20 points which are tied for fifth on the team. For his career he has played in 134 games with nine goals and 49 assists for 58 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 261-255-63 (.505) 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.
PLAYING OVERTIME: After playing the first 17 games of the season without an overtime contest, the Crusaders have had six of their last 19 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.
SCHMIDT NAMED NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Sophomore forward Adam Schmidt was named the Hockey Commissioners' Association (HCA) National Division I Player of the Month for February. Schmidt led the Crusaders for the month 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 16 goals and a career-best 34 points, while he is second with a career-best 18 assists. His 16 goals are tied for eighth all-time for a Division I season at the school. He is fourth in the AHA in points and is tied for fifth in goals. 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 22 goals and 33 assists for 55 points in 72 contests.
BIG IN CLUTCH SITUATIONS: The Crusaders are 8-4 (.667) 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, a 3-2 victory versus Sacred Heart and a 3-2 win versus Army in the first game of the AHA first round series.
COX WITH A CAREER-BEST 31 POINTS: Senior Andrew Cox is second on the team with a career-best 31 points, while he is third with a career-best 14 goals and third with a career-best 17 assists. 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 29 goals and 37 assists for 66 points in 130 games.
NUNN WITH A CAREER-BEST 15 GOALS: Junior Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) is second on the team with a career-best 15 goals. He is fourth on the team with a career-best 21 points, while he also has six assists. He scored his first career hat-trick in the 6-1 win versus AIC on Feb. 3. He has played in 77 games with 23 goals and 19 assists for 42 points.
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.
GINN NAMED NATIONAL ROOKIE OF THE MONTH: Freshman Matt Ginn was named the Hockey Commissioners' Association (HCA) National Division I Rookie of the Month for February. Ginn went 7-0-1 in the month of February with a 1.61 goals against average and a .937 save percentage. He also 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. He was recently named the AHA Rookie of the Week as he only allowed four goals, while he posted a 2.01 goals against average and a .907 save percentage in the two-game sweep of Army in the AHA first round on March 2-3. This season he has been named the AHA Rookie of the Week three times and the Goalie of the Week once, while he has been the league's Rookie of the Month twice. Ginn has made 565 saves and is 16-6-2 (.708) this season, including a 9-0-1 record over the last 10 games. His .708 winning percentage leads Atlantic Hockey and is fifth nationally. His 16 wins are tied for third all-time for a Division I season at the school. His 565 saves are 10th and his 2.47 goals against average is fifth.
CLUNE & SILVIA WITH 137 GAMES PLAYED: Seniors Matt Clune and Jay Silvia have played 137 career games. The 137 games are tied for 10th all-time at the school in games played.
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 fifth in points with 20. He also has 12 assists. He has posted 24 goals and 49 assists for 73 points over 111 games. He has the most career points by any current Crusader.