GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (0-0-0, 0-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) vs. AIC (1-1-0, 0-0-0 Atlantic Hockey)
Date: Oct. 16, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Olympia Ice Center (2,200), West Springfield, Mass.
Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With AIC: Holy Cross leads 44-20-8
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 4, AIC 0 (2/4/12; West Springfield, Mass.)
Last AIC Win: AIC 1, Holy Cross 0 (1/16/10; West Springfield, Mass.)
First Meeting: AIC 12, Holy Cross 2 (11/30/71; Worcester, Mass.)
Series Record At AIC Home Game: Holy Cross leads 19-11-2
Current Series Win Streak: Holy Cross, seven games
2011-2012 Season Series: HC won, 3-0-0
HC OPENS SEASON ON THE ROAD VERSUS AIC: The Holy Cross men's hockey team opens the 2012-2013 season on Tuesday, Oct. 16, when it travels to West Springfield, Mass., to take on American International (1-1-0, 0-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) at 7:00 p.m. at the Olympia Ice Center. On Oct. 6, the Crusaders defeated St. Thomas, 2-1, in an exhibition game. The Yellow Jackets started their season on the road versus first-year varsity program Penn State on Oct. 12-13, as they won the first game by a 3-2 score in overtime and then lost the second contest, 4-3 in overtime. The Crusaders went 3-0-0 versus AIC last season.
THE SERIES WITH AIC: This will be the 73rd meeting between Holy Cross and AIC as the Crusaders are 44-20-8 all-time versus the Yellow Jackets and have won seven straight in the series. The Crusaders are 7-1-2 over the last 10 contests versus AIC. HC went 3-0-0 last season versus AIC. The Crusaders are 3-2-0 in their last five games versus the Yellow Jackets at the Olympia Ice Center.
UNDEFEATED IN AHA OPENERS: HC is undefeated all-time in Atlantic Hockey openers with an 8-0-1 record. The Crusaders posted a 3-1 win at Canisius on Oct. 11, 2003, a 3-1 win at AIC on Nov. 5, 2004, a 1-0 victory over Army on Oct. 28, 2005, a 4-1 win over Mercyhurst on Oct. 20, 2006, a 4-1 win at Mercyhurst on Oct. 26, 2007, a 1-1 tie versus Canisius on Oct. 17, 2008, a 3-2 win on the road versus Canisius on Oct. 24, 2009, a 3-2 away victory versus AIC on Oct. 15, 2010 and a 2-1 victory versus AIC last season on Oct. 15. The game versus AIC will be the sixth time that Crusaders have opened the AHA season on the road as they have a 5-0-0 record.
HC IN SEASON OPENERS: Holy Cross is 15-28-3 all-time in season openers. The Crusaders have a 0-5-1 record in the last six season-openers as their last season-opening win was a 3-2 win at UMass on Oct. 21, 2005. Last season, HC lost at Quinnipiac by a 5-3 score on Oct. 12.
CRUSADERS SET FOR 2012-2013 SEASON: Holy Cross returns 17 players from a squad that went 20-15-4 overall (15-8-4 Atlantic Hockey) last year for the sixth 20-win season in program history and the most wins since 2005-2006 when the Crusaders won a school record 27 games. The Crusaders also welcome 11 freshmen. Last year, the Crusaders led Atlantic Hockey with 120 goals and 3.08 goals per game as Holy Cross went 17-3-3 (.804) when scoring three or more goals. The Crusaders return four of their top five goal scorers. The Crusaders' offense was spread out last season as 24 Crusaders had at least one point with 19 scoring at least one goal. Last season, the Crusaders ranked third on the power play in Atlantic Hockey. The Crusaders were fourth on the penalty kill in the league last year.
HC PICKED SIXTH IN PRESEASON POLL: Holy Cross was picked sixth in the Atlantic Hockey Association Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Crusaders received 74 total points. Last year's regular season and tournament champions, Air Force, has been picked as this year's preseason favorite with a total of 112 points and eight first place votes, followed by Niagara, who reached the semifinals of the AHA Tournament last year, with a total of 101 points and three first place votes. Mercyhurst was selected third behind Niagara with a total of 89 points. Bentley and RIT were tied for fourth in the poll with 87 points respectively for each school. The Crusaders were picked sixth, followed by Connecticut in seventh (65 points), Robert Morris in eighth (61 points) as well as receiving one first place vote, Canisius in ninth (38 points), Army in 10th (30 points), American International in 11th (20 points) and Sacred Heart in 12th (19 points).
HC ON ONE NETWORKS: All of Holy Cross' home games and Atlantic Hockey away games can be seen via live video streaming. The games can been viewed through One Networks.
TOP SCORER RETURNS: Junior Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) returns as he posted a career-best 18 goals and a career-best 37 points last season to lead the Crusaders. He was second on the team with a career-best 19 assists. Schmidt earned second team All-Atlantic Hockey honors as he was the first Crusader to earn All-League accolades since 2008. Schmidt was also named the Hockey Commissioners' Association (HCA) National Division I Player of the Month for February. He already has 58 career points. Go here to watch an interview with Schmidt.
GINN READY FOR SOPHOMORE SEASON: Sophomore goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario), who was named the HCA's National Rookie of the Month for February last year, was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week three times, Rookie of the Month twice and Goalie of the Week once. He went 17-8-2 as his 17 wins were tied for second on the school's Division I single-season list. His 629 saves were sixth all-time for a Division I season, while his 2.42 goals against average was fourth.
VOS & LINSMAYER TO LEAD THE TEAM: The Crusaders will be led by senior captain Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) and senior assistant captain Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.). Vos is looking to continue where he left off last year as he also had a career-best season with 13 goals and 14 assists for 27 points. Linsmayer, who has been a mainstay on the ice as he has played in all 114 games during his career, enters the season with 24 goals and 49 assists for 73 career points. Last season, Linsmayer tied for first in Atlantic Hockey with five game-winning goals.
CRUSADERS PLAYING IN THE PROS: Five member of the 2012 senior class have signed contracts to play professionally. Kyle Atkins (Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL), Matt Clune (Ontario Reign of the ECHL), Andrew Cox (Stjernen of Norway's Get-ligaen), Mike Daly (Rosenborg of Norway's Get-ligaen) and Jay Silvia (Reading Royals of the ECHL) have all signed contracts.
HC WINS EXHIBITION GAME: Senior Rob Linsmayer and sophomore Mike McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) each scored a goal as the Crusaders defeated St. Thomas, 2-1, at the Hart Center on Oct. 6 in an exhibition game. The first period went scoreless as Holy Cross outshot the Tommies by a 10-1 margin. The Crusaders went 0-1 on the power play. The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead when Linsmayer found the back of the net on the power play at 5:15 of the second period. Holy Cross outshot St. Thomas, 11-10, for the period, while the Crusaders went 1-3 on the man-advantage and the Tommies went 0-2. At 3:43 of the third period, McNamara blocked a shot and then scored on a breakaway to increase the lead to 2-0. The Tommies made it a 2-1 contest at 5:43, when Marc-Andre Levesque scored a power play goal on a slapshot for the last goal of the game. Holy Cross outshot St. Thomas, 29-16, while the Crusaders went 1-4 on the power play and the Tommies went 1-3.
HOLY CROSS HEAD COACH PAUL PEARL: Paul Pearl is in his 18th year at the helm of the Holy Cross ice hockey program, and is just the fifth head coach in the history of ice hockey at Holy Cross. On January 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 263-257-63 record at Holy Cross over 17 years and has been the man behind the bench in eight of the 10 most successful seasons in Holy Cross history, while he has had four teams post 20-plus win seasons. Pearl led the Crusaders to their first two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003-04 and 2005-06, while he coached the Crusaders to their first ever NCAA Tournament win with the 4-3 overtime victory over Minnesota in Grand Forks, N.D., on March 24, 2006. He has been named the Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year twice (2004 and 2011). In 2005-2006, Pearl led the Crusaders to a school single season record 27 victories, as the team posted an overall record of 27-10-2. Holy Cross also claimed the Atlantic Hockey regular season and tournament titles. During the 2003-2004 campaign, the Crusaders tallied a 22-10-4 overall record. Holy Cross swept the Atlantic Hockey tournament, and captured two shutout victories en route to the title. Last season, the Crusaders went 20-15-4 overall for the sixth 20-win season in program history. The Crusaders' 15-8-4 Atlantic Hockey record was their best since going 19-7-2 in 2005-2006.
HC TO PLAY 34 REGULAR SEASON GAMES: The Crusaders will play 16 home games at the Hart Center this season. Last year, Holy Cross went 12-3-2 at home. The Crusaders will also play a game at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Mass., versus Yale on Dec. 30. The home-opener is against UConn on Oct. 26. The Crusaders will play seven non-conference games this season including two at home versus first-year varsity program Penn State (Dec. 7 and 8) and one versus Yale (Dec. 30) at the New England Sports Center. Holy Cross will also play road games versus Clarkson (Oct. 20), Brown (Nov. 25) and North Dakota (Jan. 4 and 5). Holy Cross will play five Atlantic Hockey teams three times (AIC, Army, Bentley, Connecticut and Sacred Heart), while the Crusaders will take on six teams twice (Air Force, Canisius, Mercyhurst, Niagara, RIT and Robert Morris). All 12 schools will compete in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament with the top four teams earning a first round bye. The first round will be on March 8-10, while the quarterfinals are on March 15-17. Both rounds are best two-out-of-three. The semifinals (March 22) and the finals (March 23) will be held in Rochester, N.Y.