Holy Cross To Face Bentley & Sacred Heart This Weekend

Ryan McGrath

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Dates: November 9 & 11, 2012

Teams: Nov. 9-Holy Cross (4-2-0, 3-2-0 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Bentley (3-3-0, 2-1-0 Atlantic Hockey)

Time: 7:00 p.m.

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

Teams: Nov. 11-Holy Cross vs. Sacred Heart (0-6-1, 0-4-1 Atlantic Hockey)

Time: 12:00 p.m.

Place: Webster Bank Arena (9,000), Bridgeport, Conn.

Holy Cross Radio: Nov. 9-WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.;
Dominic Dipersia & Matthew Boni; Listen to game.

Live Video Streaming: Nov. 9 & 11-America One Networks

Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Bentley: Holy Cross leads 28-14-7
At Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 16-6-2
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 6, Bentley 4 (2/25/12; 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)
Current Series Win Streak: Holy Cross one game
2011-2012 Series: Holy Cross won, 1-0-2

With Sacred Heart: Tied 25-25-2
At Webster Bank Arena: Holy Cross leads 1-0-1
At Sacred Heart Home Game: Sacred Heart leads 16-7-2
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 3, Sacred Heart 2 (2/18/12; Bridgeport, Conn.)
Last Sacred Heart Win: Sacred Heart 4, HC 3 (OT) (3/13/10; Milford, Conn.)
First Meeting: Holy Cross 7, Sacred Heart 3 (10/30/98; Worcester, Mass.)
Current Series Win Streak: Holy Cross three games
2011-2012 Season Series: Holy Cross won, 3-0-0

HC TO PLAY BENTLEY & SACRED HEART: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (4-2-0 overall, 3-2-0 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action when it plays two Atlantic Hockey contests. On Friday, Nov. 9, the Crusaders will host Bentley (3-3-0, 2-1-0 AHA) at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m., while on Sunday, Nov. 11, they will travel to Bridgeport, Conn., to take on Sacred Heart (0-6-1, 0-4-1 AHA) at noon. Last week, Holy Cross split a two-game series at Air Force, while Bentley went 1-1-0 at Robert Morris and Sacred Heart went 0-2-0 versus Mercyhurst. The Crusaders are tied for first place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with six points, while the Falcons are tied for fifth with four points and the Pioneers are tied for ninth with one point. Bentley is tied for third in the nation and leads the league with 4.33 goals scored per game, while the Crusaders are seventh in the conference with 2.67 and the Pioneers are 10th with 1.86. Bentley leads the league and is third nationally with a .304 power play percentage. The Crusaders are seventh in the league by allowing 3.33 goals per game, while the Falcons are tied for ninth with 3.67 and the Pioneers are 12th with 5.14.

HC OFF TO STRONG START: The Crusaders' 4-2-0 start to the season is their best since going 5-1-0 to begin the 2005-2006 season.  The Crusaders opened the season by scoring six goals versus AIC on Oct. 16. The six goals were the most by HC in a season-opener since the 7-6 win at RIT on Nov. 5, 1982.

THE SERIES WITH BENTLEY: These games will be the 50th and 51st times that these two teams have met with HC leading, 28-14-7. The Crusaders  are 16-6-2 at the Hart Center versus the Falcons. HC is 5-1-4 versus the Falcons in the last 10 games and 2-0-3 over the last five. The Crusaders are 4-1-0 in the last five games versus Bentley at home. Last year, the Crusaders won the season series 1-0-2.

THE SERIES WITH SACRED HEART: These two teams have played each other 52 times with the all-time series tied at 25-25-2. The Crusaders are 5-4-1 versus the Pioneers over the last 10 games, while they are 4-0-1 in their last five contests. The Crusaders won last year's season series 3-0-0. The Crusaders are 7-16-2 on the road versus the Pioneers with a 2-2-1 road record over the last five contests. HC is 1-0-1 all-time at the Webster Bank Arena.

HC ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 3-1-0 on the road so far this season with wins versus AIC, Clarkson and Air Force, while they also have a loss at Air Force. HC went 8-11-2 (.429) on the road last season. Two seasons ago, 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 AT HOME: HC is 1-1-0 so far at home this season. The Crusaders went 12-3-2 (.765) last season at home. The Crusaders' home record was their best since going 10-1-2 (.846) in the 2003-2004 season. The 12 wins were the most at home since the Crusaders won 13 in 1998-1999 going 13-3-2 (.778). HC is 324-199-36 (.612) all-time at the Hart Center.

NUNN LEADS TEAM WITH EIGHT POINTS: Senior Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) leads the team with eight points so far this season as his four goals lead the team and his four assists are second. He scored the game-winner in the season-opening victory versus AIC and netted a penalty shot goal in the victory versus Clarkson.  He is sixth in Atlantic Hockey and tied for 22nd in the nation in points per game with 1.33. For his career, he has 27 goals and 23 assists for 50 points. His 27 career goals are the most by any current Crusader.

GINN WITH A 4-1-0 RECORD THIS SEASON: Sophomore goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) is 4-1-0 so far this season as his .800 winning percentage is first in Atlantic Hockey and tied for 10th nationally. On Oct. 22, he was named the Team Travel USA Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week. He made 75 saves on 78 shots on the week as he posted a .962 save percentage, a 1.50 goals against average and a 2-0-0 record. He made 39 saves and allowed two goals as the Crusaders defeated AIC by a 6-2 score on the road in the season-opener on Oct. 16. Ginn then tallied 36 saves and allowed only one goal for a .973 save percentage in the 3-1 victory at Clarkson on Oct. 20. For his career, he has a 21-9-2 record with a .907 save percentage and a 2.45 goals against average. His 21 wins are already third all-time in the program's Division I history.  Ginn, 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.

ZYCH LEADS TEAM WITH FIVE ASSISTS: Senior Evan Zych (Kilbride, Ontario) leads the team with five assists. His 0.83 assists per game are tied for fourth in Atlantic Hockey and 30th nationally. His 0.83 points per game by a defenseman are second in Atlantic Hockey and tied for 23rd nationally. For his career, he has 14 assists and has played in 61 career games.

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.   

FLETCHER SECOND ON TEAM IN GOALS & POINTS: Senior Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) is ranked second on the team with three goals and six points. His three assists are tied for third. Fletcher posted two assists in the 3-2 win at Air Force on Nov. 2. He scored the game-winner breaking a 1-1 tie in the third period in the 2-1 victory versus UConn on Oct. 26. For his career, Fletcher has 26 goals and 36 assists for 62 points.

LINSMAYER & SOMMER WITH FOUR POINTS: Senior assistant captain Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.), who has been a mainstay on the ice as he has played in all 120 games during his career, has 25 goals and 52 assists for 77 career points. He has the most assists and points of any current Crusader. So far this season he has one goal and three assists for four points. He is tied for fourth on the team in points. Last season, Linsmayer tied for first in Atlantic Hockey with five game-winning goals. Freshman Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.) scored his first collegiate goal in the 2-1 win versus UConn on Oct. 26. For the season, Sommer has one goal and three assists for four points. His four points are tied for fourth on the team. Sommer's four points are tied for fourth in Atlantic Hockey by rookies, while his 0.67 points per game are tied for 23rd nationally by rookies.

SCHMIDT WITH TWO GAME-WINNERS: Junior Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) leads the team with two game-winning goals. He netted the game-winner in the 3-1 win at Clarkson on Oct. 20 and in the 3-2 win at Air Force on Nov. 2. Last season, he posted a career-best 18 goals and a career-best 37 points 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 60 career points with 26 goals and 34 assists.

USCHO POLL: The Crusaders have received nine points in the most recent USCHO.com Division I National Poll, which are the eighth most points of other teams receiving votes.  

CRUSADERS PLAYING IN THE PROS: Five members 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 WITH DEPTH: The Crusaders have had 11 players already tally at least one point so far. The Crusaders have had nine players score at least one goal. Nine players have at least one assist so far this season.

POWER PLAY POINTS FOR PINK: For the second straight 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.

UNDEFEATED IN AHA OPENERS: With the 6-2 win on the road versus AIC on Oct. 16, the Crusaders remain undefeated all-time in Atlantic Hockey openers with an 9-0-1 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. This year's season-opener was the sixth time that the Crusaders have opened the AHA season on the road as they have a 6-0-0 record.    

CRUSADERS RETURN 17 PLAYERS: 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).
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 267-259-63 (.507) 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.

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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.