GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (7-3-1, 6-2-1 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Robert Morris (4-4-0, 3-3-0 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: November 30 & December 1, 2012
Times: Nov. 30: 7:00 p.m.; Dec. 1: 3:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Dominic Dipersia and Brian Gorsowski
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Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Robert Morris: Tied 2-2-0
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 1, Robert Morris 0 (1/14/12; Pittsburgh. Pa.)
First Meeting: Robert Morris 4, Holy Cross 2 (11/5/10; Worcester, Mass.)
At Hart Center: Tied 1-1-0
Current Series Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
2011-2012 Series: Tied 1-1-0
HC TO HOST ROBERT MORRIS: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (7-3-1 overall, 6-2-1 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action when it hosts Robert Morris (4-4-0 overall, 3-3-0 Atlantic Hockey) at the Hart Center on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Friday's game is at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday's contest is at 3:00 p.m. The Crusaders are in second place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 13 points, while the Colonials are tied for sixth with six points. Last week, Holy Cross lost at Brown, while Robert Morris had a bye week as it lost to Niagara in its most recent game on Nov. 17. HC is 3-1-1 over its last five games and Robert Morris is 2-3-0. The Crusaders are ranked second in Atlantic Hockey and ninth nationally with 3.45 goals scored per game, while the Colonials are tied for third in the league with a 3.00 average. HC is tied for sixth in the conference by allowing 3.18 goals per game, while Robert Morris is tied for fourth with 2.75. The Crusaders are ranked eighth in the AHA with a .170 power play percentage and tied for sixth with a .800 penalty kill percentage, while the Colonials are 10th with a .086 power play percentage and eighth with a .771 penalty kill percentage.
HC OFF TO STRONG START: The 7-3-1 record is the best start the Crusaders have had since the 2005-2006 season when they were also 7-3-1 after their first 11 games. The Crusaders' 38 goals scored are their most after the first 11 games since they netted 42 in the 2006-2007 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.
HC SCORING 3.45 GOALS PER GAME: The Crusaders are averaging 3.45 goals scored per game so far this season, which are second in Atlantic Hockey and ninth nationally. HC is 6-0-1 so far this season when scoring three or more goals.
THE SERIES WITH ROBERT MORRIS: These will be only the fifth and sixth meetings ever between the two programs as the series is tied, 2-2-0. Last year, both games were played in Pittsburgh as the series was tied at 1-1-0. The Colonials won the first game by a 4-3 score in overtime on Jan. 13, while the Crusaders took the second game, 1-0, on Jan. 14. Two years ago in Worcester, Robert Morris won on Nov. 5, by a 4-2 score, and then the Crusaders won a 3-2 overtime contest on Nov. 6.
USCHO POLL: The Crusaders have received 15 points in the most recent USCHO.com Division I National Poll, which are the fifth most points of other teams receiving votes.
HC AT HOME: HC is 3-1-1 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 326-199-37 (.613) all-time at the Hart Center.
HOLDING ONTO A LEAD: HC is 5-0-0 when leading after the second period this season. The Crusaders are also 3-1-1 so far when leading after the first period. The Crusaders are 4-1-1 when scoring the first goal of the contest.
HC ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 4-2-0 on the road so far this season with wins versus AIC, Clarkson, Air Force and Sacred Heart, while they also lost to Air Force and Brown. 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.
WINNING CLOSE GAMES: The Crusaders are 3-1-0 this season in games decided by one goal. Senior Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) broke a 1-1 tie in the third period with the game-winner in the 2-1 victory versus UConn on Oct. 26. Junior Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) broke a 2-2 tie in the second period in the 3-2 win at Air Force on Nov. 2. With the game tied at 3-3, senior captain Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) scored the game-winner in the third period in the 4-3 win versus Bentley on Nov. 9.
HC WITH DEPTH: The Crusaders have had 19 players already tally at least one point so far. The Crusaders have had 12 players score at least one goal. Seventeen players have at least one assist so far this season.
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.
GINN WITH A 7-2-1 RECORD THIS SEASON: Sophomore goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) is 7-2-1 so far this season as his .750 winning percentage is second in Atlantic Hockey and tied for ninth nationally. He tallied a career-best 51 saves versus Brown on Nov. 25. 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 24-10-2 record with a .907 save percentage and a 2.52 goals against average. His 24 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 IN ASSISTS: Senior Evan Zych (Kilbride, Ontario) leads the team with eight assists. He is tied for sixth in Atlantic Hockey in assists. He is sixth in the league in points by defensemen and his 0.73 points per game are tied for 28th nationally by defensemen. For his career, he has 17 assists and has played in 66 career games.
FLETCHER LEADS TEAM WITH 12 POINTS: Senior Kyle Fletcher leads the team this season with 12 points, while he is tied for first with six goals and tied for second with six assists. His 12 points are tied for eighth in Atlantic Hockey and his six goals are tied for fourth. He was named the Team Travel USA Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week on Nov. 12 for his performance in wins versus Bentley and Sacred Heart. This was the third time he has earned Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week as he received this honor twice during his sophomore season. Fletcher led the Crusaders with two goals and four points on the week, while he was tied for first with two assists. On Friday, Nov. 9, in the 4-3 win versus Bentley, Fletcher scored a power play goal in the first period to tie the game at 1-1, while he assisted on the Crusaders' third goal. Then on Sunday, Nov. 13, in the 6-3 victory versus Sacred Heart, he gave the Crusaders a 3-1 lead in the second period and assisted on the Crusaders' fifth goal of the contest. For his career he has 29 goals and 39 assists for 68 points.
NUNN WITH NINE POINTS: Senior Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) is tied for second on the team with nine points. His five goals are third on the team and 10th in Atlantic Hockey. He scored the game-winner in the season-opening victory versus AIC and netted a penalty shot goal in the win versus Clarkson. He has 28 goals and 23 assists for 51 career points.
SCHMIDT TIED FOR THE TEAM-LEAD IN GOALS: Junior Adam Schmidt is tied for first on the team in goals with six, while he is tied for second with nine points. He is tied for second in Atlantic Hockey and tied for ninth nationally with two game-winning goals. His six goals are tied for fourth in Atlantic Hockey. Schmidt was named the Team Travel USA Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week on Nov. 19 as he tallied three goals and two assists for five points as the Crusaders went 1-0-1 versus RIT. This was the second time he has earned Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week as he received this honor once during his sophomore season, while this is his third career weekly award as he was named the Rookie of the Week in the 2010-2011 season. On Nov. 17, he scored three goals for his second career hat-trick in the 7-3 win, while on Nov. 18, he posted two assists as the Crusaders tied the Tigers, 3-3. 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. For his career, Schmidt has 30 goals and 37 assists for 67 points.
SOMMER OFF TO GREAT START: Freshman Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.) has three goals and five assists for eight points. He is tied for fourth on the team in assists, while he is tied for fifth in points and tied for fourth in goals. Sommer is tied for third in Atlantic Hockey in points by rookies, while his 0.73 points per game are tied for 19th nationally by rookies.
STOCKTON ON FOUR-GAME POINT STREAK: Junior Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) has at least one point in the last four games as he has tallied two goals and three assists for five points. For his career he has 18 goals and 31 assists for 49 points.
VOS & LINSMAYER LEAD TEAM AS CAPTAINS: Senior captain Erik Vos has three goals and five assists for eight points this season. He is tied for fourth on the team in assists, while he is tied for fifth in points and tied for fourth in goals. Vos scored the game-winner in the 4-3 win versus Bentley. He has 28 goals and 33 assists for 61 career points. Senior assistant captain Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.), who has been a mainstay on the ice as he has played in all 125 games during his career, has 27 goals and 55 assists for 82 career points. He has the most assists and points of any current Crusader. This season he has three goals and six assists for nine points. He is tied for second on the team in assists, while he is tied for second in points and tied for fourth in goals. Last season, Linsmayer tied for first in Atlantic Hockey with five game-winning goals.
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 and to donate go here: http://www.powerplaypointsforpink.com/.
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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. Air Force was first with a total of 112 points and eight first place votes, followed by Niagara with a total of 101 points and three first place votes. Mercyhurst was selected third with a total of 89 points. Bentley and RIT were tied for fourth in the poll with 87 points. The Crusaders were picked sixth, followed by Connecticut (65 points), Robert Morris eighth (61 points) as well as receiving one first place vote, Canisius (38 points), Army (30 points), American International (20 points) and Sacred Heart (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 270-260-64 (.508) 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.
NUNN NAMED A SENIOR CLASS AWARD CANDIDATE: Senior Brandon Nunn has been named one of 20 candidates for the 2012-2013 Senior CLASS Award as college hockey's outstanding NCAA Division I senior student-athlete for the men's hockey division. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The 20 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, Division I men's coaches and fans who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. Nunn has played in 87 career games with 28 goals and 23 assists for 51 points. Nunn has also been strong in the classroom as he has a 3.67 total grade point average as an Economics major and has earned Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team honors every season. Nunn started Power Play Points For Pink. All home power play goals raise money through pledges from the community. The money pledged benefits PINK Revolution. PINK Revolution is an alliance of dedicated individuals with a unified commitment to those touched by breast cancer. Last year he raised over $4,000 for breast cancer research. Nunn has also took part in Crusaders for Kids, a big brother type of program set up by the players to bring inner city kids to other sporting events on campus as well as in the community.