GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (14-10-2, 10-7-2 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Connecticut (13-12-3, 10-9-2 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: February 15-16, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Places: Feb. 15: Freitas Ice Forum (2,000), Storrs, Conn.
Feb. 16: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With UConn: Holy Cross leads 49-46-2
Series Record At UConn Home Game: UConn leads 23-20-0
Series Record At Freitas Ice Forum: Holy Cross leads 14-8-0
Series Record At Holy Cross Home Game: Holy Cross leads, 28-20-2
Series Record At Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 25-16-2
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 2, UConn 1 (10/26/12; Worcester, Mass.)
Last UConn Win: UConn 3, Holy Cross 0 (1/28/12; Worcester, Mass.)
First Meeting: Holy Cross 4, UConn 3 (1/17/67; Worcester, Mass.)
Current Series Win Streak: Holy Cross one game
2012-2013 Series: Holy Cross leads 1-0-0
HC TO PLAY HOME-AND-HOME WITH UCONN: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (14-10-2 overall, 10-7-2 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15-16, when it plays a home-and-home series with Connecticut (13-12-3, 10-9-2 AHA) at 7:00 p.m. Friday's contest will be in Storrs, Conn., while Saturday's game will be in Worcester and will be "Pink the Rink." The Crusaders and Huskies are tied for fourth place in the AHA standings with 22 points. The Crusaders have played two less league games and have a .579 winning percentage, while the Huskies have a .524 percentage. HC is 2-3-0 over its last five games and UConn is 3-1-1. HC is sixth in the AHA with 3.00 goals scored per game, while UConn is eighth with a 2.50 average. The Crusaders are seventh in the league by allowing 3.00 goals per game, while the Huskies are fourth in the AHA with a 2.54 average. HC is fifth with a .179 power play percentage, while UConn is eighth with a .162 percentage. The Crusaders are 11th in the AHA with a .760 penalty kill percentage, while the Huskies are third with a .858 percentage.
PINK THE RINK ON FEBRUARY 16: On Saturday, Feb. 16, the Holy Cross men's hockey program will host its fourth annual "Pink the Rink" at the Hart Center during its game versus Connecticut at 7:00 p.m. The team will be wearing a special edition pink jersey to show its support for breast cancer awareness. The jerseys will be auctioned off throughout the game with all proceeds going to Pink Revolution. A ceremonial puck drop will feature Randi Nunn, the mother of senior Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.). Breast cancer survivor Robin Batchelder will perform the national anthem. Also a limited amount of special edition "Pink the Rink" t-shirts will be available for purchase along with a chuck-a-puck competition during an intermission and a 50/50 raffle. There will be 28 game jerseys available to bid on during the silent auction with a minimum bid of $200.00 for each jersey. The auction will start at 6:00 p.m. The jersey numbers that will be available in the auction are #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #10, #11, #12, #14, #15, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21, #22, #23, #24, #26, #27, #29, #30, #33 and #35. Also a jersey autographed by the entire team will also be auctioned off at the game. Bay State Savings Bank generously donated the jerseys so all of the proceeds from the auction of the jerseys will go to Pink Revolution. 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. For more information and to donate go here: http://www.powerplaypointsforpink.com/.
WINTER HOMECOMING: The game on Feb. 16 will also be the winter homecoming game at Holy Cross as a trophy will be given to the contest's most valuable player. Last year, Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) posted the game-winner and had an assist in the 6-1 win over Sacred Heart on Feb. 17. 2012, as he won the trophy. Andrew Cox won the trophy two years ago as he posted two goals and one assist for three points in the 6-0 win versus Army on Feb. 12, 2011. Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) received the winter homecoming MVP trophy three seasons ago as he made 17 saves as the Crusaders defeated Bentley, 4-0, on Feb. 13, 2010.
HC AVERAGING 3.00 GOALS PER GAME: HC is averaging 3.00 goals scored per game so far this season, which are sixth in the AHA and tied for 20th nationally. The Crusaders have netted three goals or more in 13 of their 26 games this season and four goals or more in nine. HC is 11-1-1 so far this season when scoring three or more goals.
HC AT HOME: HC is 6-4-2 (.583) so far at home this season with wins versus UConn, Bentley, RIT, No. 15 Niagara, two wins versus Penn State, ties versus RIT and Robert Morris and losses versus Army, Robert Morris, Niagara and Bentley. 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 329-202-38 (.612) all-time at the Hart Center.
HC ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 7-6-0 on the road so far this season with wins versus AIC, Clarkson, Air Force, Sacred Heart, Mercyhurst, Bentley and Canisius, while they also lost to Air Force, Brown, Mercyhurst, Canisius and two to No. 7 North Dakota. 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.
HOLDING ONTO A LEAD: HC is 9-1-0 when leading after the second period this season. The Crusaders are also 8-2-1 so far when leading after the first period. The Crusaders are 9-2-2 when scoring the first goal of the contest.
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.
USCHO NATIONAL POLL: On Dec. 31, HC was ranked No. 20 in the USCHO.com Division I National Poll with 65 points. This was the third ever time that the Crusaders have been ranked in this poll as Holy Cross was No. 20 on March 13, 2006 and No. 19 on March 20, 2006.
HC OFF TO STRONG START: The Crusaders' 14-10-2 overall record is their best after the first 26 games since the 2005-2006 season when they were 19-6-1. The Crusaders' 78 goals scored are their most after the first 26 games since they netted 80 in the 2006-2007 season. HC's 10-7-2 Atlantic Hockey record is its best after the first 19 games since going 14-4-1 in 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.
HC WITH DEPTH: The Crusaders have had 22 players tally at least one point so far. The Crusaders have had 18 players score at least one goal. Twenty players have at least one assist so far this season.
ZYCH WITH 14 ASSISTS: Senior Evan Zych (Kilbride, Ontario) is tied for first on the team with a career-best 14 assists. He netted his first career goal with the game-winner in the 2-1 victory versus Bentley on Jan. 26. He is seventh in the league in points by defensemen. For his career, he has one goal and 23 assists for 24 points. Zych is on the Hobey Baker Award Fan Ballot. Go here to vote.
WINNING CLOSE GAMES: The Crusaders are 7-3-0 this season in games decided by one goal and 1-0-2 in overtime contests. 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. Vos also netted the game-winner with a goal in overtime in the 5-4 win versus Penn State on Dec. 7. With the Crusaders leading 3-2 versus No. 15 Yale on Dec. 30, Holy Cross netted two goals including the game-winner by senior Brandon Nunn in the 5-4 win versus the Bulldogs. Schmidt broke a 1-1 tie in the third period with his team-best third game-winner of the season in the 2-1 win at Mercyhurst on Jan. 11. Zych broke a 1-1 tie in the third period with his first career goal in the 2-1 win versus Bentley on Jan. 26.
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THE SERIES WITH UCONN: This will be 98th and 99th meetings between these two teams in varsity games since the 1966-1967 season. The Crusaders lead the series, 49-46-2. HC is 20-23-0 all-time on the road versus UConn, while it is 14-8-0 at the Freitas Ice Forum. The Crusaders are 28-20-2 all-time versus the Huskies in home games, while they are 25-16-2 versus UConn at the Hart Center and are 4-1-0 in the last five contests in Worcester. The Crusaders are 6-4-0 in the last 10 total games against UConn.
FLETCHER LEADS TEAM WITH 23 POINTS: Senior Kyle Fletcher leads the team this season with 23 points and is tied for first with 14 assists, while he is third with nine goals. 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 32 goals and 47 assists for 79 points.
SOMMER OFF TO GREAT START: Freshman Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.) has five goals and nine assists for 14 points. His nine assists are tied for fourth on the team. Sommer is third in Atlantic Hockey in points by rookies.
LINSMAYER ON ALL-TIME CAREER LISTS: Senior assistant captain Rob Linsmayer has 30 goals and 62 assists for 92 career points. He has the most assists and points of any current Crusader. His 92 points and 62 assists are each tied for 10th on the school's all-time Division I list. This season he has six goals and 13 assists for 19 points. He is tied for second on the team in points, while he is third on the team in assists. Last season, Linsmayer tied for first in Atlantic Hockey with five game-winning goals.
VOS LEADS TEAM AS CAPTAIN: Senior captain Erik Vos has five goals and seven assists for 12 points this season. Vos scored the game-winner in the 4-3 win versus Bentley and the game-winner in the 5-4 overtime victory versus Penn State. He has 30 goals and 35 assists for 65 career points.
NUNN NAMED A SENIOR CLASS AWARD FINALIST: Senior Brandon Nunn has been named one of 10 finalists 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 finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 20 candidates announced in November. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website or on the Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through March 25. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four® in Pittsburgh on April 11 and 13. Nunn has played in 98 career games with 33 goals and 28 assists for 61 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. He is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, a Jesuit honor society in which only 4% of the class is selected that honors students who embody the Jesuit values of Scholarship, Loyalty, Leadership and Service. He also works with the school's Endowment Fund. Nunn started Power Play Points For Pink in which all home power play goals raise money through pledges from the community. The money pledged benefits PINK Revolution. This season the program has raised over $10,000 so far. For more information and to donate go here: http://www.powerplaypointsforpink.com/. 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.
GINN WITH A 13-9-2 RECORD THIS SEASON: Sophomore goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) is 13-9-2 so far this season. His career-best 723 saves this season are fourth all-time for a Division I season at the school, while his 13 wins are tied for sixth. 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. 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. For his career, he has a 30-17-4 record with a .909 save percentage and a 2.61 goals against average. His 30 wins are second all-time in the program's Division I history and his 1,352 career saves are third.
SCHMIDT WITH 18 POINTS: Junior Adam Schmidt is tied for the team-lead in goals with 10, while he is fourth with 18 points. Also he is tied for the team-lead with a career-best three game-winning goals. 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. 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 34 goals and 42 assists for 76 points as he has the most career goals of any current Crusader.
NUNN AVERAGING 1.06 POINTS PER GAME: Senior Brandon Nunn, who missed eight games this season due to an injury, has played in 18 games with 10 goals and nine assists for 19 points. He is averaging 1.06 points per game. He is tied for first on the team in goals and game-winning goals, and is tied for second in points. He scored two goals as the Crusaders defeated No. 15 Niagara, 5-3, on Jan. 18. He gave the Crusaders a 4-2 lead in the second period with his third game-winner of the season, while he then scored his 10th goal of the season to make it a 5-2 contest in the third period. After missing eight straight games, he posted two goals and one assist including netting the game-winner as the Crusaders defeated No. 15 Yale, 5-4 on Dec. 30. 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 33 goals and 28 assists for 61 career 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 277-267-65 (.508) record at Holy Cross 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.
NOMINEE FOR HOCKEY HUMANITARIAN AWARD: Junior Jeffrey Reppucci (Newburyport, Mass.) has been named one of 11 nominees for the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award. Finalists will be announced in February, and this year's recipient will be introduced and honored in a ceremony on Friday, April 12 in Pittsburgh, Pa., as part of the 2013 Men's Division I Frozen Four weekend. Reppucci is the Founder and President of the 501(c)3 non-profit organization Students Helping Children Across Borders (http://www.shcab.org/index.html). In 2012, he founded Playing For Peace (http://www.shcab.org/suzdal-2012.html), which was a $25,000 community building project in rural Russia. Reppucci's is also the Founder and CEO of the project Working For Worcester 2012-2013 (http://www.workingforworcester.com/).