GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (15-11-2, 11-8-2 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Sacred Heart (0-26-2, 0-19-2 Atlantic Hockey)
Date: February 19, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Milford Ice Pavilion (1,000), Milford, Conn.
Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Sacred Heart: Holy Cross leads 26-25-2
At Sacred Heart Home Game: Sacred Heart leads 16-8-2
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 6, Sacred Heart 3 (11/11/12; Bridgeport, Conn.)
Last Sacred Heart Win: Sacred Heart 4, Holy Cross 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 four games
2012-2013 Season Series: Holy Cross leads 1-0-0
HC TO PLAY SACRED HEART ON FEB. 19: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (15-11-2 overall, 11-8-2 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action on Tuesday, Feb. 19, when it takes on Atlantic Hockey opponent Sacred Heart at the Milford Ice Pavilion at 7:00 p.m., in Milford, Conn. The Crusaders are tied for fourth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings out of 12 teams with 24 points, while the Pioneers are 12th with two points. HC is seventh in the AHA with 2.96 goals scored per game, while Sacred Heart is 12th with a 2.11 average. The Crusaders are seventh in the league by allowing 2.96 goals per game, while the Pioneers are 12th in the AHA with a 5.36 average. HC is sixth with a .178 power play percentage, while Sacred Heart is 11th with a .131 percentage. The Crusaders are 11th in the AHA with a .762 penalty kill percentage, while the Pioneers are 12th with a .694 percentage. Holy Cross defeated the Pioneers by a 6-3 score this season on Nov. 11.
HC HAVING STRONG SEASON: The Crusaders' 15-11-2 record is their best after the first 28 games since the 2005-2006 season when they were 20-7-1. The Crusaders' 83 goals scored are their most after the first 28 games since they also netted 83 in the 2006-2007 season. HC's 11-8-2 Atlantic Hockey record is its best after the first 21 games since going 16-4-1 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 AVERAGING 2.96 GOALS PER GAME: HC is averaging 2.96 goals scored per game so far this season, which are seventh in the AHA and 22nd nationally. The Crusaders have netted three goals or more in 14 of their 28 games this season and four goals or more in 10. HC is 12-1-1 so far this season when scoring three or more goals.
HC ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 8-6-0 (.571) on the road so far this season with wins versus AIC, Clarkson, Air Force, Sacred Heart, Mercyhurst, Bentley, Canisius and UConn, 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 10-1-0 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 10-2-2 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.
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.
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 (Fairport, N.Y.) 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 SACRED HEART: These two teams have played each other 53 times with the Crusaders leading the all-time series, 26-25-2. The Crusaders are 6-3-1 versus the Pioneers over the last 10 games, while they are 4-0-1 in their last five contests and have won four straight. The Pioneers last win versus the Crusaders was a 4-3 victory on March 13, 2010, to sweep an Atlantic Hockey Tournament quarterfinal series, as the Crusaders have not lost to the Pioneers after that contest with a 6-0-1 record. The Crusaders are 8-16-2 on the road versus the Pioneers. The Crusaders are 3-1-1 in the last five on the road.
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 tied for 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.
FLETCHER LEADS TEAM WITH 24 POINTS: Senior Kyle Fletcher leads the team this season with 24 points and is tied for first with 14 assists, while he is third with 10 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 33 goals and 47 assists for 80 points.
SOMMER OFF TO GREAT START: Freshman Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.) has five goals and 10 assists for 15 points. His 10 assists are 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 63 assists for 93 career points. He has the most assists and points of any current Crusader. His 141 career games played are seventh all-time, while his 93 points and 63 assists are each 10th on the school's all-time Division I list. This season he has six goals and 14 assists for 20 points. He is tied for first on the team with 14 assists and is tied for second on the team in points. 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 eight assists for 13 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 36 assists for 66 career points.
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).
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. 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 100 career games with 34 goals and 28 assists for 62 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. 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.
HC AT HOME: HC is 6-5-2 (.538) 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, Bentley and UConn. 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 329-203-38 (.611) all-time at the Hart Center.
GINN WITH 771 SAVES: Sophomore goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) is 14-10-2 so far this season. His career-best 771 saves are tied for third all-time for a Division I season at the school, while his 14 wins are tied for fifth. 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 31-18-4 record with a .910 save percentage and a 2.59 goals against average. His 31 wins are second all-time in the program's Division I history and his 1,400 career saves are third.
SCHMIDT WITH 20 POINTS: Junior Adam Schmidt is tied for the team-lead in goals with 11, while he is tied for second with 20 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 35 goals and 43 assists for 78 points as he has the most career goals of any current Crusader.
NUNN AVERAGING 1.00 POINTS PER GAME: Senior Brandon Nunn, who missed eight games this season due to an injury, has played in 20 games with 11 goals and nine assists for 20 points. He is averaging 1.00 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 34 goals and 28 assists for 62 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 278-268-65 (.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.
HC HELD "PINK THE RINK": The Holy Cross men's hockey program held its fourth annual "Pink the Rink." The team wore special edition pink jerseys to show its support for breast cancer awareness. The jerseys were auctioned off throughout the game with all proceeds going to Pink Revolution. The jersey auction alone raised $5,655. A ceremonial puck drop featured Randi Nunn, the mother of senior Brandon Nunn. Brandon presented a check for $6,500 to Pink Revolution. Breast cancer survivor Robin Batchelder performed the national anthem. Also a limited amount of special edition "Pink the Rink" t-shirts were sold, along with a chuck-a-puck competition during an intermission and a 50/50 raffle. Bay State Savings Bank generously donated the jerseys so all of the proceeds from the auction went to Pink Revolution, which 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.
FINALIST FOR HOCKEY HUMANITARIAN AWARD: Junior Jeffrey Reppucci (Newburyport, Mass.) has been named one of five finalists for the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award. Reppucci was one of 11 nominees named in January. This year's recipient of the award 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/).
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. For more information and to donate go here: http://www.powerplaypointsforpink.com/.
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.