Men's Hockey To Conclude Regular Season With Two Games Against Army

Erik Vos

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:

Teams: Holy Cross (17-12-3, 13-9-3 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Army (7-18-5, 7-13-5 Atlantic Hockey)

Dates: March 1-2, 2013

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Places: March 1: Tate Rink (2,648), West Point, N.Y.

March 2: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.

HC Radio: March 2: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Chris Del Vecchio & Sasha Epshteyn
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Live Video Streaming: America One Networks

Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Army: Army leads 28-27-8
Series Record At Army Home Game: Army leads 14-9-7
Series Record At Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 19-10-0
Last Meeting: Army 7, Holy Cross 2 (10/27/12; Worcester, Mass.)
Last Holy Cross Win: Holy Cross 5, Army 2 (3/3/12; Worcester, Mass.)
First Meeting: Army 6, Holy Cross 5 (OT) (1/8/75; West Point, N.Y.)
Current Series Win Streak: Army one game
2012-2013 Season Series: Army leads 1-0-0

HC TO CONCLUDE REGULAR SEASON VERSUS ARMY: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (17-12-3 overall, 13-9-3 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action on Friday and Saturday, March 1-2, when it plays a home-and-home series with Army (7-18-5, 7-13-5 AHA). Friday's game is at Tate Rink in West Point, N.Y., while Saturday's game is at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass. Both games are set to start at 7:00 p.m. Saturday's game will be Senior Night for the Crusaders. Holy Cross, which is 2-2-1 over its last five games and 2-0-1 over its last three, are in third place in the AHA standings with 29 points. The Black Knights, who are 0-4-1 over their last five contests, are in 11th place with 19 points. The top four teams earn a first round bye in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament and will host a quarterfinal series. The Crusaders are seventh in the AHA out of 12 teams with 3.06 goals per game, while the Black Knights are 11th with a 2.23 average. HC is seventh by allowing 3.03 goals per game and Army is 11th with a 3.50 average. The Crusaders are fourth with a .210 power play percentage, while the Black Knights are 12th with a .120 percentage. HC is 11th with a .746 penalty kill percentage and Army is 10th with a .763 percentage. Army defeated Holy Cross by a 7-2 score this season on Oct. 27 in Worcester. The Crusaders had won eight straight versus the Black Knights.     

HC HAVING STRONG SEASON: The Crusaders' 17-12-3 record is their best after the first 32 games since the 2005-2006 season when they were 21-9-2. 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. 

AHA TOURNAMENT: The Crusaders are in third place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with two regular season games to play. The Crusaders (29 points) are two points behind second-place Air Force (31 points), and one point in front of fourth-place UConn (28 points). Robert Morris (27 points) is fifth, while Mercyhurst and RIT are tied for sixth with 26 points. The Crusaders can finish as high as second and as low as sixth. The top four teams in the Atlantic Hockey standings earn byes to the best two-out-of-three quarterfinals of the AHA Tournament on March 15-17. The best two-out-of-three Atlantic Hockey first round is on March 8-10.

SENIOR SALUTE: The six seniors of Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario), Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.), Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.), Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.), Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) and Evan Zych (Kilbride, Ontario) will be honored before Saturday's game. The class been a part of 66 wins which are the most since the 2007 class totaled 75 victories.       

HC AVERAGING 3.06 GOALS PER GAME: HC is averaging 3.06 goals scored per game so far this season, which are seventh in the AHA and 19th nationally. The Crusaders have netted three goals or more in 18 of their 32 games this season and four goals or more in 13. HC is 14-2-2 so far this season when scoring three or more goals.

HC ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 8-7-1 (.531) on the road so far this season with wins versus AIC, Clarkson, Air Force, Sacred Heart, Mercyhurst, Bentley, Canisius and UConn, a tie versus AIC, while they also lost to Air Force, Brown, Mercyhurst, Canisius, Sacred Heart 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.

HC AT HOME: HC is 8-5-2 (.600) so far at home this season with wins versus UConn, Bentley, RIT, No. 15 Niagara, AIC, Sacred Heart, 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 331-203-38 (.612) all-time at the Hart Center.

HOLDING ONTO A LEAD: HC is 11-1-0 when leading after the second period this season. The Crusaders are also 9-2-1 so far when leading after the first period.  The Crusaders are 11-2-2 when scoring the first goal of the contest.

HC WITH DEPTH: The Crusaders have had 23 players tally at least one point. The Crusaders have had 19 players score at least one goal. Twenty-one 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 1-0-3 in overtime contests. Senior Kyle Fletcher 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 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. Senior Evan 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.

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.

THE SERIES WITH ARMY: There have been 63 meetings between these two teams in varsity games since 1966-1967. Army leads the series 28-27-8, while the Crusaders are 8-2-0 against Army in the last 10 games. The Crusaders are 9-14-7 versus the Black Knights at Army, but are 3-0-2 in the last five at Tate Rink. The Crusaders lead the all-time series at the Hart Center, 19-10-0, and are 4-1-0 in the last five games.

GINN SETS SCHOOL'S DIVISION I SAVES RECORD: Sophomore goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) is 16-11-3 so far this season. His 860 saves are the most for a Division I season at the school, while his 16 wins are tied for fourth. The school's Division I saves record was 840 set by Tony Quesada in the 2005-2006 season. Paul Pijanowski holds the overall program record with 872 in 1984-1985. Ginn 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 33-19-5 record with a .908 save percentage and a 2.60 goals against average. His 33 wins are second all-time in the program's Division I history and his 1,489 career saves are third.

BECKMAN ON FOUR-GAME POINT STREAK: Freshman Karl Beckman (Okemos, Mich.) has at least one point in the last four games with one goal and four assists for five points during that span. He was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week on Feb. 4, as he posted his first collegiate goal and also tallied one assist for two points as the Crusaders defeated Canisius, 5-1, on Feb. 3. For the season he has two goals and 12 assists for 14 points.

STOCKTON WITH EIGHT POINTS OVER LAST THREE: Junior Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) has tallied three goals and five assists for eight points over the last three games. He posted two assists as the Crusaders tied AIC, 4-4, on Feb. 22, while in the 4-1 win versus the Yellow Jackets on Feb. 23, he posted two goals and two assists for four points as he contributed on all four goals. He then tallied one goal and one assist as the Crusaders defeated Sacred Heart, 4-2, on Feb. 25. For the season, he has 10 goals and 12 assists for 22 points. His 10 goals are a career best. Stockton has 26 goals and 40 assists for 66 career points.   

DRISCOLL NAMED AHA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Freshman Tim Driscoll (Hingham, Mass.) was named the Team Travel USA Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week as he posted two goals and one assist for three points on the week as the Crusaders went 1-1-1. This is the first time that Driscoll has earned this honor. Driscoll scored one goal in the 7-3 loss to Sacred Heart on Feb. 19, while he tallied one goal and one assist for two points as the Crusaders tied AIC, 4-4, on Feb. 22. For the season, Driscoll has played in nine games with five goals and one assist for six points.

GUSTIN NETS FIRST COLLEGIATE GOAL: Freshman Sean Gustin (Stoneham, Mass.) netted his first collegiate goal in the 4-4 tie versus AIC on Feb. 22. He scored the Crusaders' second goal of the contest.   

ZYCH ON HOBEY BAKER FAN BALLOT: Senior Evan Zych is third on the team with a career-best 15 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 eighth in the league in points by defensemen. For his career, he has one goal and 24 assists for 25 points. Zych is on the Hobey Baker Award Fan Ballot. Go here to vote.

VOS LEADS TEAM AS CAPTAIN: Senior captain Erik Vos has six goals and nine assists for 15 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 31 goals and 37 assists for 68 career points.

FLETCHER LEADS TEAM WITH 26 POINTS: Senior Kyle Fletcher leads the team this season with 26 points, while he is second with 16 assists and tied for 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 49 assists for 82 points.  

SOMMER OFF TO GREAT START: Freshman Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.) has six goals and 10 assists for 16 points. Sommer is tied for third in Atlantic Hockey in points by rookies.

LINSMAYER ON ALL-TIME CAREER LISTS: Senior assistant captain Rob Linsmayer has 31 goals and 67 assists for 98 career points. He has the most assists and points of any current Crusader. His 145 career games played are tied for third all-time, while his 67 assists are tied for ninth on the school's all-time Division I list and his 98 points are 10th. This season he has seven goals and 18 assists for 25 points. He leads the team in assists and is second in points. Last season, Linsmayer tied for first in Atlantic Hockey with five game-winning goals.

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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 104 career games with 38 goals and 28 assists for 66 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.

SCHMIDT WITH 22 POINTS: Junior Adam Schmidt is second on the team with 12 goals, while he also has 22 points. He leads the team with a career-best four 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. For his career, Schmidt has 36 goals and 44 assists for 80 points.

NUNN AVERAGING 1.00 POINTS PER GAME: Senior Brandon Nunn, who missed eight games this season due to an injury, has played in 24 games with 15 goals and nine assists for 24 points. He is averaging 1.00 points per game. His 0.62 goals per game are fourth nationally. He leads the team in goals and is third 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 38 goals and 28 assists for 66 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 280-269-66 (.509) 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.

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/.

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/).