GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (0-1-0, 0-0-0 AHA) vs. Northeastern (2-0-0, 0-0-0 HEA)
Dates: Oct. 18-19, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Places: Oct. 18- Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Oct. 19- Matthews Arena (4,666), Boston, Mass.
Friday Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
Saturday Live Video Streaming: GoNUxstream
HC Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.;
Dominic Dipersia (Fri./Sat.) & Eric Sherman (Fri. only)
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Northeastern: NU leads 3-1
Last Meeting: HC 4, NU 3 (10/29/10; Boston, Mass.)
Last NU Win: NU 7, HC 2 (12/30/06; Storrs, Conn.)
First Meeting: NU 7, HC 2 (11/30/01; Boston, Mass.)
Series Record At Hart Center: First Meeting
Series Record At NU Home Game: Tied 1-2
Current Series Win Streak: HC, one game
HC OPENS HOME SEASON VS. NORTHEASTERN: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (0-1-0) is set to open its 15-game home season on Friday, Oct. 18 against the Northeastern Huskies (2-0-0) at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m. This matchup will mark the first visit to the Hart Center by the Huskies, but the fifth varsity game between the two teams. The Crusaders travel on Saturday, Oct. 19 to Matthews Arena in Boston for the second game of the home-and-home series with the Huskies. The Crusaders won the last meeting of the teams, 4-3, in overtime at Matthews. The Crusaders opened the season last weekend with a 3-2 loss against No. 19 Boston University, while the Huskies swept Alabama-Huntsville in a two-game series.
HC IN HOME OPENERS: Holy Cross is 25-17-5 (.585) all-time in home openers, including a 2-1 win versus UConn last season. The Crusaders are 2-1-2 in home openers over the last five seasons.
THE SERIES WITH NU: The Crusaders are 1-3-0 versus the Huskies in varsity games. In their last meeting, the Crusaders came back to tie the game late in the third period to force overtime and eventually win the game, 4-3. Previously, the Crusaders lost by a 7-2 score in the third-place game of UConn Hockey Classic on Dec. 30, 2006, as well as 5-2 on Jan. 10, 2004 and 7-2 on Nov. 30, 2001.
THREE CRUSADERS TO LEAD THE TEAM: The Crusaders are led by senior captain Ryan McGrath (Pittsburgh, Pa.). McGrath's leadership is joined by assistant captains Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) and Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.).
HOLY CROSS VERSUS HOCKEY EAST: The Crusaders are set to take on three Hockey East teams this season in four games. The Crusaders are 2-4-0 in their last six games against teams from Hockey East. The most recent game was a 3-2 loss at No. 19 Boston University on Oct. 12, 2013, and the last time the Crusaders earned a victory was in the 5-4 win over No. 7 Boston University on Oct. 22, 2011. Holy Cross has an all-time record of 25-88-2 (.226) against teams currently in Hockey East (0-8-0 against Boston College, 1-2-0 vs. Boston University, 2-4-0 against Maine, 5-12-0 vs. UMass, 6-21-0 against UMass Lowell, 8-26-1 vs. Merrimack, 0-2-0 against New Hampshire, 1-3-0 vs. Northeastern, 1-3-0 vs. Notre Dame, 1-5-0 against Providence and 0-2-1 vs. Vermont).
HOLY CROSS VERSUS HOCKEY EAST AT HOME: This will be the first ever meeting between these two teams at the Hart Center as the Crusaders are 7-14-1 all-time versus teams that are currently in Hockey East at home (Boston College 0-1-0, Maine 1-1-0, UMass 1-2-0, UMass Lowell 0-3-0, Merrimack 4-5-1, Notre Dame, 1-0-0 and Providence 0-2-0).
HOLY CROSS TO PLAY AT FENWAY PARK: The Crusaders were selected to play the Bentley Falcons as the Atlantic Hockey game of Frozen Fenway on Dec. 28. The matchup between the Crusaders and the Falcons is the first scheduled game of Citi Frozen Fenway. The 17-day ice event is from Dec. 28-Jan. 13, and will include two of Mayor Thomas M. Menino's free Community Skate Days for residents of the City of Boston, seven public and private high school hockey games, and nine men's and women's college hockey games.
POWER PLAY POINTS FOR PINK: For the third 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/.
HC ON AMERICA ONE NETWORKS: All of Holy Cross' home games and AHA away games can be seen via live video streaming. The games can be viewed through America One Networks.
LAWSON TALLIES POINT IN OPENER: Freshman Cameron Lawson (Vancouver, British Columbia) posted his first collegiate point with an assist in the game at No. 19 Boston University. He is currently tied for 10th nationally in rookie scoring in points per game.
MIKE MCNAMARA SCORES IN SEASON OPENER: Junior Mike McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) scored the first Crusader goal of the season during the 3-2 loss against No. 19 Boston University. In McNamara's 46 career games he now has 12 goals and seven assists for 19 points.
TOP SCORERS RETURN: Senior assistant captains Shayne Stockton and Adam Schmidt return to the Crusader offense for their final year. In the season opener against No. 19 Boston University, Schmidt passed the puck to Stockton, who sent the puck back to Schmidt who beat the goalie glove side to score the second goal of the game. Stockton finished last season hot scoring six goals and tallying eight assists for 14 points over the last eight games. Schmidt netted five game-winning goals which tied for second in Atlantic Hockey. The two combined for 17 goals, 16 assists and 53 points during the 2012-2013 season. They have played a combined 216 games in their career scoring 68 goals and tallying 89 assists for 157 total points.
HOLY CROSS SHOWS DEPTH: Last year, every skater who finished the season on the team (and one goalie) netted at least one point. Of those 23 skaters, 18 return this season including seven who finished with double-digit points, led by Stockton with 28 and Schmidt with 25. Those players look to once again be a key part of the Holy Cross power play, which netted 34 goals and converted 22.4 percent of the time last year, to rank seventh in the nation.
SENIOR CLASS WITH 57 WINS: The 2014 senior class enters their final season with 57 career wins, the second most by a class entering their senior year at Holy Cross. The team will look to Derek Kump (Falmouth, Maine), Ryan McGrath, Adam Schmidt, Shayne Stockton and Mark Williamson (Centennial, Colo.) for senior leadership.
GINN BEGINS JUNIOR SEASON: Junior goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) set three school records and broke into the top 10 list of every goalie record at the school and was named the team's Most Valuable Player for his sophomore season. He posted a 19-13-3 record in the past season, the second most victories in the school's Division I history. He holds the record for playing the most games (35) last season totaling the highest minutes in net (2100:55), while recording a single-season record number of saves (994). Ginn was named Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week twice last season.
HOLY CROSS HEAD COACH PAUL PEARL: Paul Pearl is in his 19th 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 283-272-66 (.509) record at Holy Cross over 18 years and has been the man behind the bench in nine of the 11 most successful seasons in Holy Cross history, while he has had four teams post 20-plus win seasons, including the first ever back-to-back 20-win seasons at the college. He has been named the Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year twice (2004 and 2011). 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.
HC PICKED EIGHTH IN PRESEASON POLL: Holy Cross was picked eighth in the Atlantic Hockey Association Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Crusaders received 59 total points. Last year's regular season champion, Niagara, has been picked as this year's preseason favorite with a total of 102 points and three first place votes, followed by both Mercyhurst (four first place votes) and Air Force (two first place votes), tied at 98 points. After its first AHA Tournament championship title last year, Canisius received 92 points, with three first place votes. RIT was picked fifth (81 points), Connecticut sixth (79 points), Robert Morris seventh (66 points) and the Crusaders were picked eighth. Bentley received 53 points, in ninth place, Army 10th (28 points), AIC 11th (22 points) and Sacred Heart 12th (16 points).
HC TO HOLD 2014 NCAA REGIONAL: The College of the Holy Cross will host the 2014 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey Northeast Regional at the DCU Center in Worcester on March 29-30, 2014. Holy Cross previously held this event at the DCU Center in 2008, 2010 and 2012. This will be the 13th overall time that the regional has been at the DCU Center. Ten of the 12 teams to win the regional in Worcester have gone on to play in the national championship game, with six of those teams winning the national title. The total of 42 NCAA regional hockey games, which have been played at the DCU Center, are currently the most in the 66-year history of the Division I men's ice hockey tournament.
CRUSADERS PLAYING IN THE PROS: Five members of the 2013 senior class have signed contracts to play professionally. Kyle Fletcher (Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL), Brandon Nunn (EV Regensberg of the Oberliga), Rob Linsmayer (Reading Royals of the ECHL), Erik Vos (Dordrecht Lions of the Eredivisie) and Evan Zych (Dordrecht Lions of the Eredivisie). They will join Matt Clune (Ontario Reign of the ECHL), Brodie Sheahan (Ontario Reign of the ECHL) and Everett Sheen (Ontario Reign of the ECHL).