GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (0-3-0, 0-0-0 AHA) vs. #9 Quinnipiac (4-1-0, 0-0-0 ECACHL)
Dates: Oct. 25-26, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m. / 4:00 p.m.
Places: Oct. 25- Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Oct. 26- High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center (3,086), Hamden, Conn.
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Quinnipiac: QU leads 19-5-4
Last Meeting: QU 5, HC 3 (10/12/11; Hamden, Conn.)
Last HC Win: HC 5, QU 2 (2/12/05; Boston, Mass.)
First Varsity Meeting: HC 4, QU 1 (1/2/98; Worcester, Mass.)
Current Series Win Streak: Quinnipiac, two games
Series Record At The Hart Center: QU leads 6-4-2
Series Record In Quinnipiac Home Game: QU leads 13-0-2
Series Record At The TD Bank Sports Center: QU leads 3-0-0
HC TO PLAY HOME-AND-HOME WITH #9 QUINNIPIAC: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (0-3-0) is set to begin a home-and-home series with the No. 9 Quinnipiac Bobcats (4-1-0) at the Hart Center on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders travel on Saturday, Oct. 26 to the High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. for the second game of the home-and-home series with the Bobcats. The Bobcats have won their last four games, while the Crusaders look for their first victory of the season. Last year, the Bobcats made it to the national championship game falling to Yale, 4-0.
THE SERIES WITH QU: This game will be the 29th meeting between the two schools with Quinnipiac leading the series, 19-5-4. This will only be the seventh time that these two former MAAC and Atlantic Hockey rivals meet as non-conference opponents and the sixth since Quinnipiac entered the ECACHL. The other non-conference game was in the first contest of the series on January 2, 1998, when Holy Cross won by a 4-1 score in the Crusader Classic in Worcester. Quinnipiac is 4-0-1 versus the Crusaders as a member of the ECACHL. As members of the same conference, MAAC and Atlantic Hockey, Quinnipiac had a 15-4-3 record versus the Crusaders. The Crusaders last victory over Quinnipiac was a 5-2 win on February 12, 2005, at the Fleet Center in the last game between these two teams as conference opponents. The Friday night game will mark the Bobcats' third visit to the Hart Center as a non-conference opponent.
HC VERSUS RANKED TEAMS AT HOME: The Crusaders are 1-5-1 against ranked teams at the Hart Center. Last season they went 1-1 against No. 15 Niagara on Jan. 18 and 19, 2013. Previously, they lost to No. 11 Yale, 7-3, on Nov. 28, 2009, tied No. 7 Quinnipiac, 1-1, on Dec. 10, 2009, lost two games to No. 13 Air Force on Nov. 14 and 15 and lost, 5-2, to No. 14 Quinnipiac on Jan. 19, 2008.
HC VERSUS THE ECACHL: The Crusaders have an all-time record of 23-51-6 (.325) against teams currently in the ECACHL (3-4-0 against Brown, 1-1-0 vs. Clarkson, 0-5-0 vs. Colgate, 3-4-1 against Dartmouth, 0-4-0 vs. Princeton, 5-19-4 against Quinnipiac, 3-4-0 vs. Rensselaer, 0-1-0 against St. Lawrence, 7-5-1 vs. Union and 1-4-0 against Yale). The only teams that HC has not played in varsity games that are currently in the ECACHL are Cornell and Harvard. Last season, Holy Cross won at Clarkson, 3-1, on Oct. 20, 2012, lost to Brown, 3-2, on Nov. 25, 2012 and defeated Yale, 5-4, on Dec. 30, 2012. Yale would eventually go one to win the national championship for the 2012-2013 season.
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.).
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 IN THE RECORD BOOK: 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). This season, during the Oct. 19 game at Northeastern, Ginn posted 48 saves, the third most of any Division I goalie at HC for a game.
FINN STARTS ROOKIE SEASON RIGHT: Freshman Nick Finn (Canton, Mass.) debuted for his rookie season on Oct. 12 in the home opener versus Northeastern. Finn picked up a start in his debut on a line with assistant captains Shayne Stockton and Adam Schmidt. He tallied his first career point with an assist on Stockton's third-period goal. Finn became the first freshman to start in his debut since the 2011-2012 season.
FINN AND SMITH PICK UP STARTS IN HOME OPENER: Freshmen Nick Finn and Logan Smith (Littleton, Colo.) picked up starts in the home opener on Oct. 18 against Northeastern. Finn and Smith became the first two rookie skaters since Rob Linsmayer in 2009 to start in the home opening game.
SMITH TALLIES FIRST CAREER POINT: Freshman Logan Smith posted his first career point during the second game of the Northeastern series on Oct. 19. Smith has played in all three of the Crusaders' games this season making one start.
MIKE MCNAMARA WITH TWO POINTS: Junior Mike McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) scored the first Crusader goal of the season during the 3-2 loss against No. 19 Boston University. McNamara also tallied an assist during the series against Northeastern in a 5-2 loss on Oct. 19 on the road. In McNamara's 47 career games he now has 12 goals and eight assists for 20 points.
BOLTON LEADS THE DEFENSE: Sophomore Jake Bolton (Ellington, Conn.) came out during game two of the Northeastern series with a goal and an assist to tally two points. Bolton is now the leading defensive scorer for the Crusaders this season. In his 38 career games played, Bolton has scored twice and tallied seven assists for nine points.
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.
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 283-274-66 (.507) 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 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.
AGAINST RANKED TEAMS: This season, the Crusaders have played one game against a ranked opponent thus far. They are currently 0-1-0 against ranked teams in the 2013-2014 season after a 3-2 loss against No. 19 Boston University on Oct. 12. The remainder of the season they are set to take on No. 5 Boston College, No. 7 Yale and No. 9 Quinnipiac. The Crusaders went 2-3-0 in the 2012-2013 season versus ranked teams winning 5-3 and losing 4-1 against No. 15 Niagara, a 5-4 win versus No. 15 Yale on Dec. 30, and a 5-2 loss and a 3-2 loss at No. 7 North Dakota on Jan. 4-5. The Crusaders are 4-19-3 all-time versus ranked teams in their Division I era. In 2011-2012, HC defeated No. 7 Boston University on Oct. 22, 2011 and defeated No. 3 Minnesota, 4-3 in overtime, in the NCAA Tournament on March 24, 2006.
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.
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 to finish first.