GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (0-5-0, 0-0-0 AHA) vs. Sacred Heart (2-3-0, 1-1-0 AHA)
Date: Nov. 1, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
HC Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.;
Aleksandr Epshteyn & Ken Goettler
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Sacred Heart: HC leads 27-26-2
With Sacred Heart in AHA Games: SHU leads 18-16-1
At The Hart Center: HC leads 17-9-0
Last Meeting: HC 4, SHU 2 (2/25/13; Worcester, Mass.)
Last SHU Win: SHU 7, HC 3 (2/19/13; Milford, Conn.)
First Meeting: HC 7, SHU 3 (10/30/98; Worcester, Mass.)
Current Series Win Streak: HC, one game
HC TO PLAY SACRED HEART IN AHA OPENER: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (0-5-0 overall, 0-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action on Friday Nov. 1, when it plays Sacred Heart (2-3-0 overall, 1-1-0 Atlantic Hockey) to open up its conference schedule. Friday's game is at 7:00 p.m. at the Hart Center, where the Crusaders lead the Pioneers 17-9-0 during home games. Since AHA play started in the 2003-2004 season, the Pioneers lead the conference series 18-16-2. The Crusaders have never played the Pioneers to open AHA play. This game marks the Crusaders sixth of the season as they opened with three games against Hockey East opponents and two against ECACHL teams. This season is the latest the Crusaders have ever started league play since becoming Division I. Sacred Heart started off its season with a 2-1 victory at No. 1 UMass Lowell, and are 1-1 in the conference with a victory over Bentley and a loss to AIC.
HC IS UNDEFEATED IN AHA OPENERS: HC is undefeated all-time in Atlantic Hockey openers with an 9-0-1 record. Niagara is the only other current AHA team who is undefeated in AHA openers as the Purple Eagles are 3-0-1 as they joined the conference in 2010-2011. The Crusaders posted a 3-1 win at Canisius on Oct. 11, 2003, a 3-1 win at AIC on Nov. 5, 2004, a 1-0 victory over Army on Oct. 28, 2005, a 4-1 win over Mercyhurst on Oct. 20, 2006, a 4-1 win at Mercyhurst on Oct. 26, 2007, a 1-1 tie versus Canisius on Oct. 17, 2008, a 3-2 win on the road versus Canisius on Oct. 24, 2009, a 3-2 away victory versus AIC on Oct. 15, 2010, a 2-1 victory versus AIC on Oct. 15, 2011 and a 6-2 win on the road versus AIC on Oct. 16, 2012. This will be the fifth time that Crusaders have opened the AHA season at home as they have a 3-0-1 record.
THE SERIES WITH SACRED HEART: These two teams have played each other 55 times and the Crusaders lead the all-time series at 27-26-2. The Crusaders are 7-2-1 versus the Pioneers over the last 10 games, while they are 4-1-0 in their last five contests. The Crusaders are 4-1-0 at home in the last five games versus the Pioneers at the Hart Center.
RECENT SUCCESS IN AHA: The Crusaders have finished third in Atlantic Hockey the last three seasons and their 44 conference wins tie them for second most in the league over the three years. The Crusaders have won the conference championship twice since joining the league.
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.).
BARRETT SCORES CAREER FIRST: Freshman Mike Barrett (Orland Park, Ill.) netted his first career goal and point against No. 9 Quinnipiac on Saturday, Oct. 26. Barrett has played in all five of the Crusaders games and made three consecutive starts, including both games against No. 9 Quinnipiac and a game at Northeastern.
BOLTON LEADS THE DEFENSE: Sophomore Jake Bolton (Ellington, Conn.) tallied his second assist of the season against No. 9 Quinnipiac. Bolton also came out during game two of the Northeastern series with a goal and an assist to tally two points. Bolton is now the leading scorer for the Crusaders this season. In his 39 career games played, Bolton has scored twice and tallied eight assists for 10 points.
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.
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. He also posted 45 saves against No. 9 Quinnipiac on Oct. 26, the fifth most of any goalie. He has been in net for three of the top 10 games with the most saves by a goalie. Ginn now has 1792 career saves, which are third among Division I goalies at the school. He has played 68 games and 4057:55 which are also both tied for third at the school for Division I goaltenders.
SCHMIDT EXCELS IN CAREER: Senior assistant captain Adam Schmidt has a goal and an assist this season to tally two points. In his career, Schmidt has 39 goals and 46 assists for 85 points in his 117 games. Schmidt is one goal away from entering the school's Division I top 10 list for career goals scored.
SOMMER SCORES SHORTHANDED: Sophomore Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.) netted a short-handed goal on Friday night during a 4-2 loss to No. 9 Quinnipiac. This was the second point of the season for Sommer, including an assist at Northeastern. He has scored seven goals and tallied 12 assists for 19 points in his 42 career games, the most of any member of the sophomore class.
HC PICKED EIGHTH IN PRESEASON POLL: Holy Cross was picked eighth in the AHA 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).
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 283-275-66 (.506) 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.
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/.
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 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. The tickets will go on sale Friday, Nov. 1 at 10:00 a.m. They are being sold as three-game packages and may be purchased online at www.NCAA.com/frozenfour, via phone at 800-745-3000 or through the DCU Center's box office, Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.
CRUSADERS PLAYING IN THE PROS: Four members of the 2013 senior class have signed contracts to play professionally. Kyle Fletcher (Mississippi Surge of the SPHL), Brandon Nunn (EV Regensberg of the Oberliga), 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), Matt Gordon (Mississippi Surge of the SPHL) and Everett Sheen (Ontario Reign of the ECHL).