GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (1-5-0, 1-0-0 AHA) vs. Army (0-4-0, 0-2-0 AHA)
Date: Nov. 8, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Tate Rink (2,648), West Point, N.Y.
Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Army: HC leads 29-28-8
Series Record At Army Home Game: Army leads 14-9-7
Last Meeting: HC 2, Army 0 (3/2/13; Worcester, Mass.)
Last Army Win: Army 7, HC 2 (10/27/12; Worcester, Mass.)
First Meeting: Army 6, Holy Cross 5 (OT) (1/8/75; West Point, N.Y.)
Current Series Win Streak: HC, two games
2012-2013 Season Series: HC won 2-1-0
HC TO PLAY ARMY ON THE ROAD: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (1-5-0, 1-0-0 AHA) returns to action on Friday, Nov. 8 at Tate Rink when they travel to West Point, N.Y. to take on the Army Black Knights (0-4-0, 0-2-0 AHA) for a 7:00 p.m. contest. The Crusaders come off their first victory of the season while the Black Knights search for their first. The Holy Cross offense is tied for ninth in the league scoring 2.0 goals per game, while Army has the 11th ranked offense, scoring 1.75 goals per game, within the conference. The Holy Cross defense ranks fifth in the conference, allowing 3.67 goals per game, and Army ranks 11th, allowing 4.25 goals per game. The Crusaders' .148 power play percentage is eighth in the conference while Army's .083 power play percentage is 12th. Army and Holy Cross are tied for third in Atlantic Hockey with a .833 penalty kill percentage. The Crusaders' .540 combined special teams percentage ranks them third in the conference and 18th in the country, while the Black Knights' combined percentage of .405 ranks them 11th in the conference. The Crusaders earned their first victory with a 4-3 win over Sacred Heart to open Atlantic Hockey play on Nov. 1. They previously faced No. 19 Boston University, Northeastern and No. 9 Quinnipiac. The Black Knights have fallen to all four opponents including Penn State, Merrimack, Connecticut and Bentley.
THE SERIES WITH ARMY: There have been 65 meetings between these two teams in varsity games since 1966-1967. Holy Cross leads the series 29-28-8, while the Crusaders are 9-1-0 against Army in the last 10 games. The Crusaders are 10-14-7 versus the Black Knights at Army, but are 4-0-1 in the last five at Tate Rink. The Crusaders defeated the Black Knights in the series 2-1 during the 2012-2013 campaign. The Black Knights earned a victory on Oct. 27, 2012, while the Crusaders swept them during the final weekend of Atlantic Hockey play March 1 and March 2.
HC IS UNDEFEATED IN AHA OPENERS: HC is undefeated all-time in Atlantic Hockey openers with an 10-0-1 record after defeating Sacred Heart, 4-3. 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. The game against Sacred Heart was the fifth time that Crusaders have opened the AHA season at home as they have a 4-0-1 record.
THREE CRUSADERS SCORE FIRST GOALS: For the second time in Division I history at Holy Cross, three Crusaders scored their first career goals in the same game. Sophomore Brett Lubanski (Farmington Hills, Mich.), freshman Cameron Lawson (Vancouver, British Columbia) and freshman Logan Smith (Littleton Colo.) each tallied their first career goals. The only other time this has happened for Holy Cross was on October 16, 2012 when current junior Nilan Nagy (Canonsburg, Pa.), senior Mark Williamson (Centennial, Colo.) and junior Jake Youso (International Falls, Minn.) netted their firsts.
THREE FRESHMEN SCORE GOALS: Also during the AHA opener against Sacred Heart, three freshmen scored in the same game. This is only the ninth time in the 720 Division I games played at the school that three distinct freshmen have scored a goal. Freshmen Mike Barrett (Orland Park, Ill.), Cameron Lawson and Logan Smith each found the back of the net.
SMITH WITH THREE: Freshman Logan Smith netted his first career goal with a power play goal in the game against Sacred Heart for his third career point. Smith is now tied for the most points among defensemen and is the highest point-scoring freshman on the team.
BARRETT SCORES BACK-TO-BACK: Freshman Mike Barrett netted his second goal of his career to become the team's leading goal-scorer against Sacred Heart. He scored his first career goal and point against No. 9 Quinnipiac on Saturday, Oct. 26. Barrett has played in all six of the Crusaders games and made four consecutive starts, including both games against No. 9 Quinnipiac, a game at Northeastern and the AHA opener against Sacred Heart. For his performance in the AHA opener, Barrett earned the third star of the game.
LUBANSKI'S FIRST GOAL WINS GAME: During the contest against Sacred Heart, sophomore Brett Lubanski netted his first career goal with the game-winner. Lubanski scored with 0:45 left in the game to secure the Crusaders' first victory of the season. His performance earned him the first star of the game and Crusader of the Week accolades for the first time in his career. Lubanski now has one goal and three assists for four points in his 43 career games played.
LAWSON SCORES CAREER FIRST: Freshman Cameron Lawson netted his first career goal during the AHA opener. This was Lawson's second point of the season after tallying an assist against No. 19 Boston University in his debut.
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 tied for the lead in point-scoring for the Crusaders this season. In his 39 career games played, Bolton has scored twice and tallied eight assists for 10 points.
DRISCOLL'S TWO ASSISTS TIE LEAD: Sophomore Tim Driscoll (Hingham, Mass.) tallied two assists in the game against Sacred Heart to bring his season point total to three. Driscoll scored his first goal of the season on Oct. 25 against No. 9 Quinnipiac. Driscoll now has six goals and three assists for nine points in his 21 career games played.
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 1805 career saves, which are third among Division I goalies at the school. He has played 69 games and 4118:00 which are also both tied for third at the school for Division I goaltenders. His 182 saves rank 10th in the country and third in Atlantic Hockey.
SCHMIDT EXCELS IN CAREER: Senior assistant captain Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) has a goal and an assist this season to tally two points. In his career, Schmidt has 39 goals and 47 assists for 86 points in his 118 games. Schmidt is one goal away from entering the school's Division I top 10 list for career goals scored.
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 and Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.).
SENIOR CLASS WITH 58 WINS: The 2014 senior class now has 58 wins in their career. They entered 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.
HOLY CROSS WITH DEPTH: Of the 21 skaters that have played in a game this season, 18 have tallied at least one point. Ten of the 18 have at least one goal, and one has two goals. Nine of the point-scorers have at least one goal and one assist. Seven players have two assists of the 16 players with at least one assist. Three of the four skaters in the senior class have scored a point along with three of the four junior skaters. All seven of the sophomores that have been featured in a game have tallied at least one point, including five with goals. Three freshmen out of five have scored a goal, and four have at least one point during the season.
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 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.
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. The Crusaders have now scored two power play goals at home. They will be hosting their fifth annual Pink the Rink game on Feb. 15 when they host Connecticut for a 7:00 p.m. game. This game will also be the Crusaders' winter homecoming contest. For more information and to donate go here: http://www.powerplaypointsforpink.com/.
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 284-275-66 (.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.
AGAINST RANKED TEAMS: This season, the Crusaders have played one game against a ranked opponent thus far. They are currently 0-3-0 against ranked teams in the 2013-2014 season after a 3-2 loss against No. 19 Boston University on Oct. 12., a 4-2 loss to No. 9 Quinnipiac and a 4-1 loss to No. 9 Quinnipiac. During both games against No. 9 Qunnipiac, the Crusaders had a lead and scored first. The remainder of the season they are set to take on No. 8 Boston College and No. 9 Yale. 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.
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).
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). Nunn leads the team with two game-winning goals and ranks second on the team with three goals and nine assists for 12 points in 13 games played. Vos ranks third on the team in points with 11 in his seven games played including four goals and seven assists, while Zych ranks sixth, and first among defensemen, with one goal and seven assists for eight points in his seven games. Gordon has two assists for two points in his two games played which leads the team. Fletcher has one assist in his two games played this season.Clune has one assist in his two games with the Reign while Sheen has one assist in his six games played.
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. Tickets are on sale now. 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.