GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (2-5-0, 2-0-0 AHA) vs. Connecticut (2-2-1, 1-0-0 AHA)
Date: Nov. 12, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Freitas Ice Forum (2,000), Storrs, Conn.
Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With UConn: Holy Cross leads 50-47-2
Series Record At UConn Home Game: UConn leads 24-20-0
Series Record At Freitas Ice Forum: Holy Cross leads 15-8-0
Record in Atlantic Hockey Games: Holy Cross leads 18-11-2
Last Meeting: UConn 4, Holy Cross 1 (2/16/13; Worcester, Mass.)
Last HC Win: Holy Cross 4, UConn 1 (2/15/13; Storrs, Conn.)
First Meeting: Holy Cross 4, UConn 3 (1/17/67; Worcester, Mass.)
Current Series Win Streak: UConn one game
2012-2013 Series: Holy Cross won 2-1-0
HC TO PLAY CONNECTICUT ON THE ROAD: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (2-5-0, 2-0-0 AHA) returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Freitas Ice Forum when it travels to Storrs, Conn. to take on the Connecticut Huskies (2-2-1, 1-0-0 AHA) for a 7:00 p.m. contest. The Crusaders' most recently won, 4-1, over Army on Friday, Nov. 8 while the Huskies come off a bye weekend. The Huskies have the sixth best offense in the league scoring 2.40 goals per game, while the Crusaders are tied for seventh scoring 2.29 goals per game. The Huskies lead Atlantic Hockey only allowing 2.80 goals per game and the Crusaders are second in the league allowing 3.29 goals per game. Connecticut also leads the league with their .333 power play percentage, while the Crusaders' power play ranks sixth with .179. The Crusaders' .842 penalty kill percentage leads Atlantic Hockey with the Huskies' not far behind in second with .840. The Huskies' combined special teams take first in the league with a .581, while the Crusaders trail slightly with a .561. The Crusaders earned their first victory with a 4-3 win over Sacred Heart to open Atlantic Hockey play on Nov. 1. The Huskies fell to Minnesota State twice, tied Union and defeated both Sacred Heart and Army thus far this season.
THE SERIES WITH UCONN: This will be 100th meeting between these two teams in varsity games since the 1966-1967 season. The Crusaders lead the series, 50-47-2. UConn leads the series for their home games 24-20-0, while the Crusaders lead UConn 15-8-0 at the Freitas Ice Forum. The Crusaders are 5-5-0 in the last 10 total games against UConn. During the 2012-2013 season the Crusaders beat the Huskies 2-1, defeating the Huskies in the first two games of the series and falling in the final game.
SMITH WITH FOUR: Freshman Logan Smith (Littleton, Colo.) tallied an assist on the equalizer in the 4-1 victory over Army for his fourth point of the season. Smith netted his first career goal with a power play goal in the game against Sacred Heart and his first career point with an assist against Northeastern during the home-opener. Smith is tied for the most points among defensemen and is the highest point-scoring freshman on the team.
LAWSON STRIKES AGAIN: Freshman Cameron Lawson (Vancouver, British Columbia) scored a goal for the second consecutive game against Army on Nov. 8 for his third career point. Lawson's goal was the Crusaders' first and equalizing goal in the game, 0:23 into the second period. Lawson also went 10-for-15 on his faceoff attempts during the match, and is second among freshmen on the team in faceoff percentage with a .548 during the season. 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 third assist against Atlantic Hockey opponent Army. Bolton tallied his second assist of the season against No. 9 Quinnipiac and tallied two points in game two of the Northeastern series with a goal and an assist. Bolton is tied for the lead in point-scoring for the Crusaders this season and tied for the most among defensemen. In his 40 career games played, Bolton has scored twice and tallied nine assists for 11 points.
SOMMER SCORES IN SPECIAL SITUATIONS: Sophomore Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.) scored his first power play goal of the season during a 4-1 victory over Army for his second goal of the year. The goal was Sommer's second career power play goal. Sommer also netted a short-handed goal during a 4-2 loss to No. 9 Quinnipiac. Sommer netted his first point of the season with an assist at Northeastern. He has scored eight goals and tallied 12 assists for 20 points in his 44 career games, the most of any member of the sophomore class.
MIKE MCNAMARA WITH FOUR POINTS: Junior Mike McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) tallied two assists against Army in a 4-1 victory on Nov. 8. McNamara scored the first Crusader goal of the season during the 3-2 loss against No. 19 Boston University and tallied an assist during the series against Northeastern in a 5-2 loss on Oct. 19 on the road. In McNamara's 53 career games he now has 12 goals and 10 assists for 22 points.
GUSTIN NETS SECOND GOAL OF THE SEASON: Sophomore Sean Gustin (Stoneham, Mass.) is tied for the team-lead in goals with two as he netted his second goal of the season in the win at Army. His first goal of the season was at Northeastern. Gustin has played in 10 career games with three goals.
SCHMIDT EXCELS IN CAREER: Senior assistant captain Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) has a goal and three assists this season to tally four points. Schmidt now has an assist in the last three games he has played in. In his career, Schmidt has 39 goals and 48 assists for 87 points in his 119 games. Schmidt is one goal away from entering the school's Division I top 10 list for career goals scored.
MCGRATH TIES CAREER BEST: Senior captain Ryan McGrath (Pittsburgh, Pa.) netted a goal and tallied an assist in the win at Army to tie his career best of two points in a game. He previously did this as a sophomore in a 6-1 win over Army on Feb. 10, 2012. McGrath has three points this season in the last two games. This is the first time in McGrath's career that he has scored points in consecutive games. McGrath now has two goals and seven assists for nine points in 42 career games played.
THREE CRUSADERS TO LEAD THE TEAM: The Crusaders are led by senior captain Ryan McGrath. McGrath's leadership is joined by assistant captains Adam Schmidt and Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.). The three captains have combined for nine points this season scoring three goals and tallying six assists throughout the season.
SENIOR CLASS WITH 59 WINS: The 2014 senior class now has 59 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 (Centennial, Colo.).
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 1,825 career saves, which are third among Division I goalies at the school. He has played 70 games and 4178:00 which are also both tied for third at the school for Division I goaltenders. His 202 saves this season tie for 11th in the country and tied for third in Atlantic Hockey. Ginn has also played 416:34 during the season, which ties him for 15th in the country.
HOLY CROSS WITH DEPTH: Of the 21 skaters that have played in a game this season, 18 have tallied at least one point. Twelve of the 18 have at least one goal, and four has two goals. Ten of the point-scorers have at least one goal and one assist. Four players have three assists and six 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 DEFENSE SECOND IN LEAGUE: Allowing 3.29 goals per game, the Crusader defense ranks second in Atlantic Hockey. The Crusaders only trail Connecticut who have allowed 2.80 goals per game. The Holy Cross penalty kill leads Atlantic Hockey with a .842 percentage. The Crusaders have only allowed six goals on 38 opportunities. They are currently tied for 20th in penalty kill nationally.
SPECIAL TEAMS RANK NATIONALLY: The Crusaders' combined special teams have a collective .561 percentage which ranks them ninth nationally and second in Atlantic Hockey. The Crusaders have a .842 penalty kill percentage, which on its own ties for 20th nationally, and a .179 power play percentage which ranks 28th in the country.
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 285-275-66 (.508) 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 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).
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.
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/.
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 goals and three assists for five points in his five games played. Fletcher has two goals and three assists in his five games played this season. Clune has one assist in his four games with the Reign while Sheen has two assists in his eight games played.
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. 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.