Men's Hockey To Take On AIC & Bentley

Matt Vidal

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2013-2014 Men's Hockey Fact Book


Teams: Holy Cross (2-6-0, 2-1-0 AHA) vs. AIC (2-3-0, 2-0-0 AHA)
Date: Nov. 15, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.

Teams: Holy Cross (2-6-0, 2-1-0 AHA) vs. Bentley (2-7-0, 1-2-0 AHA)
Date: Nov. 16, 2013
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Place: John A. Ryan Skating Arena (1,500), Watertown, Mass.

Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
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Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With AIC: Holy Cross leads 46-20-9
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 4, AIC 1 (2/23/13; Worcester, Mass.)
Last AIC Win: AIC 1, Holy Cross 0 (1/16/10; West Springfield, Mass.)
First Meeting: AIC 12, Holy Cross 2 (11/30/71; Worcester, Mass.)
Series Record At Holy Cross Home Game: Holy Cross leads 23-9-6
Series Record At The Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 23-7-6
Current Series Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
2012-2013 Season Series: Holy Cross won 2-0-1

With Bentley: Holy Cross leads 30-15-7
At Bentley Home Game: Holy Cross leads 12-7-5
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 2, Bentley 1 (2/26/13; Watertown, Mass.)
Last Bentley Win: Bentley 4, Holy Cross 1 (2/25/13; Worcester, Mass.)
First Meeting: Holy Cross 5, Bentley 2 (2/10/73; Bentley home game)
Current Series Win Streak: Holy Cross one game
2012-2013 Series: Holy Cross won 2-1-0

HC TO PLAY AIC & BENTLEY: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (2-6-0 overall, 2-1-0 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action on Friday and Saturday against the AIC Yellow Jackets (2-3-0 overall, 2-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) and the Bentley Falcons (2-7-0 overall, 1-2-0 Atlantic Hockey). Friday's game will take place at 7:00 p.m. when the Yellow Jackets come to the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass., while Saturday's game is at the John A. Ryan Skating Arena in Watertown, Mass. at 4:00 p.m. when the Crusaders travel to Bentley. The Crusaders have defeated Atlantic Hockey opponents Sacred Heart and Army and fell to Connecticut so far this season. The Yellow Jackets have won games against Sacred Heart and Bentley so far in conference play. Bentley beat Army and fell to Sacred Heart and AIC this year in AHA action.   

MATCH UP AGAINST AIC: The Yellow Jackets lead the league scoring 4.00 goals per game, while the Crusaders rank eighth scoring 2.38. The Crusader defense is tied for the second best in the conference allowing 3.38 goals per game while the Yellow Jacket defense ranks 12th allowing 5.40 goals per game. AIC is second in the league with a power play percentage of .300 while the Crusader power play is seventh with .172 percent. Holy Cross' penalty kill percentage of .846 leads the conference while AIC's .773 percentage ranks them seventh. The Crusaders rank second in combined special teams with a .559 percentage, while the Yellow Jackets' .548 percentage ranks them third in AHA.

THE SERIES WITH AIC: This will be the 76th meeting between Holy Cross and AIC as the Crusaders are 46-20-9 all-time versus the Yellow Jackets. The Crusaders are 9-0-1 over the last 10 contests versus AIC. The Crusaders are 5-0 in their last five games versus the Yellow Jackets in Worcester. The Crusaders won the 2012-2013 series with the Yellow Jackets 2-0-1.

MATCH UP AGAINST BENTLEY: The Falcons have the fourth best offense in the conference scoring 2.89 goals per game, while the Crusaders rank eighth scoring 2.38. The Crusader defense is tied for the second best in the conference allowing 3.38 goals per game while the Falcon defense ranks sixth allowing 3.67 goals per game. The Crusader power play is seventh with .172 percent and Bentley is tied for 10th with .135. Holy Cross' penalty kill percentage of .846 leads the conference while Bentley's .820 percentage ranks them fourth. The Crusaders rank second in combined special teams with a .559 percentage, while the Falcons' .529 percentage ranks them fifth in AHA.

THE SERIES WITH BENTLEY: This game will be the 53rd time that these two teams have met with HC leading, 30-15-7. The Crusaders are 12-7-5 on the road versus Bentley. HC is 4-2-4 versus the Falcons in the last 10 games and 3-1-2 over the last five. The Crusaders are 1-0-4 on the road over the last five games versus Bentley. Last year, the Crusaders won the season series 2-1-0.

FINN SCORES FIRST TWO: Freshman Nick Finn (Canton, Mass.) scored his first career goal on Nov. 12 against Connecticut in the second period. A period later Finn gave the Crusaders their first lead of the game with a shot from outside the crease that beat the goalie under his glove. Finn also tallied assists against Northeastern and Sacred Heart in October. In his six career games played Finn now has two goals and two assists for four points, his points tie for the second most on the team. Finn's two goals also tie for the most on the team. Finn is also the first and only Crusader this season to net multiple goals in a single game. Finn's four points tie him for eighth in the league among rookies. Finn is averaging 0.67 points per game which tie him for 35th nationally among rookies.

SCHMIDT EXCELS IN CAREER: Senior assistant captain Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) has a goal and three assists this season to tally four points.  In his career, Schmidt has 39 goals and 48 assists for 87 points in his 120 games. Schmidt is one goal away from entering the school's Division I top 10 list for career goals scored.

MCGRATH WITH CAREER BEST: Senior captain Ryan McGrath (Pittsburgh, Pa.) tallied his third assist of the season against Connecticut on Nov. 12. McGrath previously 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 four points this season in the last three games. This is the first time in McGrath's career that he has scored points in consecutive games. This season also marks McGrath's career-high in both assists and points, and ties his career-high in goals. McGrath now has two goals and eight assists for 10 points in 43 career games played.

VIDAL BURIES SEASON FIRST: Sophomore Matt Vidal (Manorville, N.Y.) scored his first goal of the season against Connecticut on Nov. 12 to tie the game. He has tallied two assists in previous games against Sacred Heart and No. 9 Quinnipiac. Vidal has two goals and six assists for eight points in his 40 career games played.

DRISCOLL'S FIVE TAKE FIRST: Sophomore Tim Driscoll (Hingham, Mass.) made his way into first on the team in scoring with his two assists against Connecticut on Nov. 12.  Driscoll dangled through the UConn defensemen and sent the puck across the goal to allow teammate Matt Vidal to score the game-tying goal. Driscoll also set up Nick Finn for his second of the game to bring the Crusaders ahead. Driscoll previously tallied two assists in the game against Sacred Heart. Driscoll scored his first goal of the season on Oct. 25 against No. 9 Quinnipiac. He now has one goal and four assists for five points this season. Driscoll now has six goals and five assists for 11 points in his 23 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 1,847 career saves, which are third among Division I goalies at the school. He has played 71 games and 4237:33 which are also both third at the school for Division I goaltenders. His 224 saves this season are 11th in the country and are third in Atlantic Hockey. Ginn has also played 476:07 during the season, which is the 16th most time in the country.

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 45 career games, the most of any member of the sophomore class.

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 11 career games with three goals.

LAWSON'S FACEOFFS LEAD CENTERS: Freshman Cameron Lawson (Vancouver, British Columbia) went 9-7 in faceoffs against Connecticut which improved his overall percentage to .550, the highest among active centers. He also 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 first among freshmen  on the team in faceoff percentage. 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.

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 54 career games he now has 12 goals and 10 assists for 22 points.

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 tied as  the highest point-scoring freshman on the team.

BOLTON STRONG ON 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.

FIVE CRUSADERS WITH TWO GOALS: Five Crusaders tie for the team-high with two goals this season. Sophomores Sean Gustin and Castan Sommer along with freshmen Mike Barrett (Orland Park, Ill.), Nick Finn and Cameron Lawson have each scored two goals. Finn is the only Crusader to have multiple goals in the same game so far in the season.

DEFENSE LEADING TEAM: Senior Ryan McGrath, sophomore Jake Bolton and freshman Logan Smith lead the defense with four points a piece. McGrath, Bolton and Smith each have a goal and three assists this season. The three are tied for second on the team in points and sixth in the conference. The Crusader defense is tied for second in the conference allowing 3.38 goals per game.

FRESHMAN CLASS SCORING GOALS: The freshman class features three of the five members of the team with two goals, and every freshman with a point has at least two. The freshman class has a total of seven goals which account for 37% of the team total. Nick Finn and Logan Smith are tied for second on the team in points.

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.

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 285-276-66 (.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.

SPECIAL TEAMS RANK NATIONALLY: The Crusaders' combined special teams have a collective .559 percentage which ranks them eighth nationally and second in Atlantic Hockey. The Crusaders have a .846 penalty kill percentage, which on its own ranks 17th nationally.

HOLY CROSS WITH DEPTH: Of the 21 skaters that have played in a game this season, 18 have tallied at least one point. Fourteen of the 18 have at least one goal, and five have two goals. Twelve of the point-scorers have at least one goal and one assist. Two players have four assists, five players have three assists and three 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 six with goals. Four freshmen out of five have scored a goal, and four have at least one point during the season.

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:

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 six games played. Fletcher ranks third on the team scoring three goals and tallying three assists in his six games played this season. Clune has one assist in his six games with the Reign while Sheen has two assists in his 10 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, 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

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 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.

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. 7 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.

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