GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (2-8-0, 2-3-0 AHA) vs. Robert Morris (1-7-1, 1-2-1 AHA)
Dates: Nov. 22-23, 2013
Times: Nov. 22-7:00 p.m.; Nov. 23-3:30 p.m.
Place: 84 Lumber Arena (1,200), Pittsburgh, Pa.
Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Robert Morris: Robert Morris leads 3-2-1
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 1, Robert Morris 1 (OT) (12/1/12; Worcester, Mass.)
First Meeting: Robert Morris 4, Holy Cross 2 (11/5/10; Worcester, Mass.)
At Robert Morris Home Game: Tied 1-1-0
Current Series Win Streak: Tied one
2012-2013 Series: Robert Morris won 1-0-1
HC TRAVELS TO ROBERT MORRIS: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (2-8-0, 2-3-0 AHA) returns to action on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22-23 when it travels to Pittsburgh, Pa., to face Atlantic Hockey opponent Robert Morris (1-7-1, 1-2-1 AHA). Friday's game is at 7:00 p.m., while Saturday's contest is at 3:30 p.m. The Colonials rank sixth in the league scoring 2.89 goals per game, while the Crusaders rank 10th scoring 2.10. The Crusader defense is tied for the second best in the conference allowing 3.10 goals per game while the Robert Morris defense ranks seventh allowing 3.56 goals per game. RMU is sixth in the league with a power play percentage of .208 while the Crusader power play is 10th with .143 percent. Holy Cross' penalty kill percentage of .826 ranks third in the conference while RMU's .643 percentage ranks 12th. The Crusaders rank third in combined special teams with a .538 percentage, while the Colonials' .411 percentage ranks them 11th in the AHA.
THE SERIES WITH ROBERT MORRIS: These will be only the seventh and eighth meetings ever between the two programs as Robert Morris leads the series 3-2-1. Last year, both games were played in Worcester as Robert Morris took the series 1-0-1. The Colonials won the first game by a 4-3 score on Nov. 30, and the next night the two teams tied 1-1 after overtime. Two years ago, the Crusaders' first time in Pittsburgh, Robert Morris won 4-3 in overtime on Jan. 13, while the Crusaders took the second game, 1-0, on Jan. 14. Three years ago in Worcester, Robert Morris won on Nov. 5, by a 4-2 score, and then the Crusaders won a 3-2 overtime contest on Nov. 6.
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.
SCHMIDT EXCELS IN CAREER: Senior assistant captain Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) has a pair of goals and three assists this season to tally five points. He is the second leading point scorer on the team. In his career, Schmidt has 40 goals and 48 assists for 88 points in his 122 games. With his redirected goal against Bentley on Nov. 16, Schmidt netted his 40th career goal, tying him for the 10th most among any Division I player at the school.
FINN NAMED AHA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Freshman Nick Finn (Canton, Mass.) was named the Team Travel USA Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week as he scored his first two collegiate goals at UConn on Nov. 12 in the 4-3 loss to the Huskies. This is his first career AHA weekly award. With the Crusaders down 2-0 at UConn, he netted his first collegiate goal in the second period and then gave the Crusaders a 3-2 lead in the third period with his second goal. Finn has played in eight games with two goals and two assists for four points. He is tied for the team-lead in goals and is tied for third in points. Finn also tallied assists against Northeastern and Sacred Heart in October.
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 five 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 45 career games played.
FRESHMAN CLASS SCORING GOALS: The freshman class features three of the seven members of the team with two goals, and every freshman with a point has at least three. The freshman class has a total of seven goals which account for 33% of the team total. Nick Finn and Logan Smith (Littleton, Colo.) are tied for third on the team in points.
DRISCOLL'S SIX ARE FIRST: Sophomore Tim Driscoll (Hingham, Mass.) tallied an assist against Bentley on Nov. 16 to maintain his team-high scoring. He previously made his way into first on the team in scoring with his two assists against Connecticut on Nov. 12. Driscoll also 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 five assists for six points this season. Driscoll now has six goals and six assists for 12 points in his 25 career games played.
LUBANSKI'S TWO ARE A CAREER HIGH: Sophomore Brett Lubanski (Farmington Hills, Mich.) netted his second goal during a 3-2 overtime loss against Bentley on Nov. 12. Lubanski's goal was the first Crusader goal of the game to tie the game 1-1. The goal was Lubanski's third point of the season and second goal, both career-highs for the sophomore. During the contest against Sacred Heart, he 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's .546 faceoff perecentage leads active centers on the team and his 77 faceoff wins are second on the team. Lubanski now has two goals and three assists for five points in his 45 career games played.
THREE CRUSADERS 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 11 points this season scoring four goals and tallying seven assists throughout the season.
SPECIAL TEAMS RANK NATIONALLY: The Crusaders' combined special teams have a collective .538 percentage which ranks them 12th nationally and third in Atlantic Hockey. The Crusaders have a .826 penalty kill percentage, which on its own ranks 28th nationally.
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 1,906 career saves, which are third among Division I goalies at the school. He has played 73 games which are the third most games among Division I goaltenders at the school. His 4359:15 which are second among goalies at the school for Division I goaltenders. His 283 saves this season are fifth in the country and are second in Atlantic Hockey. Ginn has also played 597:49 during the season, which is the 10th most time in the country.
SEVEN CRUSADERS WITH TWO GOALS: Seven Crusaders tie for the team-high with two goals this season. Senior Adam Schmidt, sophomores Sean Gustin (Stoneham, Mass.), Brett Lubanski and Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.), along with freshmen Mike Barrett (Orland Park, Ill.), Nick Finn and Cameron Lawson (Vancouver, British Columbia) 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 (Ellington, Conn.), sophomore Ben Kaplan (Burlington, Vt.) 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, while Kaplan has four assists. The four are tied for third on the team in points. The Crusader defense is tied for second in the conference allowing 3.10 goals per game.
DEFENSE BLOCKS SHOTS: The Holy Cross defense ranks ninth in the country with 15.90 blocked shots per game, and is tied for 12th with the most blocked shots by a team with 159. The Crusaders lead the conference in total blocked shots as well. Three defensemen rank nationally in blocked shots per game. Sophmore Joe McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) is tied for 14th with 2.30, junior Nilan Nagy (Canonsburg, Pa.) is tied for 36th with 2.00 and Logan Smith is tied for 90th with 1.70. McNamara also ranks third in the conference.
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. Tickets for the game are on sale now via www.redsox.com/frozenfenway or by calling the Red Sox Ticket Office at 877-733-7699. Tickets range from $10 to $50.
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 285-279-66 (.502) 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.
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 seven have two goals. Thirteen of the point-scorers have at least one goal and one assist. One player has five assists, one players has four assists, five players have three assists and three players have two assists of the 17 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 all four have at least three 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: 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 five goals and nine assists for 14 points in 15 games played. Nunn has three powerplay goals, which are second on the team. Vos ranks third on the team in points with 16 in his 10 games played including four goals and seven assists, while Zych ranks seventh, and second among defensemen, with one goal and seven assists for eight points in his 10 games. Gordon is tied for first on the team with two goals and five assists for seven points in his eight games played. Fletcher is tied for second on the team scoring three goals and tallying three assists for six points in his eight games played this season. Clune has one assist in his nine games with the Reign while Sheen has three assists in his 14 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.
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).
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