November 27, 2013

Men's Hockey To Play At #7 Boston College On Nov. 29

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2013-2014 Men's Hockey Fact Book

GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:

Teams: Holy Cross (3-9-0, 3-4-0 Atlantic Hockey) vs. #7 Boston College (8-3-2, 4-1-1 Hockey East)
Date: Nov. 29, 2013
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Place: Conte Forum (7,884), Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Live Video Streaming: Eagle Vision All-Access
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Boston College: BC leads 8-0-0
Last Meeting: #4 BC 5, HC 0 (11/22/2004; Chestnut Hill, Mass.)
First Meeting: BC 8, HC 7 (11/24/1980; Chestnut Hill, Mass.)
At Boston College Home Game: BC Leads 7-0-0
At Conte Forum: BC Leads 1-0-0
Current Series Win Streak: BC won eight

HC TRAVELS TO BOSTON COLLEGE: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (3-9-0, 3-4-0 AHA) returns to action on Friday, Nov. 29 when it travels to Chestnut Hill, Mass., to face Hockey East opponent No. 7 Boston College (8-3-2, 4-1-1 HEA). Friday's game is at 4:00 p.m. at the Kelley Rink at Conte Forum. The Eagles rank first in Hockey East scoring 4.23 goals per game, as well as first nationally, while the Crusaders rank 12th in Atlantic Hockey scoring 2.00. The Crusader defense is tied for the second best in the AHA allowing 3.08 goals per game while the Boston College defense ranks sixth in Hockey East allowing 2.38 goals per game. BC is eighth in its league with a power play percentage of .163 while the Crusader power play is 11th with .132 percent. Holy Cross' penalty kill percentage of .808 ranks third in the conference while BC's .882 percentage ranks second in the HEA. The Crusaders rank fourth in combined special teams in Atlantic Hockey with a .522 percentage, while the Eagles' .581 percentage ranks them first in the HEA and third nationally. The BC roster also features Johnny Gaudreau who leads the nation in points per game (1.85). They also feature three of the top 10 players in the country in points per game and assists per game. Boston College, who is No. 7 in the USCHO poll, is also ranked No. 6 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.

THE SERIES WITH BOSTON COLLEGE: Since Holy Cross became a varsity program in 1966-67,  Boston College has won all eight meetings of the teams. In their last meeting on Nov. 22, 2004, No. 4 Boston College defeated Holy Cross 5-0. Prior to Holy Cross becoming a varsity team, Boston College played Holy Cross a total of eight times, in which Boston College won seven and Holy Cross won one. Their first all-time meeting was on Jan. 27, 1928, when the Eagles defeated the Crusaders 5-4. The Crusaders' only victory occurred before the team became a varsity program, when they won 4-0 on Jan. 19, 1945.

GUSTIN'S GOLDEN GOALS: Sophomore Sean Gustin (Stoneham, Mass.) scored the lone goal for the Crusaders on Nov. 23 against Atlantic Hockey opponent Robert Morris. His goal was his third of the season and enabled him to become the team's leading goal scorer. Gustin also netted his second goal of the season in the win at Army on Nov. 8. His first goal of the season was at Northeastern. Gustin has played in 15 career games with four goals.

DRISCOLL'S SEVEN ARE FIRST: Sophomore Tim Driscoll (Hingham, Mass.) scored against Robert Morris on Nov. 22 to maintain his team-high scoring. He previously made his way into first on the team in scoring with his two assists against Bentley on Nov. 16 and 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 two goals and five assists for seven points this season. Driscoll has seven goals and six assists for 13 points in his 27 career games played.

SCHMIDT EXCELS IN CAREER: Senior assistant captain Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) has a pair of goals and four assists this season to tally six points. He is tied as the second leading point scorer on the team. In his career, Schmidt has 40 goals and 49 assists for 89 points in his 124 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.

BOLTON STRONG ON DEFENSE: Sophomore Jake Bolton (Ellington, Conn.) tallied his fourth assist against Atlantic Hockey opponent Robert Morris on the game-winning goal on Friday, Nov. 22. Bolton tallied assists against Army, No. 9 Quinnipiac and tallied two points in game two of the Northeastern series with a goal and an assist. He also has one goal for five points. Bolton is fourth on the team in points for the Crusaders this season and has the most among defensemen. Bolton is one of four players on the team who has tallied four or more assists so far in the season. In his 47 career games played, Bolton has scored twice and tallied 10 assists for 12 points.

GINN SAVES THE DAY: Junior goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) now has 1,974 career saves, which are second among Division I goalies at the school. Ginn leads all junior goalies in the country in career saves and has the 10th most career saves of any active goalie nationally.

EIGHT CRUSADERS WITH TWO GOALS: Eight Crusaders are tied for second on the team with two goals this season. Senior Adam Schmidt, junior Mike McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.), sophomores Tim Driscoll, Brett Lubanski (Farmington Hills, Mich.) and Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.), along with freshmen Mike Barrett (Orland Park, Ill.), Nick Finn (Canton, Mass.) 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.

FRESHMAN CLASS SCORING GOALS: The freshman class features three of the eight 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 29% of the team total. Nick Finn and Logan Smith (Littleton, Colo.) are tied for fifth on the team in points.

GINN THIS SEASON: Matt Ginn has also played 717:37 during the season, which is the sixth most time in the country. His 351 saves this season are third in the country and are first in Atlantic Hockey. 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.  

THREE CRUSADERS 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.). The three captains have combined for 12 points this season scoring four goals and tallying eight assists throughout the season.

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.

DEFENSE BLOCKS SHOTS: The Holy Cross defense ranks sixth in the country with 16.50 blocked shots per game. The Crusaders lead the conference in total blocked shots with 198. Three defensemen rank nationally in blocked shots. Junior Nilan Nagy (Canonsburg, Pa.) is tied for 10th with 29, sophomore Joe McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) is tied for 32nd with 24 and freshman Logan Smith is tied for 69th with 20. Nagy is second in the conference for blocked shots.

GINN IN THE RECORD BOOK: Matt Ginn 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). His 1,974 saves, 39 victories, 75 games played and 4479:03 minutes played are all the second most by Division I goaltenders for a career at the school.

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 WITH DEPTH: Of the 21 skaters that have played in a game this season, 19 have tallied at least one point. Fourteen of the 18 have at least one goal, eight have two goals, and one has three goals. Thirteen of the point-scorers have at least one goal and one assist. One player has five assists, four players have four assists, four players have three assists and two players have two assists of the 18 players with at least one assist. Three of the four skaters in the senior class have scored a point along with all 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 points during the season.

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 286-280-66 (.505) 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.

SENIOR CLASS WITH 60 WINS: The 2014 senior class now has 60 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.).

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/.

AGAINST RANKED TEAMS: This season, the Crusaders are currently 0-3-0 against ranked teams after a 3-2 loss against No. 19 Boston University, 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 4-22-3 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.

HOLY CROSS VERSUS HOCKEY EAST: The Crusaders are 2-6-0 in their last eight games against teams from Hockey East. The most recent game was a 5-2 loss at Northeastern on Oct. 19, and the last time the Crusaders earned a victory was in the 5-4 win over No. 7 Boston University on Oct. 22, 2011. The Crusaders are 0-3-0 this season. Holy Cross has an all-time record of 25-90-2 (.222) against teams currently in Hockey East (0-8-0 against Boston College, 1-2-0 vs. Boston University, 2-4-0 against Maine, 5-12-0 vs. UMass, 6-21-0 against UMass Lowell, 8-26-1 vs. Merrimack, 0-2-0 against New Hampshire, 1-3-0 vs. Northeastern, 1-5-0 vs. Notre Dame, 1-5-0 against Providence and 0-2-1 vs. Vermont).

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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CRUSADERS PLAYING IN THE PROS: Five members of the 2013 senior class have signed contracts to play professionally. Kyle Fletcher (Mississippi Surge of the SPHL), Rob Linsmayer (San Francisco Bulls of the ECHL), 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 six goals and 10 assists for 16 points in 17 games played. Nunn has three power play goals, which are tied for second on the team. Vos ranks third on the team in points with 19 in his 12 games played including six goals and 13 assists, while Zych ranks seventh, and second among defensemen, with three goals and eight assists for 11 points in his 12 games. Gordon is tied for third on the team with two goals and five assists for seven points in his 10 games played. Fletcher is tied for third on the team scoring four goals and tallying three assists for seven points in his 10 games played this season. Clune has one assist in his 11 games with the Reign while Sheen has a goal and three assists in his 16 games played. Linsmayer has played in seven games with the Bulls scoring two goals.

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.