GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (4-9-0, 3-4-0 AHA) vs. Air Force (7-5-2, 4-2-1 AHA)
Dates: Dec. 6-7, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
HC Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.;
Dominic Dipersia (Fri., Sat.), Eric Sherman (Fri.) & Ken Goettler (Sat.)
Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Air Force: Air Force leads, 20-7-8
Last Meeting: Air Force 7, HC 0 (11/3/2012; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Last HC Win: HC 3, Air Force 1 (11/2/2012; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
At Holy Cross: Air Force leads 6-3-5
First Meeting: Air Force 4, HC 3 (2/5/1993; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Current Series Win Streak: Air Force, one game
2012-2013 Series: Tied, 1-1-0
HC TO HOST AIR FORCE: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (4-9-0, 3-4-0 AHA) returns to action on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7 when it hosts Atlantic Hockey opponent Air Force (7-5-2, 4-2-1 AHA). Last week the Crusaders defeated No. 7 Boston College, 5-4, while Air Force went 0-1-1 versus Bentley. Air Force is tied for second in the Atlantic Hockey standings with nine points, while the Crusaders are tied for seventh with six points. The Falcons rank fifth in the league scoring 2.86 goals per game, while the Crusaders rank 11th scoring 2.23. The Falcon defense is third in the league allowing 3.07 goals per game while the Crusader defense is fourth in the conference by allowing 3.15 goals per game. Air Force is eighth in the league with a power play percentage of .161 while the Crusader power play is 11th with .122 percent. Holy Cross' penalty kill percentage of .821 ranks third in the conference while Air Force's .792 percentage ranks fifth. The Crusaders rank second in combined special teams with a .526 percentage, while the Falcons' .452 percentage ranks them ninth in the AHA.
THE SERIES WITH AIR FORCE: These games will be the 36th and 37th times the two programs have met. The Falcons lead the all-time series, 20-7-8. The Crusaders are 3-11-6 against the Falcons since Air Force entered Atlantic Hockey in the 2006-2007 season. The Crusaders' three wins have been in three of the last four seasons as Holy Cross is 3-5-3 versus the Falcons over the past four years. The Crusaders are 3-6-5 at the Hart Center versus the Falcons. Last year the season series was tied at 1-1-0.
HC DEFEATS #7 BOSTON COLLEGE: On Nov. 29, the Crusaders defeated No. 7 Boston College at Conte Forum by a 5-4 score. The win over Boston College was the Crusaders' first victory over the Eagles as a varsity program as Boston College had won the previous eight meetings. BC is the sixth program that has won at least one NCAA national championship that the Crusaders have now defeated. The other five programs that have won at least one national title that Holy Cross has posted a win versus are Boston University, Maine, Minnesota, Rensselaer and Yale. The victory was Holy Cross' fifth win over a nationally ranked team in program history and the third versus a top-10 team. This was also the first ever win by an Atlantic Hockey team versus Boston College.
BARRETT NAMED ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Freshman forward Mike Barrett (Orland Park, Ill.) has been named the Travel Team USA Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week for his three-point performance in the Crusaders' 5-4 win at No. 7 Boston College on Nov. 29. This is Barrett's first career AHA weekly honor. Barrett tallied two goals and one assist for three points versus the Eagles. He scored the first goal of the game at 12:24 of the first period and then just 55 seconds later he posted an assist on the Crusaders' second goal of the game increasing the lead to 2-0. At 12:09 of the second, Barrett found the back of the net again to give the Crusaders a 4-1 advantage. This was the first time a Crusader freshman had scored two goals and also added an assist since Jay Silvia posted two goals and one assist for three points as the Crusaders defeated RIT by a 5-3 score on March 13, 2009 in the first game of a best two-out-of-three Atlantic Hockey Tournament quarterfinal series. Barrett leads the team with four goals, while he also has two assists for six points.
GINN HITS 2,000: Junior goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) now has 2,008 career saves, which are second among Division I goalies at the school. Ginn is the second Crusader in Division I history to reach 2,000 career saves and the first junior to reach this milestone. Ginn leads all junior goalies in the country in career saves and has the 10th most career saves of any active goalie nationally.
VIDAL POSTS THREE POINTS VERSUS BC: Sophomore Matt Vidal (Manorville, N.Y.) scored the game-winning goal and also posted two assists for three points as the Crusaders upset No. 7 Boston College at Conte Forum on Nov. 29. Vidal tallied an assist on the Crusaders' second goal of the game and also on their fourth goal. He then gave the team a 5-1 lead at 16:53 of the second period. The goal was his first career game-winner. This was his first collegiate multi-point game. He was named the GoHolyCross.com Crusader of the Week. This season he has two goals and five assists for seven points. Vidal has three goals and nine assists for 12 career points.
DRISCOLL'S EIGHT ARE FIRST: Sophomore Tim Driscoll (Hingham, Mass.) tallied an assist during the game against No. 7 Boston College to maintain his team-leading points. 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 scored a goal against Robert Morris, 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 six assists for eight points this season. Driscoll has seven goals and seven assists for 14 points in his 28 career games played.
SCHMIDT EXCELS IN CAREER: Senior assistant captain Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) has three goals and four assists this season to tally seven points. He is tied as the second leading point scorer on the team. In his career, Schmidt has 41 goals and 49 assists for 90 points in his 124 games. Schmidt scored on a breakaway against No. 7 Boston College for his 41st career goal, the 10th most career goals by a Division I player at Holy Cross.
BOLTON STRONG ON DEFENSE: Sophomore Jake Bolton (Ellington, Conn.) tallied his fifth assist on the game-winning goal against No. 7 Boston College on Nov. 29. He also tallied an 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 sixth points. Bolton is tied for fourth on the team in points for the Crusaders this season and has the most among defensemen. Bolton is one of three players on the team who has tallied five or more assists so far in the season. In his 48 career games played, Bolton has scored twice and tallied 11 assists for 13 points.
FRESHMAN CLASS SCORING GOALS: The freshman class features the leading goal scorer, and every freshmen with a point has at least three. The freshman class has a total of nine goals which account for 31% of the team total. Mike Barrett leads the team with four goals scored and is tied for fourth on the team with six points. Barrett and Nick Finn (Canton, Mass.) are also the only two Crusaders to receive Atlantic Hockey weekly honors.
GINN THIS SEASON: Matt Ginn has also played 777:37 during the season, which is the eighth most time in the country. His 385 saves this season are fourth in the country and are second 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 13 points this season scoring five 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 16.46 blocked shots per game. The Crusaders lead the conference in total blocked shots with 214. Two defensemen rank nationally in blocked shots per game. Junior Nilan Nagy (Canonsburg, Pa.) is tied for 14th with 2.38 and sophomore Joe McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) is tied for 38th with 2.00. Nagy is second in the conference for blocked shots with 31.
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 2,008 saves, 40 victories, 76 games played and 4539:03 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 22 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 287-280-66 (.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.
SENIOR CLASS WITH 61 WINS: The 2014 senior class now has 61 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 1-3-0 against ranked teams after the 5-4 win over No. 7 Boston College on Nov. 29, 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. 8 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 5-22-3 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.
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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.
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 is tied for the team-lead with two game-winning goals and ranks second on the team with six goals and 11 assists for 17 points in 19 games played. Nunn has three power play goals, which are tied for second on the team. Vos is tied for second on the team in points with 21 in his 14 games played including seven goals and 14 assists, while Zych ranks seventh, and second among defensemen, with three goals and nine assists for 12 points in his 14 games. Gordon is tied for third on the team with two goals and six assists for eight points in his 15 games played. Fletcher is tied for third on the team scoring four goals and tallying four assists for eight points in his 14 games played this season. Clune has one assist in his 15 games with the Reign while Sheen has two goals and three assists in his 20 games played. Linsmayer has played in 11 games with the Bulls scoring two goals.