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Teams: Holy Cross (4-9-2, 3-4-2 AHA) vs. Bentley (8-7-1, 6-2-1 AHA)
Date: Dec. 28, 2013
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Fenway Park (37,493) Boston, Mass.
Teams: Holy Cross (4-9-2, 3-4-2 AHA) vs. No. 11 Yale (6-3-3, 3-2-3 ECACHL)
Date: Dec. 29, 2013
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Place: Ingalls Rink (3,500) New Haven, Conn.
Saturday HC Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.;
Dominic Dipersia, Eric Sherman, Tyler Bao & Aleksandr Epshteyn
Saturday Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
Sunday Live Video Streaming: Ivy League Digital Network
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Bentley: Holy Cross leads 30-16-7
At Bentley Home Game: Holy Cross leads 12-8-5
At Neutral Site: Series tied 1-1-0
Last Meeting: Bentley 3, HC 2 (OT) (11/16/13; Watertown, Mass.)
Last HC Win: Holy Cross 2, Bentley 1 (2/26/13; Watertown, Mass.)
First Meeting: Holy Cross 5, Bentley 2 (2/10/73; Bentley home game)
Current Series Win Streak: Bentley one game
2013-2014 Series: Bentley leads 1-0-0
With Yale: Yale leads 4-1-0
At Yale Home Game: Yale leads 3-0-0
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 5, #15 Yale 4 (12/30/12; Marlborough, Mass.)
Last Yale Win: #1 Yale 10, HC 3 (1/2/11; New Haven, Conn.)
First Meeting: Yale 6, HC 1 (1/20/01; New Haven, Conn.)
HC TO PLAY BENTLEY AND YALE: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (4-9-2 overall, 3-4-2 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 6:30 p.m. against the Bentley Falcons (8-7-1 overall, 6-2-1 Atlantic Hockey) at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass. as the first game of the Citi Frozen Fenway series. The event includes seven public and private high school hockey games, and nine men's and women's college hockey games. The Falcons are in second place in the AHA and are on a seven-game unbeaten streak, tied for third in the nation. The game on Sunday, Dec. 29 will take place at Ingalls Rink in New Haven, Conn. as the Crusaders travel to defending national champions, the No. 11 Yale Bulldogs (6-3-3 overall, 3-2-3 ECACHL). The Crusaders have played the Falcons once this season already, losing 3-2 in overtime. Last season, the Crusaders took on the No. 15 Bulldogs defeating them 5-4 on Dec. 30, 2012 for their first varsity victory against Yale.
MATCH UP AGAINST BENTLEY: The Falcons have the second best offense in the conference scoring 3.31 goals per game, while the Crusaders rank 10th scoring 2.27. The Falcon defense also ranks second allowing 2.69 goals per game while the Crusader defense is fifth allowing 3.07. Bentley's power play ranks second with a .238 percentage while the Crusaders' .122 is 10th. Bentley's penalty kill leads the league with a .852 percentage while Holy Cross is sixth with a .790. Bentley's .583 combined special teams leads Atlantic Hockey while the Crusaders sit in fifth with a .495.
THE SERIES WITH BENTLEY: This game will be the 54th time that these two teams have met with HC leading, 30-16-7. The Crusaders are 12-8-5 on the road versus Bentley. This is the third time the two teams have met at a neutral site and the series is tied 1-1-0. So far this season Bentley leads the series 1-0-0 over Holy Cross as it defeated the Crusaders in overtime on Nov. 16 at home.
MATCH UP AGAINST YALE: The Bulldogs have the fifth best offense in the ECACHL scoring 3.17 goals per game, while the Crusaders rank 10th in the AHA scoring 2.27. The Bulldog defense is tied for fifth in its conference allowing 2.50 goals per game while the Crusader defense is fifth in the AHA allowing 3.07. Yale's power play ranks eighth in the ECAC with a .167 percentage while the Crusaders' .122 is 10th in Atlantic Hockey. Holy Cross is sixth in its conference with a .790 penalty kill percentage while Yale's .756 percentage places them 11th in its conference. The Crusaders sit in fifth in Atlantic Hockey with a .495 percentage for combined special teams and Yale bottoms out its conference with a .421 combined special teams ranking.
THE SERIES WITH YALE: This will be the sixth meeting between these two teams in varsity games. Holy Cross is 1-4-0 all-time against Yale as it earned its first victory on Dec. 30, 2012 by a score of 5-4 at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Mass. The Bulldogs have hosted the Crusaders three times in the past winning all three matches by scores of 10-3, when they were ranked No. 1 on Jan. 2, 2011, 2-1 on Oct. 27, 2006 and 6-1 on January 20, 2001. The Crusaders have only hosted Yale once in the series which resulted in a 7-3 loss at the Hart Center on Nov. 28, 2009.
VIDAL STAYS HOT: Sophomore Matt Vidal (Manorville, N.Y.) has five points in the last three games as he is tied for the most points on the team. He tallied an assist in the first game and scored a goal in the second of a two game home series against AHA rival Air Force. His goal in the second game earned him the third star of the game. Vidal also scored the game-winning goal and posted two assists for three points when 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 three goals and six assists for nine points. Vidal has four goals and 10 assists for 14 career points.
LUBANSKI'S SEVEN ARE A CAREER HIGH: Sophomore Brett Lubanski (Farmington Hills, Mich.) netted his third goal and tallied his fourth assist of the season on Saturday Dec. 7 against Air Force which earned him the second star of the game. The goal was Lubanski's seventh point of the season and third goal, both career-highs for the sophomore and his four assists are also a career high. He scored his second goal of the season during a 3-2 overtime loss against Bentley on Nov. 12. 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 .568 faceoff percentage ties for first among active centers on the team and his 77 faceoff wins are second on the team. Lubanski now has three goals and six assists for nine points in his 52 career games played.
BARRETT LEADING ROOKIES: Freshman forward Mike Barrett (Orland Park, Ill.) tallied an assist against Air Force on Saturday Dec. 7 for his third assist of the season and seventh point. He now leads all rookies on the team in point scoring and goal-scoring. His four goals this season tie him for first on the team in goals. Barrett was 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 was Barrett's first career AHA weekly honor. Barrett tallied two goals and one assist for three points versus the Eagles. Barrett leads the team with his 166 faceoff victories. Barrett this season has four goals and two assists for six points in his 15 games played. He has also started 10 of the 15 games he has played.
GUSTIN GETS FIRST ASSIST: Sophomore Sean Gustin (Stoneham, Mass.) tallied his first career assist on Saturday Dec. 7 against Air Force. He also scored the lone goal for the Crusaders on Nov. 23 against Atlantic Hockey opponent Robert Morris for his third goal of the season. 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 18 career games with four goals and an assist for five points.
DRISCOLL IN THIRD: Sophomore Tim Driscoll (Hingham, Mass.) tallied an assist during the game against No. 7 Boston College and two assists against each Sacred Heart on Nov. 1 and Connecticut on Nov. 12. Driscoll also scored a goal against Robert Morris on Nov. 22, and tallied an assist against Bentley on Nov. 16. 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 30 career games played.
GINN HITS 2,000: Junior goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) now has 2,075 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.
BOLTON STRONG ON DEFENSE: Sophomore Jake Bolton (Ellington, Conn.) led all defenders during the weekend series against Air Force with 15 of the team's 65 blocks. Bolton now has 31 blocks this season, second on the team and tied for 39th nationally, while his 2.07 blocks per game are 33rd. He 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 six 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 five players on the team who has tallied five or more assists so far in the season. In his 50 career games played, Bolton has scored twice and tallied 11 assists for 13 points.
SCHMIDT EXCELS IN CAREER: Senior assistant captain Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) has three goals and six assists this season to tally nine points. He is tied as the leading point scorer on the team. In his career, Schmidt has 41 goals and 51 assists for 92 points in his 127 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.
GINN THIS SEASON: Matt Ginn has also played 907:23 during the season, which is the 12th most time in the country. His 452 saves this season are fifth 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. Ginn posted 38 saves on Friday Dec. 6 against Air Force which earned him the first star of the game.
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 16 points this season scoring six goals and tallying 10 assists throughout the season.
DEFENSE BLOCKS SHOTS: The Holy Cross defense ranks first in the country with 18.60 shots blocked by an individual per game. The Crusaders lead the conference in total blocked shots with 279 and are fifth in the country. Four defensemen rank nationally in blocked shots per game. Junior Nilan Nagy (Canonsburg, Pa.) is tied for 14th with 2.40, Jake Bolton ranks 33rd with 2.07, sophomore Joe McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) is tied for 38th with 2.00 and freshman Logan Smith (Littleton, Colo.) is 54th with 1.87. Nagy is tied for third in the conference for blocked shots with 36 and Bolton's 31 are sixth.
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 2,075 saves, 40 victories, 78 games played and 4668:49 minutes played are all the second most by Division I goaltenders for a career at the school.
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. 11 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.
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.
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, five have two goals, four have three goals and two have four goals. Fourteen of the point-scorers have at least one goal and one assist. Three players have six assists, two players have five assists, two players have four assists, six players have three assists and three players have two assists of the 19 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. Seven of the eight sophomores that have been featured in a game have tallied at least one point, including six with goals and seven with assists. 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 287-280-68 (.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 three 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/.
HC VERSUS THE ECACHL: The Crusaders have an all-time record of 23-53-6 (.317) against teams currently in the ECACHL (3-4-0 against Brown, 1-1-0 vs. Clarkson, 0-5-0 vs. Colgate, 3-4-1 against Dartmouth, 0-4-0 vs. Princeton, 5-21-4 against Quinnipiac, 3-4-0 vs. Rensselaer, 0-1-0 against St. Lawrence, 7-5-1 vs. Union and 1-4-0 against Yale). The only teams that HC has not played in varsity games that are currently in the ECACHL are Cornell and Harvard. This season the Crusaders lost to No. 9 Quinnipiac twice by scores of 4-2 and 4-1. Last season, Holy Cross won at Clarkson, 3-1, on Oct. 20, 2012, lost to Brown, 3-2, on Nov. 25, 2012 and defeated Yale, 5-4, on Dec. 30, 2012. Yale would eventually go one to win the national championship for the 2012-2013 season.
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 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.
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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).
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 (Idaho Steelheads 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 third on the team with two game-winning goals and ranks fourth on the team with seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points in 21 games played. Vos is second on the team in points with 24 in his 17 games played including 10 goals and 14 assists, while Zych ranks seventh, and second among defensemen, with four goals and 10 assists for 14 points in his 17 games. Gordon is eighth on the team with two goals and seven assists for nine points in his 16 games played. Fletcher is fifth on the team scoring six goals and tallying six assists for 12 points in his 22 games played this season. Clune has two assists in his 20 games with the Reign while Sheen has two goals and four assists in his 27 games played. Linsmayer played in 11 games with the San Francisco Bulls scoring two goals before being traded to the Idaho Steelheads. With the Steelheads he has scored two goals in his 11 games played.
HC SET TO HOST 2016 NCAA REGIONAL: The College of the Holy Cross will play host to the 2016 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey Northeast Regional at the DCU Center in Worcester on March 25-26, 2016. Holy Cross, which will be hosting the Northeast Regional this season on March 29-30, 2014, previously held this event at the DCU Center in 2008, 2010 and 2012. The 2016 event will mark the 14th overall time that the regional will take place 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.