Men's Hockey To Host Canisius On Jan. 3-4

Nick Finn & Brett Lubanski

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2013-2014 Men's Hockey Fact Book

Teams: Holy Cross (4-11-2, 3-5-2 AHA) vs. Canisius (5-10-1, 4-4-1 AHA)
Dates: Jan 3-4, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.; 3:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (1,600); Worcester, Mass.

Live Video Streaming: America One Networks

Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Canisius:
Holy Cross leads 32-13-9
At The Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 17-7-3
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 5, Canisius 1 (2/3/13; Buffalo, N.Y.)
Last Canisius Win: Canisius 3, Holy Cross 0 (2/2/13; Buffalo, N.Y.)
First Meeting: Holy Cross 3, Canisius 1 (11/1/86; Potsdam, N.Y.)
Current Series Win Streak: Holy Cross one game2012-2013 Series: Tied 1-1-0

This week in HC Hockey History:
1/5/2002- Jeff Dams scored a hat trick at AIC
1/4/2004- Andrew McKay named AHA Player of the Week
1/3/2005- Tony Quesada named AHA Goalie of the Week
1/2/2006- James Sixsmith named Crusader of the Week
1/2/2006- Ben Conway named AHA Goalie of the Week
1/5/2007- Jon Landry tallied four assists and a goal for five points at Bentley
Dec.  2007- Everett Sheen named AHA Rookie of the Month
Dec. 2007- Ian Dams named AHA Goalie of the Month
12/31/2007- Everett Sheen named AHA Rookie of the Week
1/5/2009- Jay Silvia named AHA Rookie of the Week
1/4/2010- Mike Daly named Crusader of the Week
12/31/2012- The Crusaders are ranked #20 in the USCHO poll

The Holy Cross men's hockey team (4-11-2 overall, 3-5-2 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 3-4 at 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. against the Canisius Golden Griffins (5-10-1 overall, 4-4-1 Atlantic Hockey) at the Hart Center. Currently Canisius is sixth in the AHA while Holy Cross is eighth. Canisius has the sixth best offense in the conference scoring 2.50 goals per game, while the Crusaders rank 10th scoring 2.18. The Crusader defense ranks fourth in the conference allowing 3.12 goals per game while the Golden Griffins 3.31 goals against ranks them sixth. Canisius' power play ranks sixth with a .190 percentage while the Crusaders' .121 is 10th. Canisius' penalty kill is fourth the league with a .819 percentage while Holy Cross is seventh with a .786. Canisius' .526 combined special teams is second in Atlantic Hockey while the Crusaders sit in seventh with a .484. 

These two teams have played each other 54 times with Holy Cross leading the all-time series, 32-13-9, including the Crusaders tying the series with the Golden Griffins last season, 1-1-0. The Crusaders are 7-2-1 versus the Golden Griffins over the last 10 games. Holy Cross is 4-1-0 versus Canisius over the last five games at the Hart Center.

CRUSADER/CANISIUS CONNECTIONS: This weekend series will mark the reunion of seven players between Canisius and Holy Cross players. While playing for the Amarillo Bulls (NAHL), sophomore Karl Beckman (Okemos, Mich.) played with Canisius junior Cody Freeman during his first year with the team. Sophomore Brett Lubanski (Farmington Hills, Mich.) played two years with the Kenai River Brown Bears (NAHL) with Canisius junior Doug Beck, including one year as linemates. Sophomores Ben Kaplan (Burlington, Vt.) and Jake Bolton (Ellington, Conn.) played a year with the Golden Griffins' sophomore forward Steve Miller with the EJHL's New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs. 

Senior assistant captain Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) has four goals and seven assists this season to tally 11 points. He is the leading point scorer on the team. In his career, Schmidt has 42 goals and 52 assists for 94 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 and still holds the rank. He scored his 42nd goal at Fenway Park against Bentley. He previously scored against No. 19 Boston University and Bentley. He posted assists this season at No. 9 Quinnipiac, Army, Robert Morris and Bentley at Fenway, and against Sacred Heart and both games versus Air Force.   

Sophomore Matt Vidal (Manorville, N.Y.) scored the Crusaders' lone goal against No. 11 Yale on Dec. 29 for his fourth goal of the season. 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. 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 Crusader of the Week. This season he has four goals and six assists for 10 points. Vidal has five goals and 10 assists for 15 career points. 

Senior assistant captain Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) had an assist on fellow assistant captain Adam Schmidt's goal at Fenway Park against Bentley, then followed it up with a goal of his own. The two points marked the third goal and second assist by Stockton this season for five points in his seven games played. In his career, Stockton has scored 32 goals and tallied 45 assists for 77 points in his 109 games played.

Freshman forward Mike Barrett (Orland Park, Ill.) tallied an assist against No. 11 Yale for his fourth assist of the season and eighth 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 175 faceoff victories. Barrett this season has four goals and four assists for eight points in his 17 games played. He has also started 11 of the 17 games he has played. 

The Crusaders are led by senior captain Ryan McGrath (Pittsburgh, Pa.). McGrath's leadership is joined by assistant captains Adam Schmidt and Shayne Stockton. The three captains have combined for 20 points this season scoring eight goals and tallying 12 assists. 

DRISCOLL IN THIRD: Sophomore Tim Driscoll (Hingham, Mass.) tallied an assist during the game against Bentley on Dec. 28, No. 7 Boston College on Nov. 29 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 seven assists for nine points this season. Driscoll has seven goals and eight assists for 15 points in his 32 career games played.

Freshman Brett McKinnon (West Kelowna, British Columbia) posted his first point with a second assist on the goal by Adam Schmidt against Bentley on Dec. 28 at Fenway Park. The freshman also picked up his first start the following afternoon against No. 11 Yale on Dec. 29. In his two games played McKinnon has one assist for one point.

The trio of sophomores Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.), Matt Vidal and freshman Mike Barrett has been one of the most effective offensive lines for the Crusaders this season. They make up three of the top five scorers for the Crusaders collectively tallying 12 goals, and 14 assists for 26 points.

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. 

GINN HITS 2,000:
Junior goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) now has 2,144 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 eighth most career saves of any active goalie nationally in Division I.

Sophomore Jake Bolton led all defenders during the weekend series against Air Force with 15 of the team's 65 blocks. Bolton now has 35 blocks this season, tied for second on the team and tied for 25th nationally, while his 2.06 blocks per game are 29th. 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 has one goal and five assists for six points. Bolton has the most  points among defensemen this season. Bolton is one of five players on the team who has tallied five or more assists so far in the season. In his 52 career games played, Bolton has scored twice and tallied 11 assists for 13 points. 

has also played 1024:56 during the season, which is the seventh most time in the country. His 521 saves this season are tied for first in the country and 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. He played in his 39th consective game versus No. 11 Yale on Dec. 29 which ties him for 25th on the NCAA Division I career list for consecutive games played by a goalie.

The Holy Cross defense ranks first in the country with 18.71 shots blocked by an individual per game. The Crusaders lead the conference in total blocked shots with 318 and are second in the country. Five defensemen rank nationally in blocked shots per game. Sophomore Joe McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) is 16th with 2.33, junior Nilan Nagy (Canonsburg, Pa.) is 23rd with 2.18, Jake Bolton ranks 29th with 2.06, freshman Logan Smith (Littleton, Colo.) is tied for 92nd with 1.65 and Ryan McGrath is tied for 99th with 1.59. Nagy is fourth in the conference for blocked shots with 37 and Bolton and McNamara tie for sixth with 35.

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).

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 2,144 saves, 40 victories, 80 games played and 4786:22 minutes played are all the second most by Division I goaltenders for a career at the school.

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.

Of the 23 skaters that have played in a game this season, 20 have tallied at least one point. Fourteen of the 18 have at least one goal and 20 players whave 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 six have scored a goal and five of the six have an assist.

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:

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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 287-282-68 (.504) 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. 

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

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 (Erding Gladiators 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),  Everett Sheen (Ontario Reign of the ECHL) and Pat Rissmiller (Ritten Renon of the Italy-A). Nunn scored seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points in 21 games played with EV Regensburg and now has three assists in three games for Erding. Vos is second on the team in points with 28 in his 19 games played including 11 goals and 17 assists, while Zych ranks eighthwith 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 25 games played this season. Clune has two assists in his 22 games with the Reign while Sheen has three goals and four assists in his 29 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 three goals in his 16 games played. Rissmiller has scored twice and tallied six assists for eight points in his seven games played.