January 8, 2014

Men's Hockey To Host First Place Mercyhurst

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2013-2014 Men's Hockey Fact Book

Teams: Holy Cross (4-13-2, 3-7-2 AHA) vs. Mercyhurst (11-9-2, 9-1-1 AHA)
Dates: Jan 10-11, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m
Place: Hart Center (1,600); Worcester, Mass.


Live Video/Audio Streaming: America One Networks


Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Mercyhurst: Mercyhurst leads 29-13-5
Series Record At Hart Center: Mercyhurst leads 17-6-1
Last Meeting: Mercyhurst 1, Holy Cross 0 (3/17/13; Worcester, Mass.)
First Meeting: Mercyhurst 5, Holy Cross 4 (11/29/1997; Worcester, Mass.)
Last HC Win: Holy Cross 3, Mercyhurst 2 (3/16/13; Worcester, Mass.)
2012-2013 Season Series: Mercyhurst won 3-2-0

This week in HC Hockey History: (1/8-1/14)
1/13/1991 Matt Gale named ECAC East Rookie of the Week
1/11/1994 Mike Shustak named ECAC East Player of the Week
1/11/2000 Matt Smith posted a school-record 56 saves at Niagara
1/8/2001 Rick Massey named MAAC Goalie of the Week
1/10/2005 Dale Reinhardt named AHA Rookie of the Week
1/14/2008 Brodie Sheahan named AHA Player of the Week
1/8/2011 Adam Roy posted 47 saves against Niagara, tied for third all-time
1/10/2011 Adam Roy named Crusader of the Week
1/14/2012 Derek Kump records first career shutout vs. RMU posting 29 saves

HC TO PLAY MERCYHURST: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (4-13-2 overall, 3-7-2 AHA) returns to action on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 10-11 at 7:00 p.m. against the Mercyhurst Lakers (11-9-2 overall, 9-1-1 AHA) at the Hart Center. Currently the Lakers are first in the AHA with 19 points while Holy Cross is tied for ninth with eight points. Mercyhurst has the best offense in the conference scoring 3.64 goals per game, while the Crusaders rank 10th scoring 2.05. The Lakers' 80 goals and 140 assists for 220 points are currently second in the nation. The Crusader defense ranks fifth in the conference allowing 3.16 goals per game while the Lakers' 3.27 goals against ranks them seventh. Mercyhurst's power play ranks fifth with a .198 percentage while the Crusaders' .127 is ninth. Mercyhurst's penalty kill is third the league with a .825 percentage while Holy Cross is sixth with a .792. The Lakers' .523 combined special teams is second in Atlantic Hockey while the Crusaders sit in sixth with a .493.

THE SERIES WITH MERCYHURST: These teams have met 47 times with Mercyhurst leading, 29-13-5. The Lakers are 17-6-1 versus the Crusaders at the Hart Center. The Crusaders are 3-6-1 versus the Lakers in the last 10 games. Holy Cross is 1-3-1 in the last five games versus Mercyhurst at the Hart Center.

CRUSADER/LAKER CONNECTIONS: This weekend series will reunite six players between the two teams. Junior Nilan Nagy (Canonsburg, Pa.) played one season of juniors with Laker goalie Jordan Tibbett with the Youngstown Phantoms (USHL). Freshman Mike Barrett (Orland Park, Ill.) played one year with the Jersey Hitmen (EJHL) alongside Mercyhurst's Jack Riley who captained the team during that season. For sophomore Nathaniel Domagala (Oakville, Ontario) and Mercyhurst's junior Tyler Shiplo, this reunion goes back even longer. Domagala and Shiplo grew up in the same hometown and skated together from age five to 12. The two met again when they played juniors together for the Georgetown Raiders (OJHL).

SCHMIDT EXCELS IN CAREER: Senior assistant captain Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) has five goals and seven assists this season to tally 12 points. He is the leading point scorer on the team. In his career, Schmidt has 43 goals and 52 assists for 95 points in his 131 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 43rd goal at home against Canisius. He previously scored against No. 19 Boston University and Bentley twice, including once at Fenway Park. 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.   

VIDAL STAYS HOT: Sophomore Matt Vidal (Manorville, N.Y.)  tallied his seventh assist of the season during the Crusaders' 4-2 loss against Canisius. He also 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 and the game was his first collegiate multi-point game. He was named the GoHolyCross.com Crusader of the Week. This season he has four goals and seven assists for 11 points, the second most points on the team. Vidal has five goals and 11 assists for 16 career points.

STOCKTON COMES BACK BIG: Senior assistant captain Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) had an assist on fellow assistant captain Adam Schmidt's goal against Canisius on Jan. 3 for his third assist. He also posted an assist on Schmidt's goal at Fenway Park against Bentley, which he followed up with a goal of his own. Stockton this season has scored three goals and tallied three assists for six points in his nine games played. In his career, Stockton has scored 32 goals and tallied 46 assists for 78 points in his 111 games played.

DOMAGALA TALLIES TWO ASSISTS: Sophomore Nathaniel Domagala tallied an assist on each of the Crusaders' two goals against AHA opponent Canisius on Jan. 4. The two assists were the first points of the season for the sophomore in his seven games played. In his career he has four assists for four points in his 35 games played.

BARRETT LEADING ROOKIES: Freshman forward Mike Barrett 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 13 of the 19 games he has played.

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. The three captains have combined for 22 points this season scoring nine goals and tallying 13 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, third on the team in points. Driscoll has seven goals and eight assists for 15 points in his 34 career games played.

LUBANSKI'S EIGHT ARE A CAREER HIGH: Sophomore Brett Lubanski (Farmington Hills, Mich.) scored his fourth goal of the season against Canisius on Jan. 4. The goal was Lubanski's eighth point of the season and fourth goal, both career-highs for the sophomore and his four assists are also a career high. He previously scored against Air Force and Bentley. 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 Crusader of the Week accolades for the first time in his career.  Lubanski's .587 faceoff percentage is first among active centers on the team and his 183 faceoff wins are second on the team. Lubanski now has four goals and six assists for 10 points in his 54 career games played.

GINN HITS 2,000: Junior goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) now has 2,194 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.

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 40 blocks this season, the most on the team and tied for 19th nationally, while his 2.11 blocks per game are 26th. 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 54 career games played, Bolton has scored twice and tallied 11 assists for 13 points.

GINN SECOND IN NATION IN SAVES: Matt Ginn has also played 1142:27 during the season, which is the fourth most time in the country. His 571 saves this season are second 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 41st consecutive game versus Canisius on Jan. 4 which makes him 22nd on the NCAA Division I career list for consecutive games played by a goalie.

DEFENSE BLOCKS SHOTS: The Holy Cross defense ranks first in the country with 18.32 shots blocked by an individual per game. The Crusaders lead the conference in total blocked shots with 348 and are second in the country. Four defensemen rank nationally in blocked shots per game. Sophomore Joe McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) and junior Nilan Nagy are tied for 22nd with 2.18, Jake Bolton ranks 26th with 2.11 and Ryan McGrath is tied for 94th with 1.63. Bolton is fourth in the conference for blocked shots with 40 and Nagy and McNamara tie for sixth with 37.

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).

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 2,194 saves, 40 victories, 82 games played and 4903:53 minutes played are all the second most by Division I goaltenders for a career at the school.

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 four 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/.

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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.

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 287-284-68 (.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.

HC TO HOLD 2014 NCAA REGIONAL: The College of the Holy Cross will host the 2014 NCAA D 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 (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), James Sixsmith (Lørenskog of the Norway) 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 five assists in five games for Erding. Vos is third on the team in points with 29 in his 20 games played including 11 goals and 18 assists, while Zych ranks eighth with four goals and 10 assists for 14 points in his 17 games. Gordon has two goals and seven assists for nine points in his 16 games played. Fletcher is tied for fifth on the team scoring seven goals and tallying six assists for 13 points in his 27 games played this season. Clune has two assists in his 26 games with the Reign while Sheen has five goals and five assists for 10 points in his 33 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 four goals in his 18 games played. Sixsmith has scored 17 goals and tallied 23 assists for 40 points in his 28 games this season. Rissmiller has scored three times and tallied nine assists for 12 points in his 10 games played.