GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (4-15-2, 3-9-2 AHA) vs. Niagara (5-12-3, 5-5-3 AHA)
Dates: Jan 17-18, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m
Place: Dwyer Arena (2,100); Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Niagara: Niagara leads 7-3-0
Series Record At Niagara: Niagara leads 3-1-0
As Atlantic Hockey Opponents: Tied 3-3-0
Last Meeting: #15 Niagara 4, HC 1 (1/19/13; Worcester, Mass.)
Last HC Win: HC 5, #15 Niagara 3 (1/18/13; Worcester, Mass.)
First Varsity Meeting: Niagara 3, HC 0 (1/3/99; Worcester, Mass.)
Current Series Win Streak: Niagara, one game
2012-2013 Series: Tied 1-1-0
This week in HC Hockey History: (1/15-1/21)
1/15/85 Matt Muniz named ECAC East Forward of the Week
1/15/07 James Sixsmith named Crusader of the Week
1/16/12 Erik Vos named Crusader of the Week
1/17/05 Tyler McGregor named AHA Player of the Week
1/18/13 Jake Bolton scored first career goal against #15 Niagara
1/18/13 Ben Kaplan scored first career goal against #15 Niagara
1/18/13 Defeated #15 Niagara for fourth win against a ranked team
1/21/06 Coach Pearl's 168th win, makes him most winningest HC coach
1/21/12 Tommy Dwyer tallied first career point (assist against Mercyhurst)
HC TO PLAY AT NIAGARA: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (4-15-2 overall, 3-9-2 AHA) returns to action on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17-18 at 7:00 p.m. against the Niagara Purple Eagles (5-12-3 overall, 5-5-3 AHA) at Dwyer Arena. Currently the Purple Eagles are in sixth place in the AHA standings with 13 points, while Holy Cross is in 11th with eight points. Niagara scores 2.65 goals per game which puts them at seventh in the AHA, while the Crusaders rank 10th in scoring at 1.95 goals per game. The Crusader defense ranks fifth in the conference allowing 3.10 goals per game, while the Purple Eagles' 3.40 goals against ranks them eighth. The Crusaders' power play ranks 10th in the conference with a .118 percentage, while Niagara's power play is 12th with a .092 percentage. Holy Cross' penalty kill is ranked sixth with a .793 percentage, while Niagara's penalty kill is 11th in the league with a .739 percentage. The Crusaders' sit in sixth with a .487 combined special teams percentage, while the Purple Eagles' .425 combined special teams is 11th in Atlantic Hockey.
THE SERIES WITH NIAGARA: These two teams have met 10 times with Niagara leading the all-time series 7-3-0. The Crusaders are 3-3-0 versus the Purple Eagles since Niagara joined Atlantic Hockey in the 2010-2011 season. Last season, the Crusaders defeated the then ranked #15 Purple Eagles 5-3 at home on Jan. 18. On Jan. 19, Niagara evened the season series beating the Crusaders by a score of 4-1. During the 2011-2012 season the Crusaders lost at Niagara by a score of 4-2 on Nov. 4 and then defeated the Purple Eagles, 4-3 on Nov. 5. Both games were played in Worcester in the 2010-2011 season with the Purple Eagles winning by a 5-2 score on Jan. 7 and the Crusaders taking the win 5-1 on Jan. 8 for their first ever victory versus Niagara. The Purple Eagles won by a 6-2 score in Worcester on Oct. 13, 2007. In the 2006-2007 season, Niagara defeated Holy Cross, 5-4 in overtime, on October 14, 2006 at Niagara. On Jan. 11, 2000 the Purple Eagles won 6-0 at Niagara, while on Jan. 3, 1999, Niagara won 3-0 at Holy Cross.
CRUSADER/PURPLE EAGLE CONNECTIONS: This weekend will bring together two Crusaders and two Purple Eagles who played together in juniors before entering the AHA. Sophomore Nathaniel Domagala (Oakville, Ontario) and Niagara sophomore Matt Chiarantano spent two seasons together playing for the Georgetown Raiders (OJHL). Senior assistant captain Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) will be reunited with the Purple Eagles' senior forward Ryan Rashid. Schmidt and Rashid spent one season together before entering college playing for the Sioux City Musketeers (USHL). The biggest connection this week is the homecoming of assistant coach Juliano Pagliero to his alma mater. Pagliero graduated from Niagara in 2009 where as a goaltender he was a three time All-Conference selection and the CHA's Player of the Year for the 2008-2009 season. During Pagliero's career, Niagara won the regular season CHA title twice and advanced to the 2008 NCAA tournament after winning the CHA Tournament.
DWYER NETS FIRST OF THE YEAR: Junior forward Tommy Dwyer (Ridgefield, Conn.) scored his first goal of the season in a 4-2 loss to Mercyhurst. Dwyer had two assists earlier in the year, totaling three points on the season. The first of his assists came in a 4-3 victory against Sacred Heart on Nov. 1, with the other coming in a 3-3 tie against Air Force on Dec. 7.
SCHMIDT EXCELS IN CAREER: Senior assistant captain Adam Schmidt has five goals and seven assists this season to tally 12 points. He is tied for the leading point scorer on the team with sophomore Matt Vidal (Manorville, N.Y.). In his career, Schmidt has 43 goals and 52 assists for 95 points in his 133 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 TIED FOR TEAM LEAD IN POINTS: Sophomore Matt Vidal tallied his eighth assist of the season during the Crusaders' 4-2 loss against Mercyhurst. With two assists in his last four games, Vidal now has 12 points on the season, good enough for a share of the lead with teammate Adam Schmidt. Vidal has four goals to go with his eight assists on the year. He 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. Vidal has five goals and 12 assists for 17 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 11 games played. In his career, Stockton has scored 32 goals and tallied 46 assists for 78 points in his 113 games played.
BARRETT LEADING ROOKIES: Freshman forward Mike Barrett (Orland Park, Ill.) continues to lead all freshman Crusaders in points as he netted his tied for the team leading fifth goal of the season in a 4-2 loss to Mercyhurst on Jan. 11. Barrett now has nine points on the season, and is tied for third on the team in points. He had an assist against No. 11 Yale for his fourth assist of the season and eighth point. 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 219 faceoff victories which is 23rd in the country and third among all rookies. Barrett this season has five goals and four assists for nine points. He has also started 14 of his 21 games 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.
GINN HITS 2,000: Junior goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) now has 2,242 career saves, which is 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.
HC 2ND IN NATION IN BLOCKED SHOTS PER GAME: The Holy Cross defense ranks second in the country with 18.00 shots blocked by an individual per game. The Crusaders lead the conference in total blocked shots with 378 and are second in the country. Three defensemen rank nationally in blocked shots per game. Junior Nilan Nagy (Canonsburg, Pa.) is ranked 19th with 2.18 per game. Sophomore Joe McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) is 20th with 2.16 per game and Jake Bolton (Ellington, Conn.) ranks 35th with 1.95 blocked shots per game. Bolton and McNamara are tied for fifth in the conference with 41 blocked shots each and Nagy is ninth with 37 blocked shots.
GINN THIRD IN NATION IN SAVES: Matt Ginn has also played 1259:07 during this season, which is the fourth most time in the country. His 619 saves this season are third in the country. 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 has played in 43 consecutive games which are tied for 20th on the NCAA Division I career list for consecutive games played by a goalie.
RANKED 3RD NATIONALLY IN FACEOFF PERCENTAGE: Holy Cross is ranked third in the nation and first in the conference with a .543 faceoff percentage. The team has won 738 of the 1358 draws it has taken this season. Sophomore forward Brett Lubanski (Farmington Hills, Mich.) is ranked 16th in the country, winning .605 percent of his draws. Senior Shayne Stockton is ranked 54th with a .564 percentage, and freshman Mike Barrett is ranked 98th with a .538 percentage.
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.
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 2,242 saves, 40 victories, 84 games played and 5020:33 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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GINN ON HOBEY BAKER FAN BALLOT: Matt Ginn is on the Hobey Baker Award Fan Ballot on www.hobeybaker.com. This first phase of fan balloting will run now through March 9, 2014. Phase two of fan balloting will begin on March 20 from the list of Top 10 Hobey Baker finalists. Vote Here.
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 287-286-68 (.501) 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 six assists and one goal in seven games for Erding. Vos is second on the team in points with 39 in his 23 games played including 17 goals and 22 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 has eight goals and six assists for 14 points in his 29 games played this season. Clune has three assists in his 27 games with the Reign while Sheen has five goals and five assists for 10 points in his 34 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 five goals in his 20 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 10 assists for 13 points in his 11 games played.
ONE-TIMERS: Oct. 14, 2006 was the last time assistant coach Juliano Pagliero participated in an HC/NU game at Niagara. Pagliero earned an OT victory at home for Niagara against Holy Cross after making 30 saves during the contest...Freshman forward Cameron Lawson (Vancouver, British Columbia) celebrates his 21st birthday on Jan. 16...Sophomore defenseman Nathaniel Domagala turns 22 on Jan. 18...Sophomore defenseman Ben Kaplan (Burlington, Vt.) will be 22 on Jan. 18... Student assistant coach Jeff Reppucci turns 23 on Jan. 21...During the week of Jan. 15-21 the Crusaders sport a 37-45-6 record all-time and are 9-15-5 since becoming Division I... There are only three teams in Division I hockey who wear purple jerseys, Holy Cross, Niagara and Minnesota State. Niagara has played both other purple teams, but Holy Cross has never played Minnesota State...While Minnesota State also wears purple, they have yellow as a color leaving Holy Cross and Niagara as the only two Division I schools to have purple, black and white as their colors... This season the Crusaders take on two different teams with an Eagle as a mascot, Niagara and Boston College. So far the Crusaders are 1-0-0 against Eagles this season after defeating No. 7 Boston College 5-4 on Nov. 29... Holy Cross will have played six games in the state of New York this season before the end. Right now Holy Cross is 1-0-0 in the state after they defeated Army on Nov. 8... Of the 23 skaters on the roster who have played in a game this season 20 players have tallied at least two points and one assist...Three Holy Cross players live in the state of New York, Shayne Stockton, Matt Vidal and Grant Garvin (Derby, N.Y.)... Holy Cross is one of 17 teams to boast a faceoff percentage above .500 on the road as they are 12th with a .506... Matt Ginn has a fifth in conference .914 save percentage on the road... Mike Barrett's 108 faceoff victories on the road are the fifth most among freshmen.