GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (6-15-2, 5-9-2 AHA) vs. Bentley (12-8-3, 10-3-3 AHA)
Date: Jan. 25, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
HC Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Dominic Dipersia
Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Bentley: Holy Cross leads 30-17-7
At Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 17-7-2
Last Meeting: Bentley 3, Holy Cross 2 (12/28/13; Boston, Mass.)
Last Holy Cross 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 two games
2013-2014 Series: Bentley leads 2-0-0
This Week In HC Hockey History (Jan. 22-28)
1/22/1999 Paul Cavanagh scored a hat trick at Sacred Heart
1/22/2011 The Crusaders tie RIT 3-3 to begin their school record 11-game conference unbeaten streak
1/23/2006 James Sixsmith named AHA Player of the Week
1/25/1975 Holy Cross set school records for goals (18), assists (26), points (44) and scoring margin (18) defeating MIT 18-0
1/25/1999 Patrick Rissmiller named MAAC Rookie of the Week
1/25/2001 Tim Bernstein and Tony Deluzio scored 0:09 apart against Sacred Heart for the fastest two consecutive goals by HC players
1/26/1987 Rob Arena named ECAC East Goalie of the Week
1/26/2001 The Crusaders overcame a school record four goal margin to defeat Fairfield 6-5 at home
1/26/2001 Greg Kealey, J.R.Walker and Patrick Rissmiller scored 0:42 apart vs. Fairfield for the three fastest consecutive Holy Cross goals
1/26/2007 James Sixsmith named a finalist for the Frozen Four Skills Challenge
1/27/2003 Tyler McGregor named MAAC Rookie of the Week
1/28/2011 The Crusaders defeat Connecticut 4-2 to begin their school record eight-game home winning streak
1/28/1985 Paul Pijanowski named ECAC East Goalie of the Week
1/28/2002 Patrick Rissmiller named MAAC Player of the Week
HC TO HOST BENTLEY: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (6-15-2 overall, 5-9-2 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action when it hosts Bentley (12-8-3 overall, 10-3-3 Atlantic Hockey) on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 7:00 p.m. The Falcons have won both previous matches this year, including a game at Fenway Park on Dec. 28. The Falcons are in second place in Atlantic Hockey with 23 points while the Crusaders are in ninth place with 12. Bentley is second in the league scoring 3.43 goals per game while the Crusaders are 10th in the conference scoring 2.09 goals per game. Bentley is second in the AHA allowing 2.52 goals per game and the Crusaders' 3.00 is fourth. The Falcons' power play leads the league and is second in the nation with a .278, while the crusaders are ninth in the league with a .138. Bentley leads the conference with a .850 penalty kill percentage and the Crusaders' .819 is fourth in the AHA. Bentley's Brett Gensler leads the conference and is fifth nationally with 1.43 points per game. Falcon defenseman Steve Weinstein leads the nation in assists per game with 1.22 and points per game by a defenseman with 1.26. The Falcons roster three of the top four goal scorers in the league.
THE SERIES WITH BENTLEY: This game will be the 55th time that these two teams have met with HC leading, 30-17-7. The Crusaders are 17-7-2 against Bentley at home. So far this season Bentley leads the series 2-0-0 over Holy Cross as it defeated the Crusaders in overtime on Nov. 16 at home and defeated the Crusaders 3-2 at Fenway Park on Dec. 28. The Crusaders are 4-3-3 versus Bentley over the last 10 games and are 3-2-0 over the last five home games versus the Falcons.
CRUSADER/FALCON CONNECTIONS: Senior captain Ryan McGrath (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and sophomore Matt Vidal (Manorville, N.Y.) played a year of juniors with the EJHL's Bay State Breakers along with Bentley's Andrew Fitzstephens. For the Crusaders' Brett McKinnon (West Kelowna, British Columbia) this game brings him together with four of his previous teammates. McKinnon played one season with Matt Maher and Alex Grieve with the BCHL's Westside Warriors. McKinnon also played three years of juniors for the Warriors with Max French. Bentley's Tyler Krause played two years with McKinnon on the Warriors and the pair played a year of midget hockey together as well.
CRUSADERS SWEEP PURPLE EAGLES: Last week the Crusaders swept a two-game series at Niagara on Jan. 17-18. On Friday, Holy Cross won by a 4-2 score, while on Saturday the Crusaders earned a 3-2 victory. This was the team's first sweep of a two-game road series since the Crusaders' swept Canisius on Oct. 24-25, 2009, by two 3-2 scores. Versus Niagara, junior Tommy Dwyer (Ridgefield, Conn.) and sophomore Sean Gustin (Stoneham, Mass.) each scored their first collegiate game-winners, while junior goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) made 79 saves and allowed four goals during the series for a .952 save percentage and a 2.00 goals against average.
THREE PLAYERS ON POINT STREAKS: Matt Vidal, Tommy Dwyer and freshman Mike Barrett (Orland Park, Ill.) are each on three-game point streaks. This is Vidal's second of the season and his career. For Dwyer and Barrett this streak is the longest and first of their career. This is also the first time this season that multiple players have had ongoing point streaks during the same set of games.
GINN IS NATIONAL SAVES LEADER: Matt Ginn leads the nation with 698 saves this season. He has also played 1379:07 during this season, which is the third most time 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. Ginn made 79 saves and allowed four goals during the series sweep at Niagara on Jan. 17-18 for a .952 save percentage and a 2.00 goals against average. Ginn was named the GoHolyCross.com Crusader of the Week for his performance. He has played in 45 consecutive games which are tied for 20th on the NCAA Division I career list for consecutive games played by a goalie.
DWYER NETS FIRST CAREER GAME-WINNER: Junior forward Tommy Dwyer tallied one goal and one assist for two points as the Crusaders swept a two-game series at Niagara on Jan. 17-18 at Dwyer Arena. He assisted on the game-winner in the 4-2 victory on Friday, while on Saturday he broke a 2-2 tie with 2:18 left in the third period when he scored his first collegiate game-winner to give the Crusaders a 3-2 win versus the Purple Eagles. Dwyer has posted a point in three straight games with two goals and one assist for three points. This season he has two goals and a career-best three assists for a career-high five points. Dwyer has played in 72 career games with four goals and seven assists for 11 points.
SCHMIDT WITH 97 POINTS: Senior assistant captain Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) has five goals and nine assists this season to tally 14 points. He is tied for the leading point scorer on the team with sophomore Matt Vidal. In his career, Schmidt has 43 goals and 54 assists for 97 points in his 135 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 posted a goal and an assist during the weekend sweep of Niagara. He tallied his eighth assist of the season during the Crusaders' 4-2 loss against Mercyhurst. With a goal and two assists in his last three games Vidal is on his second point streak of the season, Vidal now has 14 points on the season, good enough for a share of the lead with teammate Adam Schmidt. Vidal has five goals to go with his nine 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 six goals and 13 assists for 19 career points.
GUSTIN SCORES GAME-WINNER: Sophomore Sean Gustin tallied his first career game-winning goal against Niagara on Friday, Jan. 17. This season he has four goals and two assists for six points in the 21 games he has played. Gustin posted an assist against Mercyhurst on Jan. 11. He previously posted his first 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 26 career games with five goals and two assists for seven points.
STOCKTON COMES BACK BIG: Senior assistant captain Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) tallied his fourth and fifth assists of the season during the weekend sweep of Niagara on Jan. 17-18. Stockton also 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 five assists for eight points in his 13 games played. In his career, Stockton has scored 32 goals and tallied 48 assists for 80 points in his 115 games played.
BARRETT LEADING ROOKIES: Freshman forward Mike Barrett continues to lead all freshman Crusaders in points as he netted his team-high sixth goal on Jan. 17 at Niagara. Barrett also tallied his fifth assist during the sweep of Niagara. Barrett now has 11 points on the season, and is third on the team in points. His six goals are tied for 19th among freshmen nationally. 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 241 faceoff victories which is tied for 21st in the country and third among all rookies. Barrett this season has six goals and five assists for 11 points. He has also started 16 of his 23 games played.
THREE CRUSADERS LEAD THE TEAM: The Crusaders are led by senior captain Ryan McGrath. McGrath's leadership is joined by assistant captains Adam Schmidt and Shayne Stockton. The three captains have combined for 26 points this season scoring nine goals and tallying 17 assists.
GINN HITS 2,000: Junior goalie Matt Ginn now has 2,321 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 17.83 shots blocked by an individual per game. The Crusaders lead the conference in total blocked shots with 410 and are second in the country. Three defensemen rank nationally in blocked shots per game. Sophomore Joe McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) is 27th with 2.05 per game, Jake Bolton (Ellington, Conn.) is tied for 34th with 2.00 blocked shots per game and Ryan McGrath is tied for 99th with 1.95. Bolton is sixth in the conference with 45 total blocked shots and McNamara is tied for eighth with 41. McGrath is tied for 20th with 35 blocked shots.
RANKED 4TH NATIONALLY IN FACEOFF PERCENTAGE: Holy Cross is ranked fourth in the nation and first in the conference with a .542 faceoff percentage. The team has won 812 of the 1498 draws it has taken this season. Sophomore forward Brett Lubanski (Farmington Hills, Mich.) is ranked 19th in the country, winning .596 percent of his draws. Senior Shayne Stockton is ranked 56th with a .561 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.
BOLTON STRONG ON DEFENSE: Sophomore Jake Bolton has two goals and five assists for seven points. Bolton has the most points among defensemen this season. He scored the Crusaders' second goal of the game on Friday, Jan. 17 at Niagara. Bolton led all defenders during the weekend series against Air Force with 15 of the team's 65 blocks. Bolton now has 45 blocks this season, which are the most on the team. Bolton is sixth in the conference for total blocked shots and tied for tied for 24th nationally, while his 2.00 blocks per game are tied for 23rd. 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. In his 58 career games played, Bolton has scored three times and tallied 11 assists for 14 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 2,321 saves, 42 victories, 86 games played and 5140:33 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 289-286-68 (.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.
ONE-TIMERS: This week the Crusaders are 50-50-2 all-time and 12-12-2 in Division I games… Since becoming a Division I program in 1998-1999 this season is only the second time that the Crusaders and the Falcons have met without including a weekend series… With the sweep of Niagara this weekend, the Crusaders are now 3-0-0 against teams with an Eagle as the mascot… They also have now won all three games played in the state of New York this season… Of the 24 skaters on the roster who have played in a game this season 20 players have tallied at least two points and one assist… The Crusaders this season are fourth in the country in faceoff percentage at home with a .583… Mike Barrett's 105 home faceoff wins are fourth in Atlantic Hockey and tied for third in the country among freshmen.
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. Saturday's regional semifinal games are at 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., while the regional final on Sunday is at 5:00 p.m. 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.
SENIOR CLASS WITH 63 WINS: The 2014 senior class now has 63 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.) for their senior leadership.
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 (Missouri Mavericks of the CHL). They will join Matt Clune (Gwinnett Gladiators 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 seven assists and three goals in nine games for Erding. Vos is tied for second on the team in points with 39 in his 23 games played including 17 goals and 22 assists. Zych, who played 17 games also with the Dordrecht Lions with four goals and 10 assists for 14 points, is preparing for his debut with the Mavericks. 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 31 games played this season. Clune, who had one goal and four assists in his 31 games with the Reign, was just recently traded to the Gladiators. Sheen has six goals and six assists for 12 points in his 38 games played with the Reign. 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 and has two assists in his 23 games played. Sixsmith has scored 20 goals and tallied 26 assists for 46 points in his 34 games this season. Rissmiller has scored six times and tallied 11 assists for 17 points in his 13 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.
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.