GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (6-16-2, 5-10-2 AHA) vs. RIT (8-13-3, 7-9-1 AHA)
Dates: Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Ritter Arena (2,100)
Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
Television: Time Warner
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With RIT: RIT leads 22-7-3
As Atlantic Hockey Opponents: RIT leads 18-2-3
At RIT Home Game: RIT leads 13-3-0
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 3, RIT 3 (OT) (11/18/12; Worcester, Mass.)
Last RIT Win: RIT 6, Holy Cross 5 (11/19/11; Rochester, N.Y.)
Last Holy Cross Win: Holy Cross 7, RIT 3 (11/17/12; Worcester, Mass.)
First Meeting: Holy Cross 8, RIT 4 (12/18/72; Worcester, Mass.)
Series Win Streak: Tie one game
2012-2013 Series: Holy Cross won 1-0-1
This Week In HC Hockey History (Jan. 29-Feb. 4)
1/30/2004 Jeff Dams netted a hat trick at Bentley
1/30/2006 Tyler McGregor named AHA Player of the Week
1/31/1994 Mike Shustak named ECAC East Player of the Week
1/31/2011 Adam Roy named AHA Goalie of the Week
1/31/2011 Rob Linsmayer named Crusader of the Week
2/1/1987 Matt Wright named ECAC East Defenseman of the Week
2/1/2006 Patrick Rissmiller played in the AHL All-Star game
2/1/2007 James Sixsmith named a Walter Brown semi-finalist
2/2/2009 Brodie Sheahan named Crusader of the Week
2/3/2010 Patrick Rissmiller named to the HC Hall of Fame
2/3/2012 Brandon Nunn netted a hat trick against AIC
2/3/2013 Joe McNamara posted first career multiple point game at Canisius
2/3/2013 Karl Beckman scored his first career goal
2/3/2013 All 10 members of the freshman class participated in a 5-1 victory at Canisius
2/4/2008 Dale Reinhardt named a finalist for the 2008 Frozen Four Skills Challenge
2/4/2011 Rob Linsmayer and Brandon Nunn each posted five points at AIC
2/4/2012 Matt Ginn posted first career shutout at AIC
2/4/2013 Karl Beckman named AHA Rookie of the Week
HC TO TRAVEL TO ROCHESTER: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (6-16-2 overall, 5-10-2 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action when it travels to the Rochester Institute of Technology (8-13-3 overall, 7-9-1 Atlantic Hockey) on Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1 at 7:00 p.m. The Tigers are in eighth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 15 points, while the Crusaders are in ninth place with 12. RIT is tied for fifth in the league scoring 2.71 goals per game, while the Crusaders are 10th in the conference scoring 2.12 goals per game. The Crusaders are fourth in the league allowing 3.08 goals per game, while RIT is in ninth allowing 3.38. The Tigers' power play is second in the league with a .222 conversion rate, while the Crusaders are ninth in the league with a .133. The Crusaders' .810 penalty kill percentage is fourth in the league, while the Tigers' .808 is right behind in fifth. RIT's .509 combined special teams ranks fourth in the league while the Crusaders' .503 is sixth. Both the Crusaders and the Tigers are 2-3-0 in their last five games.
THE SERIES WITH RIT: This will be the 33rd and 34th meetings between these two teams with RIT leading the series, 22-7-3. Last season the Crusaders won the series 1-0-1, outscoring the Tigers 10-6 during the two games. Holy Cross is 2-18-3 versus the Tigers since RIT joined Atlantic Hockey for the 2006-2007 season. The Crusaders defeated the Tigers at home on Nov. 17, 2012 by a score of 7-3 for their first victory over the Tigers since the 2008-2009 season. This was also the first time the Crusaders had won a season series since the Tigers entered Atlantic Hockey. The Crusaders are 3-13-0 when playing at an RIT home game. The Crusaders are 1-2-2 versus RIT over the last five contests.
PLAYERS VS. RIT: The Crusaders have never played a game against RIT freshman goalie Mike Rotolo, and have only faced junior Jordan Ruby once, when they scored two goals in the one period Ruby played on Nov. 17, 2012... Junior goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) is 1-2-1 against RIT in his career and senior goalie Derek Kump (Falmouth, Maine) and sophomore goalie Jack Kenney (Orono, Minn.) have never played the Tigers... Last year, senior assistant captain Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) tallied a hat trick in one game and posted two assists in the second game against RIT... Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) posted a goal and an assist for two points during the weekend... Sophomores Joe McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) and Jake Bolton (Ellington, Conn.) each posted their first career points last season with assists on Nov. 17 during a 7-3 victory over the Tigers... Of the nine returning players with points against RIT in their careers Schmidt, Stockton, McNamara and sophomore Karl Beckman (Okemos, Mich.) are the only skaters who have netted multiple points against the Tigers... Head coach Paul Pearl played in one game during his career at Holy Cross (Class of 1989) at RIT and posted three assists during the 10-6 loss during his senior year on Jan. 7, 1989... As the Niagara goalie, assistant coach Juliano Pagliero played the Tigers twice going 1-0-1 against RIT in his career.
CRUSADER/TIGER CONNECTIONS: This week brings together many players who have played against each other during their junior careers, but only five who have played seasons together. Junior goalie Matt Ginn spent a year and a half playing for the Lindsay Muskies (OJHL) with RIT's Michael Colavecchia. Additionally, senior captain Ryan McGrath (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and sophomore Matt Vidal (Manorville, N.Y.) played a season with Tigers' Adam Mitchell for the Bay State Breakers (EJHL). The Crusaders' assistant captain Shayne Stockton returns home to Rochester this weekend. Stockton attended Hilton Central High School in Hilton, N.Y.
HC LEADS NATION IN BLOCKED SHOTS PER GAME: The Holy Cross defense ranks first in the country with 17.62 shots blocked by an individual per game. The Crusaders lead the conference in total blocked shots with 423 and are second in the country. Two defensemen rank nationally in blocked shots per game. Joe McNamara is 23rd with 2.10 per game, and sophomore Jake Bolton is tied for 39th with 1.92. Bolton is tied for fifth in the conference with 46 total blocked shots and McNamara is eighth with 44.
RANKED 3RD NATIONALLY IN FACEOFF PERCENTAGE: Holy Cross is ranked third in the nation and first in the conference with a .547 faceoff percentage. The Crusaders are one of only four teams in the conference to go over .500 in the circle. The team has won 857 of the 1568 draws it has taken this season and outfaceoffed their opponents during 17 of their 24 games. Sophomore forward Brett Lubanski (Farmington Hills, Mich.) is ranked 17th in the country, winning .601 percent of his draws. Senior Shayne Stockton is ranked 46th with a .568 percentage. Over the last 10 games, Lubanski is .645 going 111-61 in the circle. Stockton is .565 over the last 10 games going 96-74. In the last five games, Lubanski has gone 52-27 (.658), Stockton is 51-32 (.614) and every player who has taken a faceoff has gone at least .500. The Crusaders have gone over .500 in eight of the last 10 games winning 376 of their 649 draws (.579). They have also gone over .500 in four of the last five winning 202 of 331 (.610). Their season high was against Mercyhurst on Jan. 10 when the team combined to win 42 of 60 faceoffs (.700).
FIVE PLAYERS ON POINT STREAKS: Tommy Dwyer (Ridgefield, Conn.), senior assistant captain Adam Schmidt, senior assistant captain Shayne Stockton, sophomore Joe McNamara and junior Jake Youso (International Falls, Minn.) are each on point streaks. Dwyer has had three goals and an assist in the last four games, a streak that ties for the longest on the team this season. Schmidt and Stockton are each on three game streaks. This is Schmidt's third streak this season, following a previous three-game and four-game streak. This streak is Stockton's first this season. During the three games, Schmidt has scored once and tallied two assists while Stockton has posted three assists. McNamara and Youso are each on two-game streaks.
46 GAMES STRONG FOR GINN: Matt Ginn has played in 46 consecutive games which are 20th on the NCAA Division I career list for consecutive games played by a goalie. Ginn's streak is the longest in Division I history at the school. Ginn also made 18 consecutive appearances between the end of his freshman and beginning of his sophomore years which are tied for the third longest streak at the school.
DWYER HOT IN LAST FOUR GAMES: Junior forward Tommy Dwyer has posted a point in four straight games with three goals and one assist for four points. This season he has three goals and three assists for six points, all career-highs for the junior. Dwyer scored his third goal of the season against Bentley on Jan. 25 to extend his point streak to four games. 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 played in 73 career games with five goals and seven assists for 12 points.
GINN THIRD IN NATION IN SAVES: Matt Ginn is third nationally with 726 saves this season. He has also played 1438:44 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.
SCHMIDT WITH 98 POINTS: In his career, Adam Schmidt has 44 goals and 54 assists for 98 points in his 136 games. Schmidt has six goals and nine assists this season to tally 15 points, the highest on the team. Schmidt netted his sixth of the season and 44th of his career against Bentley on Jan. 25. The goal was the third short-handed goal of his career which ties for the fourth most in school Division I history. 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. Schmidt is on a three-game point streak this season for his third streak of this season including a four-game streak and another three-game streak. Schmidt previously went on an eight-game streak as a sophomore, a six-game streak as a sophomore to begin the season, a five game streak as a junior, two three-game streaks as a junior and two three-game streaks as a freshman.
GUSTIN WITH FOUR IN LAST FOUR: Sophomore Sean Gustin (Stoneham, Mass.) has recorded four points in his last four games including one goal and three assists. Gustin tallied his first career multiple point game on Saturday, Jan. 25 with two assists. He tallied his first career game-winning goal against Niagara on Friday, Jan. 17. This season he has four goals and four assists for eight points in the 22 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 27 career games with five goals and four assists for nine points.
STOCKTON WITH NINE POINTS: Senior assistant captain Shayne Stockton this season has scored three goals and tallied six assists for nine points in his 14 games played. Stockton notched his sixth assist of the season on fellow assistant captain Adam Schmidt's short-handed goal against Bentley. He previously 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 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 is currently on a three-game point streak. In his career, Stockton has scored 32 goals and tallied 49 assists for 81 points in his 116 games played. Stockton went on a five-game, a four-game and a three-game streak during his junior year and three three-game streaks during his sophomore season. As a freshman Stockton went on three streaks, one for three games, one for six games and one career-streak extending seven games from his freshman season to his sophomore season.
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.
GINN'S CAREER 2,349 LEADS ALL JUNIOR GOALIES: Junior goalie Matt Ginn now has 2,349 career saves which lead all junior goalies in the country and is the ninth most career saves of any active goalie nationally in Division I. His saves 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.
YOUSO ON A ROLL: Junior Jake Youso (International Falls, Minn.) has had three points in his last two games played. Youso netted his first goal of the season and posted an assist on Saturday Jan. 25 against Bentley which earned him the third star of the evening. Youso has one goal and four assists this season for five points. Youso tallied an assist on Jan. 18 against Niagara on linemate Tommy Dwyer's game-winner. He previously tallied assists against Robert Morris and No. 7 Boston College. During his career he has 10 goals and 14 assists for 24 points in his 70 games played.
VIDAL SECOND IN POINTS: Sophomore Matt Vidal now has 14 points on the season, the second most on the team. Vidal has five goals to go with his nine assists on the year. He 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. 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. Vidal has six goals and 13 assists for 19 career points in his 56 games played.
BOLTON STRONG ON DEFENSE: Sophomore Jake Bolton has a team-leading 46 blocks so far this season. Bolton is tied for fifth in the conference for total blocked shots and tied for 30th nationally, while his 1.92 blocks per game are tied for 39th. 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. 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. In his 59 career games played, Bolton has scored three times and tallied 11 assists for 14 points.
REPPUCCI NOMINATED FOR NATIONAL AWARDS: Student assistant coach Jeffrey Reppucci has been nominated for two major national awards this season. He was named one of five finalists for the prestigious Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, an award given to a collegiate and a professional athlete who have made the greatest positive influence in the lives of others. Additionally for the second year in a row, Reppucci was nominated as one of the 18 candidates for the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award and is one of only two repeat nominees.
FIFTH ANNUAL "PINK THE RINK": On Saturday, Feb. 15, the Holy Cross men's hockey program will host its fifth annual "Pink the Rink" at the Hart Center during its game versus Connecticut at 7:00 p.m. The team will be wearing a special edition white and pink jersey to show its support for breast cancer awareness. The jerseys will be auctioned off throughout the game with all proceeds going to Pink Revolution, which is an alliance of dedicated individuals with a unified commitment to those touched by breast cancer. A ceremonial puck drop will feature Nancy Vidal, mother of sophomore forward Matt Vidal and a breast cancer survivor. Also a limited amount of special edition "Pink the Rink" t-shirts will be available for purchase along with a chuck-a-puck competition during an intermission and a 50/50 raffle. "Pink the Rink" is part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Holy Cross as the women's ice hockey team is hosting its "Pink the Rink" on Feb. 14, and the women's basketball team will hold its "Think Pink Day" on Feb. 15.
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 2,349 saves, 42 victories, 87 games played and 5200:10 minutes played are all the second most by Division I goaltenders for a career at the school.
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 28 points this season scoring 10 goals and tallying 18 assists.
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.
ONE-TIMERS: This season the Crusaders have played three teams (Boston University, No. 2 Boston College and No. 13 Yale) who have won national championships... The Crusaders also will have played six teams (Boston University, No. 3 Quinnipiac, No. 10 Northeastern, No. 2 Boston College, No. 13 Yale and RIT) who have made at least one Frozen Four appearance... The Crusaders currently have four players on the roster with more than 10 career goals, Adam Schmidt (44), Shayne Stockton (32), Jake Youso (10) and Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.) (10)... So far this season, the Crusaders are 3-0-0 in the state of New York... Three Crusaders return to their home state of New York this weekend, Stockton, Matt Vidal and freshman Grant Garvin (Derby, N.Y.)... During the week of Jan. 29- Feb. 4, the Crusaders hold an all-time 51-37-7 record and a 13-10-4 record in Division I play.
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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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 289-287-68 (.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. 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.
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), 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 the team leader in points with 45 in his 27 games played including 19 goals and 26 assists. Zych, who played 17 games also with the Dordrecht Lions with four goals and 10 assists for 14 points, is on the IR for the Mavericks after playing one game. Fletcher has eight goals and eight assists for 16 points in his 34 games played this season. Clune, who had one goal and four assists in his 31 games with the Reign, has played in one game with the Gladiators and has tallied two points. Sheen has six goals and seven assists for 13 points in his 40 games played with the Reign. Linsmayer played in 11 games with the San Francisco Bulls before being traded to the Idaho Steelheads. With the Steelheads he has scored five points with three goals and two assists in his 13 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 16 games played.