GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (9-18-3, 8-12-3 AHA) vs. AIC (10-19-1, 9-13-1 AHA)
Dates: Feb. 21-22, 2014
Time: Feb. 21-7:00 p.m.; Feb. 22-2:00 p.m.
Place: Feb. 21-Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Feb. 22-MassMutual Center (6,679), Springfield, Mass.
Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
HC Radio: Friday-WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.;
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With AIC: HC leads 46-21-9
Last Meeting: AIC 1, HC 0 (11/15/13; Worcester, Mass.)
Last HC Win: HC 4, AIC 1 (2/23/13; Worcester, Mass.)
First Meeting: AIC 12, HC 2 (11/30/71; Worcester, Mass.)
Series Record At HC Home Game: HC leads 23-10-6
Series Record At The Hart Center: HC leads 23-8-6
Series Record At AIC Home Game: HC leads 20-11-3
Current Series Win Streak: AIC, one game
2013-2014 Season Series: AIC leads 1-0-0
This Week In HC Hockey History (Feb. 19-25)
2/20/68 All-time team-high 76 shots against UMass-Lowell
2/20/12 Matt Ginn named AHA Rookie of the Week
2/21/94 Jim Jensen named ECAC East Player of the Week
2/21/11 Shayne Stockton named AHA Rookie of the Week
2/22/87 Paul Pijanowski named ECAC East Goalie of the Week
2/22/99 Scott Simpson named MAAC Goalie of the Week
2/22/13 Tim Driscoll 1st career multiple point game at AIC
2/22/13 Sean Gustin 1st career goal at AIC
2/24/85 Jerry DeLeo named ECAC East Forward of the Week
2/24/92 Dean Gianoukos named ECAC East Goalie of the Week
2/24/03 Ben Conway named MAAC Rookie of the Week
2/25/02 Jeff Dams MAAC Player of the Week
2/25/12 Adam Schmidt hat trick vs. Bentley in the 2nd period
2/25/13 Tim Driscoll named AHA Rookie of the Week
HC TO PLAY HOME-AND-HOME WITH AIC: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (9-18-3 overall, 8-12-3 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action when it plays a home-and-home series with American International (10-19-1 overall, 9-13-1 Atlantic Hockey) on Friday, Feb. 21 and Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Friday's game will take place at the Hart Center, while Saturday's contest is set for the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. The Yellow Jackets and the Crusaders are currently tied for eighth place with 19 points in the Atlantic Hockey standings with four games left in the regular season. The No. 5-8 seeded teams will host a best two-out-of-three AHA Tournament first round series on March 7-9 versus the No. 9-12 seeds. AIC's offense is seventh in the league scoring 2.73 goals per game, while Holy Cross' offense is 10th in the league scoring 2.30 goals per game. The Crusaders are tied for fifth in the league allowing 3.00 goals per game, while the Yellow Jackets are 11th in the league allowing 4.27 goals per game. The Yellow Jackets' power play is fourth in the league with a .208 conversion rate, while the Crusaders are ninth in the league with a .148. Holy Cross is fifth in the AHA with its .811 penalty kill percentage, while the Yellow Jackets' .798 penalty kill percentage is eighth in the league. Holy Cross' .506 combined special teams rank fifth in the league, while AIC's .500 is just behind in sixth. The Crusaders are 3-2-0 in their last five games this season. The Yellow Jackets are 4-1-0 over their last five. AIC defeated Holy Cross by a 1-0 score earlier this season on Nov. 15.
THE SERIES WITH AIC: This will be the 77th and 78th meetings between Holy Cross and AIC as the Crusaders are 46-21-9 all-time versus the Yellow Jackets. The Crusaders are 8-1-1 over the last 10 contests versus AIC. Holy Cross leads the series at the Hart Center, 23-8-6, and 20-11-3 at AIC home games. Earlier this season, on Nov. 15, the Yellow Jackets defeated the Crusaders 1-0 at the Hart Center.
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 eight power play goals at home. On Saturday, Feb. 15, the Crusaders held their fifth annual "Pink the Rink." The team wore special edition pink and white jerseys to show its support for breast cancer awareness. The jerseys were auctioned off throughout the game with all proceeds going to Pink Revolution. The jerseys in the auction sold for more than $3,000. A ceremonial puck drop featured Nancy Vidal, the mother of sophomore Matt Vidal (Manorville, N.Y.). Vidal and junior Tommy Dwyer (Ridgefield, Conn.) presented a check for $5,000 to Pink Revolution from the Power Play Points for Pink organization. Breast cancer survivor Robin Batchelder performed the national anthem. Also a limited amount of special edition "Pink the Rink" t-shirts were sold, along with a chuck-a-puck competition during an intermission and a 50/50 raffle. For more information and to donate go here: http://www.powerplaypointsforpink.com/.
HC 3RD IN NATION IN BLOCKED SHOTS: The Holy Cross defense ranks third in the country with 506 shots blocked by an individual. The Crusaders lead the conference with their 16.84 blocks per game, and are fourth in the country. Three defensemen rank nationally in blocked shots. Joe McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) is tied for 48th with 51 blocks, sophomore Jake Bolton (Ellington, Conn.) is tied for 56th with 50 and Nilan Nagy (Canonsburg, Pa.) is tied for 64th with 49. During the game on Saturday, Feb. 8, Nagy blocked nine shots, a team-high for the season.
CRUSADER/YELLOW JACKET CONNECTIONS: This weekend, two Crusaders reunite with two Yellow Jackets. Freshman Mike Barrett (Orland Park, Ill.) reunites with teammate Hunter Leisner from their season with the Chicago Fury U16 team. Sophomore Karl Beckman (Okemos, Mich.) spent a season and a half playing with Brandon Lubin of the Amarillo Bulls (NAHL).
3-2-0 IN FEBRUARY: In the month of February the Crusaders hold a 3-2-0 mark. The Crusaders have outscored their opponents 15-13 during the five games. Of the 19 skaters, 15 have tallied at least one point during the span. Sophomore Karl Beckman leads the Crusaders with a +4 rating. Senior assistant captain Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) leads the Crusaders with six goals and an assist for seven points during the five games followed by sophomore Matt Vidal with five assists. Senior goalie Derek Kump (Falmouth, Maine) and junior goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) have combined for a 2.60 GAA over the five games. Kump has made 51 saves on 53 shots, recording a save percentage of .962 during his two games played. The team's penalty kill holds a .870 percentage. They have scored five goals on the power play and two shorthanded, while only allowing three power play goals. The Crusaders have a .571 faceoff percentage as they have won 188 of their 329 draws. The centers are led by junior Jake Youso (International Falls, Minn.) who is 33-22 (.600), freshman Mike Barrett who is 57-41 (.582), sophomore Brett Lubanski (Farmington Hills, Mich.) who is 38-29 (.567) and senior assistant captain Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) who is 50-42 (.543) during the games. Schmidt and Stockton have each tallied a team-high three points on the power play. The Crusaders are outscoring their opponents 8-3 in the third period during this stretch.
RANKED 2ND NATIONALLY IN FACEOFF PERCENTAGE: Holy Cross is ranked second in the nation and first in the conference with a .547 faceoff percentage. The Crusaders are one of only three teams in the conference to go over .500 in the circle. The team has won 1078 of the 1972 draws it has taken this season and has outfaceoffed their opponents during 22 of their 30 games. Sophomore forward Brett Lubanski is ranked 20th in the country, winning .589 percent of his draws. Senior Shayne Stockton is ranked 64th with a .552 percentage. Over the last 10 games, Jake Youso leads all centers with a .574 going 66-49, Lubanski is .565 going 83-64 in the circle. Stockton is .557 over the last 10 games going 98-78. During conference play, Lubanski is second in the conference with a .613 as he has won 231 of 277 faceoffs. The Crusaders have gone over .500 in eight of the last 10 games winning 381 of their 675 draws (.564). Their season-high was against Mercyhurst on Jan. 10 when the team combined to win 42 of 60 faceoffs (.700).
PLAYERS VS. AIC: Junior goalie Matt Ginn is the only goalie to record a decision against the Yellow Jackets, as he holds a 4-1-0 record. Derek Kump has made one appearance and sophomore Jack Kenney (Orono, Minn.) has not been between the pipes for the Crusaders against AIC. Eight Crusaders have scored goals against the Yellow Jackets and 11 have tallied at least one point. Senior assistant captain Shayne Stockton leads all current Crusaders with 10 points against AIC including four goals and six assists. Adam Schmidt ranks second with three goals and four assists for seven points, making him the only other current Crusader to score more than one goal against AIC. Karl Beckman has a goal and two assists and Tim Driscoll (Hingham, Mass.), Jake Youso and Nilan Nagy each have a goal and an assist against AIC. Sophomores Matt Vidal, Joe McNamara, Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.) have each tallied an assist. Senior Mark Williamson (Centennial, Colo.) and sophomore Sean Gustin (Stoneham, Mass.) have each scored a goal. During the contest on Oct. 16, 2012, Nagy, Williamson and Youso each tallied the first goals of their career. Additionally, Gustin scored the first goal of his career at AIC on Feb. 22, 2012. Head coach Paul Pearl played the Yellow Jackets three times in his four-year career as a player with the Crusaders and holds a 2-1-0 record. In both games against AIC at home, Pearl tallied an assist. Assistant coach Juliano Pagliero did not play the Yellow Jackets at all in his four-year tenure with the Niagara Purple Eagles.
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 41 points this season scoring 18 goals and tallying 23 assists.
8-2-2 WITH THREE OR MORE: This season, the Crusaders are 8-2-2 when they score three or more goals. The Crusaders have outscored their opponents 45-31 during the 12 contests. During these games, the Crusaders have outfaceoffed their opponents 430-372 (.536). Goalie Matt Ginn has made 287 saves and Derek Kump has made 51 for a total of 338 compared to the 333 made by the other teams' goalies. The Crusaders have been strong in the 12 third periods during these contests posting 121 saves compared to the opposing teams' 89 saves. Holy Cross outscored its opponents 14-10 in the first period, 16-7 during the second period and 15-14 during the third period of these games. Matt Vidal leads the Crusaders with four goals and 10 assists for 14 points during these games. Adam Schmidt follows Vidal in second with 13 points including eight goals and three assists during the 12 games. Freshman Mike Barrett leads the goal scoring with eight goals and two assists for 10 points. During these 12 games, the Crusaders have a +53 combined +/- rating, led by sophomore Ben Kaplan with a +7. The Crusader defense blocked 208 shots led by Jake Bolton with 21 and Nilan Nagy with 19. Of the 22 active skaters who took the ice during at least one of these 12 games, 20 have tallied at least one point and 19 have multiple points.
SENIOR CLASS WITH 66 WINS: The 2014 senior class now has 66 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 looks to Derek Kump, Ryan McGrath, Adam Schmidt, Shayne Stockton and Mark Williamson for their senior leadership.
GINN THIRD IN NATION IN SAVES: Matt Ginn is third nationally with 851 saves this season. He has also played 1682:04 during this season, which is the seventh 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. His 851 saves are second in Division I history at Holy Cross and third all-time. He set the record last year with 994.
SCHMIDT WITH 105 IN CAREER: Adam Schmidt has tallied seven points in the last five games to advance his career total to 105. On Saturday, Feb. 1, Schmidt netted a pair of goals that enabled him to become the 41st player at Holy Cross to reach the prestigious milestone of 100 career points. In his career, Schmidt has 50 goals and 55 assists for 105 points in his 142 games, tied for the sixth most games played in history at Holy Cross. Schmidt has 12 goals and 10 assists this season to tally 22 points, the highest on the team. Schmidt is tied for 76th in the country with his 0.40 goals per game. This season marks the fourth consecutive season in which Schmidt has scored at least 20 points making him the 10th player in Division I history to tally these numbers. During the game Friday, Feb. 14, Schmidt netted a goal and posted an assist which brought his career goal total to 50 goals, seventh in DI school history. Schmidt netted a short-handed goal against Sacred Heart during the Friday night match on Feb. 7 for the fourth of his career, tying him for the second most in Division I history at the school. His two short-handed goals this season tie him for 10th in the country. He previously scored against Sacred Heart twice, RIT, Canisius, No. 7 Boston College, 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 has gone two four-game point streaks, including a four-game goal streak, and two three-game point streaks. 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.
MCKINNON WITH SIX: Freshman Brett McKinnon (West Kelowna, British Columbia) set up Mike Barrett's game-winner on Friday against Connecticut for his sixth point of the season. McKinnon scored the first goal of his collegiate career on Saturday, Feb. 8 in a 6-1 victory over SHU. McKinnon tallied his fourth assist of the season during the victory against RIT on Feb. 1. McKinnon also has assists in games against Niagara and Mercyhurst. He 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 13 games played, McKinnon has a goal and five assists for six points.
SMITH KEEPS SCORING: Freshman Logan Smith has tallied three points in the last six games with an assist against SHU on Saturday, Jan. 8, a goal and an assist at RIT on Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1. Smith netted his first career goal with a power play goal in the game against Sacred Heart on Nov. 1 and his first career point with an assist against Northeastern during the home-opener. Smith previously tallied assists against No. 9 Quinnipiac, Army and Niagara and a goal against Air Force. Smith is tied for the most points among defensemen with nine points. He has scored a defenseman-high three goals this season. This season Smith has three goals and six assists for nine points in his 30 games played. Smith has also started in 21 of his 30 games, the most of all freshmen.
BARRETT LEADING ROOKIES: Freshman forward Mike Barrett continues to lead all freshman Crusaders in points as he netted his second game-winner of the season against UConn on Feb. 14 for his 10th of the season, tied for the ninth most among Division I rookies at Holy Cross. Barrett scored the first short-handed goal by a rookie on Feb. 8 since Everett Sheen on Dec. 30, 2007 vs. Western Michigan. He tallied the first game-winning goal of his career on Saturday, Feb. 1 at RIT for his seventh of the season. His 10 goals are the most by a freshman since Jay Silvia in 2008-2009. Barrett tallied his sixth goal and fifth assist during the sweep of Niagara. Barrett now has 15 points on the season, and is third on the team in points. His 10 goals are tied for 12th 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 318 faceoff victories which is 19th in the country and third among all rookies. Barrett this season has 10 goals and five assists for 15 points. He has also started 20 of his 30 games played.
YOUSO'S FACEOFFS LEADING LAST FIVE: Junior Jake Youso has led the team winning 33 of his last 55 draws (.600) over a five-game span. Youso has one goal and five assists for six points this season. Youso tallied an assist on Friday, Jan. 31st for his fifth of the season. Youso netted his first goal of the season and posted an assist on Saturday, Jan. 25 against Bentley. 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 15 assists for 25 points in his 76 games played.
VIDAL SECOND IN POINTS: Sophomore Matt Vidal now has 20 points on the season, the second most on the team. Vidal has five goals to go with his team-leading 15 assists on the year. Vidal posted a career-high three assists during the Saturday night game on Feb. 8 against SHU, tying him for the 10th most assists by a single player in a game. During the weekend in Rochester against RIT, Vidal posted two assists to have tallied eight points in the last eight games. Vidal has gone on four point streaks this season. 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 19 assists for 25 career points in his 62 games played.
DWYER FINDS THE NET: Junior forward Tommy Dwyer has four goals and four assists for eight points this season, all career-highs for the junior. During the weekend against RIT, Dwyer tallied an assist Friday, Jan. 31 on the second goal of the game and netted his fourth goal of the season on an empty net on Saturday, Feb. 1. Dwyer scored his third goal of the season against Bentley on Jan. 25. Dwyer tallied one goal and one assist for two points as the Crusaders swept a two-game series at Niagara on Jan. 17-18. 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. Previously this season, Dwyer posted a point in six straight games with four goals and two assists for six points. Dwyer has played in 79 career games with six goals and eight assists for 14 points.
GUSTIN WITH CAREER-HIGH SEASON: Sophomore Sean Gustin (Stoneham, Mass.) has five goals and five assists for 10 points in the 28 games he has played this season. Gustin went on a three-game point streak, putting up a goal and three assists for four points earlier this season. During the weekend series at RIT, Gustin tallied one point each night with a goal on Friday, Jan. 31 and an assist on Saturday, Feb. 1. 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. 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 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 33 career games with six goals and five assists for 11 points.
49 GAME-STREAK SETS SCHOOL RECORD: Matt Ginn played in 49 consecutive games, 20th on the NCAA Division I career list for consecutive games played by a goalie. His streak began on Dec. 30, 2012 against No. 15 and eventual national champion Yale, as the Crusaders won 5-4, and ended with a 4-2 loss on Feb. 7 at Sacred Heart. 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.
STOCKTON WITH EIGHT IN NINE: Senior assistant captain Shayne Stockton this season has scored eight points in his last nine games played. He has posted four goals and tallied 10 assists for 14 points in his 20 games played. He posted two assists during the 6-1 victory over Sacred Heart on Feb. 8 for his second multiple point game of the season. During his return home to Rochester, Stockton scored on a wrist shot on Friday night and posted an assist on fellow assistant captain Adam Schmidt's second goal of the night on Saturday. Stockton notched his sixth assist of the season on 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 posted an assist on Schmidt's goal at Fenway Park against Bentley, which he followed up with a goal of his own. In his career, Stockton has scored 33 goals and tallied 53 assists for 86 points in his 122 games played. Stockton went on a five-game streak earlier this season, 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 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 2,474 saves, 43 victories, 91 games played and 5443:30 minutes played are all the second most by Division I goaltenders for a career at the school.
REPPUCCI NOMINATED FOR NATIONAL AWARDS: Student assistant coach Jeffrey Reppucci has been named a finalist 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 is one of the five finalists for the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award and is the only repeat finalist. Reppucci is the Founder and President of the 501(c)3 non-profit organization Students Helping Children Across Borders (http://www.shcab.org/index.html). He is also the Founder and Executive Director of Working For Worcester (http://www.workingforworcester.com/).
GINN'S CAREER 2,474 LEADS ALL JUNIOR GOALIES: Junior goalie Matt Ginn now has 2,474 career saves, which lead all junior goalies in the country and are the eighth 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.
FRESHMAN CLASS SCORING: The freshman class features the second leading goal scorer, and every freshman with a point has at least three, including a goal this season. The freshman class has a total of 19 goals which account for 26% of the team total. Mike Barrett is second on the team with 10 goals scored and is third on the team with 15 points. Barrett and Nick Finn (Canton, Mass.) are also the only two Crusaders to receive Atlantic Hockey weekly honors.
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.
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 have played six teams (Boston University, No. 9 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 five players on the roster with more than 10 career goals, Adam Schmidt (50), Shayne Stockton (33), Castan Sommer (11), Jake Youso (10) and Mike Barrett (10)... Only three skaters on the active roster are awaiting the first goal of their career and two are waiting to tally their first point… The last two weekends of the Crusaders' season are home-and-home series… The last time the Crusaders swept a home-and-home Atlantic Hockey series was March 1-2, 2013 against Army and the last time they were swept was Jan. 27-28, 2012 against Connecticut… The Crusaders are 51-44-5 all-time and 10-16-3 in DI play during the week from Feb. 19 to Feb. 25
BOLTON STRONG ON DEFENSE: Sophomore Jake Bolton has two goals and seven assists for nine points, all career-highs for the defenseman. Bolton is tied for the most points among defensemen this season. Bolton posted his seventh assist of the season with a second assist on Adam Schmidt's first goal of the night against SHU on Feb. 8. Bolton tallied an assist on Logan Smith's goal on Jan. 31 at RIT. 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 64 career games played, Bolton has scored three times and tallied 13 assists for 16 points.
TEAM EARNING STARS: This season 12 players have earned at least one "star of the game" headlined by Matt Ginn who has tallied stars during five occasions including one first star, one second star and three third stars. Adam Schmidt leads the team with two first-star games. The senior class has received four stars, the junior class has earned seven, the sophomores have tallied seven and the freshmen have been given four. Both goalies that have played have each earned at least one star, and Logan Smith is the only defenseman to have earned a star during the season.
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).
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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 292-289-69 (.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: Kyle Fletcher (Denver Cutthroats of the CHL), 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), 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) are all playing in professional hockey leagues. Fletcher after playing 24 games with the SPHL's Mississippi Surge got called up to the CHL's Denver Cutthroats and has posted five assists in his five games played. Linsmayer played in 11 games with the San Francisco Bulls before being traded to the Idaho Steelheads. With the Steelheads, he has scored 16 points with eight goals and eight assists in his 34 games played. Nunn scored seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points in 21 games played with EV Regensburg and now has 24 points with eight goals and 16 assists in 17 games for Erding. Vos is the team leader in points with 53 in his 30 games played including 23 goals and 30 assists. Zych, who played 17 games also with the Dordrecht Lions is currently on the IR for the Mavericks, but has played in three games. Clune, who had one goal and four assists in his 31 games with the Reign, has played in eight games with the Gladiators and has tallied three points on three assists. Sheen has seven goals and eight assists for 15 points in his 51 games played with the Reign. Sixsmith has scored 20 goals and tallied 26 assists for 46 points in his 34 games this season. Rissmiller has tallied eight goals and 14 assists for 22 points in his 20 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 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.
PLAYING TOGETHER AGAIN: Prior to Holy Cross, eight Crusaders had already played seasons together. Sophomore defenseman Jake Bolton and sophomore forward Matt Vidal played together as a part of the EJHL Selects Team USA in Omsk, Russia during the summer of 2011 at the 2011 World Cup. Bolton also spent a season with the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs (EJHL) with fellow sophomore defenseman Ben Kaplan. Senior forwards Shayne Stockton and Mark Williamson spent three seasons of junior hockey playing in Brockville, Ontario for the Brockville Braves (CJHL). In high school, Bolton played a season of varsity hockey at the Westminster School with freshman forward Nick Finn. Sophomores Joe McNamara and Sean Gustin played three years of varsity ice hockey together at the Belmont Hill School.
HOLY CROSS WITH DEPTH: All 21 players on the roster who have participated in more than nine games during the season have tallied at least one point. Each of the 21 players has posted an assist and 20 have more than one. Eighteen players on the team have tallied five or more points during the season and seven have more than 10. Of the 18 players with more than five points, 14 have tallied at least five assists and three players have posted double-digit assists. Five players have scored five or more goals.
HC DEFEATS BOSTON COLLEGE: On Nov. 29, the Crusaders defeated No. 7 Boston College at Conte Forum by a 5-4 score. The Eagles are currently ranked No. 1 in the nation with a 24-4-3 overall record (15-1-1 Hockey East). 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 BC.