GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (11-18-3, 10-12-3 AHA) vs. Army (4-25-0, 4-21-0 AHA)
Dates: Feb. 28 - March 1, 2014
Time: Feb. 28-7:00 p.m.; March 1-7:00 p.m.
Place: Feb. 28-Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
March 1-Tate Rink (2,648), West Point, N.Y.
Television: Friday-Charter TV3
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 Army: HC leads 30-28-8
Series Record At The Hart Center: HC leads 20-10-0
Series Record At Army Home Game: Army leads 18-9-9
Last Meeting: HC 4, Army 1 (11/8/13; West Point, N.Y.)
Last Army Win: Army 7, HC 2 (10/27/12; Worcester, Mass.)
First Meeting: Army 6, Holy Cross 5 (OT) (1/8/75; West Point, N.Y.)
Current Series Win Streak: HC, three games
2012-2013 Season Series: HC won 2-1-0
2013-2014 Season Series: HC leads 1-0-0
Feb. 2008 Adam Roy named AHA Rookie of the Month
Feb. 2011 Adam Roy named AHA Goalie of the Month
Feb. 2012 Adam Schmidt named HCA National Player of the Month
Feb. 2012 Matt Ginn named HCA National Goalie of the Month
Feb. 2013 Karl Beckman named AHA Rookie of the Month
2/26/2011 A 3-3 tie with Bentley to end the regular season ends a record-setting 11-game conference unbeaten streak (8-0-3)
2/27/2004 6-4 home win over Mercyhurst marks a record 12-game unbeaten streak at home (10-0-2)
2/27/2012 Adam Schmidt named AHA Player of the Week
3/1/2010 Ian Dams named Crusader of the Week
3/1/2013 Matt Ginn set the school record for saves in a season with his 872nd, he would eventually set the record at 994 that season
3/2/2009 Luke Miller named AHA Rookie of the Week
3/2/2013 Adam Schmidt scored his fifth game-winner of the season to tie the record for a single season
3/3/2003 Tony Quesada named MAAC Rookie of the Week
3/3/2012 Nilan Nagy tallied two assists over Army for his first career multiple point game
3/4/2002 Derek Cunha named MAAC Goalie of the Week
3/4/2002 Andrew McKay named MAAC Rookie of the Week
3/4/2006 The 3-2 home victory over Bentley clinched the AHA Championship title
3/4/2013 Matt Ginn named AHA Goalie of the Week
3/4/2013 Karl Beckman named AHA Rookie of the Week
HC TO END REGULAR SEASON WITH ARMY: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (11-18-3 overall, 10-12-3 Atlantic Hockey) concludes its regular season when it plays a home-and-home series with Army (4-25-0 overall, 4-21-0 Atlantic Hockey) on Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. Friday's Senior Night game will take place at the Hart Center, while Saturday's contest is set for Tate Rink in West Point, N.Y. The Crusaders are currently in eighth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 23 points, while the Black Knights are last with eight points. 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. The Crusader offense is in 10th in Atlantic Hockey scoring 2.44 goals per game, while the Black Knights' offense scores a league-low 2.04 goals per game. The Holy Cross defense allows 2.94 goals per game, tied for fourth in the league, while the Black Knights allow 4.45, 12th in the league. The Holy Cross power play ranks ninth in the league with a .142 conversion rate, while Army's .134 is just behind in 10th. The Crusader penalty kill ranks fifth in the conference with a .820, while Army's .731 is last. The Crusaders' .508 combined special teams are fifth in the conference, while Army's .423 bottoms out the AHA. The Crusaders are 4-1-0 in their last five games after a win versus Sacred Heart, a split series with UConn and a sweep over AIC. The Black Knights are 1-4-0 over their last five after splitting the weekend with UConn, dropping a game to AIC and a Bentley sweep.
THE SERIES WITH ARMY: There have been 66 meetings between these two teams in varsity games since 1966-1967. Holy Cross leads the series 30-28-8, while the Crusaders are 9-1-0 against Army in the last 10 games. The Crusaders are 9-18-0 versus the Black Knights at Army, but are 5-0-0 in the last five at Tate Rink. The Crusaders defeated the Black Knights in the series 2-1 during the 2012-2013 campaign and lead this year's series 1-0-0. The Crusaders defeated the Black Knights 4-1 at Tate Rink on Nov. 8.
AHA TOURNAMENT: The Crusaders are currently in eighth place in the AHA standings with 23 points going into the final two games of regular-season play. The Crusaders can finish as high as sixth place and as low as tied for ninth place. With at least one point this weekend, the Crusaders clinch a home first round best two-out-of-three series on March 7-9, as they hold the tiebreaker over Sacred Heart as they went 2-1-0 this season versus the Pioneers. Atlantic Hockey Standings.
SENIOR SHOUTOUT: The team looks to Derek Kump (Falmouth, Maine), Ryan McGrath (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.), Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) and Mark Williamson (Cenntennial, Colo.), along with student assistant coach Jeffrey Reppucci for their senior leadership. The 2014 senior class now has 68 wins in their career, which are the most entering the final weekend of league play since the Class of 2007, which entered the final weekend of league play with 75 career wins. The team has tallied 235 points on 94 goals and 141 assists in their careers. Prior to Friday night's game, there will be a special Senior Night ceremony to honor the six players.
CRUSADER/BLACK KNIGHT CONNECTIONS: This weekend brings together five Crusaders and five Black Knights who have previously played together. Freshman Mike Barrett (Orland Park, Ill.) spent a season playing for the New Jersey Hitmen (EJHL) with both Connor Costello and Tanner Creel. Junior Jake Youso (International Falls, Minn.) and Army's Willie Faust played a season together for the Owatonna Express (NAHL). Both seniors Shayne Stockton and Mark Williamson played for a year with Army's Zak Zaremba for the Brockville Braves (CJHL) and advanced to the RBC cup together. The longest connection this week is between Holy Cross' Jake Bolton (Ellington, Conn.) and Army's Christian Pomarico. Bolton and Pomarico spent their childhoods playing for the CT Lazers together from peewee major to bantam major. They also attended Loomis Chaffee prep together as freshmen and sophomores before spending their junior year together at the Westminster School.
KUMP 3-0-0: Senior goaltender Derek Kump has won all three games he has appeared in for the Crusaders this season. Kump has posted 80 saves and boasts a .941 save percentage with a 1.67 GAA. In his career he has played in 19 games, posting 426 saves and holds a career 2.92 GAA. Kump has one career shutout to date.
HC 3RD IN NATION IN BLOCKED SHOTS: The Holy Cross defense ranks third in the country with 544 shots blocked by an individual. The Crusaders lead the conference with their 17.00 blocks per game and are also third in the country. Three defensemen rank nationally in blocked shots. Joe McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) is tied for 41st with 56 blocks, sophomore Jake Bolton is tied for 55th with 53 and junior Nilan Nagy (Canonsburg, Pa.) is tied for 64th with 51. During the game on Saturday, Feb. 8, Nagy blocked nine shots, a team-high for the season.
5-2-0 IN FEBRUARY: In the month of February the Crusaders hold a 5-2-0 mark. The Crusaders have outscored their opponents 24-17 during the seven games. Of the 20 skaters, 15 have tallied at least one point during the span. Sophomore Karl Beckman (Okemos, Mich.) leads the Crusaders with a +8 rating as the team is a combined +26. Senior assistant captain Adam Schmidt leads the Crusaders with seven goals and two assists for nine points during the seven games, followed by fellow senior assistant captain Shayne Stockton who has one goal and five assists for six points, and Matt Vidal (Manorville, N.Y.) who has six assists for six points. Senior goalie Derek Kump and junior goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) have combined for a 2.43 GAA over the seven games. Kump has made 80 saves with a .941 save percentage and holds a 3-0-0 record. The team's penalty kill holds a .897 percentage. They have scored five goals on the power play and two shorthanded, while only allowing three power play goals. The Crusaders have a .568 faceoff percentage as they have won 259 of their 456 draws. The centers are led by junior Jake Youso who is 46-26 (.639), freshman Mike Barrett who is 79-55 (.590), sophomore Brett Lubanski (Farmington Hills, Mich.) who is 57-45 (.559) and Stockton who is 65-60 (.520) during the games. Schmidt and Stockton have each tallied a team-high three points on the power play. The Crusaders are outscoring their opponents 9-5 in both the second and third periods 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 1,078 of the 1,972 draws it has taken this season and has outfaceoffed their opponents during 23 of their 32 games and gone exactly .500 in one. Sophomore forward Brett Lubanski is ranked 22nd in the country, winning .585 percent of his draws. Freshman Mike Barrett is second on the team and 74th in the country with his .546 percentage. Senior Shayne Stockton is ranked 81st with a .544 percentage and junior Jake Youso is in 88th with a .540. Over the last 10 games, Youso leads all centers with a .593 going 67-46, Barrett is .556 going 109-87, Lubanski is .533 going 81-71 in the circle. Stockton is .519 over the last 10 games going 94-87. During conference play, Lubanski is second in the conference with a .607 as he has won 250 of 412 faceoffs. The Crusaders have gone .500 or over in eight of the last 10 games winning 372 of their 677 draws (.549). Their season-high was against Mercyhurst on Jan. 10 when the team combined to win 42 of 60 faceoffs (.700).
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 45 points this season scoring 20 goals and tallying 25 assists.
PLAYERS VS. ARMY: Junior goalie Matt Ginn has played in every game for the Crusaders over the last three seasons against Army. Ginn holds an 8-1-0 mark against the Black Knights. Four players have tallied more than four points and two have more than 10. Senior assistant captains Adam Schmidt and Shayne Stockton have tallied 12 and 11 points respectively, as Schmidt has four goals and eight assists while Stockton has five goals and six assists. Senior captain Ryan McGrath and sophomore Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.) have both recorded four points with a goal and three assists against the Black Knights. Juniors Jake Youso and Nilan Nagy along with sophomore Jake Bolton have each posted two assists, while sophomore Karl Beckman has scored twice. Sophomore Sean Gustin (Stoneham, Mass.) and freshman Cameron Lawson (Vancouver, British Columbia) each have scored one goal against the Black Knights. Junior Tommy Dwyer (Ridgefield, Conn.), sophomores Ben Kaplan (Burlington, Vt.) and Joe McNamara as well as freshman Logan Smith (Littleton, Colo.) have each posted one assist against Army. Head coach Paul Pearl played in four games against Army as a Crusader and posted one assist on the Crusaders' lone goal his senior year.
10-2-2 WITH THREE OR MORE: This season, the Crusaders are 10-2-2 when they score three or more goals. The Crusaders have outscored their opponents 54-35 during the 14 contests. During these games, the Crusaders have outfaceoffed their opponents 501-428 (.539). Goalie Matt Ginn has made 303 saves and Derek Kump has made 80 for a total of 383 compared to the 397 made by the other teams' goalies. The Crusader goaltenders have been strong in the 14 third periods during these contests posting 137 saves compared to the opposing teams' 107 saves. Holy Cross outscored its opponents 17-11 in the first period and 21-8 during the second of these games. Matt Vidal (Manorville, N.Y.) is tied to lead the Crusaders with four goals and 11 assists for 15 points during these games. Adam Schmidt is also tied for first with 15 points including eight goals and seven assists during the 14 games. Freshman Mike Barrett is tied for the lead in goal scoring with eight goals and has two assists for 10 points. During these 14 games, the Crusaders have a +79 combined +/- rating, led by sophomore Karl Beckman with a +10. The Crusader defense blocked 247 shots led by Jake Bolton with 24 and Nilan Nagy with 21. Of the 23 active skaters who took the ice during at least one of these 14 games, 20 have tallied at least one point and 19 have multiple points.
MCKINNON WITH FIRST MULTI-GOAL GAME: Freshman Brett McKinnon (West Kelowna, British Columbia) tallied two goals including the game-winner on Saturday, Feb. 22 for his first two-goal game and the first game-winning goal of his collegiate career. McKinnon previously 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 15 games played, McKinnon has three goals and five assists for eight points.
GINN THIRD IN NATION IN SAVES: Matt Ginn is third nationally with 867 saves this season. He has also played 1742:00 during this season, which is the eighth 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 867 saves are second in Division I history at Holy Cross and third all-time. He set the record last year with 994.
SCHMIDT WITH 107 IN CAREER: Adam Schmidt has tallied eight points in the last seven games to advance his career total to 107. 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 51 goals and 56 assists for 107 points in his 144 games, the fifth most games played in history at Holy Cross. Schmidt has 13 goals and 11 assists this season to tally 24 points, the highest on the team. Schmidt is tied for 68th in the country with his 0.41 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, a rank his 51 goals still holds. 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.
SMITH TIED TO LEAD DEFENSE: Freshman Logan Smith is tied for the most points among defensemen with nine points. Smith posted 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. He has scored a defenseman-high three goals this season. This season Smith has three goals and six assists for nine points in his 32 games played. Smith has also started in 22 of his 32 games, the most of all freshmen.
BARRETT LEADING ROOKIES: Freshman forward Mike Barrett continues to lead all freshman Crusaders in points as he posted his sixth assist of the season during the weekend sweep of AIC. Barrett 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 against Sacred Heart 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 15th 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 340 faceoff victories which are tied for 17th in the country and third among all rookies. Barrett this season has 10 goals and six assists for 16 points. He has also started 21 of his 32 games played.
VIDAL SECOND IN POINTS: Sophomore Matt Vidal now has 21 points on the season, the second most on the team. Vidal has five goals to go with his team-leading 16 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 20 assists for 26 career points in his 64 games played.
YOUSO LEADING CENTERS IN FEBRUARY: Junior Jake Youso has led the team going 46-26 (.639) in the faceoff circle during February. During the weekend sweep of AIC, Youso tallied a goal and two assists. Youso has two goals and seven assists for nine 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 11 goals and 17 assists for 28 points in his 78 games played.
DWYER FINDS THE NET: Junior forward Tommy Dwyer has five goals and six assists for 11 points this season, all career-highs for the junior. Dwyer scored a goal and tallied two assists during the weekend sweep of AIC. 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 81 career games with seven goals and 10 assists for 17 points.
GUSTIN WITH CAREER-HIGH SEASON: Sophomore Sean Gustin 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.
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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 six players on the roster with more than 10 career goals, Adam Schmidt (51), Shayne Stockton (34), Castan Sommer (12), Jake Youso (11), Mike Barrett (10) and Tim Driscoll (Hingham, Mass.) (10)... Four players on the team have at least 20 career assists, Schmidt (56), Stockton (54), Joe McNamara (20) and Matt Vidal (20)… Four skaters in their careers have totaled 10 goals and 15 assists, Schmidt (51-56-107), Stockton (34-54-88), Sommer (12-18-30) and Youso (11-17-28)… Only three skaters on the active roster are awaiting the first goal of their career and two are waiting to tally their first point… Three Crusaders return to their home state of New York, Stockton, Vidal and Grant Garvin (Derby, N.Y.)… Sophomore defenseman Jake Bolton will turn 22 on Feb. 29… 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 38-31-5 all-time and 17-6-5 in DI play during the week of Feb. 26 to March 4.
GINN'S CAREER 2,490 LEADS ALL JUNIOR GOALIES: Junior goalie Matt Ginn now has 2,490 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.
STOCKTON WITH 10 IN 11: Senior assistant captain Shayne Stockton this season has scored 10 points in his last 11 games played. He has posted five goals and tallied 11 assists for 16 points in his 22 games played. Stockton had a goal and an assist against AIC on Feb. 22 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 34 goals and tallied 54 assists for 88 points in his 124 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.
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 66 career games played, Bolton has scored three times and tallied 13 assists for 16 points.
GINN IN THE RECORD BOOK: Matt Ginn set three school records and broke into the top 10 list of every goalie record at the school and was named the team's Most Valuable Player for his sophomore season. He posted a 19-13-3 record in the past season, the second most victories in the school's Division I history. He holds the record for playing the most games (35) last season totaling the highest minutes in net (2100:55), while recording a single-season record number of saves (994). His 2,490 saves, 44 victories, 92 games played and 5503:26 minutes played are all the second most by Division I goaltenders for a career at the school.
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 22 goals which account for 28 percent of the team total. Mike Barrett is second on the team with 10 goals scored and is third on the team with 16 points. Barrett and Nick Finn (Canton, Mass.) are also the only two Crusaders to receive Atlantic Hockey weekly honors.
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. Vidal and junior Tommy Dwyer 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 and a 50/50 raffle. For more information and to donate go here: http://www.powerplaypointsforpink.com/.
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 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.
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 three first-star games. The senior class has received five stars, the junior class has earned seven, the sophomores have tallied eight and the freshmen have been given five. 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).
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 294-289-69 (.504) 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 scored two goals and posted five assists in his seven 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 26 games played. Nunn scored seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points in 21 games played with EV Regensburg and now has 26 points with nine goals and 17 assists in 19 games for Erding. Vos is second on the team in points with 54 in his 33 games played including 23 goals and 31 assists. Zych, who played 17 games also with the Dordrecht Lions is currently on the IR for the Mavericks. Clune, who had one goal and four assists in his 31 games with the Reign, has played in 12 games with the Gladiators and has tallied three points on three assists. Sheen has seven goals and 10 assists for 17 points in his 54 games played with the Reign. Sixsmith has scored 24 goals and tallied 28 assists for 52 points in his 38 games this season. Rissmiller has tallied eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points in his 22 games played.
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 Belmont Hill.
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 19 have more than one. Seventeen players on the team have tallied five or more points during the season and nine have more than 10. Of the 17 players with more than five points, 15 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. This was also the first ever win by an Atlantic Hockey team versus BC.