Frank Boie
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Frank Boie

Men's Hockey Set For Road Trip to Niagara

Holy Cross Athletics   11-08-2018
Holy Cross (1-5-0, 1-2-0 AHA)
vs. Niagara 
(3-5-0, 3-3-0 AHA)
Dates • Time: No.v 9 & Nov. 10 • 7:05 p.m.
Location: Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Arena: Dwyer Arena
Series: 16-10-1
Last Meeting: L, 6-0 (1/20/18)
Last HC Win: W, 3-1 (1/19/18)
First Meeting: L, 3-0 (1/3/99)
Live Stats: Nov. 9 • Nov. 10
Video: Nov. 9 • Nov. 10
Live Tweets: @HCrossMHockey
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Tale of the Tape
3.00 Goals/Game 2.38
4.30 Goals Allowed/Game 3.12
26.7 Shots/Game 27.2
6.0 Penalties/Game 5.0
16.7% Power Play 6.7%
74.3% Penalty Kill 91.4%

PDF Game Notes

The Crusaders will travel to Niagara Falls to face the Purple Eagles in an Atlantic Hockey series on Nov. 9 and Nov. 10. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. both nights.


Talking Points

• The last time out for the Crusaders was a single home game against then-No. 3 Providence.

Beau Collins earned his first career start and made 35 saves in the outing and held a .945 save percentage on the night.

•  In 80:00 minutes of play, Collins has faced 43 shots and made 41 saves for a .953 save percentage and 1.50 goals against average.

Matt Barry leads the Crusader offense with seven points in six games played. The rookie has scored three goals and added four assists, earning him Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Month honors.

Johnny Coughlin has posted six points on the season, with one goal and five assists.

• Coughlin’s six points pushes his career total to 46 points, ranking him eighth all-time in defensive scoring at Holy Cross.

• In his career, Spencer Trapp has posted three game-winning goals against Niagara.


Against Atlantic Hockey

• Barry ranks tied for eighth in points in Atlantic Hockey, averaging 1.17 points per game.

• Barry and Frank Boie are tied for ninth in the league in goal scoring, each with three goals.

• Coughlin ranks tied for fifth in assists, with 0.83 assists per game.

• Six Holy Cross defensemen rank among the top-25 in defensive scoring in the league, led by Coughlin, who ranks seventh.

• Barry leads the league’s rookies in scoring.

• The Crusaders’ offense is tied for second in the league, checking in at 3.00 goals per game.


D is for Dangle

• Through six games seven defensemen have tallied at least one point and have scored seven goals for Holy Cross.

Johnny Coughlin leads the defensive core and ranks second on the team with six points on one goal and five assists.

Frank Boie recorded a career-high at Bentley with two goals.

Logan Milliken is the fourth member of the defensive core to score, adding his first career tally on Oct. 26 at Bentley.

• Accounting for 19 of the team’s 45 points so far, the Crusader defensive unit is responsible for 42% of the team’s offense.


Freshman Impact

• Through six games, eight freshman have seen significant ice time.

• Having scored five goals as a class, the freshman are responsible for 27% of the Crusaders’ offense. 

• In the Crusaders’ opening weekend against Canisius, Barry, Anthony Vincent, and Matt Slick earned their way onto the score sheet. Barry and Vincent tallied goals while Slick got his first collegiate point with an assist.

• On the road, Erkka Vänskä and Will Conley recorded their first collegiate points. Vänskä scored on Oct. 19 and Conley assisted on the play.


Scouting Niagara

• The Purple Eagles welcome the Crusaders with a 3-5-0 overall record and 3-3-0 mark in Atlantic Hockey.

• Eric Cooley leads Niagara with seven points on one goal and six assists.

• The Purple Eagles’ leading goal scorer is sophomore forward Justin Kendall, who has tallied three goals.

• In net, Brain Wilson has played in six games to a .940 save percentage and 1.85 goals against average.

• Most recently, Niagara split a two-game series at Robert Morris.

• Niagara has split all three of their Atlantic Hockey series of the 2018-19 season.

• The Purple Eagles have struggled on the power play, scoring just twice in 30 opportunities for a 6.7% conversion rate.

• Conversely, Niagara’s penalty kill has been successful at a 91.4% success rate.

• Niagara averages 2.38 goals per game and 3.12 goals against per game.

Last Time Against Niagara

• The Crusaders hosted the Purple Eagles last season and split the series.

• On Jan. 19, Holy Cross defeated Niagara, 3-1. Spencer Trapp and Dalton Skelly tallied goals. Michael Laffin and Trapp added assists.

• On Jan. 20, Niagara took the game, 6-0. The Purple Eagles tallied a four-goal first period to seal the game.

Recapping the 2017-2018 Season

• The Crusaders finished the 2017-2018 season with a 13-16-7 overall record and 12-10-6 mark in league play.

Michael Laffin returns as the team’s leading scorer with 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 points.

• The Crusaders’ graduated their top two scorers.

• Only one goaltender saw time last season, Paul Berrafato, who the Crusaders also lost to graduation.

• Holy Cross averaged 2.69 goals per game and 2.78 goals against per game.

New Faces

• The Crusaders have brought in eleven new faces to the 2018-19 roster.

• At forward, Berard has brought in: Conner Jean, Ryan Leibold, Matt Barry, Will Conley, Anthony Vincent, and Errka Vänskä.

• Barry and Conley both received honors from their respective junior leagues. Barry was selected to the All-USHL third team and Conley was selected to the AJHL North Division All-Star team.

Bryce Dolan and Matt Slick join the defensive core.

Erik Gordon looks to find a starting role in net.


Up Next

• The Crusaders return to the Hart Center on Nov. 16 for Star Wars night against No. 9 UMass at 7:00 p.m.




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