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Men's Hockey Returns Home For Niagara Series

Holy Cross Athletics   01-10-2019

Holy Cross (3-12-2, 3-8-1AHA)

vs. Niagara (8-11-2, 7-6-2 AHA)

Date • Time

Jan. 11-12 • 7:05 p.m.


Worcester, Mass.


Hart Center Rink

Live Stats

Jan. 11 Jan. 12


Jan. 11 Jan. 12


Jan. 11 Jan. 12

All-Time Series


Last Meeting

T, 3-3 OT (11/10/18)

Last HC Win

W, 3-1 (1/19/18)

Game Notes








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Power Play



Penalty Kill


WORCESTER, Mass.Holy Cross will return to the Hart Center for the first time since Dec. 1 when they host Niagara for a two-game Atlantic Hockey series on Jan. 11 and 12. Both games will be played at 7:05 p.m.

 Talking Points

• Holy Cross resumed league play with two games at Mercyhurst. The Crusaders and Lakers split the weekend, both games decided by one goal.

• Over the weekend, the Crusaders saw 13 different point getters and five players have multi-point weekends.

Michael Laffin started his first point-streak of the season, capping off the weekend with two points. Laffin has posted four points in three games (2-2-4).

Johnny Coughlin posted a three point weekend (1-2-3) and continues to rank in the top-10 of Atlantic Hockey defensemen. Coughlin ranks seventh amongst the league’s defensemen in points per game at 0.83.

• In the Crusaders’ 5-4 win on Jan. 5, Holy Cross scored three power play goals in the game. The last time Holy Cross had scored three man-advantage goals was on Feb. 2, 2018 at Canisius.

Kevin Darrar scored his second goal of the season as the game-winner on Jan. 5

Anthony Vincent leads the Crusaders’ rookies with nine points on the season after a three-assist weekend. Vincent has recorded one goal and eight assists.

• On Jan. 4, two Crusaders tallied their first collegiate goals. Matt Slick and Conner Jean each lit the lamp for the first time in their careers as Crusaders.

• With four power play goals on the weekend, Holy Cross’ power play conversion rate jumped from 15.4% to 19.7%.


Power Play Leaders

• The Crusaders’ power play has a group of leaders who have scored two goals: Coughlin, Laffin, and Peter Crinella.

• A group of seniors also lead the team in power play points. Four players have recorded four points on the power play: Coughlin, Laffin, Spencer Trapp, and Mitch Collett.


Coughlin’s Help

Johnny Coughlin leads the team in points and assists (3-11-14).

• In league games, Coughlin ranks fourth in defensive scoring (2-10-12).

•Nationally, the defenseman ranks 27th in defenseman scoring.

• Among the league, Coughlin ranks 12th with 11 assists.


Diverse Scoring

• The Crusaders have seen 18 different goal scorers on the season.

Mitch Collett and Michael Laffin both lead the team in goals (4).

• Three players lead the team in power play goals (2): Coughlin, Crinella, Laffin.

• Seven players have tallied three goals on the season.


Exhibition vs. U.S. National Under-18 Team

• The Crusaders picked back up the second half of the season with a New Years Day matinee exhibition with the U.S. National Under-18 team in Plymouth, Mich.

• The U18s took an early 2-0 lead but the Crusaders closed the first period down 2-1. USA extended their lead to 5-1 later in the game, but Holy Cross scored two quick goals to push the game to 5-3. The U18s tallied a late third period goal to close the game at 6-3.

Neil Robinson, Johnny Coughlin, and Matt Slick scored for the Crusaders.

Michael Laffin, Robinson, Mitch Collett, and Ryan Leibold tallied assists in the outing.

Erik Gordon posted 23 saves and Beau Collins made five saves.


Scouting Niagara

• Niagara travels to Worcester with an 8-11-2 and 7-6-2 in league play.

• Noah Delmas leads the Purple Eagles with 18 points on seven goals and 11 assists.

• Ludwig Stenlund has also tallied seven goals and leads the team with four power play goals.

• Brian Wilson leads between the pipes, with a .912 save percentage and a 2.73 goals against average. Wilson holds an 8-8-2 record in 18 games played.

• On the power play, Niagara holds a 17.1% conversion rate. Conversely, the Purple Eagles have a 80% success rate on the penalty kill.

• Niagara currently sits in third place in the league with 15 conference points.


Last Time Against Niagara

• On the season, the Crusaders are 0-1-1 against the Purple Eagles. The teams faced off on Nov. 9 and 10. Holy Cross fell, 6-3, in the first game and tied 3-3 in the second.

• On Nov. 9, Mitch Collett, Charlie Barrow and Spencer Trapp scored for Holy Cross.

• In the 3-3- tie, Trapp, Kevin Darrar, and Logan Ferguson scored. Erik Gordon marked a then-career high 38 saves.

• Holy Cross holds the all-time series, 16-11-2.


Up Next

• The Crusaders will play AIC in Springfield on Jan. 17 and at the Hart Center on Jan. 19, both games are slated for 7:00 p.m.



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