Neil Robinson
Mark Seliger Photography
Mark Seliger Photography
Neil Robinson

Men's Hockey Set for Merychurst Series

Holy Cross Athletics   01-03-2019

Holy Cross (2-11-2, 2-7-1 AHA)

vs. Mercyhurst (8-10-2, 6-5-1 AHA)

Date • Time

Jan. 4 -5 • 7:05 p.m.


Erie, Pa.


Mercyhust Ice Center


Jan. 4 Jan. 5

Live Stats

Jan. 4 Jan. 5


Jan. 4  Jan. 5

All-Time Series


Last Meeting

L, 4-0 (2/10/18)

Last HC Win

W, 3-2 (11/11/16)

Game Notes




Tale of the Tape





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Penalty Kill


Holy Cross will resume Atlantic Hockey action with a two-game series  in Erie on Jan. 4 and 5. Puck drop is slated for 7:00 p.m. both nights.


Talking Points

• 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.

• Holy Cross closed out the first half of the season with a 2-0 win at Robert Morris on Dec. 8. The Crusaders split the weekend series with the Colonials, despite outshooting them on Dec. 7.

Erik Gordon captured his first collegiate win with a 26-save shutout. The shutout also marked the first of his career. Gordon was named Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week for his efforts.

Michael Laffin scored his second and third goals of the season in Holy Cross’ win, while Johnny Coughlin continued his point production with an assist.

• Coughlin leads the team in points with 11 points (2-9-11).

• With four goals, Mitch Collett leads the team in scoring.

• Four other Crusaders have tallied three goals on the season: Laffin, Frank Boie, Jack Surowiec, and Charlie Barrow.

• The Crusaders have had recent success on the penalty kill, killing 58 of 70 penalties for a 82.9% success rate.

• On the power play Holy Cross holds a 15.4% conversion rate.


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

• Holy Cross faced the U18s on Jan. 1 and fell, 6-3, in an exhibition.

• 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.


Coughlin’s Help

Johnny Coughlin leads the team with nine assists. He is also tied for 18th in the league in helpers. In league games, Coughlin ranks ninth with eight assists.

• The senior ranks ninth in defensive scoring amongst the league (2-9-11) and averages 0.73 points per game.


Scouting Mercyhurst

• Merychurst holds a 8-10-2 overall record and 6-5-1 mark in league play.

• The Lakers are led by Joseph Duszak, who has posted 20 points on five goals and 15 assists.

• Derek Barach leads the team in scoring with eight goals. Barachhas added 10 assists for 18 points.

• All three Laker goaltenders have seen time this season. Garrett Metcalf and Stefano Cantali have split time, Metcalf playing in seven games and Cantali in 12 games.

• Cantali holds a .902 save percentage and 3.06 goals against average. Metcalf has recorded a .928 save percentage and 2.27 goals against average.

• Mercyhurst has tallied 12 power play goals on the season for a 12% conversion rate. On the penalty kill the Lakers hold a 75.6% success rate.

• In the 2018-19 season, the Lakers’ home record is 1-4-1 and 1-3-1 in home league games.


Last Time Against Mercyhurst

• Holy Cross played Mercyhurst to a 0-2-2 record in the 2017-18 season.

• The Crusaders and Lakers skated to consecutive ties to open the season (Oct. 13, 1-1 & Oct. 14, 4-4) and dropped two games on Feb. 9 and 10, 6-5 and 4-0.

• Overall the Crusaders are 16-36-7 against the Lakers.


Up Next

• The Crusaders will host Niagara for two games at the Hart Center on Jan. 11 and 12. Both games will be played at 7:05 p.m.




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