Jack Surowiec and Michael Laffin
Mark Seliger Photography
Mark Seliger Photography
Jack Surowiec and Michael Laffin

Men's Hockey Heads To Robert Morris for Atlantic Hockey Playoffs

Holy Cross Athletics   03-07-2019

Holy Cross (10-19-5, 10-14-4 AHA)

vs. Robert Morris (12-20-2, 11-15-2 AHA)

Date • Time

March 8-10 • 7:05 p.m. 

Location

Pittsburgh, Pa.

Arena

Colonials Arena

March 8

Live Stats Video

March 9

Live Stats Video

March 10

Live Stats Video

All-Time Series

7-15-2

Last Meeting

W, 2-0 (2/16/19)

Last HC Win

W, 2-0 (2/16/19)

Game Notes

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RMU

2.62

Goals Per Game

2.62

3.18

Goals Against Per Game

3.41

26.0

Shots Per Game

27.2

4.4

Penalties Per Game

5.6

16.5%

Power Play

18.81%

80.3%

Penalty Kill

81.6%

WORCESTER, Mass.Holy Cross will play a best-of-three series at Robert Morris in the Atlantic Hockey First Round of playoffs. The Crusaders and Colonials will face off on March 8-10 at 7:00 p.m. in Pittsburgh.

 

Talking Points

• The Crusaders and Colonials finished in a tie for eighth place in the league, with the tie breaker going to the Colonials. Holy Cross will play as the ninth seeded team in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament.

• At the conclusion of the regular season, Holy Cross is led by three Crusaders. Mitch Collett, Johnny Coughlin, and Anthony Vincent all have tallied 21 points on the season.

• Collett has recorded six of his 21 points in his last four games played (2-4-6).

Michael Laffin has recorded a team-best 10 goals on the season. It is the second time in his career that he has hit the 10-goal mark on a season.

• At Air Force, Holy Cross brought home their first overtime victory. The Crusaders own a 1-0-5 overtime record on the season.

• In the series, Jay Mackie doubled his point total on the season. The senior tallied an assist on the game-winning goal on March 1 and scored a goal of his own on March 2.

 

The Last 11

• Since the Crusaders victory at Sacred Heart on Jan. 26, the Crusaders have played to a 6-3-2 record in their last 11 games.

Tommy Nixon has played five of those games, with a 1.77 goals against average and .935 save percentage. He has also posted a 3-1-1 record.

• In Holy Cross last 11 games, Collett leads the team with 11 points in 10 games played (4-7-11).

• Four Crusaders have tallied eight goals and Michael Laffin leads with five goals.

Dalton Skelly has recorded seven of his 10 assists in the last 11 games of the regular season.

 

February Crusaders

• The Crusaders played to a 4-2-2 record in February, for their best month of the season.

• Holy Cross owned Atlantic Hockey series against Army and Bentley, playing each team to a 1-0-1 record.

• The Crusaders added wins against RIT and Robert Morris, including a 2-0 shutout against the Colonials for the second time this season.

Tommy Nixon played three games to a 2-0-1 record in the month. He posted a .953 save percentage and 1.31 goals against average.

 

 

Holy Cross vs. Robert Morris in the Playoffs

• The Crusaders’ have encountered the Colonials in the Atlantic Hockey playoffs for the last three seasons.

• Holy Cross is 0-4 against Robert Morris in the playoffs.

• The Crusaders hosted the Colonials in the 4-5 series in the 2018 playoffs and Holy Cross traveled to Robert Morris in the 4-5 match up in the 2017 playoffs.

 

League Leaders

• At the conclusion of the regular season, Anthony Vincent ranked 12th in the league in assists with 16.

Johnny Coughlin ranks seventh in defeseman scoring, having posted 19 points in league play.

• Vincent finished as the third highest scoring rookie in the league at 21 points.

 

 

Scouting Robert Morris

• The Colonials finished the season with a weekend sweep of Mercyhurst, winning in overtime (5-4) on March 1, and winning on March 2 (4-3).

• The Colonials are led by Alex Tonge, who has posted 17 goals and 17 assists on the season for 34 points.

• Robert Morris finished the regular season with an 11-15-2 Atlantic Hockey record.

• Francis Marotte has played in all 34 games, to a .902 save percentage and a 3.06 goals against average.

• On the power play, the Colonials holds an 18.1% conversion rate. Conversely, Robert Morris owns a 81.6% success rate on the penalty kill.

Last Time Against the Robert Morris

• Holy Cross and Robert Morris have split the series 2-2. The Crusaders own two 2-0 wins while Robert Morris won 2-0 and 5-3. Each weekend series was a split with the Colonials taking the first game.

 

Up Next

• As the ninth seed in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament, Holy Cross will move on to play in the Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals, which is also a best-of-three series.

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