Crusaders Host Army On Friday; Play At West Point On Saturday
|Holy Cross (13-11-6, 10-8-6 AHC)
vs. Army West Point (14-11-4, 13-9-2 AHC)
|Dates/Time:||Feb. 17-18, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.|
|Location (Feb. 17):||Worcester, Mass.|
|Location (Feb. 18):||West Point, N.Y.|
|Arena (Feb. 17):||Hart Center at Luth Athletic Complex|
Arena (Feb. 18):
Tickets (Feb. 17):
|Feb. 17- Charter TV3
Kevin Shea, play-by-play
Mike McGuire, color
|Series:||Army leads, 35-31-10|
|Last Meeting:||Army 8, HC 1 (12/10/16)|
|Last HC Win:||HC 2, Army 0 (3/1/14)|
|First Meeting:||Army 6, HC 5 (1/8/75)|
|Live Stats:||Game 1; Game 2|
|Social Media:||Facebook | Twitter | Instagram|
PDF of Complete Game Notes
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- The Holy Cross men’s hockey team (13-11-6, 10-8-6 AHC), which is 7-3-3 over its last 13 games, returns to action for a two-game home-and-home series against Army West Point (14-11-4, 13-9-2 AHC) on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17-18 at 7:05 p.m. Friday’s game will be played in Worcester as the team celebrates Senior Night. The game on Friday will be shown live on Charter TV3 and AtlanticHockey.TV with Kevin Shea and Mike McGuire on the call. Holy Cross Athletics will also partner with Big Y World Class Markets for Recycling Day on Friday to promote sustainability. Crusader fans who bring an empty soda bottle or can to recycle will receive $2.00 off admission and be entered to win a $50.00 gift card to Big Y. Saturday’s game will be played at Army West Point.
- The Crusaders are in fifth place in the AHC standings with 26 points, while Army is third with 28 points. Holy Cross is also just one point behind fourth-place Robert Morris. The top five teams earn a first round bye in the AHC Tournament. Only five points separate third through eighth place in the standings. Earlier this season, Army swept the two-game home-and-home series between the teams. The Black Knights lead the all-time series, 35-31-10.
- The Crusaders are fourth in the AHC in scoring offense out of 11 teams with 2.80 goals per game, while Army is fifth with 2.72 goals per contest. The Black Knights lead the league and are fourth in the nation by only allowing 2.10 goals per game, while the Crusaders are fifth in the league, allowing 2.80 goals per game. Army goalie Parker Gahagen is ranked fourth in the nation with a .934 save percentage, while his 1.92 goals against average is fifth.
- The Crusaders lead the league and are second nationally with only 9.2 penalty minutes per game. The Crusaders are fifth in the league with a .187 power play percentage, while the Black Knights are ninth with a .136 percentage. The Crusaders are sixth in the league with a .785 penalty kill percentage, while Army is third in the conference with a .870 percentage.
CRUSADERS ON A ROLL: The Crusaders are 7-3-3 over the last 13 games. Holy Cross has outscored its opponents 37-26. The Crusaders have posted 30.0 shots per game, while Holy Cross has held the opposition to just 25.2 shots per game. The Crusaders are 11-61 on the power play, while their opponents are 7-43. Holy Cross has outscored its opponents, 12-4 in the third period during this stretch. Junior forward Danny Lopez and sophomore forward Michael Laffin lead the team with 12 points each during the last 13 games. Lopez has seven goals and five assists, while Laffin has five goals and seven assists.
- Before the game on Friday, the Crusaders will honor their three seniors, Mike Barrett, Logan Smith and Brett McKinnon, for their hard work and dedication to the program over the past four years.
COUGHLIN SCORING BIG GOALS:
- Sophomore defenseman Johnny Coughlin now has two game winners this season, including in the 4-0 at RIT. Four of his six career goals are game winners.
LOPEZ 2ND IN THE NATION IN POWER PLAY GOALS:
- Junior forward Danny Lopez is tied for second in the nation with 12 power play goals. His 12 power play goals are second all-time in the program’s Division I history. Tyler McGregor holds the record with 13 in 2005-2006.
BARRETT WITH 95 CAREER POINTS:
- Senior assistant captain Mike Barrett has seven goals and 16 assists for 23 points. His 16 assists lead the team. For his career, he has 40 goals and 55 assists for 95 points. On February 4, Barrett totaled four points with one goal and three assists as the Crusaders defeated AIC 8-2. His three assists tied for 10th all-time for a game in the program’s Division I history.
LOPEZ WITH A POINT IN 24 OF 30 GAMES:
- Junior forward Danny Lopez has posted at least one point in 24 of the 30 games this season. His 17 goals and 31 points lead the team. His 17 goals are second in the league and his 31 points are fourth. His 17 goals are also tied for sixth in the Division I history of the program. On Friday, Feb. 3, Lopez netted his first hat trick of his career in the 8-2 win versus AIC. It was the 23rd hat trick in the Division I history of the program. Lopez posted a 14-game point streak which is the longest in the Division I history of the program. He has been named one of 23 semifinalists for the 65th Walter Brown Award as announced by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. The award is presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England. For his career, he has 30 goals and 23 assists for 53 points.
THE SERIES WITH ARMY WEST POINT:
- There have been 76 meetings between these two teams in varsity games since 1966-1967. The Black Knights lead the series, 35-31-10. Earlier this season, Army swept a home-and-home series against Holy Cross. On December 9 at West Point the Black Knights won 4-2, and on December 10 they won 8-1 in Worcester. The Crusaders are 1-7-2 against Army in the last 10 games.
HOLDING ON TO THE LEAD:
- The Crusaders are 10-0-2 this season and 35-2-5 under head coach David Berard when leading after the second period. Holy Cross is also 7-0-2 this season and 23-3-3 under Berard when leading after the first period. The Crusaders are 9-0-1 this season when scoring the first goal of the game.
BERRAFATO ON RICHTER AWARD WATCH LIST:
- Junior Paul Berrafato is one of 20 student-athletes named to the 2017 Mike Richter Award Watch List. The award honors the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA men’s hockey. Berrafato now has three shutouts this season which are tied for second all-time for a season in the program’s Division I history. His six career shutouts are also tied for second all-time. His 32 victories are also third and his 1,683 saves are fourth. His 2.44 career goals against average is ranked second all-time.
CRUSADERS AT HOME:
- The Crusaders are 9-4-4 at home this season with wins versus No. 11 Providence, Brown, No. 20 Union, Air Force, Canisius, two versus Niagara, one versus Robert Morris and a recent victory versus AIC.
Make sure to visit the Holy Cross Team Shop during Friday's game against Army West Point, to receive 10 percent off the Item of the Game!
BE PART OF THE ACTION THIS SEASON
- To purchase tickets for the 2016-2017 Holy Cross men's hockey season, call 1-844-GOCROSS or visit GoHolyCross.com/Tickets.
- There are numerous ways to stay connected with the Holy Cross men's hockey team. Follow the Crusaders on Twitter @HCrossMHockey, Facebook and Instagram.