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Men's Hockey To Host Bentley For Two

Holy Cross Athletics   10-19-2017
Holy Cross (0-0-2, 0-0-2 AHC)
vs. Bentley 
(0-0-1, 0-0-1 AHC)
Dates • Time: Oct. 20-21 • 7:05 p.m.
Location: Worcester, Mass.
Arena: Hart Center
Tickets: Oct. 20 • Oct. 21
Series: HC, 32-20-8
Last Meeting: HC 2, BU 2 OT (2/25/17)
Last HC Win: HC 5, BU 4 OT (2/24/17)
First Meeting: HC 5, BU 2 (2/10/1973)
Live Stats: Oct. 20 • Oct. 21
Video: Oct. 20 • Oct. 21
Live Tweets: @HCrossMHockey
Social Media: Facebook | Instagram
Tale of the Tape
HC BU
2.50 Goals/Game 3.00
2.50 Goals Allowed/Game 3.00
32.5 Shots/Game 38.0
7.5 Penalties/Game 6.0
0% Power Play 25%
75.0% Penalty Kill 50%

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Holy Cross to Host Bentley for Two

• The Holy Cross men’s hockey team will host an Atlantic Hockey series with the Bentley Falcons at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex on Friday & Saturday at 7:05 p.m.

Talking Points

• The Crusaders have played in overtime in each of their regular season games thus far.

• Charlie Barrow (1-1-2) and Logan Milliken (0-2-2) posted the team’s first multi-point games on Oct. 14.

• Of the Crusaders five goals on the season, each was scored by a different player.

• Johnny Coughlin is the only Crusader to have recorded a point in back-to-back games in the 2017-18 season.

• Through two games, Paul Berrafato has made 91 saves on 96 shots for a .948 save percentage.

• In the last four contests between the Crusaders and Falcons, the game has stretched into overtime. Holy Cross is the only team to have scored in overtime to break the tie (2/24/17).

Scouting The Falcons

• The Falcons bring a young team to the ice for their 2017-18 campaign, having ten underclassmen dressing in their opener.

• Bentley has yet to play back-to-back games, playing one game against American International. The game ended in a 3-3 tie.

• Senior goalie, Jayson Argue, started in goal for the Falcons, making 33 saves on 36 shots. Argue finished last season with a 3.00 goals against average and a .908 save percentage.

• Bentley’s powerplay currently sits at a 25% conversion rate (2-8) after finishing the 2016-17 season at 15.1%.

• The Falcons penalty kill success rate finished at 81%  in 2016-17. Through one game this season, Bentley holds a 50% success rate (3-6).

Falcons to Watch

• Despite losing its leading scorer to graduation, Bentley returns Kyle Schmidt (0-1-1) who recorded 33 points on 18 goals and 15 assists in 2016-17.

• Ryner Gorosky ranked third among his teammates last season with 23 points.

The Last Time Against Bentley

• The Crusaders and Falcons last battled at Bentley, paying two overtime games. The Crusaders captured a 5-4 overtime victory on Feb. 24 and skated to a 2-2 tie on Feb. 25.

• Berrafato posted 55 saves in the weekend series, while Moore, Crinella, Laffin, and Coughlin all tallied goals.

Recapping Last Weekend

• The Crusaders jumped out to a 0-0-2 record overall and in Atlantic Hockey, skating to tie Mercyhurst on Oct. 13 & 14.

• Paul Berrafato led the Crusaders, marking a career-high in back-to-back games. The senior goaltender posted a 45-save night followed by a 46-save effort, helping the Crusaders to earn two points in their opening weekend.

• On Oct. 13, Merychurst took the lead 13 seconds into the third period, but Michael Laffin tallied the equalizer just over seven minutes later.

• On Oct. 14, Mercyhurst recorded two powerplay goals to take a 2-0 lead. The Crusaders’ Peter Crinella and Mitch Collett battled back to even the game at two, but the Lakers recorded a third powerplay goal to go-ahead. Danny Lopez tipped one in to even the game at three heading into the final frame. Charlie Barrow capped off a multi-point night with the go-ahead goal in the third, but Taylor Best scored in a six-on-five opportunity with ten seconds remaining. 

Recapping 2016-17

• Last year, the Crusaders went 14-15-7 overall and 11-10-7 in Atlantic Hockey.

• Holy Cross ranked fourth in Atlantic Hockey in scoring offense, averaging 2.75 goals per game.

• The Crusaders ranked fifth in the league in scoring defense, allowing an average of 2.94 goals per game.

• Holy Cross finished with the league’s sixth best conversion rate on the power play at 17.0%

• The Crusaders were the least penalized team in Atlantic Hockey, with 9.5 penalty minutes per game and held a 76.4% success rate on the penalty kill.

Who’s Returning

• Twenty-three Crusaders return for the 2017-18 season.

• Danny Lopez led the team in points (17-16-33) and led the league in power play goals with 12.

• Four of the team’s top five points leaders return.

• Paul Berrafato played 2100:32 minutes between the pipes for the Crusaders, holding a .896 save percentage in 2016-17 and enters his senior season.

Fresh Faces

• Head coach David Berard adds five to the roster for the 2017-18 season - two defensemen and three forwards.

• Frank Boie and Logan Milliken join the defensive core, each with BCHL experience.

• Andrew Dumaresque , Logan Ferguson, and Pete Kessel join the Crusader offense.

• “The five-player class provides valuable depth and competition at the forward and defense positions and enhances our style of play,” said Berard about the newcomers.

Preseason Recognition

• The Crusaders were picked sixth in the Atlantic Hockey Preseason Coaches poll with 58 points.

• Holy Cross finished the 2016-17 season in fifth place in the league (11-10-7) and with an overall record of 14-15-7.  The team finished in fourth among the league in scoring, averaging 2.75 goals per game.

‘Saders in the Summer

• T.J. Moore attended the Boston Bruins development camp as one of the eight players invited who are not in the Bruins’ organization.

• Moore aims to bring his NHL Development Camp experience into the 2017-18 season at Holy Cross.

Crusader Captains

• Brett Mulcahy continues at the helm of the Crusader leadership, serving as captain for the second consecutive season.

• Tommy Muratore and T.J. Moore have been named assistant captains for the second straight year.

• As a junior, Michael Laffin joins the Crusader leadership as an assistant captain.

Holy Cross in Exhibition Play

• The Crusaders played Carleton on Sept. 29 at the Hart Center.

• All 27 players dressed in the exhibition.

• Both Paul Berrafato and Tommy Nixon saw time between the pipes.

• Brett Mulcahy and Ryan Ferrill each notched two points off of one goal and one assist in the exhibition.

Atlantic Hockey Team Sportsmanship Award

• In the 2016-17 season, Holy Cross was the least penalized team in Atlantic Hockey, averaging just 9.5 penalty minutes per game.

• Practicing such discipline throughout the season earned the Crusaders the 2016-17 Atlantic Hockey Team Sportsmanship Award.

• The team’s 9.5 penalty minutes per game were the fourth lowest nationally.

Berrafato In Goal

• Senior goaltender Paul Berrafato enters the 2017-18 season having played 78 games, amassing 4501:21 minutes of play. He has made 1,814 saves and faced 2,002 shots for a career goals against average of .906 and 2.51 goals against average. He claims a .513 winning percentage with an overall record of 33-31-12.

• As a junior, Berrafato played in all 36 games, made 840 saves and posted three shutouts. .

Up Next

• The Crusaders will play two ECAC opponents, with a home game against Dartmouth on Oct. 27 at 7:05 p.m. and at Princeton on Oct. 29 at 4:00 p.m.

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