Paul Berrafato
Mark Seliger Photography
Mark Seliger Photography
Paul Berrafato

Men's Hockey To Play Two ECAC Opponents

Holy Cross Athletics   10-26-2017

Holy Cross (2-0-2, 2-0-2 AHC)
vs. Dartmouth (0-0-0, 0-0-0 ECAC)

at Princeton

Dates • Time:

Oct. 27 • 7:05 p.m.

Oct. 29 • 4:00 p.m.

Location:

Oct. 27 • Worcester, Mass.

Oct. 29 • Princeton, N.J.

Arena:

Oct. 27 • Hart Center

Oct. 29 • Hobey Baker Rink

Tickets: Oct. 27
Series: DC, 3-5-1 • PU, 1-4-0
Last Meeting:

HC 2, DC 5 (1/10/16)

HC 4, PU 3 (1/2/16)

Last HC Win:

HC 4, DC 2 (1/3/10)

HC 4, PU 3 (1/2/16)

First Meeting:

HC 5, DC 2 (1/30/86)

HC 3, PU 10 (11/19/79)

Live Stats: Oct. 27 • Oct. 29
Video: Oct. 27 • Oct. 29
Live Tweets: @HCrossMHockey
Social Media: Facebook | Instagram
Tale of the Tape
17-18 2016-17
HC DC PU
3.50 Goals/Game 2.68 3.03
2.00 Goals Allowed/Game 3.58 3.26
35.2 Shots/Game 32.1 35.7
7.8 Penalties/Game 5.3 4.3
5.9% Power Play 16.3% 21.1%
81.0% Penalty Kill 72.5% 82.8%

PDF Game Notes

Holy Cross to Play the ECAC

• The Holy Cross men’s hockey team will host its first non-conference match-up of the year, welcoming Dartmouth to the Hart Center on Friday, Oct, 27 at 7:05 p.m.

• Then Holy Cross will hit the road for a 4:00 p.m. game at Hobey Baker Rink against Princeton on Sunday, Oct. 29.

Talking Points

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

Scott Pooley (3-1-4) leads the Crusaders in points after a three-goal weekend. T.J. Moore also leads with four points, after recording two goals and one assist in the Bentley series.

• Eight different players recorded multi-point weekends.

Johnny Coughlin (0-4-4) leads with helpers, posting two on Oct. 21.

Paul Berrafato claimed Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week honors after posting his seventh career shutout with a 27-save effort on Oct. 21.

• Holy Cross has not faced Dartmouth or Princeton since the 2015-16 season. This weekend’s games will also serve as the season openers for the Ivy League teams.

• This weekend’s slate of games are the first non-conference match-ups for the Crusaders.

•Holy Cross is one of only three unbeaten teams remaining. St. Cloud State and Denver have also not dropped a game.

• Of the 52 teams who played last weekend, only eight swept the weekend. Holy Cross was one of the eight.

• With the quick start in the league, the Crusaders hold first place with 6 points in four games.

• The Crusaders rank first in Atlantic Hockey in scoring offense with 3.50 goals per game and second in scoring defense with 2.00 goals against per game.

Scouting The Big Green

• The Big Green’s appearance at the Hart Center will open the team’s season.

• In the 2016-17 season, Dartmouth finished with a 10-18-3 record and 7-13-2 mark in ECAC play.

•The Big Green return two of their top three scorers, Corey Kalk and Will Graber.

• Devin Buffalo played 85.7% of time in the net for Dartmouth, finishing with a .895 save percentage and 3.29 goals against average.

• The Big Green completed the season with a 16.3% conversion rate on the power play, scoring 22 goals on 135 opportunities.

• On the penalty kill, Dartmouth struggled with a 72.5% success rate.

Big Green In Exhibition

• In two exhibition games, the Big Green have scored only two goals.

• Buffalo and Adrian Clark split time in both exhibition games.

• Sophomore Daniel Warpecha scored both goals in the 2-1 exhibition win over Windsor. Warpecha tallied nine points with six goals and three assist in the 2016-17 season.

The Last Time Against Dartmouth

• The Crusaders and Big Green battled at Thompson Arena in Hanover, N.H. in 2016.

• Moore posted a two point game off of one goal and one assist.

Danny Lopez added Holy Cross’ other goal in the 5-2 loss.

Scouting The Tigers

• Princeton will also open their season against the Crusaders, having played just one exhibition game on Saturday Oct. 14 against Western Ontario.

• The Tigers finished the 2016-17 season with a 15-16-3 overall record and 8-11-3 in the ECAC.

• Four Tigers tallied at least 30 points last year, each returning to the ice for the 2017-18 season.

• Princeton averaged 3.03 goals per game and 8.26 points per game last season.

• The Princeton powerplay saw lots of success, finishing with a conversion rate of 21.1%.

• On the penalty kill, the Tigers finished with a 82.8% success rate, killing 101 of 122 penalties.

• With Colton Phinney graduating, Ben Halford is the only returning goalie to have seen time last season.

Tigers In Exhibition

• Princeton played Western Ontario in exhibition, winning 6-4.

• Liam Grande notched two goals in the exhibition.

• Halford played 11 minutes and made two saves, while junior Austin Shaw played 40 minutes and made 19 saves

The Last Time Against Princeton

• The Crusaders hosted the Tigers at the DCU Center, defeating them 4-3 on Jan. 2, 2016. Prior to this contest, the two teams had not faced each other in 28 seasons.

• Moore notched a hat-trick in the game, while Michael Laffin picked up two assists and Spencer Trapp added the game-winner.

Recapping Last Weekend

• The Crusaders swept the Bentley Falcons with a 4-3 overtime win and a 5-0 shutout win.

Brett Mulcahy notched his first of the season 52 seconds into the overtime frame on Oct. 20 to secure the Holy Cross win.

• Moore scored 47 seconds into the game on Oct. 21, which proved to be the eventual game winner.

Andrew Dumaresque scored his firs collegiate goal with 4:19 remaining in the second period to secure the 5-0 win.

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.

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.

Up Next

• The Crusaders will resume Atlantic Hockey play for their first road series. Holy Cross will take on Robert Morris on Nov. 3-4 at 7:00 p.m.

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