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Scott Pooley

Crusaders To Host Canisius On Dec. 30-31

Holy Cross Athletics   12-29-2016
Holy Cross (6-7-3, 3-4-3 AHC)
vs. Canisius  (6-8-3, 5-3-3 AHC)
Dates/Time: Dec. 30-31, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
Location: Worcester, Mass.
Arena: Hart Center at Luth Athletic Complex
Series: HC leads, 33-19-10
Series at HC: HC leads, 17-10-4
Last Meeting: Canisius 2, HC 1 (1/23/16)
Last HC Win: HC 4, Canisius 1 (10/24/15)
First Meeting: HC 3, Canisius 1 (11/1/86)
Tickets: Dec. 30; Dec. 31 
Live Stats: Game 1Game 2
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THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW: 

  • The Holy Cross men’s hockey team (6-7-3, 3-4-3 AHC) will return to action when its hosts Canisius (6-8-3, 5-3-3 AHC) on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 30-31, at 4:05 p.m.
  • The Crusaders lead the all-time series, 33-19-10. Last year, the Golden Griffins won the season series, 2-1-1. The Crusaders are 17-10-4 all-time in Worcester versus Canisius.
  • Holy Cross defeated the U.S. National University Team by a 10-1 score in an exhibition game on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at the New England Sports Center. The last time the Golden Griffins played was when they went 1-0-1 versus Bentley on Dec. 2-3.
  • The Crusaders are fourth in Atlantic Hockey in scoring offense out of 11 teams with 2.94 goals per game, while the Golden Griffins are 11th with 1.88 goals per contest. The Crusaders are 10th in scoring defense by allowing 3.44 goals per game, while Canisius is second in the league with 2.71 goals allowed per contest.
  • The Crusaders lead the league and are third nationally with only 10.6 penalty minutes per game, while Canisius is fourth in the conference with 12.5. The Crusaders are fourth in the league with a .198 power play percentage, while the Golden Griffins are sixth with a .160 percentage. The Crusaders are ninth with a .760 penalty kill percentage, while Canisius is third in the conference with a .864 percentage.

LOPEZ ON 14-GAME POINT STREAK:

  • Junior forward Danny Lopez has posted at least one point in 14 straight games with nine goals and six assists for 15 points during this stretch. His 14-game point streak is the longest in the Division I history of the program. For the season, he is second on the team with 10 goals, third with nine assists and tied for first with 19 points. For his career, he has 23 goals and 18 assists for 41 points. His 19 points are tied for fourth in Atlantic Hockey. His seven power play goals are tied for second in the nation.

UP NEXT:

  • After the series with Canisius, the Crusaders will host Niagara on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 6-7 at 7:05 p.m.

HOLDING ON TO THE LEAD:

  • The Crusaders are 4-0-1 this season and 29-2-4 under head coach David Berard when leading after the second period.

MOORE 2ND IN THE LEAGUE IN GOALS:

  • Junior assistant captain T.J. Moore is tied for second in Atlantic Hockey with 11 goals. This season he has 11 goals and eight assists for 19 points. He leads the team in goals, is fourth in assists and is tied for first in points. For his career, Moore has 37 goals and 33 assists for 70 points. He set school records by recording two straight hat tricks as the Crusaders went 1-0-1 at Niagara on Oct. 7-8. Moore is the first player in the program’s Division I history to record two straight hat tricks. He is also the first player to post three career hat tricks and the third Crusader to have a hat trick in a period.

BARRETT WITH 86 CAREER POINTS:

  • Senior assistant captain Mike Barrett has three goals and 11 assists for 14 points. For his career, he has 36 goals and 50 assists for 86 points.

TRAPP LEADS TEAM WITH 13 ASSISTS:

  • Sophomore Spencer Trapp is fourth in the league with 0.81 points per game by defensemen. He leads the team and is tied for sixth in the conference with 13 assists. For his career, he has three goals and 23 assists for 26 points.

TWO WINS OVER RANKED TEAMS:

  • So far this season, the Crusaders have defeated two nationally ranked opponents, downing No. 11 Providence on Oct. 15 at the DCU Center and No. 20 Union on Nov. 1 at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex. Providence won the 2015 national championship, while Union won the championship in 2014. After the loss to the Crusaders, Union has gone 8-1-1 and are currently No. 10 in the nation. This was the second time in a season in program history that the Crusaders have defeated two nationally ranked teams.

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.   

STAY CONNECTED

  • There are numerous ways to stay connected with the Holy Cross men's hockey team. Follow the Crusaders on Twitter @HCrossMHockeyFacebook and Instagram.

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Consider making a gift to support the hockey program through the Crusader Athletics Fund before the end of the calendar year. Click here to give.

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