Freshman Dalton Skelly
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Mark Seliger Photography
Freshman Dalton Skelly

Crusaders Ready For Two Games At Home Versus Niagara

Holy Cross Athletics   01-04-2017
Holy Cross (7-8-3, 4-5-3 AHC)
vs. Niagara  (2-13-3, 2-8-2 AHC)
Dates/Time: Jan. 6-7, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
Location: Worcester, Mass.
Arena: Hart Center at Luth Athletic Complex
Series: HC leads, 13-9-1
Series at HC: HC leads, 7-6-0
Last Meeting: HC 4, Niagara 4 (OT) (10/8/16)
Last HC Win: HC 8, Niagara 2 (10/7/16)
Last Niagara Win: Niagara 5, HC 3 (3/8/15)
First Meeting: Niagara 3, HC 0 (1/3/99)
Tickets: Jan. 6; Jan. 7 
Live Stats: Game 1Game 2
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THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW: 

  • The Holy Cross men’s hockey team (7-8-3, 4-5-3 AHC) will return to action when its hosts Niagara (2-13-3, 2-8-2 AHC) on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 6-7, at 7:05 p.m.
  • Holy Cross lead the all-time series, 13-9-1, and are 7-6-0 all-time in Worcester versus Niagara. The Crusaders went 1-0-1 versus the Purple Eagles earlier this season with a 8-2 victory on Oct. 7 and a 4-4 tie on Oct. 8.
  • Holy Cross went 1-1-0 last week versus Canisius. The last time the Purple Eagles played was when they went 0-2-0 versus Air Force on Dec. 9-10.
  • The Crusaders are tied for fourth in Atlantic Hockey in scoring offense out of 11 teams with 2.78 goals per game, while the Purple Eagles are 10th with 2.00 goals per contest. The Crusaders are seventh in scoring defense by allowing 3.22 goals per game, while Niagara is 11th with 4.44 goals allowed per contest.
  • The Crusaders lead the league and are third nationally with only 10.4 penalty minutes per game, while Niagara is 11th in the conference with 20.1. The Crusaders are fourth in the league with a .191 power play percentage, while the Purple Eagles are ninth with a .139 percentage. The Crusaders are ninth in the league with a .768 penalty kill percentage, while Niagara is 10th in the conference with a .755 percentage.

LOPEZ WITH A POINT IN 16 OF 18 GAMES

  • Junior forward Danny Lopez has posted at least one point in 16 of the 18 games this season. His 11 goals and 20 points are tied for the team lead. His 11 goals are tied for second in the league. Lopez posted a 14-game point streak which is the longest in the Division I history of the program. He was named the C&R Tire Crusader of the Week for the second time this season for scoring the game-winning goal versus Canisius on Dec. 31. For his career, he has 24 goals and 18 assists for 42 points. His 11 goals are tied for second in the league and his 20 points are tied for fourth. His eight power play goals are tied for first nationally.

HOLDING ON TO THE LEAD

  • The Crusaders are 5-0-1 this season and 30-2-4 under head coach David Berard when leading after the second period. Holy Cross is also 2-0-2 this season and 18-3-3 under Berard when leading after the first period.

CRUSADERS AT HOME

  • The Crusaders are 5-3-2 at home this season with wins versus No. 11 Providence, Brown, No. 20 Union, Air Force and Canisius.

THE SERIES WITH NIAGARA

  • These two teams have met 23 times with the Crusaders leading the all-time series, 13-9-1. Earlier this season, the Crusaders went 1-0-1 at Niagara. Last year, the Crusaders won the season series, 2-0-0. In 2014-2015, the Crusaders won, 5-2-0, but Niagara won the best two-out-of-three Atlantic Hockey Tournament first round series, 2-1. The Crusaders won the second game of the series by a 2-1 score in triple overtime. With a total game time of 111:40 it was the longest game played in school history. The game was also the longest Atlantic Hockey Tournament game ever played. The triple overtime game ranks eighth all-time in Division I history for longest game ever played. In the 2013-2014 season, the Crusaders swept the season series, 2-0-0, with both games played at Niagara.

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 nine assists for 20 points. He is tied for first on the team in goals, tied for third in assists and is tied for first in points. For his career, Moore has 37 goals and 34 assists for 71 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 14 ASSISTS 

  • Sophomore Spencer Trapp is fourth in the league with 0.78 points per game by defensemen. He leads the team and is tied for fifth in the conference with 14 assists. For his career, he has three goals and 24 assists for 27 points.

BERRAFATO ON RICHTER AWARD WATCH LIST

  • Junior goalie Paul Berrafato is one of 20 student-athletes named to the 2017 Mike Richter Award Watch List, as announced by Let’s Play Hockey and the Herb Brooks Foundation. The award honors the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA men’s hockey. Berrafato has two shutouts this season and five for his career.

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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