Sophomore Johnny Coughlin
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Sophomore Johnny Coughlin

Crusaders Travel To Rochester For Two With RIT

Holy Cross Athletics   02-09-2017
Holy Cross (12-10-6, 9-7-6 AHC)
at RIT (11-17-1, 11-12-0 AHC)
Dates/Time: Feb. 10-11, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.
Location: Rochester, N.Y.
Arena: Gene Polisseni Center
Video:

AtlanticHockey.TV

Series: RIT leads, 24-12-7
Series at RIT:

RIT leads, 9-3-7

Last Meeting: HC 3, RIT 3 (1/30/16)
Last HC Win: HC 3, RIT 1 (2/13/15)
Last RIT Win: RIT 2, HC 0 (2/14/15)
First Meeting: HC 8, RIT 4 (12/18/72)
Live Stats: Side Arm Stats
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PDF of Complete Game Notes

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  • The Holy Cross men’s hockey team (12-10-6, 9-7-6 AHC), which is 6-2-3 over its last 11 games, will return to action when it travels to Rochester, N.Y., to play a two-game series against the Rochester Institute of Technology (11-17-1, 11-12-0 AHC) on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11 at 7:05 p.m. Both games will take place at the Gene Polisseni Center. The games will be streamed live on AtlanticHockey.TV.
  • The Crusaders are tied for fourth place in the AHC standings with 24 points, while the Tigers are seventh with 22 points. Holy Cross is also just two points behind third-place Robert Morris. The top five teams earn a first round bye in the AHC Tournament. Last year, the Crusaders went 0-0-2 versus RIT. The Tigers lead the all-time series, 24-12-7, but the Crusaders are 5-2-3 versus the Tigers over the last 10 games, while they are 2-0-3 in the last five played in Rochester.
  • The Crusaders are fourth in the AHC in scoring offense out of 11 teams with 2.82 goals per game, while the Tigers are third with 2.93 goals per contest. The Crusaders are fifth in scoring defense by allowing 2.93 goals per game, while RIT is seventh with 3.07 goals allowed per contest.
  • The Crusaders lead the league and are second nationally with only 9.4 penalty minutes per game. The Crusaders are fifth in the league with a .193 power play percentage, while the Tigers are fourth with a .194 percentage. The Crusaders are sixth in the league with a .793 penalty kill percentage, while RIT is 11th in the conference with a .759 percentage.


CRUSADERS ON A ROLL:

  • The Crusaders are 6-2-3 over the last 11 games. Holy Cross has outscored its opponents 32-24. The Crusaders have posted 30.5 shots per game, while Holy Cross has held the opposition to just 25.3 shots per game. The Crusaders are 10-51 on the power play, while their opponents are 5-38. Holy Cross has outscored its opponents, 9-4 in the third period during this stretch. Junior forward Danny Lopez and sophomore forward Michael Laffin lead the team with 11 points each during the last 11 games. Lopez has seven goals and four assists, while Laffin has four goals and seven assists.

THE SERIES WITH RIT:

  • These teams have met 43 times with RIT leading the series, 24-12-7. The Crusaders are 5-2-3 versus the Tigers over the last 10 games, while they are 2-0-3 in the last five played in Rochester, including a 0-0-2 record last season.

LOPEZ LEADING THE NATION IN POWER PLAY GOALS:

  • Junior forward Danny Lopez leads 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 94 CAREER POINTS:

  • Senior assistant captain Mike Barrett has six goals and 16 assists for 22 points. His 16 assists lead the team. For his career, he has 39 goals and 55 assists for 94 points. Last Saturday, 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 23 OF 28 GAMES:

  • Junior forward Danny Lopez, who was just named the AHC Player of the Week, has posted at least one point in 23 of the 28 games this season. His 17 goals and 30 points lead the team. His 17 goals are tied for first in the league and his 30 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 22 assists for 52 points.

HOLDING ON TO THE LEAD:

  • The Crusaders are 9-0-2 this season and 34-2-5 under head coach David Berard when leading after the second period. Holy Cross is also 6-0-2 this season and 22-3-3 under Berard when leading after the first period. The Crusaders are 8-0-1 this season when scoring the first goal of the game.

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.

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 has two shutouts this season and five for his career. His five shutouts are third all-time in the Division I history of the program, while his 31 victories are also third and his 1,635 saves are fourth. His 2.48 career goals against average is ranked second all-time.

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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