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Men's Hockey To Travel To No. 19 Union

Holy Cross Athletics   12-08-2017
Holy Cross (6-5-6, 5-2-5 AHC)
vs. No. 19 Union (9-7-1, 6-2-0 ECAC)
Dates • Time: Dec. 9 • 7:00 p.m.
Location: Schenectady, N.Y. 
Arena: Messa Rink
Series: HC, 8-5-2
Last Meeting: HC 6, UC 4 (11/1/16)
Last HC Win: HC 6, UC 4 (11/1/16)
First Meeting: HC 11, UC 2 (12/18/79)
Live Stats: Dec. 9  
Video: Dec. 9  
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Tale of the Tape
HC UC
3.00 Goals/Game 3.18
2.65 Goals Allowed/Game 2.59
31.0 Shots/Game 30.4
4.8 Penalties/Game 4.6
14.3% Power Play 16.9%
82.8% Penalty Kill 78.1%

PDF Game Notes

WORCESTER, Mass. - The Crusaders will play their final non-conference game at No. 19 Union College on Dec. 9 at 7:00 p.m.

Talking Points
Scott Pooley recorded an assist to his point total and ranks fifth in the nation in goal scoring (13-4-17).
• Pooley, T.J. Moore and Mitch Collett are the only Crusaders to have tallied at least one point in each weekend of play in the 2017-18 season.
Danny Lopez has recorded six points, including five goals, in the last seven games.
Brett Mulcahy scored his third game-winning goal and fourth of the season on Dec. 1 to lead the Crusaders past the Tigers.
• With three shutouts, Paul Berrafato has recorded the fourth most in the nation.
Johnny Coughlin leads the team in blocked shots, with 33.
• With 51 goals in 17 games, the Crusaders have recorded the most goals in Atlantic Hockey. Their 3.00 goals per game ranks fifth in the league.
• The senior class has accounted for 60% of the Crusaders offense this season, scoring 31 of the team’s 51 goals.
• The Crusaders own the lowest goals against average in Atlantic Hockey (2.65).
Paul Berrafato owns a .924 save percentage, which ranks first in the league.
• Berrafato’s performance through November earned him Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Month accolades (Dec. 6).
• Holy Cross will face Union for just the 15th time and only the second time since the 2004-05 season.

Berrafato in Goal
Paul Berrafato’s .924 save percentage leads Atlantic Hockey while his 2.41 goals against average ranks second.
• His 512 saves marks the most made by any goalie in the league.
• Berrafato has posted shutouts over Bentley, Air Force, and Army.
• With three shutouts, Berrafato owns the fourth most shutouts in the nation this season.
• With nine career shutouts, Paul Berrafato captured the all-time shutouts record at Holy Cross. Matt Ginn (2011-15) previously held the record with eight shutouts.
• In his career, Berrafato has played 95 games and 83 consecutive starts. Of the active goaltenders in the NCAA, Berrafato ranks second with the most consecutive starts.
• The senior netminder also ranks in the top four goaltenders for the biggest save percentage improvement since the 2016-17 season (+.30) as of Nov. 30.

Pooley’s Offense
• Nationally, Scott Pooley ranks fifth in goals/per game (0.76). Pooley’s 13 goals is the most goals scored in the nation.
• On the power play, Pooley has recorded five goals, which ranks him tied for fourth nationally.
• In Atlantic Hockey, the senior forward leads the league in scoring and ranks second power play goals.
• Pooley is tied for third overall in Atlantic Hockey points, averaging 1.00 points per game.
• On Nov. 11, Pooley recorded his third multi-goal game and fourth multi-point game of the season.
• The senior forward leads the Crusaders in points (13-4-17).

Captain Mulcahy
• Senior captain Brett Mulcahy posted consecutive assists in the Arizona State series (Nov. 24-25) followed by a game-winning goal effort on Dec. 1 at RIT.
• His three game-winning tallies of the season ranks tied for first in the league.
• In his 12 games played this season, Mulcahy has tallied four goals and two assists for six points.

Lopez Leads
• The senior forward has recorded six points in his last seven games (5-1-6). He has scored three goals in the Crusaders’ last three games, including a power play tally.
• Lopez has recorded two points on the power play with one goal and one assist.

A Freshman Impact
• Of the five freshman, four have registered one goal and each have recorded at least one point.
Logan Ferguson has been steadily contributing to the Crusaders’ offense with seven points in 14 games played.

Scouting The Dutchmen
• The Dutchmen host the Crusaders with a 9-7-1 overall record and a 6-2-0 mark in ECAC play.
• Union averages 3.18 goals per game and 2.59 goals allowed per game.
• With a conversion rate of 16.9%, the Dutchmen have scored 13 powerplay goals and four have come from Sebastian Vidmar.
• On the kill, Union has skated to a 78.1% success rate, allowing 14 goals on 64 chances.
• In their last two weekends of play, Union has played to a 2-1-1 record, most recently falling to Yale, 5-3.

Dutchmen to Watch
• Brett Supinski leads the Dutchmen with 21 points from six goals and a team-best 15 assists. Two Dutchmen have recorded 15 points: Anthony Rinaldi (10-5-15) and Ryan Scarfo (8-7-15).
• Jake Kupsky and Darion Hanson have seen time for Union. Kupsky has played 10 games for a .911 save percentage, 2.70 goals against average, and 3-6-1 record. Darion Hanson has played seven games for a .928 save percentage, 1.72 goals against average, and a 6-1-0 record.
• Kupsky has played for Union in its last three games.

Battle Tested
• The Crusaders have played 17 games and seven have stretched into overtime. Holy Cross has skated to a 1-0-6 record when playing more than 60 minutes.

Holy Cross and Atlantic Hockey
• The Crusaders average 3.00 goals per game ranks the fifth highest in the league and their 2.65 goals against ranks second.
• Holy Cross leads the league in the faceoff circle, winning 53% (519-517).
• At 82.8%, Holy Cross’ penalty kill ranks fourth in the league.
Johnny Coughlin ranks third among the league in blocked shots (33) and is tied for eighth in defensemen scoring.

The Last Games Out: AT RIT
• Holy Cross traveled to RIT for a two-game series and split with the Tigers. The Crusaders defeated the Tigers, 4-2 (Dec. 1) and lost, 5-3 (Dec. 2).
Paul Berrafato made 64 saves between the two games. Johnny Coughlin led the team with three points (1-2-3), Danny Lopez added two goals, and Mitch Collett recorded a goal and an assist. Brett Mulcahy, Ryan Ferrill, and Tommy Muratore each added a goal.

The Fastest Goal
• Holy Cross’ Mitch Collett scored nine seconds into the game on Nov. 25, recording the fastest goal in program history as a Division 1 team.

Up Next
• Holy Cross will return with a home-and-home series with Sacred Heart. The Crusaders will face the Pioneers on Dec. 29 at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. at 7:00 p.m. The teams will face at the Hart Center at 7:05 p.m. on Dec. 30.

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