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Men's Hockey To Host Niagara

Holy Cross Athletics   01-18-2018
Holy Cross (9-8-7, 8-4-6 AHC)
vs. Niagara 
(10-12-2, 9-7-2 AHC)
Dates • Time: Jan. 19-20 • 7:05 p.m.
Location: Worcester, Mass.
Arena: Hart Center
Tickets: Jan. 19 • Jan. 20
Series: HC, 15-9-1
Last Meeting: HC 2, NU 1 (1/7/17)
Last HC Win: HC 2, NU 1 (1/7/17)
First Meeting: HC 0 NU 3 (1-3-99)
Live Stats: Jan. 19 • Jan. 20
Video: Jan. 19 • Jan. 19
Live Tweets: @HCrossMHockey
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Tale of the Tape
HC NU
3.00 Goals/Game 2.79
2.67 Goals Allowed/Game 3.29
30.4 Shots/Game 29.0
4.7 Penalties/Game 5.5
15.4% Power Play 20.6%
80.4% Penalty Kill 85.2%

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Vote for Pooley for Hobey Baker

WORCESTER, Mass. - The Crusaders will play a home series with the Purple Eagles at the Hart Center on Jan. 19 and 20 at 7:05 p.m.

Talking Points
• The Crusaders tallied their second weekend sweep of the year after defeating Sacred Heart, 3-1, on Jan. 12 and 4-2 on Jan. 13.
Danny Lopez added five points on the weekend (3-2-5), including notching his second power play tally of the year. Lopez was named Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week and NCAA’s second Star of the Week.
Michael Laffin kept his point streak alive, with one assist and one goal in the series. Laffin has tallied 11 points in his last seven games.
Scott Pooley added to his team best 28 points with an assist on Jan. 12 on the power play.
• On Jan. 13, Holy Cross saw four different goal scorers: Peter Crinella, Michael Laffin, Jay Mackie and Danny Lopez.
Paul Berrafato continues to lead Atlantic Hockey with a .923 save percentage. His .923 save percentage ranks 10th in the nation.
• The Crusaders hold a seven game unbeaten streak over the Purple Eagles, and have gone 15-4-1 in the teams’ last 20 meetings.
• The Crusaders own the third lowest goals against average in Atlantic Hockey (2.67).
• The team has also scored the most goals in the league, with 72.
• The Crusaders boast a 5-2-5 record at the Hart Center; Holy Cross owns an unbeaten record at home in league play at 4-1-4.
Scott Pooley has been nominated for the Hobey Baker fan ballot. Vote once daily at www.hobeybaker.com/vote.

Pooley for Hobey Baker
• Nationally, Scott Pooley leads in goals (18) and ranks third in goals/per game (0.75).
• On the power play, Pooley has recorded eight goals, which ranks him first.
• In Atlantic Hockey, the senior forward leads the league in scoring and power play goals. He ranks second in the league in points.
• The senior forward leads the Crusaders in points (18-10-28).
• Pooley has posted 10 power play points and has recorded at least one point in 18 games this season, along with seven multi-point performances.
• He has recorded two separate six-game point streaks throughout the season.
• With 51 career goals, Pooley ranks in the top three active goal scorers in the NCAA.

Berrafato in Goal
Paul Berrafato’s .923 save percentage leads Atlantic Hockey while his 2.42 goals against average ranks second.
• In Atlantic Hockey play, Berrafato holds a .927 save percentage.
• His 711 saves marks the most made by any goalie in the league.
• Berrafato has posted shutouts over Bentley, Air Force, and Army.
• 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 100 games with 90 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.

Leading Lopez
• Senior forward Danny Lopez kick started the Holy Cross offense in the Sacred Heart series, with three goals and two assists.
• Lopez had a hand in each goal in the 3-1 win on Jan. 12 and on Jan. 13, he contributed to two of the Crusaders’ four goals.

Defensive Production
Johnny Coughlin leads the Crusader defense with 11 points from two goals and nine assists. Coughlin also leads the team in blocked shots (41).
Spencer Trapp has recorded 10 points and 27 blocks.
Charlie Barrow, Tommy Muratore, Frank Boie, and Logan Milliken have each contributed with at least three helpers and double digit blocks.
• Seven of the eight defenseman that have seen time this season have scored a goal.

No Laffin Matter
Michael Laffin ranks second in points on the team with 20. He also ranks second in blocked shots (37).
• Laffin has recorded 11 points in the Crusaders’ last seven games.
• In the American International series, Laffin had an assist on all three of Holy Cross’ goals.
• The junior forward has also posted six points on the power play, with one goal and five assists.
• Laffin leads the team with a +7 rating.

Scouting The Purple Eagles
• The Purple Eagles travel to the Hart Center with a 10-12-2 overall record and a 9-7-2 mark in Atlantic Hockey.
• The Purple Eagles have dropped their last three games, including being swept at Mercyhurst.
• Niagara boasts a 20.6% conversion rate on the power play, and three different Purple Eagles have added five power play goals.
• With a 85.2% success rate on the penalty kill, Niagara has the 10th best penalty kill in the nation.

Purple Eagles to Watch
• Derian Plouffe leads Niagara in goals (13) and points (26).
• Tanner Lomsnes has also posted 13 goals on the season.
• Noah Delmas has recorded 20 assists for the most on the team and second most points with 22.
• All three Niagara goalies have seen time, but freshman Brian Wilson leads with 21 games played and a .900 save percentage and 2.81 goals against average.

The Last Time Out: Sacred Heart
Jan. 12 at Sacred Heart
Holy Cross Goals: Lopez, Ferrill, Lopez
SHU Goalie: Nathan Perry (26 saves)
Holy Cross Goalie: Paul Berrafato (23 saves)
Power Play: 1-3
Notes: Lopez recorded three points in the game and a power play goal.
Jan. 13 vs. Sacred Heart
Holy Cross Goals: Crinella, Laffin, Mackie, Lopez
SHU Goalie: Brett Magnus (29 saves)
Holy Cross Goalie: Paul Berrafato (25 saves)
Power Play: 0-4
Notes: The Crusaders went 4-4 on the penalty kill, including killing off a five minute major.

Up Next
• Holy Cross will host their final home series of the 2017-18 regular season. The Crusaders will play RIT at the Hart Center on Jan. 26 and 27 at 7:05 p.m.

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