GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (1-0-0, 1-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Clarkson (0-2-0, 0-0-0 ECACHL)
Date: Oct. 20, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Cheel Arena (3,000), Potsdam, N.Y.
Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
With Clarkson: Clarkson leads 1-0-0
Last Meeting: Clarkson 5, Holy Cross 0 (11/27/11; Worcester, Mass.)
Current Series Win Streak: Clarkson, one game
HC TO TAKE ON CLARKSON ON THE ROAD: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (1-0-0 overall, 1-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action when it will travel to Potsdam, N.Y., to play Clarkson (0-2-0 overall, 0-0-0 ECACHL) at Cheel Arena at 7:00 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 20. The Crusaders opened the season with a 6-2 victory on the road versus AIC as the six goals were the most by HC in a season-opener since a 7-6 win at RIT on Nov. 5, 1982. Last week, the Golden Knights lost twice at Colorado College by a 5-4 score on Oct. 12-13.
THE SERIES WITH CLARKSON: This will be only the second meeting between the Crusaders and the Golden Knights. Last year, Clarkson defeated Holy Cross, 5-0, on Nov. 27 in Worcester.
HC OFFENSE STARTS OFF STRONG: The Crusaders opened the season by scoring six goals versus AIC on Oct. 16. The six goals were the most by HC in a season-opener since the 7-6 win at RIT on Nov. 5, 1982. Six different Crusaders found the back of the net as sophomore Jake Youso (International Falls, Minn.), sophomore Nilan Nagy (Canonsburg, Pa.), senior Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.), senior Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.), junior Mark Williamson (Centennial, Colo.) and senior Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) each scored a goal. The Crusaders' 6.00 goals per game are tied for second nationally.
FIRST CAREER GOALS: Three Crusaders netted their first career goal in the season-opening 6-2 victory against AIC on Oct. 16. Sophomore Jake Youso netted the first goal of the game just 1:01 after the opening face-off. Sophomore Nilan Nagy tied the game at 2-2 in the second period with his first career goal, while junior Mark Williamson extended the Crusader lead to 5-2 in the third period.
NUNN & LINSMAYER START OFF SEASON STRONG: Senior Brandon Nunn and senior assistant captain Rob Linsmayer each scored one goal and posted two assists for three points versus AIC in the 6-2 season-opening win on Oct. 16. Nunn broke a 2-2 tie in the third period as his goal was the game-winner. He now has 24 goals and 21 assists for 45 career points. Linsmayer, who has been a mainstay on the ice as he has played in all 115 games during his career, now has 25 goals and 51 assists for 76 career points. He has the most assists and points of any current Crusader. Last season, Linsmayer tied for first in Atlantic Hockey with five game-winning goals.
CRUSADERS PLAYING IN THE PROS: Five members of the 2012 senior class have signed contracts to play professionally. Kyle Atkins (Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL), Matt Clune (Ontario Reign of the ECHL), Andrew Cox (Stjernen of Norway's Get-ligaen), Mike Daly (Rosenborg of Norway's Get-ligaen) and Jay Silvia (Reading Royals of the ECHL) have all signed contracts.
HC VERSUS THE ECACHL: The Crusaders have an all-time record of 21-50-6 (.312) against teams currently in the ECACHL (3-3-0 against Brown, 0-1-0 vs. Clarkson, 0-5-0 vs. Colgate, 3-4-1 against Dartmouth, 0-4-0 vs. Princeton, 5-19-4 against Quinnipiac, 3-4-0 vs. Rensselaer, 0-1-0 against St. Lawrence, 7-5-1 vs. Union and 0-4-0 against Yale). The only teams that HC has not played in varsity games that are currently in the ECACHL are Cornell and Harvard. Holy Cross will play Clarkson, Brown and Yale this season. The Crusaders went 1-3-0 last season versus the ECACHL with a 5-3 loss at Quinnipiac in the season-opener, a 2-0 win versus Brown, a 5-0 loss against Clarkson and a 3-2 loss at Dartmouth. Holy Cross is 2-6-2 in its last 10 games against ECACHL opponents. HC went 0-2-0 in 2010-2011 with a 3-1 loss at Quinnipiac and a 10-3 loss at No. 1 Yale. The Crusaders had a 1-1-1 record in the 2009-2010 season with a 7-3 home loss to No. 11 Yale, a 1-1 tie at home against No. 7 Quinnipiac and a 4-2 victory at Dartmouth. The Crusaders had a 1-0-1 record four seasons ago as they tied Dartmouth, 2-2, at the Hart Center and earned a 4-3 win over Rensselaer at the Denver Cup as the Crusaders have won three straight over the Engineers. Five years ago, the Crusaders fell to Quinnipiac, while six years ago they fell at Yale, at Dartmouth and at Quinnipiac. In the 2005-2006 season, Holy Cross went a perfect 3-0-0 with two wins over Rensselaer and a victory over Dartmouth.
GINN MAKES 39 SAVES TO START SEASON: Sophomore goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) posted a .951 save percentage as he made 39 saves and allowed two goals to earn the win in the 6-2 season-opening victory versus AIC on Oct. 16. Ginn, who was named the HCA's National Rookie of the Month for February last year, was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week three times, Rookie of the Month twice and Goalie of the Week once. He went 17-8-2 as his 17 wins were tied for second on the school's Division I single-season list. His 629 saves were sixth all-time for a Division I season, while his 2.42 goals against average was fourth.
UNDEFEATED IN AHA OPENERS: With the 6-2 win on the road versus AIC on Oct. 16, the Crusaders remain undefeated all-time in Atlantic Hockey openers with an 9-0-1 record. The Crusaders posted a 3-1 win at Canisius on Oct. 11, 2003, a 3-1 win at AIC on Nov. 5, 2004, a 1-0 victory over Army on Oct. 28, 2005, a 4-1 win over Mercyhurst on Oct. 20, 2006, a 4-1 win at Mercyhurst on Oct. 26, 2007, a 1-1 tie versus Canisius on Oct. 17, 2008, a 3-2 win on the road versus Canisius on Oct. 24, 2009, a 3-2 away victory versus AIC on Oct. 15, 2010 and a 2-1 victory versus AIC last season on Oct. 15. This year's season-opener was the sixth time that the Crusaders have opened the AHA season on the road as they have a 6-0-0 record.
CRUSADERS RETURN 17 PLAYERS: Holy Cross returns 17 players from a squad that went 20-15-4 overall (15-8-4 Atlantic Hockey) last year for the sixth 20-win season in program history and the most wins since 2005-2006 when the Crusaders won a school record 27 games. The Crusaders also welcome 11 freshmen. Last year, the Crusaders led Atlantic Hockey with 120 goals and 3.08 goals per game as Holy Cross went 17-3-3 (.804) when scoring three or more goals. The Crusaders return four of their top five goal scorers. The Crusaders' offense was spread out last season as 24 Crusaders had at least one point with 19 scoring at least one goal. Last season, the Crusaders ranked third on the power play in Atlantic Hockey. The Crusaders were fourth on the penalty kill in the league last year.
HC PICKED SIXTH IN PRESEASON POLL: Holy Cross was picked sixth in the Atlantic Hockey Association Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Crusaders received 74 total points. Last year's regular season and tournament champions, Air Force, has been picked as this year's preseason favorite with a total of 112 points and eight first place votes, followed by Niagara, who reached the semifinals of the AHA Tournament last year, with a total of 101 points and three first place votes. Mercyhurst was selected third behind Niagara with a total of 89 points. Bentley and RIT were tied for fourth in the poll with 87 points respectively for each school. The Crusaders were picked sixth, followed by Connecticut in seventh (65 points), Robert Morris in eighth (61 points) as well as receiving one first place vote, Canisius in ninth (38 points), Army in 10th (30 points), American International in 11th (20 points) and Sacred Heart in 12th (19 points).
HC ON ONE NETWORKS: All of Holy Cross' home games and Atlantic Hockey away games can be seen via live video streaming. The games can been viewed through One Networks.
TOP SCORER RETURNS: Junior Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) returns as he posted a career-best 18 goals and a career-best 37 points last season to lead the Crusaders. He was second on the team with a career-best 19 assists. Schmidt earned second team All-Atlantic Hockey honors as he was the first Crusader to earn All-League accolades since 2008. Schmidt was also named the Hockey Commissioners' Association (HCA) National Division I Player of the Month for February. He already has 58 career points.
HOLY CROSS HEAD COACH PAUL PEARL: Paul Pearl is in his 18th year at the helm of the Holy Cross ice hockey program, and is just the fifth head coach in the history of ice hockey at Holy Cross. On January 21, 2006, with a 3-2 victory at Dartmouth, Pearl became the school's all-time winningest coach with the 168th victory of his career. Pearl has forged a 264-257-63 (.506) record at Holy Cross over 17 years and has been the man behind the bench in eight of the 10 most successful seasons in Holy Cross history, while he has had four teams post 20-plus win seasons. Pearl led the Crusaders to their first two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003-04 and 2005-06, while he coached the Crusaders to their first ever NCAA Tournament win with the 4-3 overtime victory over Minnesota in Grand Forks, N.D., on March 24, 2006. He has been named the Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year twice (2004 and 2011). In 2005-2006, Pearl led the Crusaders to a school single season record 27 victories, as the team posted an overall record of 27-10-2. Holy Cross also claimed the Atlantic Hockey regular season and tournament titles. During the 2003-2004 campaign, the Crusaders tallied a 22-10-4 overall record. Holy Cross swept the Atlantic Hockey tournament, and captured two shutout victories en route to the title. Last season, the Crusaders went 20-15-4 overall for the sixth 20-win season in program history. The Crusaders' 15-8-4 Atlantic Hockey record was their best since going 19-7-2 in 2005-2006.