October 24, 2012

Men's Hockey To Open Home Season Versus UConn & Army

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Video: Brandon Nunn Discusses Team's 2-0 Start

GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:

Dates: October 26-27, 2012

Teams: Oct. 26-Holy Cross (2-0-0, 1-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Connecticut (0-1-0, 0-0-0 Atlantic Hockey)

Oct. 27-Holy Cross vs. Army (1-2-1, 1-0-1 Atlantic Hockey)

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.

Holy Cross Radio-WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.;
Oct. 26-Dominic Dipersia, Eric Sherman & Conor McEvoy
Oct. 27-Dominic Dipersia & Joe McCarthy

Live Video Streaming: America One Networks

Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):

With UConn: Holy Cross leads 48-46-2
Series Record At HC Home Game: Holy Cross leads, 27-20-2
Series Record At Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 24-16-2
Last Meeting: UConn 3, Holy Cross 0 (1/28/12; Worcester, Mass.)
Last Holy Cross Win: Holy Cross 4, UConn 0 (1/29/11; Worcester, Mass.)
First Meeting: Holy Cross 4, UConn 3 (1/17/67; Worcester, Mass.)
Current Series Win Streak: UConn, three games
2011-2012 Series: UConn won, 3-0-0

With Army: Tied 27-27-8
Series Record At Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 19-9-0
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 5, Army 2 (3/3/12; Worcester, Mass.)
Last Army Win: Army 4, Holy Cross 1 (2/6/10; Worcester, Mass.)
First Meeting: Army 6, Holy Cross 5 (OT) (1/8/75; West Point, N.Y.)
Current Series Win Streak: Holy Cross eight games
2011-2012 Season Series: Holy Cross won 5-0-0

HC TO OPEN HOME SEASON VERSUS UCONN & ARMY: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (2-0-0 overall, 1-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action when is plays its first two home games of the season at the Hart Center on Oct. 26-27. On Friday, the Crusaders will meet UConn (0-1-0 overall, 0-0-0 AHA) at 7:00 p.m., while on Saturday they will play Army (1-2-1 overall, 1-0-1 AHA) at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders have started the season strong by outscoring their opponents by a 9-3 margin with a 6-2 win versus AIC and a 3-1 victory versus Clarkson. UConn fell to UMass in its season-opener, while Army has a win and tie versus Sacred Heart, and losses to start the season versus Nebraska Omaha and Maine.
 
HC OFF TO STRONG START:  The Crusaders' 2-0-0 start to the season is their best since going 4-0-0 to begin the 2005-2006 season. The Crusaders are one of only three teams that have a perfect record so far this season. New Hampshire is 3-0-0 and Denver is also 2-0-0. HC's 4.50 goals per game are tied for fourth in the nation, while its 1.50 goals allowed per game are tied for sixth.    

HC HAS SCORED NINE GOALS OVER TWO GAMES: 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. The Crusaders then scored three goals versus Clarkson in the 3-1 win as their nine total goals are their most in the first two games since they scored a total of 10 over the first two games of the 2001-2002 season. Seven different Crusaders have found the back of the net so far. The Crusaders' 4.50 goals per game are second in Atlantic Hockey and tied for fourth nationally.  

DEFENSE LEADING THE LEAGUE: The Crusaders' 1.50 goals allowed per game lead Atlantic Hockey and are tied for sixth nationally as HC has only allowed three goals over the first two games.

CRUSADERS IN HOME OPENERS: Holy Cross is 24-17-5 (.576) all-time in home openers, including a 2-1 win versus AIC last season. The Crusaders are 1-2-2 in home-openers over the last five seasons.

HC AT HOME: The Crusaders went 12-3-2 (.765) last season at home. The Crusaders' home record was their best since going 10-1-2 (.846) in the 2003-2004 season. The 12 wins were the most at home since the Crusaders won 13 in 1998-1999 going 13-3-2 (.778). HC is 323-198-36 (.612) all-time at the Hart Center.

THE SERIES WITH UCONN: This will be 97th meeting between these two teams in varsity games since the 1966-1967 season. The Crusaders lead the series, 48-46-2. The Crusaders are 27-20-2 all-time versus the Huskies in home games, while they are 24-16-2 versus UConn at the Hart Center and are 4-0-1 in the last five contests in Worcester. UConn has won three straight versus Holy Cross as the Huskies swept the three-game series last season. The Crusaders are 6-4-0 in the last 10 total games against UConn.

THE SERIES WITH ARMY: There have been 62 meetings between these two teams in varsity games since 1966-1967. The series is tied at 27-27-8, while the Crusaders are 9-1-0 against Army in the last 10 games, including eight straight victories versus the Black Knights as they have outscored Army, 37-13. The Crusaders lead the all-time series at the Hart Center, 19-9-0, and are 5-0-0 in the last five games.

SCHMIDT NETS GAME-WINNER VERSUS CLARKSON: Junior Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) netted the game-winner in the 3-1 win at Clarkson on Oct. 20. Last season, he posted a career-best 18 goals and a career-best 37 points 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 59 career points with 25 goals and 34 assists.

NUNN LEADS TEAM WITH FOUR POINTS:  Senior Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) posted two goals and two assists for four points last week. He broke a 2-2 tie early in the third period with the game-winner in the 6-2 season-opening victory on the road versus AIC on Oct. 16. He also tallied two assists against the Yellow Jackets. Nunn then scored a goal on a penalty shot in the 3-1 victory at Clarkson on Oct. 20. His four points lead the team so far this season and his two goals are tied for first. He is tied for third in the nation in goals per game with 1.00, while his 2.00 points per game are tied for fifth. For his career, he has 25 goals and 21 assists for 46 points.

GINN NAMED AHA GOALIE OF THE WEEK: Sophomore goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) was named the Team Travel USA Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week. He made 75 saves on 78 shots last week as he posted a .962 save percentage, a 1.50 goals against average and a 2-0-0 record. He made 39 saves and allowed two goals as the Crusaders defeated AIC by a 6-2 score on the road in the season-opener on Oct. 16. Ginn then tallied 36 saves and allowed only one goal for a .973 save percentage in the 3-1 victory at Clarkson on Oct. 20. So far this season he leads Atlantic Hockey in goals against average (1.50) and save percentage (.962). For his career, he has a 19-8-2 record with a .910 save percentage and a 2.36 goals against average. His 19 wins are already third all-time in the program's Division I history.   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.

ZYCH LEADS HC WITH THREE ASSISTS: Senior Evan Zych (Kilbride, Ontario) leads the team with three assists. His 1.50 assists per game are tied for fourth in the nation, while his 1.50 points per game are tied for fourth by defensemen. Zych is second in the league in assists and is tied for first in points by defensemen. For his career, he has 12 assists and has played in 57 career games.

YOUSO TIED FOR TEAM-LEAD WITH TWO GOALS: Sophomore Jake Youso (International Falls, Minn.) has two goals this season as he is tied for the team lead. He is tied for third in the nation with 1.00 goals per game. He also has one assist for three points.

LINSMAYER OFF TO STRONG START: Senior assistant captain Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.), who has been a mainstay on the ice as he has played in all 116 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. So far this season he has one goal and two assists for three points. He is tied for second on the team in points. Last season, Linsmayer tied for first in Atlantic Hockey with five game-winning goals.

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.   

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 ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 2-0-0 on the road so far this season with wins versus AIC and Clarkson. HC went 8-11-2 (.429) on the road last season. Two seasons ago, Holy Cross went 6-6-4 (.500) in road games which was its best away record since going 13-5-1 (.711) in 2005-2006. The 13 road wins is the school record.

POWER PLAY POINTS FOR PINK: For the second straight season, every time the Holy Cross men's hockey team scores a power play goal in the Hart Center, money pledged will benefit PINK Revolution. PINK Revolution is an alliance of dedicated individuals with a unified commitment to those touched by breast cancer. Its mission is to support early detection and prevention strategies, fund clinical research advancements and promote survivorship programs in Central Mass. through its affiliation with the UMass Memorial Comprehensive Breast Center. For more information, please contact Brandon Nunn at btnunn13@g.holycross.edu.

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).
 
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 265-257-63 (.507) 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.

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HC WITH DEPTH: The Crusaders have had 10 players already tally at least one point in only two games so far. The Crusaders have had seven players score at least one goal. Eight players have at least one assist so far this season.

HC TO PLAY 34 REGULAR SEASON GAMES: The Crusaders will play 16 home games at the Hart Center this season. Last year, Holy Cross went 12-3-2 at home. The Crusaders will also play a game at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Mass., versus Yale on Dec. 30. The home-opener is against UConn on Oct. 26. The Crusaders will play seven non-conference games this season including two at home versus first-year varsity program Penn State (Dec. 7 and 8) and one versus Yale (Dec. 30) at the New England Sports Center. Holy Cross will also play road games versus Clarkson (Oct. 20), Brown (Nov. 25) and North Dakota (Jan. 4 and 5). Holy Cross will play five Atlantic Hockey teams three times (AIC, Army, Bentley, Connecticut and Sacred Heart), while the Crusaders will take on six teams twice (Air Force, Canisius, Mercyhurst, Niagara, RIT and Robert Morris). All 12 schools will compete in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament with the top four teams earning a first round bye. The first round will be on March 8-10, while the quarterfinals are on March 15-17. Both rounds are best two-out-of-three. The semifinals (March 22) and the finals (March 23) will be held in Rochester, N.Y.