GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (3-1-0, 2-1-0 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Air Force (1-2-3, 1-0-1 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: November 2-3, 2012
Time: 9:00 p.m. (ET)
Place: Cadet Ice Arena (2,470)
Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Air Force: Air Force leads, 19-6-8
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 4, Air Force 3 (1/7/12; Worcester, Mass.)
Last Air Force Win: Air Force 3, Holy Cross 2 (3/18/11; Rochester, N.Y.)
At Air Force: Air Force leads 11-3-3
First Meeting: Air Force 4, Holy Cross 3 (2/5/93; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Current Series Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
2012-2013 Series: Holy Cross won, 1-0-1
HC TO PLAY TWO GAMES AT AIR FORCE: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (3-1-0 overall, 2-1-0 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action when it travels to Colorado Springs, Colo., to take on Atlantic Hockey opponent Air Force (1-2-3 overall, 1-0-1 Atlantic Hockey) on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3, at Cadet Ice Arena at 9:00 p.m. The Crusaders went 1-1-0 at home last week with a 2-1 win versus UConn and a 7-2 loss against Army, while the Falcons went 1-0-1 on the road with a 1-1 tie with Canisius and a 4-1 win versus Robert Morris. The Crusaders are second in the Atlantic Hockey standings with four points, while the Falcons are third with three points. Holy Cross is third in the AHA with 3.25 goals scored per game and Air Force is sixth with 2.50, while the Crusaders are third in goals allowed per contest with 2.75 and the Falcons are fifth with 3.17. Air Force is tied for fourth with a .200 power play percentage and Holy Cross is ninth with a .150 percentage, while the Falcons are tied for fifth with a .800 penalty kill percentage and the Crusaders are tied for ninth with a .750 percentage. Last year, the Crusaders won the season series versus the Falcons, 1-0-1. This was the first time the Crusaders had won a season series versus the Falcons since Air Force joined the league in 2006-2007.
HC OFF TO STRONG START: The Crusaders' 3-1-0 start to the season is their best since going 4-0-0 to begin the 2005-2006 season. 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' 13 goals so far are their most through the first four games of the season since scoring 14 to start the 2007-2008 season.
HC HAS SCORED 13 GOALS OVER FOUR GAMES: The Crusaders have scored 13 goals over the first four games. Eight different Crusaders have found the back of the net so far. The Crusaders' 3.25 goals per game are third in Atlantic Hockey and tied for 16th nationally.
THE SERIES WITH AIR FORCE: These games will be the 34th and 35th times the two programs have met. The Falcons lead the all-time series, 19-6-8. The Crusaders are 2-10-6 against the Falcons since Air Force entered Atlantic Hockey in the 2006-2007 season and 1-5-2 at the Cadet Ice Arena. The Crusaders are 3-3-11 all-time at Air Force. Last year the Crusaders took the season series, 1-0-1. That was the first time Holy Cross had won a season series from Air Force since winning the 2004-2005 non-conference series 1-0-1.
NUNN LEADS TEAM WITH SEVEN POINTS: Senior Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) leads the team with seven points so far this season as his three goals and four assists are both tied for first. He scored the game-winner in the season-opening victory versus AIC and netted a penalty shot goal in the victory versus Clarkson. He is second in Atlantic Hockey and tied for 10th in the nation in points per game with 1.75. For his career, he has 26 goals and 23 assists for 49 points.
GINN WITH A 3-1-0 RECORD THIS SEASON: Sophomore goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) is 3-1-0 so far this season as his .750 winning percentage is first in Atlantic Hockey. On Oct. 22, he was named the Team Travel USA Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week. He made 75 saves on 78 shots on the 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. For his career, he has a 20-9-2 record with a .906 save percentage and a 2.46 goals against average. His 20 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 TIED FOR TEAM-LEAD WITH FOUR ASSISTS: Senior Evan Zych (Kilbride, Ontario) is tied for the team-lead with four assists. His 1.00 points per game are tied for second in Atlantic Hockey and 10th nationally by defensemen. For his career, he has 13 assists and has played in 59 career games.
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.
FLETCHER TIED FOR LEAD WITH THREE GOALS: Senior Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) is tied for the team-lead with three goals, while he also has one assist for four points. His four points are tied for second on the team. He scored the game-winner breaking a 1-1 tie in the third period in the 2-1 victory versus UConn on Oct. 26. For his career, Fletcher has 26 goals and 34 assists for 60 points.
SOMMER NETS FIRST COLLEGIATE GOAL: Freshman Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.) scored his first collegiate goal in the 2-1 win versus UConn on Oct. 26. For the season, Sommer has one goal and three assists for four points. His four points are tied for second on the team. Sommer's four points are tied for fourth in Atlantic Hockey by rookies, while his 1.00 points per game are tied for ninth nationally by rookies.
BECKMAN POSTS FIRST COLLEGIATE POINT: Freshman Karl Beckman (Okemos, Mich.) posted an assist for his first collegiate point in the 2-1 win versus UConn on Oct. 26. He tallied the assist on the first goal of the game. Beckman has played in three games.
USCHO POLL: The Crusaders have received 23 points in the most recent USCHO.com Division I National Poll, which are the sixth most points of other teams receiving votes.
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 118 games during his career, now has 25 goals and 52 assists for 77 career points. He has the most assists and points of any current Crusader. So far this season he has one goal and three assists for four 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.
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.
HC WITH DEPTH: The Crusaders have had 11 players already tally at least one point in only four games so far. The Crusaders have had eight players score at least one goal. Nine players have at least one assist so far this season.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 266-258-63 (.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 AT HOME: HC is 1-1-0 so far this season. 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 324-199-36 (.612) all-time at the Hart Center.
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.