GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (6-2-0, 5-2-0 Atlantic Hockey) vs. RIT (2-6-1, 1-3-1 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: November 17-18, 2012
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.;
Nov. 17-Matthew Boni & Aleksandr Epshteyn;
Nov. 18-Dominic Dipersia & Eric Sherman
Listen to games.
Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With RIT: RIT leads 22-6-2
As Atlantic Hockey Opponents: RIT leads 18-1-2
At Hart Center: RIT leads 8-1-2
Last Meeting: RIT 6, Holy Cross 5 (11/19/11; Rochester, N.Y.)
Last Holy Cross Win: Holy Cross 5, RIT 3 (3/13/09; Rochester, N.Y.)
First Meeting: Holy Cross 8, RIT 4 (12/18/72; Worcester, Mass.)
Series Win Streak: RIT, two games
2011-2012 Series: RIT won 2-0-0
HC TO HOST RIT ON NOV. 17-18: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (6-2-0 overall, 5-2-0 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action when it hosts the Rochester Institute of Technology (2-6-1 overall, 1-3-1 Atlantic Hockey) at the Hart Center on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17-18. Both games are at 3:00 p.m. The Crusaders are currently tied in first place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 10 points, while the Tigers are tied for eighth with three points. Last week, Holy Cross went 2-0-0 with wins versus Bentley and Sacred Heart, while RIT went 0-2-0 with losses to Mercyhurst and Canisius. The Crusaders are ranked third in Atlantic Hockey with 3.25 goals scored per game and seventh with 3.25 goals allowed, while the Tigers are tied for fifth with 3.00 goals scored per contest and 11th with 4.33 goals allowed. The Crusaders are sixth in the conference with a .176 power play percentage and 10th with a .765 penalty kill percentage. RIT's .229 power play percentage is third in the league and its .775 penalty kill percentage is eighth.
HC OFF TO STRONG START: The 6-2-0 record is the best start the Crusaders have had since the 2002-2003 season when they were also 6-2-0 after their first eight 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 SERIES WITH RIT: This will be the 31st and 32nd meetings between these two teams with RIT leading the series, 22-6-2. Last season the Tigers swept the two-game series. Holy Cross is 1-18-2 versus the Tigers since RIT joined Atlantic Hockey for the 2006-2007 season. The Crusaders' only recent win was in the 2008-2009 season when they defeated the Tigers, 5-3, in game one of the best two-out-of-three Atlantic Hockey quarterfinals series as RIT won the series, 2-1. Holy Cross is 1-8-2 all-time against the Tigers at the Hart Center. The Crusaders are 0-4-1 versus RIT over the last five contests.
HC AT HOME: HC is 2-1-0 so far at home 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 325-199-36 (.613) all-time at the Hart Center.
HC ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 4-1-0 on the road so far this season with wins versus AIC, Clarkson, Air Force and Sacred Heart, while they also lost to Air Force. This is the best start to a road season since the Crusaders started 5-0-0 in 2005-2006. 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.
HOLDING ONTO A LEAD: The Crusaders are 3-0-0 so far this season when leading after the first period. HC is also 4-0-0 when leading after the second period. The Crusaders are 3-0-0 when scoring the first goal of the contest.
WINNING CLOSE GAMES: The Crusaders are 3-0-0 this season in games decided by one goal. Senior Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) broke a 1-1 tie in the third period with the game-winner in the 2-1 victory versus UConn on Oct. 26. Junior Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) broke a 2-2 tie in the second period in the 3-2 win at Air Force on Nov. 2. With the game tied at 3-3, senior captain Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) scored the game-winner in the third period in the 4-3 win versus Bentley on Nov. 9.
NATIONAL POLLS: The Crusaders have received 22 points in the most recent USCHO.com Division I National Poll, which are the fifth most points of other teams receiving votes. Also in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll the Crusaders have three points which is also the fifth most points of other teams receiving votes.
HC WITH DEPTH: The Crusaders have had 16 players already tally at least one point so far. The Crusaders have had 12 players score at least one goal. Twelve players have at least one assist so far this season.
GINN WITH A 6-1-0 RECORD THIS SEASON: Sophomore goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) is 6-1-0 so far this season as his .857 winning percentage is first in Atlantic Hockey and fourth nationally. 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 23-9-2 record with a .906 save percentage and a 2.48 goals against average. His 23 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.
FLETCHER NAMED AHA PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior Kyle Fletcher was named the Team Travel USA Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week on Nov. 12 for his performance in wins versus Bentley and Sacred Heart. This is the third time he has earned Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week as he received this honor twice during his sophomore season. Fletcher led the Crusaders with two goals and four points on the week, while he was tied for first with two assists. On Friday, Nov. 9, in the 4-3 win versus Bentley, Fletcher scored a power play goal in the first period to tie the game at 1-1, while he assisted on the Crusaders' third goal. Then on Sunday, Nov. 13, in the 6-3 victory versus Sacred Heart, he gave the Crusaders a 3-1 lead in the second period and assisted on the Crusaders' fifth goal of the contest. Fletcher leads the team this season with 10 points, while he is tied for first with five goals and is tied for second with five assists. His 10 points are tied for fourth in the league and his five goals are tied for second. For his career he has 28 goals and 38 assists for 66 points.
NUNN IS SECOND ON THE TEAM WITH NINE POINTS: Senior Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) is second on the team with nine points. His five goals are tied for first on the team and his four assists are fourth. Also his five goals are tied for second in Atlantic Hockey. He scored the game-winner in the season-opening victory versus AIC and netted a penalty shot goal in the win versus Clarkson. He has 28 goals and 23 assists for 51 career points.
ZYCH LEADS TEAM IN ASSISTS: Senior Evan Zych (Kilbride, Ontario) leads the team with seven assists. He is tied for third in Atlantic Hockey in assists and his 0.88 assists per game are 23rd nationally. He is tied for second in the league in points by defensemen and his 0.88 points per game are 17th nationally by defensemen. For his career, he has 16 assists and has played in 63 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.
DRISCOLL & VIDAL POST FIRST CAREER POINTS: Freshman Tim Driscoll (Hingham, Mass.) scored his first collegiate goal in the game versus Sacred Heart. The game was also his collegiate debut. Freshman Matt Vidal (Manorville, N.Y.) also tallied his first collegiate point versus Sacred Heart with an assist.
SOMMER OFF TO GREAT START: Freshman Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.) has two goals and five assists for seven points. He is tied for second on the team in assists, while he is tied for third in points and tied for fourth in goals. Sommer is tied for first in Atlantic Hockey in points by rookies, while his 0.88 points per game are tied for 12th nationally by rookies.
VOS & LINSMAYER LEAD TEAM AS CAPTAINS: Senior captain Erik Vos and senior assistant captain Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) each have two goals and three assists for five points this season. Vos scored the game-winner in the 4-3 win versus Bentley. He has 27 goals and 31 assists for 58 career points. Linsmayer, who has been a mainstay on the ice as he has played in all 122 games during his career, has 26 goals and 52 assists for 78 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.
SCHMIDT WITH TWO GAME-WINNERS: Junior Adam Schmidt leads Atlantic Hockey with two game-winning goals. He netted the game-winner in the 3-1 win at Clarkson on Oct. 20 and in the 3-2 win at Air Force on Nov. 2. He also has one assist for three points this season. 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 61 career points with 26 goals and 35 assists.
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 and to donate go here: http://www.powerplaypointsforpink.com/
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.
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 269-259-63 (.508) 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 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).
NUNN NAMED A SENIOR CLASS AWARD CANDIDATE: Senior Brandon Nunn has been named one of 20 candidates for the 2012-2013 Senior CLASS Award as college hockey's outstanding NCAA Division I senior student-athlete for the men's hockey division. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The 20 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, Division I men's coaches and fans who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. Nunn has played in 87 career games with 28 goals and 23 assists for 51 points. Nunn has also been strong in the classroom as he has a 3.67 total grade point average as an Economics major and has earned Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team honors every season. Nunn started Power Play Points For Pink. All home power play goals raise money through pledges from the community. The money pledged benefits PINK Revolution. PINK Revolution is an alliance of dedicated individuals with a unified commitment to those touched by breast cancer. Last year he raised over $4,000 for breast cancer research. Nunn has also took part in Crusaders for Kids, a big brother type of program set up by the players to bring inner city kids to other sporting events on campus as well as in the community.
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.