GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (7-4-2, 6-3-2 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Penn State (6-5-0/Independent)
Dates: December 7-8, 2012
Times: Dec. 7: 7:00 p.m.; Dec. 8: 5:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Listen to games.
Dec. 7: Dominic Dipersia and Eric Sherman
Dec. 8: Dominic Dipersia and Matt Boni
Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Penn State: HC leads 1-0-0
Only Meeting: HC 7, Penn State 1 (11/21/87; Worcester, Mass.)
At Hart Center: HC leads 1-0-0
Current Series Win Streak: HC, one game
HC TO HOST PENN STATE: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (7-4-2 overall, 6-3-2 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action when it hosts Penn State (6-5-0 overall, Independent) at the Hart Center on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8. Friday's game is at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday's contest is at 5:00 p.m. The Crusaders are in second place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 14 points. The Nittany Lions are playing their first varsity season since 1946-1947 and are competing as an independent before joining the Big Ten next season. This will be the first meeting between these two teams as varsity squads. The Crusaders did play a regular season game as a varsity team versus Penn State who was a club team on Nov. 21, 1987. HC won the contest at the Hart Center by a 7-1 score. Last week, Holy Cross went 0-1-1 versus Robert Morris and Penn State split a two-game exhibition series with Arizona State. HC is 1-2-2 over its last five games and Penn State is 2-3-0 over its last five regular season games. The Crusaders are ranked 13th out of 59 teams nationally with 3.23 goals scored per game, while the Nittany Lions are tied for 29th with a 2.82 average. HC is 45th nationally by allowing 3.08 goals per contest and Penn State is 22nd with a 2.55 average. The Crusaders are tied for 43rd with a .133 power play percentage and the Nittany Lions are 54th with a .080 percentage. HC is tied for 40th with a .808 penalty kill percentage and Penn State is 20th with a .855 percentage.
HC OFF TO STRONG START: The 7-4-2 record is the best start the Crusaders have had since the 2005-2006 season when they were 9-3-1 after their first 13 games. The Crusaders' 42 goals scored are their most after the first 13 games since they netted 51 in the 2006-2007 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.
HC SCORING 3.23 GOALS PER GAME: The Crusaders are averaging 3.23 goals scored per game so far this season, which are third in Atlantic Hockey and 13th nationally. HC is 6-1-1 so far this season when scoring three or more goals.
TOYS FOR TOTS & THE GIVING TREE: At the game versus Penn State on Saturday, Dec. 8, Toys for Tots will be collecting new unwrapped toys. Fans who bring a toy will get $5 off the regular ticket prices. So adult tickets will be just $5 and youth/senior tickets will be just $1. Also on both Friday and Saturday, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will also be accepting winter hats and gloves for children in local schools for the Holy Cross Giving Tree.
THE SERIES WITH PENN STATE: This will be the first meeting between these two teams as varsity squads. The Crusaders did play regular season game as a varsity team versus Penn State who was a club team on Nov. 21, 1987. HC won the contest at the Hart Center by a 7-1 score.
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.
HC AT HOME: HC is 3-2-2 so far at home this season with wins versus UConn and Bentley, RIT, ties versus RIT and Robert Morris and losses versus Army and Robert Morris. 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 326-200-38 (.612) all-time at the Hart Center.
HOLDING ONTO A LEAD: HC is 5-0-0 when leading after the second period this season. The Crusaders are also 3-1-1 so far when leading after the first period. The Crusaders are 4-1-2 when scoring the first goal of the contest.
HC ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 4-2-0 on the road so far this season with wins versus AIC, Clarkson, Air Force and Sacred Heart, while they also lost to Air Force and Brown. 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.
WINNING CLOSE GAMES: The Crusaders are 3-2-0 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.
HC WITH DEPTH: The Crusaders have had 20 players already tally at least one point so far. The Crusaders have had 13 players score at least one goal. Nineteen players have at least one assist so far this season.
GINN WITH A 7-3-2 RECORD THIS SEASON: Sophomore goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) is 7-3-2 so far this season as his .667 winning percentage is second in Atlantic Hockey. Recently he posted 36 saves as the Crusaders tied Robert Morris, 1-1, on Dec. 1. He tallied a career-best 51 saves versus Brown on Nov. 25. 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 24-11-4 record with a .908 save percentage and a 2.51 goals against average. His 24 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 TEAM IN ASSISTS: Senior Evan Zych (Kilbride, Ontario) leads the team with eight assists. He is tied for eighth in Atlantic Hockey in assists. He is sixth in the league in points by defensemen and his 0.67 points per game are tied for 32nd nationally by defensemen. For his career, he has 17 assists and has played in 67 career games.
FLETCHER LEADS TEAM WITH 12 POINTS: Senior Kyle Fletcher leads the team this season with 12 points, while he is tied for first with six goals and is third with six assists. His 12 points are tied for ninth in Atlantic Hockey and his six goals are tied for sixth. He 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 was 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. For his career he has 29 goals and 39 assists for 68 points.
SCHMIDT TIED FOR THE TEAM-LEAD IN GOALS: Junior Adam Schmidt is tied for first on the team in goals with six, while he is tied for second with 10 points. He is tied for third in Atlantic Hockey with two game-winning goals. His six goals are tied for sixth in Atlantic Hockey. Schmidt was named the Team Travel USA Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week on Nov. 19 as he tallied three goals and two assists for five points as the Crusaders went 1-0-1 versus RIT. This was the second time he has earned Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week as he received this honor once during his sophomore season, while this is his third career weekly award as he was named the Rookie of the Week in the 2010-2011 season. On Nov. 17, he scored three goals for his second career hat-trick in the 7-3 win, while on Nov. 18, he posted two assists as the Crusaders tied the Tigers, 3-3. 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. 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. For his career, Schmidt has 30 goals and 38 assists for 68 points as he has the most career goals of any current Crusader.
SOMMER OFF TO GREAT START: Freshman Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.) has three goals and five assists for eight points. He is tied for fourth on the team in assists, while he is tied for fifth in points and tied for fifth in goals. Sommer is fourth in Atlantic Hockey in points by rookies, while his 0.62 points per game are tied for 25th nationally by rookies.
VOS & LINSMAYER LEAD TEAM AS CAPTAINS: Senior captain Erik Vos has three goals and five assists for eight points this season. He is tied for fourth on the team in assists, while he is tied for fifth in points and tied for fifth in goals. Vos scored the game-winner in the 4-3 win versus Bentley. He has 28 goals and 33 assists for 61 career points. Senior assistant captain Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) has 27 goals and 56 assists for 83 career points. He has the most assists and points of any current Crusader. This season he has three goals and seven assists for 10 points. He is second on the team in assists, while he is tied for second in points and tied for fifth in goals. Last season, Linsmayer tied for first in Atlantic Hockey with five game-winning goals.
DWYER NETS FIRST TWO COLLEGIATE GOALS: Sophomore Tommy Dwyer (Ridgefield, Conn.) scored his first two collegiate goals on Friday, Nov. 30 in the 4-3 loss to Robert Morris. With the Crusaders trailing 3-1 in the second period, he netted his first collegiate goal to make it a 3-2 contest. Then with the Crusaders down 4-2 with five minutes left in the third period he scored his second goal of the game. For the season, Dwyer has two goals and two assists for four points.
LUBANSKI POSTS FIRST COLLEGIATE POINT: Freshman Brett Lubanski (Farmington Hills, Mich.) tallied his first collegiate point. He posted an assist versus Robert Morris on Nov. 30.
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/. The Crusaders' annual Pink the Rink game will be on February 16 versus UConn.
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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. Air Force was first with a total of 112 points and eight first place votes, followed by Niagara with a total of 101 points and three first place votes. Mercyhurst was selected third with a total of 89 points. Bentley and RIT were tied for fourth in the poll with 87 points. The Crusaders were picked sixth, followed by Connecticut (65 points), Robert Morris eighth (61 points) as well as receiving one first place vote, Canisius (38 points), Army (30 points), American International (20 points) and Sacred Heart (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 270-261-65 (.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.
NUNN NAMED A SENIOR CLASS AWARD CANDIDATE: Senior Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) 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.