GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (9-4-2, 6-3-2 Atlantic Hockey) vs. #15 Yale (7-3-2, 3-3-1 ECACHL)
Date: December 30, 2012
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: New England Sports Center (2,000), Marlborough, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Dominic Dipersia; Listen to game.
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Yale: Yale leads 4-0-0
Last Meeting: #1 Yale 10, HC 3 (1/2/11; New Haven, Conn.)
First Meeting: Yale 6, HC 1 (1/20/01; New Haven, Conn.)
HC TO PLAY YALE AT NEW ENGLAND SPORTS CENTER: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (9-4-2 overall, 6-3-2 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action when it plays No. 15 Yale (7-3-2 overall, 3-3-1 ECACHL) at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Mass., on Sunday, Dec. 30 at 2:00 p.m. The Crusaders are tied for second place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 14 points, while the Bulldogs are tied for fifth in the ECACHL with seven points. Yale is ranked No. 15 in the USCHO.com National Poll and is No. 14 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. HC is 2-2-1 over its last five games, while Yale is 3-1-1 over its last five. The Crusaders are ranked ninth out of 59 teams nationally with 3.40 goals scored per game, while the Bulldogs are 19th with a 3.08 average. HC is tied for 45th nationally by allowing 3.00 goals per contest and Yale is tied for 38th with a 2.83 average. The Crusaders are 31st with a .167 power play percentage and the Bulldogs are tied for 28th with a .169 percentage. HC is tied for 37th with a .821 penalty kill percentage and Yale is tied for 21st with a .842 percentage.
HC OFF TO STRONG START: The 9-4-2 record is the best start the Crusaders have had since the 2005-2006 season when they were 10-4-1 after their first 15 games. The Crusaders' 51 goals scored are their most after the first 15 games since they netted 55 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 3.40 GOALS PER GAME: The Crusaders are averaging 3.40 goals scored per game so far this season, which are second in Atlantic Hockey and ninth nationally. The Crusaders have netted three goals or more in 10 of their 15 games this season and four goals or more in six games. HC is 8-1-1 so far this season when scoring three or more goals.
AGAINST RANKED TEAMS: Yale will be the first ranked opponent the Crusaders have played this season. Last year, HC went 1-1-0 versus ranked teams with a 5-4 win versus No. 7 Boston University and 3-0 loss versus No. 7 Merrimack. In 2010-2011, the Crusaders fell at No. 1 Yale, 10-3 on Jan. 2, as it was the first time that the Crusaders played the No. 1 ranked team in the nation as a Division I program. Holy Cross fell to No. 2 North Dakota by a 3-0 score in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 26, 2004. Since the 2005-2006 season, Holy Cross is 2-13-3 versus ranked teams including the 4-3 NCAA Tournament overtime win over No. 3 Minnesota on March 24, 2006. Holy Cross has played 14 games versus nationally ranked teams over the last four seasons.
HOLDING ONTO A LEAD: HC is 6-0-0 when leading after the second period this season. The Crusaders are also 5-1-1 so far when leading after the first period. The Crusaders are 6-1-2 when scoring the first goal of the contest.
THE SERIES WITH YALE: This will be the fifth meeting between these two teams in varsity games. Holy Cross is 0-4-0 all-time against Yale, including a 10-3 loss to the No. 1 ranked Bulldogs in New Haven, Conn., on Jan. 2, 2011, and a 7-3 loss at the Hart Center on Nov. 28, 2009. The two other previous match ups took place at Yale as the Crusaders lost 2-1 on Oct. 27, 2006 and 6-1 on January 20, 2001.
HC AT HOME: HC is 5-2-2 so far at home this season with wins versus UConn and Bentley, RIT, two wins versus Penn State, 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 328-200-38 (.613) all-time at the Hart Center.
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.
HC WITH DEPTH: The Crusaders have had 20 players already tally at least one point so far. The Crusaders have had 14 players score at least one goal. Nineteen players have at least one assist so far this season.
WINNING CLOSE GAMES: The Crusaders are 4-2-0 this season in games decided by one goal and 1-0-2 in overtime contests. 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. Vos also netted the game-winner with a goal in overtime in the 5-4 win versus Penn State on Dec. 7.
USCHO POLL: The Crusaders have received 16 points in the most recent USCHO.com Division I National Poll. The 16 points are the second most of other teams receiving votes.
GINN WITH A 8-3-2 RECORD THIS SEASON: Sophomore goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) is 8-3-2 so far this season as his .692 winning percentage is third in Atlantic Hockey. On Dec. 1, he posted 36 saves as the Crusaders tied Robert Morris, 1-1. 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 25-11-4 record with a .906 save percentage and a 2.55 goals against average. His 25 wins are tied for second 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 12 assists. He is second in Atlantic Hockey and tied for 10th nationally with 0.86 assists per game. He is fourth in the league and ninth nationally with 0.86 points per game by defensemen. For his career, he has 21 assists.
FLETCHER LEADS TEAM WITH 13 POINTS: Senior Kyle Fletcher leads the team this season with 13 points, while he is second with six goals and is tied for second with seven assists. 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 40 assists for 69 points.
SCHMIDT LEADS THE TEAM IN GOALS: Junior Adam Schmidt leads the team in goals with eight, while he is tied for second with 12 points. His eight goals are tied for fourth 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 32 goals and 38 assists for 70 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 seven assists for 10 points. He is tied for second on the team in assists, while he is tied for fifth in points. Sommer is third in Atlantic Hockey in points by rookies, while his 0.67 points per game are tied for 23rd nationally by rookies.
VIDAL NETS FIRST COLLEGIATE GOAL: Freshman Matt Vidal (Manorville, N.Y.) netted his first collegiate goal in the 5-4 overtime win versus Penn State. He has one goal and one assist for two points on the season.
VOS & LINSMAYER LEAD TEAM AS CAPTAINS: Senior captain Erik Vos has five goals and five assists for 10 points this season. He is tied for third on the team in goals, while he is tied for fifth in assists and points. Vos scored the game-winner in the 4-3 win versus Bentley and the game-winner in the 5-4 overtime victory versus Penn State. He has 30 goals and 33 assists for 63 career points. Senior assistant captain Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) has 28 goals and 56 assists for 84 career points. He has the most assists and points of any current Crusader. This season he has four goals and seven assists for 11 points. He is tied for second on the team in assists, while he is fourth in points. Last season, Linsmayer tied for first in Atlantic Hockey with five game-winning goals.
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.
WORKING FOR WORCESTER: Junior Jeffrey Reppucci (Newburyport, Mass.), who is the Founder and President of the 501(c)3 non-profit organization Students Helping Children Across Borders (SHCAB), is the CEO of the project Working For Worcester 2012-2013. Led by a group of passionate college students, Working for Worcester is a city-wide project designed to promote city pride and ownership while, at the same time, providing necessary improvements to Worcester's recreational spaces. On project day, April 20, 2013, Working for Worcester hopes to mobilize a group of 1000+ students, faculty and local volunteers and make in excess of $50,000 of improvements to the community. Several project locations including the Worcester Youth Center and Cookson Park have already been finalized. Other potential sites include: schoolyards, school libraries, gardens, etc. To learn more about the project please go to: http://www.workingforworcester.com/.
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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 272-261-65 (.509) 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. He is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, a Jesuit honor society in which only 4% of the class is selected that honors students who embody the Jesuit values of Scholarship, Loyalty, Leadership and Service. He also works with the school's Endowment Fund. Nunn also 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.