GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: #20 Holy Cross (10-4-2, 6-3-2 Atlantic Hockey) vs. #7 North Dakota (10-5-3, 7-2-3 WCHA)
Dates: January 4-5, 2013
Times: Jan. 4: 8:30 p.m. (ET); Jan. 5: 8:00 p.m. (ET)
Place: Ralph Engelstad Arena (11,634), Grand Forks, N.D.
Television: Jan. 4: Fox College Sports Central/Midco Sports Net
Jan 5: Fox College Sports Pacific/Midco Sports Net
Live Video & Audio: www.UNDSports.com
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With North Dakota: North Dakota leads 2-0-0
At Ralph Engelstad Arena: North Dakota leads 1-0-0
Last Meeting (2006 NCAA West Regional Final):
#6 North Dakota 5, #19 Holy Cross 2 (3/25/2006; Grand Forks, N.D.)
First Meeting (2004 NCAA West Regional Semifinals):
#2 North Dakota 3, Holy Cross 0 (3/26/2004; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Record At Ralph Engelstad Arena: 1-1-0
2006 NCAA West Regional Semifinals:
#19 Holy Cross 4, #3 Minnesota 3 (OT) (3/24/2006)
2006 NCAA West Regional Final:
#6 North Dakota 5, #19 Holy Cross 2 (3/25/2006)
#20 HC TO PLAY AT #7 NORTH DAKOTA ON JAN. 4-5: The No. 20 Holy Cross men's hockey team (10-4-2 overall, 6-3-2 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action when it plays No. 7 North Dakota (10-5-3 overall, 7-2-3 WCHA) in the Subway Holiday Classic at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D., on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 4-5. Friday's game is at 8:30 p.m. (ET) and Saturday's contest is at 8:00 p.m. (ET). The Crusaders are tied for second place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 14 points, while UND is tied for second in the WCHA standings with 17 points. HC is 3-1-1 over its last five games and have won three straight, while North Dakota is 4-0-1 over its last five and have also won three straight. The Crusaders are tied for third out of 59 teams nationally with 3.50 goals scored per game, while UND is 12th with a 3.33 average. HC is tied for 47th nationally by allowing 3.06 goals per contest and North Dakota is 17th with a 2.44 average. The Crusaders are 20th with a .188 power play percentage and UND is 35th with a .160 percentage. HC is tied for 49th with a .790 penalty kill percentage and North Dakota is 17th with a .853 percentage. The Crusaders' .688 team winning percentage is ninth nationally and UND's .639 team winning percentage is 14th. The Crusaders are 0-2-0 all-time versus North Dakota with both meetings taking place in the NCAA Tournament. The Crusaders are 1-1-0 all-time at the Ralph Engelstad Arena with the 4-3 overtime win versus Minnesota on March 24, 2006 in the West Regional semifinals and the 5-2 loss to North Dakota in the West Regional final on March 25, 2006.
HC RANKED #20 IN USCHO NATIONAL POLL: Holy Cross is ranked No. 20 in the latest USCHO.com Division I Men's National Poll. The Crusaders received 65 points as last week Holy Cross had 16 points which were the second most of other teams receiving votes. This is the third ever time that the Crusaders have ever been ranked in this poll as Holy Cross was No. 20 on March 13, 2006 and No. 19 on March 20, 2006. The Crusaders are 3-1-0 all-time as a nationally ranked team. No. 20 HC defeated UConn in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament semifinals by a 4-1 score on March 17, 2006, and then defeated Bentley in the championship game by a 5-2 score on March 18, 2006. Then the No. 19 Crusaders defeated No. 3 Minnesota, 4-3 in overtime, in the NCAA West Regional semifinals on March 24, 2006, at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D. HC then fell to No. 6 North Dakota, 5-2, in the West Regional final on March 25, 2006. The next week, the Crusaders were ranked No. 14 in the USA Today poll on March 28 and then finished ranked No. 14 in the final USA Today poll on April 10.
HC OFF TO STRONG START: The 10-4-2 record is the best start the Crusaders have had since the 2003-2004 season when they were 11-4-1 after their first 16 games. The Crusaders' 56 goals scored are their most after the first 16 games since they also netted 56 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 TIED FOR THIRD IN NATION IN GOALS PER GAME: The Crusaders are averaging 3.50 goals scored per game so far this season, which are second in Atlantic Hockey and tied for third nationally. The Crusaders have netted three goals or more in 11 of their 16 games this season and four goals or more in seven games. HC is 9-1-1 so far this season when scoring three or more goals.
3-0-1 OVER LAST FOUR GAMES: The Crusaders are 3-0-1 over their last four contests including three straight victories. Holy Cross tied Robert Morris on Dec. 1, swept a two game series with Penn State on Dec. 7-8 and defeated No. 15 Yale on Dec. 30. The Crusaders have outscored their opposition by a 15-10 margin and are 7-26 on the power play during this stretch. HC is 165-123 in face-offs. Junior Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) has led the team with three goals and five points, while senior Evan Zych (Kilbride, Ontario) has led the team with four assists.
THE SERIES WITH NORTH DAKOTA: The Crusaders are 0-2-0 all-time versus North Dakota with both meetings taking place in the NCAA Tournament. Holy Cross lost 3-0 in the 2004 West Regional semifinals in Colorado Springs, Colo., on March 26, 2004 at the World Arena, and fell 5-2 in the 2006 West Regional final at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D., on March 25, 2006.
HOLDING ONTO A LEAD: HC is 7-0-0 when leading after the second period this season. The Crusaders are also 6-1-1 so far when leading after the first period. The Crusaders are 7-1-2 when scoring the first goal of the contest.
AGAINST RANKED TEAMS: The Crusaders are 1-0-0 so far this season versus ranked teams with the 5-4 win versus No. 15 Yale on Dec. 30. The Crusaders are 3-16-3 all-time versus ranked teams in their Division I era. Last year, HC defeated No. 7 Boston University on Oct. 22, 2011 and defeated No. 3 Minnesota, 4-3 in overtime, in the NCAA Tournament on March 24, 2006.
2006 NCAA WEST REGIONAL: The Crusaders are 1-1-0 all-time at the Ralph Engelstad Arena with the 4-3 overtime win versus Minnesota on March 24, 2006 in the West Regional semifinals and the 5-2 loss to North Dakota in the West Regional final on March 25, 2006. Tyler McGregor scored the game-winner in overtime versus Minnesota to give the Crusaders their first ever NCAA Tournament victory. The Crusaders were also the first No. 4 seed to ever defeat a No. 1 seed in NCAA action since the tournament expanded to 16 teams. Tony Quesada made 35 saves for the Crusaders.
VERSUS WCHA: The Crusaders have a 1-5-1 all-time record against teams currently in the WCHA. Holy Cross is 0-1-0 against Alaska Anchorage, 0-0-1 versus Denver, 1-0-0 vs. Minnesota, 0-2-0 against North Dakota, 0-1-0 versus Nebraska-Omaha and 0-1-0 versus Wisconsin. All three of Holy Cross' NCAA Tournament games have been versus teams from the WCHA. The Crusaders defeated Minnesota, 4-3 (OT), in the first round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament on March 24, 2006, while Holy Cross lost to North Dakota, 5-2, in the second round on March 25, 2006 and fell to North Dakota in the first round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament, 3-0, on March 26, 2004.
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 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 21 players already tally at least one point so far. The Crusaders have had 14 players score at least one goal. Twenty players have at least one assist so far this season.
CRUSADERS DEFEAT #15 YALE: The 5-4 win versus No. 15 Yale was the first ever win for Holy Cross over Yale as the Crusaders were 0-4-0 versus the Bulldogs entering the game. Senior Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) posted two goals and one assist including netting the game-winner. Senior Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) tallied one goal and two assists, while senior Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) posted three assists. Sophomore goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) made 32 saves to earn the win. This was the third win for Holy Cross over a ranked team in its Division I era as the Crusaders also defeated No. 3 Minnesota, 4-3, on March 24, 2006 in the NCAA Tournament, and No. 7 Boston University, 5-4, on Oct. 22, 2011.
WINNING CLOSE GAMES: The Crusaders are 5-2-0 this season in games decided by one goal and 1-0-2 in overtime contests. Senior Kyle Fletcher 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 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. With the Crusaders leading 3-2 versus No. 15 Yale on Dec. 30, Holy Cross netted two goals including the game-winner by senior Brandon Nunn in the 5-4 win versus the Bulldogs.
FLETCHER LEADS TEAM WITH 16 POINTS: Senior Kyle Fletcher leads the team this season with 16 points, while he is tied for second with seven goals and is third with nine assists. His 16 points are tied for sixth in the league and his seven goals are tied for ninth. 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 30 goals and 42 assists for 72 points.
GINN WITH A 9-3-2 RECORD THIS SEASON: Sophomore goalie Matt Ginn is 9-3-2 so far this season as his .714 winning percentage is third in Atlantic Hockey and 10th nationally. 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. 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. For his career, he has a 26-11-4 record with a .906 save percentage and a 2.58 goals against average. His 26 wins are second all-time in the program's Division I history and his 1,038 career saves are fifth.
ZYCH LEADS TEAM IN ASSISTS: Senior Evan Zych leads the team with 12 assists. He is second in Atlantic Hockey and tied for 13th nationally with 0.80 assists per game. He is fifth in the league and tied for 11th nationally with 0.80 points per game by defensemen. For his career, he has 21 assists.
SCHMIDT LEADS THE TEAM IN GOALS: Junior Adam Schmidt leads the team in goals with nine, while he is tied for second with 14 points. His nine goals are fifth 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 33 goals and 39 assists for 72 points as he has the most career goals of any current Crusader.
DOMAGALA POSTS FIRST COLLEGIATE POINT: Freshman Nathaniel Domagala (Oakville, Ontario) posted his first collegiate point with an assist in the 5-4 win over No. 15 Yale on Dec. 30. He assisted on the fourth goal of the contest for the Crusaders.
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 fourth on the team in goals, while he is tied for fifth in assists. 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 has 28 goals and 59 assists for 87 career points. He has the most assists and points of any current Crusader. This season he has four goals and 10 assists for 14 points. He is tied for second on the team in points and is second in assists. Last season, Linsmayer tied for first in Atlantic Hockey with five game-winning goals.
NUNN WITH 12 POINTS: Senior Brandon Nunn, who missed eight games this season due to an injury, has played in eight games with seven goals and five assists for 12 points. He is tied for second on the team in goals and is tied for fourth in points. After missing eight straight games he posted two goals and one assist including netting the game-winner as the Crusaders defeated No. 15 Yale, 5-4 on Dec. 30. 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 30 goals and 24 assists for 54 career points.
NINE POINTS OVER LAST NINE GAMES: Junior Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) has at least one point in eight of the last nine games with five goals and four assists for nine points. For his career he has 21 goals and 32 assists for 53 points.
SOMMER OFF TO GREAT START: Freshman Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.) has three goals and seven assists for 10 points. Sommer is third in Atlantic Hockey in points by rookies, while his 0.62 points per game are tied for 27th nationally by rookies.
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.
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 273-261-65 (.510) record at Holy Cross 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 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 88 career games with 30 goals and 24 assists for 54 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.
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