GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (13-9-2, 9-6-2 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Canisius (9-12-5, 8-7-2 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: February 2-3, 2013
Times: Feb. 2-3:00 p.m.; Feb. 3-2:00 p.m.
Place: Buffalo State Sports Arena (1,800), Buffalo, N.Y.
Live Audio: GoGriffs.com
Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Canisius: Holy Cross leads 31-12-9
Series Record At Canisius Home Game: Holy Cross leads 13-6-3
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 4, Canisius 0 (12/3/11; Worcester, Mass.)
Last Canisius Win: Canisius 3, Holy Cross 2 (3/12/11; Worcester, Mass.)
First Meeting: Holy Cross 3, Canisius 1 (11/1/86; Potsdam, N.Y.)
Current Series Win Streak: Holy Cross three games
2011-2012 Season Series: Holy Cross won 2-0-0
HC TO TRAVEL TO BUFFALO TO PLAY CANISIUS: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (13-9-2 overall, 9-6-2 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action when it travels to Buffalo, N.Y., to take on Canisius (9-12-5 overall, 8-7-2 Atlantic Hockey) on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 2-3, at the Buffalo State Sports Arena. Saturday's game is at 3:00 p.m. and Sunday's contest is at 2:00 p.m. The Crusaders are tied for third place in the AHA standings with 20 points, while the Golden Griffins are in sixth place with 18 points. HC, which went 1-1-0 versus Bentley last week, is 2-3-0 over its last five games, while Canisius, which went 1-1-0 versus Mercyhurst, is also 2-3-0 over its last five. HC is sixth in the AHA out of 12 teams with 3.04 goals scored per game, while Canisius is ninth with a 2.31 average. The Crusaders are eighth in the league by allowing 3.08 goals per game, while the Golden Griffins are first in the AHA and eighth nationally with a 2.23 average. HC is fifth in the league with a .181 power play percentage, while Canisius is seventh with a .169 percentage. The Crusaders are 11th in the AHA with a .758 penalty kill percentage, while the Golden Griffins are first in the league and fifth nationally with a .902 percentage. Last season, the Crusaders won the series with the Golden Griffins, 2-0-0.
HC AVERAGING 3.04 GOALS PER GAME: HC is averaging 3.04 goals scored per game so far this season, which are sixth in the AHA and 20th nationally. The Crusaders have netted three goals or more in 12 of their 22 games this season and four goals or more in eight. HC is 10-1-1 so far this season when scoring three or more goals.
HC ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 6-5-0 on the road so far this season with wins versus AIC, Clarkson, Air Force, Sacred Heart, Mercyhurst and Bentley, while they also lost to Air Force, Brown, Mercyhurst and two to No. 7 North Dakota. 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: HC is 8-1-0 when leading after the second period this season. The Crusaders are also 7-2-1 so far when leading after the first period. The Crusaders are 8-2-2 when scoring the first goal of the contest.
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.
USCHO NATIONAL POLL: The Crusaders have received two points in the most recent USCHO.com Division I National Poll. The two points are the fifth most of other teams receiving votes. On Dec. 31, HC was ranked No. 20 with 65 points. This was the third ever time that the Crusaders have been ranked in this poll as Holy Cross was No. 20 on March 13, 2006 and No. 19 on March 20, 2006.
HC OFF TO STRONG START: The Crusaders' 13-9-2 overall record is their best after the first 24 games since the 2005-2006 season when they were 17-6-1. The Crusaders' 73 goals scored are their most after the first 24 games since they netted 74 in the 2006-2007 season. HC's 9-6-2 Atlantic Hockey record is its best after the first 17 games since going 12-4-1 in 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.
HC WITH DEPTH: The Crusaders have had 22 players tally at least one point so far. The Crusaders have had 17 players score at least one goal. Twenty players have at least one assist so far this season.
THE SERIES WITH CANISIUS: These two teams have played each other 52 times with Holy Cross leading the all-time series, 31-12-9, including the Crusaders going 2-0-0 versus the Golden Griffins last season. The Crusaders are 8-1-1 versus the Golden Griffins over the last 10 games. Holy Cross is 3-1-1 versus Canisius over the last five games in Buffalo.
ZYCH NETS FIRST CAREER GOAL: Senior Evan Zych (Kilbride, Ontario) is tied for second on the team with a career-best 13 assists. He netted his first career goal with the game-winner in the 2-1 victory versus Bentley on Jan. 26. He is sixth in the league in points by defensemen. For his career, he has one goal and 22 assists for 23 points. Zych is on the Hobey Baker Award Fan Ballot.
WINNING CLOSE GAMES: The Crusaders are 7-3-0 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. 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 (Fairport, N.Y.) in the 5-4 win versus the Bulldogs. Schmidt broke a 1-1 tie in the third period with his team-best third game-winner of the season in the 2-1 win at Mercyhurst on Jan. 11. Zych broke a 1-1 tie in the third period with his first career goal in the 2-1 win versus Bentley on Jan. 26.
FLETCHER LEADS TEAM WITH 23 POINTS: Senior Kyle Fletcher leads the team this season with 23 points and 14 assists, while he is third with nine goals. His 23 points are tied for fourth in the league. 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 32 goals and 47 assists for 79 points.
SOMMER OFF TO GREAT START: Freshman Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.) has five goals and nine assists for 14 points. His nine assists are fourth on the team and his 14 points are tied for fifth. Sommer is third in Atlantic Hockey in points by rookies.
LINSMAYER TIED FOR 10TH IN CAREER ASSISTS: Senior assistant captain Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) has 29 goals and 62 assists for 91 career points. He has the most assists and points of any current Crusader. His 62 assists are tied for 10th on the school's all-time Division I career list. This season he has five goals and 13 assists for 18 points. He is tied for second on the team in assists, while he is tied for second in points. Last season, Linsmayer tied for first in Atlantic Hockey with five game-winning goals.
VOS LEADS TEAM AS CAPTAIN: Senior captain Erik Vos has five goals and seven assists for 12 points this season. 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 35 assists for 65 career points.
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GINN WITH A 12-8-2 RECORD THIS SEASON: Sophomore goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) is 12-8-2 so far this season. His career-best 664 saves this season are sixth all-time for a Division I season at the school, while his 12 wins are seventh. 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 29-16-4 record with a .908 save percentage and a 2.63 goals against average. His 29 wins are second all-time in the program's Division I history and his 1,293 career saves are third.
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/
SCHMIDT WITH 18 POINTS: Junior Adam Schmidt is tied for the team-lead in goals with 10, while he is tied for second with 18 points and is fifth with eight assists. Also he is tied for the team-lead with a career-best three game-winning goals, which 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. 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 34 goals and 42 assists for 76 points as he has the most career goals of any current Crusader.
NUNN AVERAGING 1.06 POINTS PER GAME: Senior Brandon Nunn, who missed eight games this season due to an injury, has played in 16 games with 10 goals and seven assists for 17 points. He is averaging 1.06 points per game. He is tied for first on the team in goals and game-winning goals, and is fourth in points. He is tied fourth in the AHA with three game-winning goals. He scored two goals as the Crusaders defeated No. 15 Niagara, 5-3, on Jan. 18. He gave the Crusaders a 4-2 lead in the second period with his third game-winner of the season, while he then scored his 10th goal of the season to make it a 5-2 contest in the third period. 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 33 goals and 26 assists for 59 career points.
PINK THE RINK ON FEBRUARY 16: On Saturday, Feb. 16, the Holy Cross men's hockey program will host its fourth annual "Pink the Rink" at the Hart Center during its game versus Connecticut at 7:00 p.m. The team will be wearing a special edition pink jersey to show its support for breast cancer awareness. The jerseys will be auctioned off throughout the game with all proceeds going to Pink Revolution. A ceremonial puck drop will feature Randi Nunn, the mother of senior Brandon Nunn. Also a limited amount of special edition "Pink the Rink" t-shirts will be available for purchase along with a chuck-a-puck competition during an intermission and a 50/50 raffle. There will be 28 game jerseys available to bid on during the silent auction with a minimum bid of $200.00 for each jersey. The auction will start at 6:00 p.m. The jersey numbers that will be available in the auction are #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #10, #11, #12, #14, #15, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21, #22, #23, #24, #26, #27, #29, #30, #33 and #35. Also a jersey autographed by the entire team will also be auctioned off at the game. Bay State Savings Bank generously donated the jerseys so all of the proceeds from the auction of the jerseys will go to Pink Revolution. If you want to bid on a jersey and will not be in attendance at the game please e-mail Pearl at firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 9.
NOMINEE FOR HOCKEY HUMANITARIAN AWARD: Junior Jeffrey Reppucci (Newburyport, Mass.) has been named one of 11 nominees for the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award. Finalists will be announced in February, and this year's recipient will be introduced and honored in a ceremony on Friday, April 12 in Pittsburgh, Pa., as part of the 2013 Men's Division I Frozen Four weekend. Reppucci is the Founder and President of the 501(c)3 non-profit organization Students Helping Children Across Borders (http://www.shcab.org/index.html). In 2012, he founded Playing For Peace (http://www.shcab.org/suzdal-2012.html), which was a $25,000 community building project in rural Russia, focused on promoting community wellness for children through sports and anti-alcohol education. Reppucci's is also the Founder and CEO of the project Working For Worcester 2012-2013 (http://www.workingforworcester.com/). 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.
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 276-266-65 (.508) 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.