GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (15-12-2, 11-9-2 Atlantic Hockey) vs. AIC (9-14-5, 6-11-5 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: February 22-23, 2013
Times: Feb. 22: 7:00 p.m.; Feb. 23: 5:00 p.m.
Places: Feb. 22: Olympia Ice Center (2,200), West Springfield, Mass.
Feb. 23: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Teams: Holy Cross vs. Sacred Heart (1-26-2, 1-19-2 Atlantic Hockey)
Date: February 25, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: Feb. 23 & 25: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.; Dominic Dipersia;
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Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With AIC: Holy Cross leads 45-20-8
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 6, AIC 2 (10/16/12; West Springfield, Mass.)
Last AIC Win: AIC 1, Holy Cross 0 (1/16/10; West Springfield, Mass.)
First Meeting: AIC 12, Holy Cross 2 (11/30/71; Worcester, Mass.)
Series Record At AIC Home Game: Holy Cross leads 20-11-2
Series Record At Holy Cross Home Game: Holy Cross leads 22-9-6
Series Record At The Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 22-7-6
Current Series Win Streak: Holy Cross, eight games
2012-2013 Season Series: Holy Cross leads 1-0-0
With Sacred Heart: Tied at 26-26-2
At Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 16-9-0
Last Meeting: Sacred Heart 7, Holy Cross 3 (2/25/13; Milford, Conn.)
Last Holy Cross Win: Holy Cross 6, Sacred Heart 3 (11/11/12; Bridgeport, Conn.)
First Meeting: Holy Cross 7, Sacred Heart 3 (10/30/98; Worcester, Mass.)
Current Series Win Streak: Sacred Heart one game
2012-2013 Season Series: Tied 1-1-0
HC TO PLAY AIC & SACRED HEART: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (15-12-2 overall, 11-9-2 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23, when it plays a home-and-home series with American International (9-14-5, 6-11-5 AHA). Friday's game is at the Olympia Ice Center at 7:00 p.m. in West Springfield, Mass., while Saturday's game is at the Hart Center in Worcester at 5:00 p.m. The Crusaders will then play Sacred Heart (1-26-2, 1-19-2 AHA) on Monday, Feb. 25 at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders are 1-0-0 so far this season versus AIC with a 6-2 victory in the season-opener on Oct. 16. Holy Cross is 1-1-0 this season versus Sacred Heart with a 6-3 victory on Nov. 11 and a 7-3 loss on Feb. 19. The Crusaders are 3-3-0 over their last six games, while the Yellow Jackets are 4-0-2 and the Pioneers are 1-5-0.
MATCHUPS: The Crusaders are tied for fourth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings out of 12 teams with 24 points, while the Yellow Jackets are 11th with 17 points and the Pioneers are 12th with four points. HC is seventh in the AHA with 2.97 goals scored per game, while AIC is eighth with a 2.54 average and Sacred Heart is 10th with a 2.28 average. The Crusaders are seventh in the league by allowing 3.10 goals per game, while the Yellow Jackets are eighth with a 3.21 average and the Pioneers are 12th in the AHA with a 5.28 average. HC is fifth with a .180 power play percentage, while AIC is second with a .230 percentage and Sacred Heart is 10th with a .143 percentage. The Crusaders are 11th in the AHA with a .752 penalty kill percentage, while the Yellow Jackets are fourth with a .825 percentage and the Pioneers are 12th with a .696 percentage.
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 HAVING STRONG SEASON: The Crusaders' 15-12-2 record is their best after the first 29 games since the 2005-2006 season when they were 21-7-1. 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 AVERAGING 2.97 GOALS PER GAME: HC is averaging 2.97 goals scored per game so far this season, which are seventh in the AHA and 22nd nationally. The Crusaders have netted three goals or more in 15 of their 29 games this season and four goals or more in 10. HC is 12-2-1 so far this season when scoring three or more goals.
HC ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 8-7-0 (.533) on the road so far this season with wins versus AIC, Clarkson, Air Force, Sacred Heart, Mercyhurst, Bentley, Canisius and UConn, while they also lost to Air Force, Brown, Mercyhurst, Canisius, Sacred Heart 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.
HC AT HOME: HC is 6-5-2 (.538) so far at home this season with wins versus UConn, Bentley, RIT, No. 15 Niagara, two wins versus Penn State, ties versus RIT and Robert Morris and losses versus Army, Robert Morris, Niagara, Bentley and UConn. 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 329-203-38 (.611) all-time at the Hart Center.
HOLDING ONTO A LEAD: HC is 10-1-0 when leading after the second period this season. The Crusaders are also 8-2-1 so far when leading after the first period. The Crusaders are 10-2-2 when scoring the first goal of the contest.
HC WITH DEPTH: The Crusaders have had 22 players tally at least one point. The Crusaders have had 18 players score at least one goal. Twenty players have at least one assist so far this season.
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. Senior Evan Zych (Kilbride, Ontario) broke a 1-1 tie in the third period with his first career goal in the 2-1 win versus Bentley on Jan. 26.
THE SERIES WITH AIC: This will be the 74th and 75th meetings between Holy Cross and AIC as the Crusaders are 45-20-8 all-time versus the Yellow Jackets and have won eight straight in the series. The Crusaders are 8-1-1 over the last 10 contests versus AIC. The Crusaders are 4-1-0 in their last five games versus the Yellow Jackets at the Olympia Ice Center and are 3-0-2 in the last five in Worcester.
THE SERIES WITH SACRED HEART: These two teams have played each other 54 times with the all-time series tied at 26-26-2. The Crusaders are 6-2-2 versus the Pioneers over the last 10 games, while they are 4-1-0 in their last five contests. The Crusaders are 3-2-0 at home in the last five games versus the Pioneers. This season the series is tied at 1-1-0.
ZYCH ON HOBEY BAKER FAN BALLOT: Senior Evan Zych is tied for second on the team with a career-best 14 assists. He netted his first career goal with the game-winner in the 2-1 victory versus Bentley on Jan. 26. He is tied for seventh in the league in points by defensemen. For his career, he has one goal and 23 assists for 24 points. Zych is on the Hobey Baker Award Fan Ballot. Go here to vote.
FLETCHER LEADS TEAM WITH 25 POINTS: Senior Kyle Fletcher leads the team this season with 25 points and 15 assists, while he is third with 10 goals. 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 33 goals and 48 assists for 81 points.
SOMMER OFF TO GREAT START: Freshman Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.) has five goals and 10 assists for 15 points. His 10 assists are fourth on the team. Sommer is third in Atlantic Hockey in points by rookies.
LINSMAYER ON ALL-TIME CAREER LISTS: Senior assistant captain Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) has 30 goals and 63 assists for 93 career points. He has the most assists and points of any current Crusader. His 142 career games played are tied for fifth all-time, while his 93 points and 63 assists are each 10th on the school's all-time Division I list. This season he has six goals and 14 assists for 20 points. He is second on the team with 14 assists and is tied for third on the team 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 six goals and eight assists for 14 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 31 goals and 36 assists for 67 career points.
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NUNN NAMED A SENIOR CLASS AWARD FINALIST: Senior Brandon Nunn has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2012-2013 Senior CLASS Award as college hockey's outstanding NCAA Division I senior student-athlete for the men's hockey division. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website or on the Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through March 25. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four® in Pittsburgh on April 11 and 13. Nunn has played in 101 career games with 35 goals and 28 assists for 63 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 started Power Play Points For Pink in which all home power play goals raise money through pledges from the community. The money pledged benefits PINK Revolution. This season the program has raised over $10,000 so far. 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.
GINN THIRD ALL-TIME AT HC WITH 795 SAVES: Sophomore goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) is 14-11-2 so far this season. His career-best 795 saves are third all-time for a Division I season at the school, while his 14 wins are tied for fifth. The school's Division I saves record is 840 set by Tony Quesada in the 2005-2006 season. Ginn 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 31-19-4 record with a .907 save percentage and a 2.67 goals against average. His 31 wins are second all-time in the program's Division I history and his 1,424 career saves are third.
SCHMIDT WITH 20 POINTS: Junior Adam Schmidt is second on the team with 11 goals, while he is tied for third with 20 points. Also he is tied for the team-lead with a career-best three game-winning goals. 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. For his career, Schmidt has 35 goals and 43 assists for 78 points.
NUNN AVERAGING 1.00 POINTS PER GAME: Senior Brandon Nunn, who missed eight games this season due to an injury, has played in 21 games with 12 goals and nine assists for 21 points. He is averaging 1.00 points per game. He leads the team in goals and is tied for first with three game-winning goals, while he is tied for second in points. 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 35 goals and 28 assists for 63 career 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 278-269-65 (.507) 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.
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. For more information and to donate go here: http://www.powerplaypointsforpink.com/.
FINALIST FOR HOCKEY HUMANITARIAN AWARD: Junior Jeffrey Reppucci (Newburyport, Mass.) has been named one of five finalists for the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award. Reppucci was one of 11 nominees named in January. This year's recipient of the award 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. Reppucci's is also the Founder and CEO of the project Working For Worcester 2012-2013 (http://www.workingforworcester.com/).