March 4, 2013

Matt Ginn & Karl Beckman Earn Atlantic Hockey Weekly Honors

WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross sophomore goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) has been named the Team Travel USA Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week, while freshman defenseman Karl Beckman (Okemos, Mich.) has been named the Team Travel USA Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week as the Crusaders went 3-0-0 on the week. This is the third time in his career that Ginn has won this honor, while this is his sixth AHA weekly honor as he earned Rookie of the Week accolades three times as a freshman. This is Beckman's second Rookie of the Week honor, while was also named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Month in February.

Ginn went 3-0-0 on the week as he made 69 saves and allowed five goals for a 1.67 goals against average and a .932 save percentage. He made 24 saves and allowed two goals as the Crusaders defeated Sacred Heart, 4-2 on Feb. 25. Ginn then posted 25 saves and allowed three goals as Holy Cross defeated Army, 6-3 on March 1, while he tallied his first shutout of the season and the third of his career with 20 saves as the Crusaders defeated Army, 2-0 on March 2. Ginn now has 905 saves this season which are a new program record. Paul Pijanowski set the previous saves record in 1984-1985 with 872. Ginn is now 18-11-3 on the season. His 18 wins are second for a Division I season at the school. He is already second all-time on the school's Division I career victories list with 35. His 1,534 career saves are third.

Beckman tallied two goals and one assist for three points. He posted one assist in the 4-2 win versus Sacred Heart on Feb 25, while he netted two goals as the Crusaders defeated Army, 6-3 on March 1. He has four goals and eight assists for 12 points over the last nine games. Beckman has four goals and 12 assists for 16 points this season.

The Crusaders (19-12-3 overall, 15-9-3 Atlantic Hockey), who are the No. 3 seed in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament, will return to action on March 15-17 for a best two-out-of-three quarterfinal series at the Hart Center in Worcester. The Crusaders earned a first round bye and home ice advantage by finishing in the top four of the standings. The Crusaders' 19-12-3 record is their best after the first 34 games since the 2005-2006 season when they were 23-9-2. The Crusaders, who went 20-15-4 last year, are looking to earn back-to-back 20 win seasons for the first time in program history. The Crusaders are 4-0-1 in their last five games. Holy Cross has outscored its opponents by a 20-10 margin during this stretch.

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