2012-2013 Holy Cross Men's Hockey Season Recap
(20-14-3 Overall / 15-9-3 Atlantic Hockey)
HC FINISHED WITH BACK-TO-BACK 20-WIN SEASONS: The Crusaders' 20-14-3 record was their best since the 2005-2006 season when they were 27-10-2. The Crusaders, who went 20-15-4 last year and 20-14-3 this year, earned back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in program history. This season marked the seventh 20-plus win season for HC men's hockey. 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.
SENIOR SALUTE: The six seniors of Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario), Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.), Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.), Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.), Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) and Evan Zych (Kilbride, Ontario) were a part of 69 wins. These are the most wins by a class since the 2007 class totaled 75 victories.
HC AVERAGED 3.00 GOALS PER GAME: HC averaged 3.00 goals scored per game this season, which were seventh in the AHA and tied for 20th nationally. The Crusaders netted three goals or more in 20 of their 37 games and four goals or more in 14. HC finished 16-2-2 this season when scoring three or more goals.
HC AT HOME: HC finished 10-7-2 (.579) at home this season with wins versus UConn, Bentley, RIT, No. 15 Niagara, AIC, Sacred Heart, Army, Mercyhurst and two wins versus Penn State, ties versus RIT, and Robert Morris, and losses versus Army, Robert Morris, Niagara, Bentley, UConn and Mercyhurst. The Crusaders went 12-3-2 (.765) in the 2011-2012 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 331-205-38 (.610) all-time at the Hart Center.
HOLDING ONTO A LEAD: HC was 13-1-0 when leading after the second period this season. The Crusaders were also 10-3-1 when leading after the first period. The Crusaders were 12-3-2 when scoring the first goal of the contest.
HC WITH DEPTH: The Crusaders had 24 players tally at least one point. The Crusaders had 20 players score at least one goal. Twenty-two players had at least one assist this season.
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WINNING CLOSE GAMES: The Crusaders finished 8-5-0 this season in games decided by one goal and 1-0-3 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 (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 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. 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 broke a 1-1 tie in the third period with his first career goal in the 2-1 win versus Bentley on Jan. 26. Freshman Joe McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) broke a 2-2 tie with Mercyhurst in the AHA quarterfinal game on Mar. 16. for his first career goal in a 3-2 victory over Mercyhurst.
ZYCH ON HOBEY BAKER FAN BALLOT: Senior Evan Zych tied for second on the team with a career-best 16 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 12th in the league in points by defensemen. For his career, he had one goal and 25 assists for 26 points. Zych was on the Hobey Baker Award Fan Ballot.
LINSMAYER ON ALL-TIME CAREER LISTS: Senior assistant captain Rob Linsmayer graduates with 31 goals and 69 assists for 100 career points. He became the 40th Crusader to reach 100 points on Saturday, Mar. 16 with an assist in the 3-2 win over Mercyhurst. He has the most assists and points of any current Crusader. His 150 career games played are the all-time most games played, while his 69 assists are tied for eighth on the school's all-time Division I list and his 99 points are 10th. This season he had seven goals and 20 assists for 27 points. He led the team in assists and finished in a tie for second on the team in points. Last season, Linsmayer tied for first in Atlantic Hockey with five game-winning goals.
GINN SETS THREE SCHOOL RECORDS: Sophomore goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) ended with 994 saves this season which are a new program record. Paul Pijanowski set the previous saves record in 1984-1985 with 872. He also took the net for 2100:55 this season breaking a school record for the most minutes played by a goal tender. Ginn also played in 35 games this season setting the record for the most games played in a single season by a tender. Ginn finished 19-13-3 this season. His 19 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 36. His 1,623 career saves are third. He was named the Team Travel USA Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week on March 4. Ginn went 3-0-0 on the week with 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 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 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.
VOS LED TEAM AS CAPTAIN: Senior captain Erik Vos had seven goals and 11 assists for 18 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 had 32 goals and 39 assists for 71 career points. His 141 games played are eighth all-time at the school.
HC ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders were 9-7-1 (.559) on the road this season, which was their best away record since going 13-5-1 (.711) in 2005-2006. The 13 road wins was the school record. HC went 8-11-2 (.429) on the road last season.
BECKMAN NAMED TO ALL-ROOKIE TEAM: Freshman defenseman Karl Beckman (Okemos, Mich.) was named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie Team for the 2012-2013 regular season. Beckman had four goals and 14 assists for 18 points. This season Beckman was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Month for February as his eight assists led the team for the month. Beckman was named the Team Travel USA Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week on March 4 as the Crusaders went 3-0-0 on the week. 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. Additionally, Beckman was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week on Feb. 4, as he posted his first collegiate goal and also tallied one assist for two points as the Crusaders defeated Canisius, 5-1, on Feb. 3. Beckman had four goals and 10 assists for 14 points over the last 12 games of the season. Beckman is fourth in Atlantic Hockey for scoring by freshmen and scored the most points of all HC freshmen.
STOCKTON LED TEAM WITH 28 POINTS: Junior Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) tallied six goals and eight assists for 14 points over the last eight games of the season. He posted two assists as the Crusaders tied AIC, 4-4, on Feb. 22, while in the 4-1 win versus the Yellow Jackets on Feb. 23, he posted two goals and two assists for four points as he contributed on all four goals. He then tallied one goal and one assist as the Crusaders defeated Sacred Heart, 4-2, on Feb. 25. Stockton tallied one goal and one assist for two points as the Crusaders defeated Army on March 1. He put up one goal and two assists for three points in a 3-2 quarterfinal win over Mercyhurst on Mar. 16, taking part in all three goals scored. For the season, he had 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 points. His 13 goals are a career best and third on the team, while his 15 assists took third and his 28 points led the team. Stockton has 29 goals and 43 assists for 72 career points.
FLETCHER CONCLUDED WITH 26 POINTS: Senior Kyle Fletcher tied for third on the team this season with 26 points, while he tied for second with 16 assists and was fourth 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. Fletcher also finished his career with a team high of +22 and a team high +7 this season. In his career he had 33 goals and 49 assists for 82 points.
SOMMER OFF TO GREAT START IN CAREER: Freshman Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.) had six goals and 11 assists for 17 points, the second most for a freshman on the team. Sommer is tied for fifth in Atlantic Hockey in points by rookies. Sommer led the freshman class with his six goals.
NUNN NAMED A SENIOR CLASS AWARD FINALIST: Senior Brandon Nunn was 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 109 career games with 39 goals and 30 assists for 69 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 $18,000 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.
SCHMIDT WITH 25 POINTS: Junior Adam Schmidt finished second on the team with 14 goals, and fifth with 25 points. He led the team with a career-best five game-winning goals which is tied for second in the league. 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 38 goals and 45 assists for 83 points.
NUNN LED THE TEAM WITH 16 GOALS: Senior Brandon Nunn, who missed eight games this season due to an injury, played in 29 games with a team-best 16 goals, while he also had 11 assists for a career-best 27 points. His 0.55 goals per game are tied for second in the league and 11th nationally. He was second on the team in points. He scored two goals as the Crusaders defeated AIC, 4-1, on Feb. 23. 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 39 goals and 30 assists for 69 career points.
USCHO NATIONAL POLL: On Dec. 31, HC was ranked No. 20 in the USCHO.com Division I National Poll 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.
POWER PLAY POINTS FOR PINK: For the second straight season, every time the Crusaders scored a home power play goal money was donated to breast cancer research. The money pledged will benefit PINK Revolution. For more information and to donate go here: http://www.powerplaypointsforpink.com/.
HOLY CROSS HEAD COACH PAUL PEARL: Paul Pearl finished his 18th year at the helm of the Holy Cross ice hockey program, and is just the fifth head coach in the history of men's 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 283-271-66 (.510) record at Holy Cross and has been the man behind the bench in nine of the 11 most successful seasons in Holy Cross history, while he has had five teams post 20-plus win seasons. Pearl led the Crusaders to their first two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003-04 and 2005-06.
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/).
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).
HC HELD "PINK THE RINK": The Holy Cross men's hockey program held its fourth annual "Pink the Rink." The team wore special edition pink jerseys to show its support for breast cancer awareness. The jerseys were auctioned off throughout the game with all proceeds going to Pink Revolution. The jersey auction alone raised $5,655. A ceremonial puck drop featured Randi Nunn, the mother of senior Brandon Nunn. Brandon presented a check for $6,500 to Pink Revolution. Breast cancer survivor Robin Batchelder performed the national anthem. Also a limited amount of special edition "Pink the Rink" t-shirts were sold, along with a chuck-a-puck competition during an intermission and a 50/50 raffle. Bay State Savings Bank generously donated the jerseys so all of the proceeds from the auction went to Pink Revolution, which 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.
AGAINST RANKED TEAMS: The Crusaders were 2-3-0 this season versus ranked teams with a 5-4 win versus No. 15 Yale on Dec. 30, a 5-2 loss and a 3-2 loss at No. 7 North Dakota on Jan. 4-5, and a 5-3 win and a 4-1 loss versus No. 15 Niagara on Jan. 18-19. The Crusaders are 4-19-3 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.
CRUSADERS DEFEATED #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 posted two goals and one assist including netting the game-winner. Senior Kyle Fletcher tallied one goal and two assists, while senior Rob Linsmayer posted three assists. Sophomore goalie Matt Ginn 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.
UNDEFEATED IN AHA OPENERS: With the 6-2 win on the road versus AIC on Oct. 16, the Crusaders remain undefeated all-time in Atlantic Hockey openers with an 9-0-1 record. The Crusaders posted a 3-1 win at Canisius on Oct. 11, 2003, a 3-1 win at AIC on Nov. 5, 2004, a 1-0 victory over Army on Oct. 28, 2005, a 4-1 win over Mercyhurst on Oct. 20, 2006, a 4-1 win at Mercyhurst on Oct. 26, 2007, a 1-1 tie versus Canisius on Oct. 17, 2008, a 3-2 win on the road versus Canisius on Oct. 24, 2009, a 3-2 away victory versus AIC on Oct. 15, 2010 and a 2-1 victory versus AIC last season on Oct. 15. This year's season-opener was the sixth time that the Crusaders have opened the AHA season on the road as they have a 6-0-0 record.
FOUR SENIORS SIGN WITH PRO TEAMS: Kyle Fletcher, Rob Linsmayer, Brandon Nunn and Evan Zych have each signed ATOs with professional teams. Fletcher signed with the Wheeling Nailers, the ECHL affiliate of both the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Montreal Canadiens. He made his debut in the 2-1 shootout win over the Kalamazoo Wings. Linsmayer signed with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL, an affiliate of the Dallas Stars, playing his first game during the 5-0 loss to the Ontario Reign. Nunn played his first professional game with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL, affiliated with the Carolina Hurricanes and the Tampa Bay Lightning, during their 5-1 win over the Cincinnati Cyclones. Zych signed a playoff contract with the CHL's Missouri Mavericks. They are an affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks.
FRESHMAN CLASS SHOWS GREAT POTENTIAL: Twenty-four of the 37 games featured at least seven freshmen. Six games saw eight freshmen and two iced nine freshmen. At the peak, all 10 of the current members of the class played in a 5-1 win over Canisius on Feb. 3. At least one member of the originally 11 person freshman class of 2016 made the starting line up in 18 of the team's 37 games. The class tallied 20 goals and 52 assists for a total of 72 points.