GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (7-16-3, 6-10-3 AHA) vs. Sacred Heart (7-19-0, 6-13-0 AHA)
Dates: Feb. 7-8, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Feb. 7-Milford Ice Pavilion (1,000), Milford, Conn.
Feb. 8-Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
HC Radio (Saturday): WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.;
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Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With Sacred Heart: HC leads 28-26-2
With Sacred Heart in AHA Games: SHU leads 19-16-1
At Sacred Heart Home Game: SHU leads 17-8-2
At The Hart Center: HC leads 18-9-0
Last Meeting: HC 4, SHU 3 (11/1/13; Worcester, Mass.)
Last SHU Win: SHU 7, HC 3 (2/19/13; Milford, Conn.)
First Meeting: HC 7, SHU 3 (10/30/98; Worcester, Mass.)
Current Series Win Streak: HC, two games
2013-2014 Series: HC leads 1-0-0
2012-2013 Series: HC won 2-1-0
This Week In HC Hockey History (Feb. 5-11)
Jan. 2012 Matt Ginn named AHA Rookie of the Month
2/5/1985 Jerry DeLeo named ECAC East Forward of the Week
2/5/1999 The Crusaders took a Division I record 58 shots against Fairfield
2/5/2011 Kyle Fletcher posted five points against AIC
2/5/2011 Kyle Fletcher scored two goals 0:12 apart for the fastest two goals scored by a player at the school
2/6/2006 Tony Quesada named Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week
2/6/2006 Dale Reinhardt named Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week
2/6/2012 Matt Ginn named Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week
2/7/2011 Kyle Fletcher named Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week
2/7/2011 Brandon Nunn named Crusader of the Week
2/8/2003 Greg Kealey scored a hat trick against AIC
2/8/2003 Greg Kealey netted a school-record six points against AIC
2/8/2003 Tyler McGregor and Brandon Doria each posted five points vs. AIC
2/10/2003 Greg Kealey named MAAC Player of the Week
2/10/2012 Ryan McGrath scored first career goal against Army
2/11/1985 Joe Lunny named ECAC East Forward of the Week
2/11/2008 Adam Roy named Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week
HC TO PLAY HOME-AND-HOME WITH SHU: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (7-16-3 overall, 6-10-3 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action when it plays a home-and-home series with Sacred Heart (7-19-0 overall, 6-13-0 Atlantic Hockey) on Friday, Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7:00 p.m. Friday's game will take place at the Milford Ice Pavilion in Milford, Conn., while Saturday's contest is set for the Hart Center. The Crusaders are in ninth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 15 points, while the Pioneers are in 11th place with 12. Holy Cross' offense is 10th in the league scoring 2.23 goals per game, while Sacred Heart is 11th in the conference scoring 1.96 goals per game. The Crusaders are tied for fifth in the league allowing 3.04 goals per game, while SHU is in 10th allowing 3.81. The Pioneers' power play is ninth in the league with a .133 conversion rate, while the Crusaders are 10th in the league with a .132. The Crusaders' .785 penalty kill percentage is seventh in the league, while the Pioneers' .770 is behind in ninth. Holy Cross' .485 combined special teams ranks sixth in the league, while Sacred Heart's .480 is eighth. The Crusaders are 3-1-1 in their last five games this season with two victories over Niagara and one over RIT. The Pioneers are 2-3-0 with wins over Niagara and Canisius.
THE SERIES WITH SACRED HEART: These two teams have played each other 56 times as the Crusaders lead the all-time series 28-26-2. The Crusaders are 8-1-1 versus the Pioneers over the last 10 games, while they are 4-1-0 in their last five contests. The Crusaders are 5-0-0 at home in the last five games versus the Pioneers and are 3-1-1 on the road.
3-1-1 IN LAST FIVE GAMES: In the last five games, the Crusaders hold a 3-1-1 record. They swept Niagara on the weekend of Jan. 17-18, defeated RIT on Feb. 1, tallied a tie on Jan. 31 at RIT and lost on Jan. 25 to Bentley. The Crusaders have outscored their opponents 17-14 during the games and have posted 44 points compared to the opponents' 38. The team has a combined +23 +/- ranking and has a .545 faceoff percentage over the last five. Eleven Crusaders have posted multiple points during the five-game stretch and 14 of 19 skaters have tallied at least one point. They are averaging 3.40 goals per game and allowing only 2.80 per game during the five-game span.
CRUSADER/PIONEER CONNECTIONS: This weekend reunites four pairs of Crusaders and Pioneers from junior hockey. For the 2012-2013 season, freshman Mike Barrett (Orland Park, Ill.) played for the Jersey Hitmen (EJHL) with Sacred Heart's Nick Lotito. During the 2010-2011 and part of the 2011-2012 seasons, sophomore Karl Beckman (Okemos, Mich.) played for the Amarillo Bulls (NAHL) with Mitch Rogge. During the 2009-2010 season, junior Nilan Nagy (Canonsburg, Pa.) played with Chris Paliafito for the Traverse City Northstars (NAHL) together. Crusader freshman Cameron Lawson (Vancouver, British Columbia) has the closest connection with the Pioneers. In the season before coming to college, 2012-2013, Lawson and Coltyn Hansen lived together while playing for the Prince George Spruce Kings (BCHL). During the previous season, Lawson and Hansen played together on the Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL) as well. Assistant coach Juliano Pagliero took the net against the Pioneers three times during his career at Niagara. Pagliero went 3-0-0 overall and 2-0-0 at Sacred Heart home games posting one shutout and only allowing four goals between all three contests.
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PLAYERS VS. SHU: Senior goalie Derek Kump (Falmouth, Maine) and sophomore goalie Jack Kenney (Orono, Minn.) have never played against the Pioneers… Junior goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) is 6-1-0 against SHU in his career… Senior assistant captain Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) put up eight points in his first five career games against the Pioneers. In his career, he has scored three goals and posted eight assists against SHU for 11 points… Senior assistant captain Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) has tallied 10 points against the Pioneers in his career with four goals and six assists… In addition to Schmidt and Stockton, seven other players have tallied two or more career points against the Pioneers, including sophomore Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.) (2-1-3), sophomore Tim Driscoll (Hingham, Mass.) (1-2-3), senior captain Ryan McGrath (Pittsburgh, Pa.) (0-2-2), junior Tommy Dwyer (Ridgefield, Conn.) (0-2-2), junior Nilan Nagy (0-2-2), sophomore Karl Beckman (0-2-2) and sophomore Matt Vidal (Manorville, N.Y.) (0-2-2)… Junior Jake Youso (International Falls, Minn.), sophomore Brett Lubanski (Farmington Hills, Mich.), freshman Mike Barrett, freshman Cameron Lawson and freshman Logan Smith (Littleton, Colo.) each have a goal in their careers against Sacred Heart. Sophomore Jake Bolton (Ellington, Conn.), sophomore Joe McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) and freshman Nick Finn (Canton, Mass.) have each posted a single assist against the Pioneers… Driscoll and Vidal each netted the first points of their careers against the Pioneers on Nov. 11, 2012. Driscoll scored one of the team's six goals during the night while Vidal posted an assist on the Crusaders' fourth of the game… Earlier this season during the 4-3 victory over Sacred Heart in the Crusaders' AHA opener, Lubanski, Lawson and Smith each tallied the first goal of their careers… The Crusaders have faced the Pioneers' sophomore goalie Alex Vazzano once this season and scored four goals against him… They are 2-1-0 against junior goalie Andrew Bodnarchuk after scoring 13 goals on him in the six games he has played, including three games in relief.
HC ON AMERICA ONE NETWORKS: All of Holy Cross' home games and AHA away games can be seen via live video streaming. The games can be viewed through America One Networks.
CRUSADERS TOP RIT 1-0-1 FOR SECOND YEAR: This past weekend, the Crusaders traveled to Rochester to take on the eighth place RIT Tigers. Prior to the weekend, the Crusaders were 3-13-0 at RIT home games and 2-18-3 in Atlantic Hockey play against the Tigers. The Crusaders took the series 1-0-1 with a 3-3 overtime tie on Friday, Jan. 31 and defeated the Tigers 4-2 on Saturday Feb. 1. On Friday night, freshman Logan Smith, sophomore Sean Gustin (Stoneham, Mass.) and senior assistant captain Shayne Stockton each tallied a goal during the contest. On Saturday, senior assistant captain Adam Schmidt scored the Crusaders' first two goals of the evening and recorded his 100th career point. Freshman Mike Barrett followed up with his first career game-winner. Tommy Dwyer added on an insurance empty net goal to secure a 4-2 victory over the Tigers. Last season, the Crusaders defeated the Tigers, 7-3, and tied, 3-3, after overtime. All three ties against the Tigers have been during the last four seasons. The last two seasons have been the first two seasons in which the Crusaders have not lost to the Tigers since the 1982-1983 season.
6-2-2 WITH THREE OR MORE: This season, the Crusaders are 6-2-2 when they score three or more goals. The Crusaders have outscored their opponents 36-29 during the 10 contests. During these games, the Crusaders have outfaceoffed their opponents 367-319 (.535). Goalie Matt Ginn has made 287 saves, compared to the 272 made by the other teams' goalies. Ginn has been strong in the 10 third periods during these contests posting 108 saves compared to the opposing teams' 75 saves. Holy Cross outscored its opponents in the first period, 12-10, and 13-6 during the second period of these games. Matt Vidal leads the Crusaders with four goals and six assists for 10 points during these games. Adam Schmidt follows Vidal in second with nine points including four goals and five assists during the 10 games. Freshman Mike Barrett leads the goal scoring with five goals and three assists for eight points. During these 10 games, the Crusaders have a +39 combined +/- rating, led by sophomore Ben Kaplan (Burlington, Vt.) with a +6. The Crusader defense blocked 169 shots led by Jake Bolton with 20 and Logan Smith with 16. Of the 23 skaters who took the ice during at least one of these 10 games, 21 have tallied at least one point.
GINN LEADS IN NATION IN SAVES: Matt Ginn is first nationally with 788 saves this season. He has also played 1563:28 during this season, which is the second most time in the country and leads the nation having played in 99.1% of the team's total minutes played. This season, during the Oct. 19 game at Northeastern, Ginn posted 48 saves, the third most of any Division I goalie at HC for a game. He also posted 45 saves against No. 9 Quinnipiac on Oct. 26, the fifth most of any goalie. He has been in net for three of the top 10 games with the most saves by a goalie. In the last five games, Ginn has made 169 saves and holds a 3-1-1 record.
HC 3RD IN NATION IN BLOCKED SHOTS PER GAME: The Holy Cross defense ranks third in the country with 17.19 shots blocked by an individual per game. The Crusaders are second the conference in total blocked shots with 447, only trailing AIC by one, and are fourth in the country. Two defensemen rank nationally in blocked shots per game. Joe McNamara is tied for 31st with 2.00 per game, and sophomore Jake Bolton is tied for 51st with 1.85. Bolton is tied for fifth in the conference with 48 total blocked shots and McNamara is tied for 10th with 46.
RANKED 3RD NATIONALLY IN FACEOFF PERCENTAGE: Holy Cross is ranked third in the nation and first in the conference with a .544 faceoff percentage. The Crusaders are one of only four teams in the conference to go over .500 in the circle. The team has won 857 of the 1568 draws it has taken this season and has outfaceoffed their opponents during 18 of their 26 games. Sophomore forward Brett Lubanski is ranked 20th in the country, winning .592 percent of his draws. Senior Shayne Stockton is ranked 52nd with a .560 percentage. Over the last 10 games, Lubanski is .612 going 101-64 in the circle. Stockton is .563 over the last 10 games going 103-80. During conference play Lubanski has won 202 of 395 faceoffs (.622) and Stockton has won 122 of 215 faceoffs (.567). In the last five games, Lubanski has gone 52-27 (.658) and Stockton is 51-32 (.614). The Crusaders have gone over .500 in seven of the last 10 games winning 383 of their 650 draws (.579). Their season high was against Mercyhurst on Jan. 10 when the team combined to win 42 of 60 faceoffs (.700).
SCHMIDT JOINS 100-POINT CLUB: On Saturday, Feb. 1, Adam Schmidt netted a pair of goals that enabled him to become the 41st player at Holy Cross to reach the prestigious milestone. In his career, Schmidt has 46 goals and 54 assists for 100 points in his 138 games. Schmidt has eight goals and nine assists this season to tally 17 points, the highest on the team. Schmidt netted his sixth of the season and 44th of his career against Bentley on Jan. 25. The goal was the third short-handed goal of his career which ties for the fourth most in school Division I history. Schmidt tallied his 46th career goal on a tip-in off a Logan Smith slap shot from the point to tie for the ninth most goals in a Division I career at Holy Cross. He previously scored against Canisius, No. 7 Boston College, No. 19 Boston University and Bentley twice, including once at Fenway Park. He posted assists this season at No. 9 Quinnipiac, Army, Robert Morris and Bentley at Fenway, and against Sacred Heart and both games versus Air Force. Schmidt has gone on a three-game point streak this season for his third streak of this season including a four-game streak and another three-game streak. Schmidt previously went on an eight-game streak as a sophomore, a six-game streak as a sophomore to begin the season, a five game streak as a junior, two three-game streaks as a junior and two three-game streaks as a freshman.
FIVE PLAYERS ON POINT STREAKS: Junior Tommy Dwyer, senior assistant captain Shayne Stockton, sophomore Sean Gustin, sophomore Matt Vidal and freshman Logan Smith are each on point streaks. Dwyer has had four goals and two assists in the last six games, a streak that is the longest on the team this season. Stockton is on a five-game streak with one goal and four assists. Gustin is on a three-game streak tallying one goal and three assists for four points. Vidal and Smith are each on two-game streaks as Vidal has posted two assists and Smith has a goal and an assist.
DWYER-YOUSO-GUSTIN LINE FINDS THE BACK OF THE NET: In the last six games, the Crusaders have been led by their fourth line offense. Tommy Dwyer and Sean Gustin have each tallied a team-leading six points and Jake Youso has posted four. Dwyer is on a six-game point streak scoring a team-high four goals in the last six games, while Gustin is on a three-game streak. The line has combined for seven goals and nine assists for 16 points as a line. Every goal scored by a member of the line has been assisted by at least one, if not both, of the other members of the line during the six game span.
DWYER HOT IN LAST SIX GAMES: Junior forward Tommy Dwyer has posted a point in six straight games with four goals and two assists for six points. This season he has four goals and four assists for eight points, all career-highs for the junior. During the weekend against RIT, Dwyer tallied an assist Friday, Jan. 31 on the second goal of the game and netted his fourth goal of the season on an empty net on Saturday, Feb. 1. The two points on the weekend extended Dwyer's streak to six games. Dwyer scored his third goal of the season against Bentley on Jan. 25. Dwyer tallied one goal and one assist for two points as the Crusaders swept a two-game series at Niagara on Jan. 17-18 at Dwyer Arena. He assisted on the game-winner in the 4-2 victory on Friday, while on Saturday he broke a 2-2 tie with 2:18 left in the third period when he scored his first collegiate game-winner to give the Crusaders a 3-2 win versus the Purple Eagles. Dwyer has played in 75 career games with six goals and eight assists for 14 points.
YOUSO ON A ROLL: Junior Jake Youso has had four points in his last five games played. Youso tallied an assist on Friday, Jan. 31st for his fifth of the season. Youso netted his first goal of the season and posted an assist on Saturday Jan. 25 against Bentley. Youso has one goal and five assists this season for six points. Youso tallied an assist on Jan. 18 against Niagara on linemate Tommy Dwyer's game-winner. He previously tallied assists against Robert Morris and No. 7 Boston College. During his career he has 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points in his 72 games played.
SMITH ON TWO-GAME POINT STREAK: Freshman Logan Smith is on a two-game point streak with a goal and an assist at RIT on Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1. Smith netted his first career goal with a power play goal in the game against Sacred Heart and his first career point with an assist against Northeastern during the home-opener. Smith previously tallied assists against No. 9 Quinnipiac, Army and Niagara and a goal against Air Force. Smith is tied for the most points among defensemen with eight points. He has scored a defenseman-high three goals this season. This season Smith has three goals and five assists for eight points in his 26 games played. Smith has also started in 21 of his 26 games.
GUSTIN WITH SIX IN LAST SIX: Sophomore Sean Gustin has recorded six points in his last six games including two goals and four assists. Gustin is on a three-game point streak, putting up a goal and three assists for four points. During the weekend series at RIT, Gustin tallied one point each night with a goal on Friday, Jan. 31 and an assist on Saturday, Feb. 1. Gustin tallied his first career multiple point game on Saturday, Jan. 25 with two assists. He tallied his first career game-winning goal against Niagara on Friday, Jan. 17. This season he has five goals and five assists for 10 points in the 24 games he has played. Gustin posted an assist against Mercyhurst on Jan. 11. He previously posted his first assist on Saturday Dec. 7 against Air Force. He also scored the lone goal for the Crusaders on Nov. 23 against Atlantic Hockey opponent Robert Morris for his third goal of the season. Gustin also netted his second goal of the season in the win at Army on Nov. 8. His first goal of the season was at Northeastern. Gustin has played in 29 career games with six goals and five assists for 11 points.
MCKINNON POSTS FOURTH ASSIST: Freshman Brett McKinnon (West Kelowna, British Columbia) tallied his fourth assist of the season during the victory against RIT on Feb. 1. McKinnon also has assists in games against Niagara and Mercyhurst. He posted his first point with a second assist on the goal by Adam Schmidt against Bentley on Dec. 28 at Fenway Park. The freshman also picked up his first start the following afternoon against No. 11 Yale on Dec. 29. In his 11 games played, McKinnon has four assists for four points.
FRESHMAN CLASS SCORING: The freshman class features the leading goal scorer, and every freshmen with a point has at least three. The freshman class has a total of 15 goals which account for 26% of the team total. Mike Barrett leads the team with seven goals scored and is third on the team with 12 points. Barrett and Nick Finn are also the only two Crusaders to receive Atlantic Hockey weekly honors.
BARRETT LEADING ROOKIES: Freshman forward Mike Barrett continues to lead all freshmen Crusaders in points as he netted the first game-winning goal of his career on Saturday, Feb. 1 at RIT for his seventh of the season. His seven goals are the most by a freshman since Shayne Stockton scored nine goals in 2010-2011. Barrett also tallied his sixth goal and fifth assist during the sweep of Niagara. Barrett now has 12 points on the season, and is third on the team in points. His seven goals are tied for 23rd among freshmen nationally. He had an assist against No. 11 Yale for his fourth assist of the season and eighth point. Barrett was named the Travel Team USA Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week for his three-point performance in the Crusaders' 5-4 win at No. 7 Boston College on Nov. 29. This was Barrett's first career AHA weekly honor. Barrett tallied two goals and one assist for three points versus the Eagles. Barrett leads the team with his 265 faceoff victories which is 23rd in the country and third among all rookies. Barrett this season has seven goals and five assists for 12 points. He has also started 17 of his 26 games played.
THREE CRUSADERS LEAD THE TEAM: The Crusaders are led by senior captain Ryan McGrath. McGrath's leadership is joined by assistant captains Adam Schmidt and Shayne Stockton. The three captains have combined for 32 points this season scoring 13 goals and tallying 19 assists.
VIDAL SECOND IN POINTS: Sophomore Matt Vidal now has 16 points on the season, the second most on the team. Vidal has five goals to go with his 11 assists on the year. During the weekend in Rochester against RIT, Vidal posted two assists to have tallied points in the last three games, going on his fourth point streak of the season. He posted a goal and an assist during the weekend sweep of Niagara. He tallied his eighth assist of the season during the Crusaders' 4-2 loss against Mercyhurst. He scored the Crusaders' lone goal against No. 11 Yale on Dec. 29 for his fourth goal of the season. He tallied an assist in the first game and scored a goal in the second of a two game home series against AHA rival Air Force. Vidal also scored the game-winning goal and posted two assists for three points when the Crusaders upset No. 7 Boston College at Conte Forum on Nov. 29. Vidal tallied an assist on the Crusaders' second goal of the game and also on their fourth goal. He then gave the team a 5-1 lead at 16:53 of the second period. The goal was his first career game-winner and the game was his first collegiate multi-point game. Vidal has six goals and 15 assists for 21 career points in his 57 games played.
STOCKTON WITH 11 POINTS: Senior assistant captain Shayne Stockton this season has scored four goals and tallied seven assists for 11 points in his 16 games played. During his return home to Rochester, Stockton scored on a wrist shot on Friday night and posted an assist on fellow assistant captain Adam Schmidt's second goal of the night on Saturday to extend his point-scoring streak to five games. Stockton notched his sixth assist of the season on Schmidt's short-handed goal against Bentley. He previously tallied his fourth and fifth assists of the season during the weekend sweep of Niagara on Jan. 17-18. Stockton also had an assist on Schmidt's goal against Canisius on Jan. 3 for his third assist. He posted an assist on Schmidt's goal at Fenway Park against Bentley, which he followed up with a goal of his own. In his career, Stockton has scored 33 goals and tallied 50 assists for 83 points in his 118 games played. Stockton went on a five-game, a four-game and a three-game streak during his junior year and three three-game streaks during his sophomore season. As a freshman Stockton went on three streaks, one for three games, one for six games and one career-streak extending seven games from his freshman season to his sophomore season.
GINN IN THE RECORD BOOK: Matt Ginn set three school records and broke into the top 10 list of every goalie record at the school and was named the team's Most Valuable Player for his sophomore season. He posted a 19-13-3 record in the past season, the second most victories in the school's Division I history. He holds the record for playing the most games (35) last season totaling the highest minutes in net (2100:55), while recording a single-season record number of saves (994). His 2,411 saves, 43 victories, 89 games played and 5324:54 minutes played are all the second most by Division I goaltenders for a career at the school.
REPPUCCI NOMINATED FOR NATIONAL AWARDS: Student assistant coach Jeffrey Reppucci has been nominated for two major national awards this season. He was named one of five finalists for the prestigious Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, an award given to a collegiate and a professional athlete who have made the greatest positive influence in the lives of others. Additionally for the second year in a row, Reppucci was nominated as one of the 18 candidates for the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award and is one of only two repeat nominees. 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). He is also the Founder and Executive Director of Working For Worcester (http://www.workingforworcester.com/).
GINN'S CAREER 2,411 LEADS ALL JUNIOR GOALIES: Junior goalie Matt Ginn now has 2,411 career saves which lead all junior goalies in the country and are the seventh most career saves of any active goalie nationally in Division I. His saves are second among Division I goalies at the school. Ginn is the second Crusader in Division I history to reach 2,000 career saves and the first junior to reach this milestone.
48 GAMES STRONG FOR GINN: Matt Ginn has played in 48 consecutive games which are 20th on the NCAA Division I career list for consecutive games played by a goalie. His streak began on Dec. 30, 2012 against No. 15 and eventual national champion Yale as the Crusaders won 5-4. Ginn's streak is the longest in Division I history at the school. Ginn also made 18 consecutive appearances between the end of his freshman and beginning of his sophomore years which are tied for the third longest streak at the school.
BOLTON STRONG ON DEFENSE: Sophomore Jake Bolton has a team-leading 48 blocks so far this season. Bolton is tied for fifth in the conference for total blocked shots and tied for 32nd nationally, while his 1.85 blocks per game are tied for 51st. Bolton has two goals and six assists for eight points, a career-high in points and goals. Bolton is tied for the most points among defensemen this season. Bolton posted his sixth assist of the season with the second assist on Logan Smith's goal on Jan. 31. He scored the Crusaders' second goal of the game on Friday, Jan. 17 at Niagara. Bolton led all defenders during the weekend series against Air Force with 15 of the team's 65 blocks. He tallied his fifth assist on the game-winning goal against No. 7 Boston College on Nov. 29. He also tallied an assist against Atlantic Hockey opponent Robert Morris on the game-winning goal on Friday, Nov. 22. Bolton tallied assists against Army, No. 9 Quinnipiac and tallied two points in game two of the Northeastern series. In his 61 career games played, Bolton has scored three times and tallied 12 assists for 15 points.
GINN ON HOBEY BAKER FAN BALLOT: Matt Ginn is on the Hobey Baker Award Fan Ballot on www.hobeybaker.com. This first phase of fan balloting will run now through March 9, 2014. Phase two of fan balloting will begin on March 20 from the list of Top 10 Hobey Baker finalists. Vote Here.
FIFTH ANNUAL "PINK THE RINK": On Saturday, Feb. 15, the Holy Cross men's hockey program will host its fifth annual "Pink the Rink" at the Hart Center during its game versus Connecticut at 7:00 p.m. The team will be wearing special edition white and pink jerseys to show its support for breast cancer awareness. The jerseys will be auctioned off throughout the game with all proceeds going to Pink Revolution, which is an alliance of dedicated individuals with a unified commitment to those touched by breast cancer. A ceremonial puck drop will feature Nancy Vidal, mother of sophomore forward Matt Vidal and a breast cancer survivor. 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. "Pink the Rink" is part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Holy Cross as the women's ice hockey team is hosting its "Pink the Rink" on Feb. 14, and the women's basketball team will hold its "Think Pink Day" on Feb. 15.
ONE-TIMERS: This season the Crusaders have played three teams (Boston University, No. 2 Boston College and No. 13 Yale) who have won national championships... The Crusaders also have played six teams (Boston University, No. 9 Quinnipiac, No. 10 Northeastern, No. 2 Boston College, No. 13 Yale and RIT) who have made at least one Frozen Four appearance... The Crusaders currently have four players on the roster with more than 10 career goals, Adam Schmidt (46), Shayne Stockton (33), Jake Youso (10) and Castan Sommer (10)... So far this season, the Crusaders have not yet won a game in the state of Connecticut... Two Crusaders return to their home state of Connecticut this weekend, Tommy Dwyer and Jake Bolton... During the week of Feb. 5-11 the Crusaders hold an all-time 50-43-5 record and an 11-11-4 record in Division I play.
HC PICKED EIGHTH IN PRESEASON POLL: Holy Cross was picked eighth in the AHA Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Crusaders received 59 total points. Last year's regular season champion, Niagara, has been picked as this year's preseason favorite with a total of 102 points and three first place votes, followed by both Mercyhurst (four first place votes) and Air Force (two first place votes), tied at 98 points. After its first AHA Tournament championship title last year, Canisius received 92 points, with three first place votes. RIT was picked fifth (81 points), Connecticut sixth (79 points), Robert Morris seventh (66 points) and the Crusaders were picked eighth. Bentley received 53 points, in ninth place, Army 10th (28 points), AIC 11th (22 points) and Sacred Heart 12th (16 points).
POWER PLAY POINTS FOR PINK: For the third 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. The Crusaders have now scored four power play goals at home. They will be hosting their fifth annual Pink the Rink game on Feb. 15 when they host Connecticut for a 7:00 p.m. game. This game will also be the Crusaders' winter homecoming contest. For more information and to donate go here: http://www.powerplaypointsforpink.com/.
HOLY CROSS HEAD COACH PAUL PEARL: Paul Pearl is in his 19th 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 290-287-69 (.502) record at Holy Cross over 18 years and has been the man behind the bench in nine of the 11 most successful seasons in Holy Cross history, while he has had four teams post 20-plus win seasons, including the first ever back-to-back 20-win seasons at the college. He has been named the Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year twice (2004 and 2011). 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.
HC TO HOLD 2014 NCAA REGIONAL: The College of the Holy Cross will host the 2014 NCAA D I men's ice hockey Northeast Regional at the DCU Center in Worcester on March 29-30, 2014. Saturday's regional semifinal games are at 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., while the regional final on Sunday is at 5:00 p.m. Holy Cross previously held this event at the DCU Center in 2008, 2010 and 2012. This will be the 13th overall time that the regional has been at the DCU Center. Ten of the 12 teams to win the regional in Worcester have gone on to play in the national championship game, with six of those teams winning the national title. The total of 42 NCAA regional hockey games, which have been played at the DCU Center, are currently the most in the 66-year history of the Division I men's ice hockey tournament. Tickets are on sale now. They are being sold as three-game packages and may be purchased online at www.NCAA.com/frozenfour, via phone at 800-745-3000 or through the DCU Center's box office, Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.
CRUSADERS PLAYING IN THE PROS: Five members of the 2013 senior class have signed contracts to play professionally. Kyle Fletcher (Denver Cutthroats of the CHL), Rob Linsmayer (Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL), Brandon Nunn (Erding Gladiators of the Oberliga), Erik Vos (Dordrecht Lions of the Eredivisie) and Evan Zych (Missouri Mavericks of the CHL). They will join Matt Clune (Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL), Everett Sheen (Ontario Reign of the ECHL), James Sixsmith (Lørenskog of the Norway) and Pat Rissmiller (Ritten Renon of the Italy-A). Nunn scored seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points in 21 games played with EV Regensburg and now has 13 points with eight assists and five goals in 13 games for Erding. Vos is the team leader in points with 47 in his 28 games played including 20 goals and 27 assists. Zych, who played 17 games also with the Dordrecht Lions with four goals and 10 assists for 14 points, is on the IR for the Mavericks after playing one game. Fletcher after tallying 16 points in his 24 games with the SPHL's Mississippi Surge got called up to the CHL's Denver Cutthroats and is currently awaiting his debut. Clune, who had one goal and four assists in his 31 games with the Reign, has played in three games with the Gladiators and has tallied two points on two assists. Sheen has six goals and seven assists for 13 points in his 43 games played with the Reign. Linsmayer played in 11 games with the San Francisco Bulls before being traded to the Idaho Steelheads. With the Steelheads he has scored nine points with four goals and five assists in his 16 games played. Sixsmith has scored 20 goals and tallied 26 assists for 46 points in his 34 games this season. Rissmiller has scored seven times and tallied 12 assists for 19 points in his 18 games played.
HC SET TO HOST 2016 NCAA REGIONAL: The College of the Holy Cross will play host to the 2016 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey Northeast Regional at the DCU Center in Worcester on March 25-26, 2016. Holy Cross, which will be hosting the Northeast Regional this season on March 29-30, 2014, previously held this event at the DCU Center in 2008, 2010 and 2012. The 2016 event will mark the 14th overall time that the regional will take place at the DCU Center. Ten of the 12 teams to win the regional in Worcester have gone on to play in the national championship game, with six of those teams winning the national title. The total of 42 NCAA regional hockey games which have been played at the DCU Center are currently the most in the 66 year history of the Division I men's ice hockey tournament.
SENIOR CLASS WITH 64 WINS: The 2014 senior class now has 64 wins in their career. They entered their final season with 57 career wins, the second most by a class entering their senior year at Holy Cross. The team will look to Derek Kump, Ryan McGrath, Adam Schmidt, Shayne Stockton and Mark Williamson (Centennial, Colo.) for their senior leadership.
PLAYING TOGETHER AGAIN: Prior to Holy Cross, eight Crusaders had already played seasons together. Sophomore defenseman Jake Bolton and sophomore forward Matt Vidal played together as a part of the EJHL Selects Team USA in Omsk, Russia during the summer of 2011 at the 2011 World Cup. Bolton also spent a season with the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs (EJHL) with fellow sophomore defenseman Ben Kaplan. Senior forwards Shayne Stockton and Mark Williamson spent three seasons of junior hockey playing in Brockville, Ontario for the Brockville Braves (CJHL). In high school, Bolton played a season of varsity hockey at the Westminster School with freshman forward Nick Finn. Sophomores Joe McNamara and Sean Gustin played three years of varsity ice hockey together at the Belmont Hill School.
HOLY CROSS WITH DEPTH: All 21 players on the roster who have participated in more than five games during the season have tallied at least one point. Each of the 21 players has posted an assist and 20 have more than one. Fifteen players on the team have tallied five or more points during the season and six have more than 10. Of the 15 players with more than five points, 11 have tallied at least five assists and one player has posted double-digit assists. Four players have scored more than five goals.
HC DEFEATS #7 BOSTON COLLEGE: On Nov. 29, the Crusaders defeated No. 7 Boston College at Conte Forum by a 5-4 score. The win over Boston College was the Crusaders' first victory over the Eagles as a varsity program as Boston College had won the previous eight meetings. BC is the sixth program that has won at least one NCAA national championship that the Crusaders have now defeated. The other five programs that have won at least one national title that Holy Cross has posted a win versus are Boston University, Maine, Minnesota, Rensselaer and Yale. The victory was Holy Cross' fifth win over a nationally ranked team in program history and the third versus a top-10 team. This was also the first ever win by an Atlantic Hockey team versus Boston College.