GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (8-17-3, 7-11-3 AHA) vs. Connecticut (15-9-4, 12-6-3 AHA)
Dates: Feb. 14-15, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Feb. 14- Freitas Ice Forum (2,000), Storrs, Conn.
Feb. 15- Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Live Video Streaming: America One Networks
HC Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester, Mass.
Sasha Epshteyn (Friday) & Dom Dipersia (Saturday)
Series Records (Holy Cross varsity games since 1966-1967):
With UConn: Holy Cross leads 50-48-2
Series Record At UConn Home Game: UConn leads 25-20-0
Series Record At Freitas Ice Forum: Holy Cross leads 15-9-0
Series Record At The Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 25-17-2
Record in Atlantic Hockey Games: Holy Cross leads 18-12-2
Last Meeting: UConn 4, Holy Cross 3 (11/12/13; Storrs, Conn.)
Last HC Win: Holy Cross 4, UConn 1 (2/15/13; Storrs, Conn.)
First Meeting: Holy Cross 4, UConn 3 (1/17/67; Worcester, Mass.)
Current Series Win Streak: UConn two games
2013-2014 Series: UConn leads 1-0-0
This Week In HC Hockey History (Feb. 12-18)
2/13/2004 Andrew McKay tallied four assists at Air Force
2/13/2004 Andrew McKay posted a record-tying six points at Air Force
2/13/2006 Tyler McGregor named Crusader of the Week
2/13/2012 Brandon Nunn named Crusader of the Week
2/13/2013 Brandon Nunn named Senior CLASS Award finalist
2/14/2011 Erik Vos named AHA Player of the Week
2/14/2011 Jeffrey Reppucci named AHA Rookie of the Week
2/15/2004 Andrew McKay named AHA Player of the Week
2/15/2010 Jordan Cyr named AHA Player of the Week
2/15/2010 Jay Silvia named Crusader of the Week
2/15/2013 Tyler McGregor named to the Hall of Fame
2/16/2001 Brandon Doria netted a hat trick against Iona
2/17/1999 Scott Simpson named MAAC Goalie of the Week
2/18/2013 Jeffrey Reppucci named Hockey Humanitarian finalist
HC TO PLAY HOME-AND-HOME WITH UCONN: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (8-17-3 overall, 7-11-3 Atlantic Hockey) returns to action when it plays a home-and-home series with Connecticut (15-9-4 overall, 12-6-3 Atlantic Hockey) on Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7:00 p.m. Friday's game will take place at the Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs, Conn., while Saturday's contest is set for the Hart Center. The Huskies are tied for third place with 27 points in the Atlantic Hockey standings, while Crusaders are tied for eighth place with 17 points. UConn's offense is eighth in the league scoring 2.57 goals per game, while Holy Cross' offense is 10th in the league scoring 2.36 goals per game. The Huskies lead the league allowing only 2.39 goals per game, while the Crusaders are fifth in the league allowing 3.00 goals per game. The Huskies' power play is sixth in the league with a .202 conversion rate, while the Crusaders are ninth in the league with a .157. The Huskies are second in the AHA with their .835 penalty kill percentage while the Crusaders' .805 penalty kill percentage is sixth in the league. Holy Cross' .505 combined special teams rank fifth in the league, while Connecticut's .500 is just behind in sixth. The Crusaders are 2-2-1 in their last five games this season with victories over RIT and Sacred Heart, losses to Sacred Heart and Bentley and a tie against RIT. The Huskies are 3-2-0 over their last five with victories over Providence, Bentley and Air Force and losses to Air Force and Bentley.
THE SERIES WITH CONNECTICUT: This will be the 101st and 102nd meetings between these two teams in varsity games since the 1966-1967 season. The Crusaders lead the series, 50-48-2. UConn leads the series for their home games 25-20-0, while the Crusaders lead UConn 15-9-0 at the Freitas Ice Forum. The Crusaders are 4-6-0 in the last 10 total games against UConn. This season, the Huskies defeated the Crusaders 4-3 in Storrs, Conn. During the 2012-2013 season the Crusaders beat the Huskies 2-1, defeating the Huskies in the first two games of the series and falling in the final game. UConn has outscored the Crusaders 379-363 in the 100 games played. The Crusaders and the Huskies have each posted four shutouts during the series. There have only been two seasons since Holy Cross became a varsity sport that the two teams haven't met.
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. There will be 28 game jerseys available to bid on during the silent auction with a minimum bid of $100.00 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, #18, #19, #20, #21, #22, #23, #24, #26, #27, #28, #29, #30, #33, #35, and #44. Also two jerseys autographed by the entire team will also be auctioned off at the game. A ceremonial puck drop will feature Nancy Vidal, mother of sophomore forward Matt Vidal (Manorville, N.Y.) and a two-time 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.
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 eight 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/.
WINTER HOMECOMING: The game on Feb. 15 will also be the winter homecoming game at Holy Cross as a trophy will be given to the contest's most valuable player. Last year, Connecticut's Billy Latta was given the trophy after scoring the game-winner and posting an assist during their 4-1 victory over the Crusaders. Previously, 2013 graduate Rob Linsmayer posted the game-winner and had an assist in the 6-1 win over Sacred Heart on Feb. 17. 2012, as he won the trophy. Andrew Cox won the 2011 trophy as he posted two goals and one assist for three points in the 6-0 win versus Army on Feb. 12, 2011. Thomas Tysowsky received the 2010 winter homecoming MVP trophy as he made 17 saves as the Crusaders defeated Bentley, 4-0, on Feb. 13, 2010.
2-1-0 IN FEBRUARY: In the month of February the Crusaders hold a 2-1-0 mark. The Crusaders have outscored their opponents 12-7 during the three games. Of the 19 skaters, 15 have tallied at least one point during the span. The team holds a cumulative +9 rating. Senior assistant captain Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) leads the Crusaders with five goals for five points during the three games followed by sophomore Matt Vidal with four assists. Senior goalie Derek Kump (Falmouth, Maine) and junior goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) have combined for a 2.33 GAA over the three games. The team has a .357 power play percentage, and its penalty kill holds a .857 percentage. They have scored five goals on the power play and two shorthanded, while only allowing two power play goals. The Crusaders have a .573 faceoff percentage. The centers are led by junior Jake Youso (International Falls, Minn.) who is 25-9 (.735) and sophomore Brett Lubanski (Farmington Hills, Mich.) who is 27-16 (.628) during the games. The Crusaders are outscoring their opponents 7-1 in the third period during this stretch.
HC 3RD IN NATION IN BLOCKED SHOTS PER GAME: The Holy Cross defense ranks third in the country with 16.93 shots blocked by an individual per game. The Crusaders lead the conference with 474, and are third in the country. Two defensemen rank nationally in blocked shots per game. Joe McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) is 52nd with 1.84 per game, and sophomore Jake Bolton (Ellington, Conn.) is tied for 59th with 1.79. Bolton is tied for eighth in the conference with 50 total blocked shots and McNamara and Nilan Nagy (Canonsburg, Pa.) are tied for 15th with 46. During the game on Saturday, Feb. 8, Nagy blocked nine shots, a team-high for the season.
CRUSADER/CONNECTICUT CONNECTIONS: The matchup this weekend between the Huskies and the Crusaders brings together 10 players who have skated together before. Sophomore Ben Kaplan (Burlington, Vt.) played with Tyler Bouchard during the summers of 2007 and 2008 for Team New England in the USA National Festivals in St. Cloud, Minn. and Rochester, N.Y. Sophomore Jake Bolton also played at the 2008 USA Festival with Bouchard in Rochester, N.Y. Bolton also played a year of varsity hockey at the Westminster School with Ryan Tyson. Freshman Logan Smith (Littleton, Colo.) played with UConn's Kyle Huson from 2008-2010 with the U18 AAA Colorado Thunderbirds. Senior goalie Derek Kump played with Ben Oskroba for the Walpole Express (AJHL) during the 2009-2010 season when they won the AJHL championship. Adam Schmidt reunites with his former Sioux City Musketeers (USHL) linemate Billy Latta during the game. The biggest homecoming this weekend is between Schmidt and Tyson. The two played three years of varsity hockey at La Salle College High School where they won a state championship together in 2008.
PLAYERS VS. UCONN: Only 10 current Crusaders have scored points against the Huskies and six have scored more than one in their careers. Karl Beckman (Okemos, Mich.) leads all current Crusaders with four points on four assists against UConn. Tim Driscoll (Hingham, Mass.) and Adam Schmidt each have scored a goal and tallied an assist against Connecticut. Nick Finn (Canton, Mass.) is the only member of the team to have scored more than one career goal against the Huskies. Matt Vidal has scored a goal and tallied an assist, Ben Kaplan has posted two assists, Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.) has scored a goal, and Jake Youso, Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) and Ryan McGrath (Pittsburgh, Pa.) each have an assist… Beckman tallied his first career point with an assist and Sommer scored the first goal of his career against UConn on Oct. 26, 2012… Finn scored his first career goal against the Huskies on Nov. 12 and earned Travel Team USA's Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week honors following the game for his two-goal performance…Matt Ginn holds a 2-3 record against the Huskies and Derek Kump holds an 0-2 record and sophomore goalie Jack Kenney (Orono, Minn.) has never played against the Huskies… Driscoll's penalty shot on Nov. 12, 2013 was the last time the Crusaders took a penalty shot…The game on Nov. 12, 2013 was the last time the Crusaders were charged with less than two penalties in a game… Sommer's goal on Oct. 26, 2012 was the last time a rookie has scored a goal in the home opener… While head coach Paul Pearl was a player for Holy Cross, the Crusaders held a 4-5 record against the Huskies 2-1-0 at home and 1-4-0 at UConn home games. During his junior season, Pearl posted a goal and three assists for four points and as a senior in 1988-1989 he scored a goal and posted two assists for three points… During his tenure as the Niagara netminder, assistant coach Juliano Pagliero never played UConn… Husky head coach Mike Cavanaugh (Bowdoin, 1990) and assistant coach Joe Pereira (Boston University, 2011) have each played in games against Holy Cross in their careers and neither lost a game.
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 38 points this season scoring 17 goals and tallying 21 assists.
RANKED 2ND NATIONALLY IN FACEOFF PERCENTAGE: Holy Cross is ranked second in the nation and first in the conference with a .545 faceoff percentage. The Crusaders are one of only four teams in the conference to go over .500 in the circle. The team has won 1008 of the 1849 draws it has taken this season and has outfaceoffed their opponents during 20 of their 28 games. Sophomore forward Brett Lubanski is ranked 16th in the country, winning .596 percent of his draws. Senior Shayne Stockton is ranked 87th with a .541 percentage. Over the last 10 games, Lubanski is .623 going 99-60 in the circle. Stockton is .535 over the last 10 games going 99-86. During conference play, Lubanski leads the conference with a .623 as he has won 220 of 353 faceoffs. Mike Barrett (Orland Park, Ill.) is second on the team at .545 winning 225 of 413 and Stockton has won 136 of 251 faceoffs (.542). In the last five games, Jake Youso has led the team with a .645 faceoff percentage going 40-22 in the circle. Lubanski has gone 45-31 (.592) and Barrett is 51-44 (.537). The Crusaders have gone over .500 in eight of the last 10 games winning 396 of their 680 draws (.582). Their season-high was against Mercyhurst on Jan. 10 when the team combined to win 42 of 60 faceoffs (.700).
7-2-2 WITH THREE OR MORE: This season, the Crusaders are 7-2-2 when they score three or more goals. The Crusaders have outscored their opponents 42-30 during the 11 contests. During these games, the Crusaders have outfaceoffed their opponents 399-345 (.536). Goalie Matt Ginn has made 287 saves, and Derek Kump has made 31 for a total of 318 compared to the 302 made by the other teams' goalies. The Crusaders have been strong in the 11 third periods during these contests posting 115 saves compared to the opposing teams' 82 saves. Holy Cross outscored its opponents 13-10 in the first period, 15-7 during the second period and 14-13 during the third period of these games. Matt Vidal leads the Crusaders with four goals and nine assists for 13 points during these games. Adam Schmidt follows Vidal in second with 11 points including six goals and five assists during the 11 games. Freshman Mike Barrett leads the goal scoring with seven goals and three assists for 10 points. During these 11 games, the Crusaders have a +43 combined +/- rating, led by sophomores Vidal and Ben Kaplan with a +6. The Crusader defense blocked 191 shots led by Jake Bolton with 21 and Nilan Nagy with 18. Of the 22 active skaters who took the ice during at least one of these 11 games, 20 have tallied at least one point and 19 have multiple points.
GINN THIRD IN NATION IN SAVES: Matt Ginn is third nationally with 815 saves this season. He has also played 1622:04 during this season, which is the fourth most time in the country. 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. His 815 saves are fourth in Division I history at Holy Cross.
SCHMIDT WITH 103 IN CAREER: Adam Schmidt has tallied five points in the last three games to advance his career total to 103. On Saturday, Feb. 1, Schmidt netted a pair of goals that enabled him to become the 41st player at Holy Cross to reach the prestigious milestone of 100 career points. In his career, Schmidt has 49 goals and 54 assists for 103 points in his 140 games, tied for the ninth most games played in Division I history at Holy Cross. Schmidt has 11 goals and nine assists this season to tally 20 points, the highest on the team. This season marks the fourth consecutive season in which Schmidt has scored at least 20 points. During the weekend series against Sacred Heart, Schmidt netted three goals to bring his total to 11 this season and move to become the player with the seventh most goals scored with 49. Schmidt netted a short-handed goal against Sacred Heart during the Friday night match on Feb. 7 for the fourth of his career, tying him for the second most in Division I history at the school. He previously scored against RIT, 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 a four-game streak and two three-game streaks. 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. He is currently on a three-game point and goal streak with five goals in the last three and eight points in his last seven games.
MCKINNON SCORES FIRST OF CAREER: Freshman Brett McKinnon (West Kelowna, British Columbia) scored the first goal of his collegiate career on Saturday, Feb. 8 in a 6-1 victory over SHU. McKinnon 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 a goal and four assists for five points.
SMITH KEEPS SCORING: Freshman Logan Smith has tallied three points in the last four games with an assist against SHU on Saturday, Jan. 8, 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 nine points. He has scored a defenseman-high three goals this season. This season Smith has three goals and six assists for nine points in his 28 games played. Smith has also started in 21 of his 28 games, the second most of all freshmen.
BARRETT LEADING ROOKIES: Freshman forward Mike Barrett continues to lead all freshman Crusaders in points as he netted a pair of goals against SHU to move onto the top 10 list for rookie goal scoring. Barrett scored the first short-handed goal by a rookie on Feb. 8 since Everett Sheen on Dec. 30, 2007 vs. Western Michigan. He tallied the first game-winning goal of his career on Saturday, Feb. 1 at RIT for his seventh of the season. His nine goals are the most by a freshman since Shayne Stockton also scored nine goals in 2010-2011. Barrett tallied his sixth goal and fifth assist during the sweep of Niagara. Barrett now has 14 points on the season, and is third on the team in points. His nine goals are tied for 12th 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 292 faceoff victories which is 22nd in the country and third among all rookies. Barrett this season has nine goals and five assists for 14 points. He has also started 18 of his 28 games played.
VIDAL SECOND IN POINTS: Sophomore Matt Vidal now has 19 points on the season, the second most on the team. Vidal has five goals to go with his 14 assists on the year. Vidal posted a career-high three assists during the Saturday night game on Feb. 8 against SHU, tying him for the 10th most assists by a single player in a game. During the weekend in Rochester against RIT, Vidal posted two assists to have tallied eight points in the last eight games. Vidal has gone on four point streaks this 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 18 assists for 24 career points in his 60 games played.
DWYER FINDS THE NET: Junior forward Tommy Dwyer (Ridgefield, Conn.) has four goals and four assists for eight points this season, 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. 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. Previously this season, Dwyer posted a point in six straight games this season with four goals and two assists for six points. Dwyer has played in 77 career games with six goals and eight assists for 14 points.
YOUSO'S FACEOFFS LEADING LAST FIVE: Junior Jake Youso has led the team winning 40 of his last 62 draws (.645) over a five-game span. Youso has one goal and five assists for six points this season. 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 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 74 games played.
GUSTIN WITH CAREER HIGH SEASON: Sophomore Sean Gustin (Stoneham, Mass.) has five goals and five assists for 10 points in the 26 games he has played this season. Gustin went on a three-game point streak, putting up a goal and three assists for four points earlier this season. 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. 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 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 31 career games with six goals and five assists for 11 points.
49 GAME-STREAK SETS SCHOOL RECORD: Matt Ginn played in 49 consecutive games, 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, and ended with a 4-2 loss on Feb. 7 at Sacred Heart. 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.
STOCKTON WITH SEVEN IN SEVEN: Senior assistant captain Shayne Stockton this season has scored seven points in his last seven games played. He has posted four goals and tallied nine assists for 13 points in his 18 games played. He posted two assists during the 6-1 victory over Sacred Heart on Feb. 8 for his second multiple point game of the season. 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. 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 52 assists for 85 points in his 120 games played. Stockton went on a five-game streak earlier this season, 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 2,438 saves, 43 victories, 90 games played and 5383:30 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 named a finalist 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 is one of the five finalists for the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award and is the only repeat finalist. 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 2,438 LEADS ALL JUNIOR GOALIES: Junior goalie Matt Ginn now has 2,438 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.
FRESHMAN CLASS SCORING: The freshman class features the second leading goal scorer, and every freshman with a point has at least three, including a goal this season. The freshman class has a total of 18 goals which account for 27% of the team total. Mike Barrett is second the team with nine goals scored and is third on the team with 14 points. Barrett and Nick Finn are also the only two Crusaders to receive Atlantic Hockey weekly honors.
BOLTON STRONG ON DEFENSE: Sophomore Jake Bolton has a team-leading 50 blocks so far this season. Bolton is tied for eighth in the conference for total blocked shots and tied for 39th nationally, while his 1.79 blocks per game are tied for 59th. Bolton has two goals and seven assists for nine points, all career-highs for the defenseman. Bolton is tied for the most points among defensemen this season. Bolton posted his seventh assist of the season with a second assist on Adam Schmidt's first goal of the night against SHU on Feb. 8. Bolton tallied an assist on Logan Smith's goal on Jan. 31 at RIT. 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 63 career games played, Bolton has scored three times and tallied 13 assists for 16 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.
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 (49), Shayne Stockton (33), Jake Youso (10) and Castan Sommer (10)... Only three skaters on the active roster are awaiting the first goal of their career and two are waiting to tally their first point… So far this season, the Crusaders have not yet won a game in the state of Connecticut (0-4-0)... Two Crusaders return to their home state of Connecticut this weekend, Tommy Dwyer and Jake Bolton... Matt Ginn turns 23 on Feb. 17… The last three weekends of the Crusaders' season are home-and-home series… The last time the Crusaders swept a home-and-home series was March 1-2, 2013 against Army and the last time they were swept was Jan. 27-28, 2013 against Connecticut… The Crusaders are 52-55-4 this week all-time and 17-9-3 in Division I play.
TEAM EARNING STARS: This season 12 players have earned at least one "star of the game" headlined by Matt Ginn who has tallied stars during five occasions including one first star, one second star and three third stars. Adam Schmidt leads the team with two first-star games. The senior class has received four stars, the junior class has earned seven, the sophomores have tallied seven and the freshmen have been given four. Both goalies that have played have each earned at least one star, and Logan Smith is the only defenseman to have earned a star during the season.
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).
SENIOR CLASS WITH 65 WINS: The 2014 senior class now has 65 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.
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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 291-288-69 (.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: 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), 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) are all playing in professional hockey leagues. Fletcher after playing 24 games with the SPHL's Mississippi Surge got called up to the CHL's Denver Cutthroats and has posted two assists in his two games played. Linsmayer played in 11 games with the San Francisco Bulls before being traded to the Idaho Steelheads. With the Steelheads, he has scored 11 points with four goals and seven assists in his 19 games played. Nunn scored seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points in 21 games played with EV Regensburg and now has 17 points with six goals and 11 assists in 15 games for Erding. Vos is the team leader in points with 49 in his 29 games played including 21 goals and 28 assists. Zych, who played 17 games also with the Dordrecht Lions is currently on the IR for the Mavericks, but has played in three games. Clune, who had one goal and four assists in his 31 games with the Reign, has played in six games with the Gladiators and has tallied two points on two assists. Sheen has seven goals and eight assists for 15 points in his 47 games played with the Reign. Sixsmith has scored 20 goals and tallied 26 assists for 46 points in his 34 games this season. Rissmiller has tallied seven goals and 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.
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.
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 seven 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. Eighteen players on the team have tallied five or more points during the season and seven have more than 10. Of the 18 players with more than five points, 13 have tallied at least five assists and one player has posted double-digit assists. Four players have scored five or more goals.