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Men's Hockey To Take on RIT

Holy Cross Athletics   01-25-2018
Holy Cross (10-9-7, 9-5-6 AHC)
vs. RIT 
(9-12-2, 8-8-1 AHC)
Dates • Time: Jan. 26 -27 • 7:05 p.m.
Location: Worcester, Mass.
Arena: Hart Center
Tickets: Jan. 19 • Jan. 20
Series: HC, 14-26-7
Last Meeting: HC 3 RIT 5 (12/2/17)
Last HC Win: HC 4 RIT 2 (12/1/17)
First Meeting: HC 8, RIT 4 (12/18/72)
Live Stats: Jan. 26 • Jan. 27
Video: Jan. 26 • Jan. 27
Live Tweets: @HCrossMHockey
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Tale of the Tape
2.88 Goals/Game 2.96
2.73 Goals Allowed/Game 3.43
30.2 Shots/Game 29.0
4.7 Penalties/Game 5.7
15.2% Power Play 18.3%
81.0% Penalty Kill 79.6%

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WORCESTER, Mass. - The Crusaders will play a home series the Tigers for their final home series of the 2017-18 season on Jan. 26 & 27. The game on Jan. 26 will be on Worcester’s Charter TV3 at 7:05 p.m. and on Atlantic Hockey TV on Jan. 27 at 7:05 p.m.

Talking Points
• The Crusaders open the weekend in a tie for first place with 24 points in Atlantic Hockey.
Danny Lopez scored his fourth goal and seventh point in three games on Jan. 19.
Michael Laffin recorded an eight-game point streak, totaling 12 points on five goals and seven assists.
• Laffin’s eight-game point streak is the longest recorded of any Crusader in the 2017-18 season.
Scott Pooley continues to lead the Crusaders with 28 points from 18 goals and 10 assists.
• Pooley ranks second in the nation in goals (18).
Paul Berrafato leads all active goaltenders with 92 consecutive starts.
• Berrafato also ranks 11th in the nation in save percentage (.921)
T.J. Moore leads the Crusaders in helpers, with 13. He added his 13th assist of the year on the eventual game-winning goal on Jan. 19.
Spencer Trapp posted his third multi-point game of the season, with one goal and one assist in Holy Cross’ 3-1 win on Jan. 19.
• In league play at the Hart Center, the Crusaders have skated to a 5-2-4 record.
Scott Pooley has been nominated for the Hobey Baker fan ballot. Vote once daily at

Pink the Rink
• On Jan. 27, the Crusaders will team up with HC for a Cure to raise money for Pink Revolution.

Pooley for Hobey Baker
• Nationally, Scott Pooley has scored the second most goals in the nation (18) and ranks fifth in goals/game (0.69)
• On the power play, Pooley has recorded eight goals, which ranks him first.
• In Atlantic Hockey, Pooley ranks third in points, first in goals, and is tied for seventh in power play points (8-2-10).
• Pooley has posted 10 power play points and has recorded at least one point in 18 games this season, along with seven multi-point performances.
• He has recorded two separate six-game point streaks throughout the season.
• With 51 career goals, Pooley ranks in the top three active goal scorers in the NCAA.

Berrafato in Goal
Paul Berrafato’s .921 save percentage leads Atlantic Hockey while his 2.50 goals against average ranks second.
• In his career, Berrafato has played 102 games with 92 consecutive starts.
• Of the active goaltenders in the NCAA, Berrafato has recorded the most consecutive starts.
• His .921 save percentage ranks 11th in the nation.

Depth Effect
• Nine Crusaders have recorded double-digit points through 26 games.
• Seven forwards and two defenseman have surpassed the 10-point mark.

Leading Lopez
• Senior forward Danny Lopez ranks third in points for Holy Cross, recording nine goals and seven assists for 16 points.
• Lopez scored four goals and added three assists in three games to nearly double his points total.

Defensive Production
• Seven of the eight defenseman that have seen time this season have scored a goal.
Spencer Trapp leads the defensive core with 10 assists and three goals for 13 points.

No Laffin Matter
Michael Laffin ranks second in points on the team with 21. He also ranks second in blocked shots (40).
• Laffin has recorded 12 points in the Crusaders’ last nine games.

Scouting The Tigers
• RIT comes to Worcester with a 1-5-1 record in its last seven games.
• On the season, the Tigers hold a 9-12-2 overall record and 8-8-1 in league action.
• On the penalty kill, RIT has a 79.6% success rate. On the power play, the Tigers have recorded 15 goals on 82 opportunites for an 18.3% conversion rate.
• With 11 games remaining, RIT sits in eighth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 17 points.

Tigers to Watch
• Erik Brown and Myles Powell lead the team in points with 23 each. Brown has posted 16 goals and seven assists while Powell has eight goals and 15 assists.
• Gabe Valenzuela has also tallied 15 helpers.
• Brown added five power play goals to lead the team.
• With all three goaltenders seeing time between the pipes, Logan Drackett leads with 15 games played.
• Drackett has recorded an .868 save percentage and a 3.59 goals against avergae.
• Ian Andriano has played in the last three games for the Tigers, and holds a .875 save percentage and 2.88 goals against average.

The Last Time Out: Niagara
Jan. 19 vs. Niagara: W, 3-1
Holy Cross Goals: Lopez, Trapp, Skelly
NU Goalie: Brian Wilson (25 saves)
Holy Cross Goalie: Paul Berrafato (19 saves)
Power Play: 1-5
Notes: Trapp and Lopez tallied two points each.
Jan. 20 vs. Niagara: L, 6-0
NU Goalie: Brian Wilson (26 saves)
Holy Cross Goalie: Paul Berrafato (35 saves)
Power Play: 0-3

Up Next
• Holy Cross will hit the road for five road games, starting with Canisius on Feb. 2 and 3. On Feb. 2, the Crusaders will play at 7:35 p.m. in Buffalo, N.Y and at 4:35 p.m. on Feb. 3.




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