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Men's Hockey To Play AIC In Regular Season Finale

Holy Cross Athletics   02-21-2018
Holy Cross (12-14-7, 11-10-6 AHC)
vs. AIC 
(11-17-4, 10-12-4 AHC)
Dates • Time: Feb. 22 • 7:05 p.m.
Location: Worcester, Mass.
Arena: Hart Center
Tickets: Feb. 22
Series: HC, 55-25-11
Last Meeting: HC 0, AIC 1 (2/17/18)
Last HC Win: HC 8, AIC 2 (2/3/17)
First Meeting: HC 2, AIC 12 (11/30/71)
Live Stats: Feb. 22
Video: Feb. 22 
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Tale of the Tape
HC AIC
3.10 Goals/Game 2.76
2.75 Goals Allowed/Game 3.94
31.1 Shots/Game 25.4
4.7 Penalties/Game 6.6
14.1% Power Play 14.9%
79.2% Penalty Kill 77.4%

PDF Game Notes

WORCESTER, Mass. - The Crusaders will host the Yellow Jackets for the final game of the regular season on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7:05 p.m.

Talking Points
• Holy Cross sits in third place in the Atlantic Hockey standings, with one regular season game let to play.
• Holy Cross sits two points behind Canisius and one point ahead of RIT and Air Force.
• The Crusaders are led by Scott Pooley, with 18 goals and 33 points in 32 games played.
• The Crusaders last faced the Yellow Jackets and were shut out. Paul Berrafato made 29 saves.
• Holy Cross will play its final home game of the regular season and will honor the program’s nine graduating seniors: Scott Pooley, T.J. Moore, Ryan Ferrill, Tommy Muratore, Danny Lopez, Jack Parsons, Paul Berrafato, Brett Mulcahy, and Matt Scarth.
• In career points, T.J. Moore leads the Crusaders with 103. He has tallied 45 goals and 58 assists and enters into the 39th spot on the all-time points list at Holy Cross.
• In home games, Holy Cross owns a 7-4-5 record and 6-3-4 mark in conference action.
• Berrafato ranks second in Atlantic Hockey in save percentage at .918.
• Scott Pooley has been nominated for the Hobey Baker fan ballot. Vote once daily at www.hobeybaker.com/vote.

Pooley for Hobey Baker
• With 33 points, Scott Pooley leads the Crusaders.
• He also ranks second in Atlantic Hockey in goal scoring (18).
• Pooley has added 15 assists.
• With 33 points, Pooley ranks third in Atlantic Hockey.
• On the power play, Pooley has totaled 12 points on eight goals and four assists.
• Pooley’s eight power play goals ranks second in the league.

Berrafato in Goal
• Paul Berrafato’s .918 save percentage ranks second in Atlantic Hockey.
• On Jan. 26, the senior goaltender recorded his 10th career shutout.
• In the Crusaders’ 4-0 win over RIT, Berrafato posted 29 saves to claim his fourth shutout of the year and tie Holy Cross’ all-time single season shutout record.
• Berrafato has played every minute in goal for the Crusaders and has started 99-consecutive games, leading all active goaltenders in consecutive starts.

66th Walter Brown Award
• Paul Berrafato and Scott Pooley are among 14 other semifinalists to be nominated for the 66th Walter Brown Award.
• Holy Cross is one of only four schools to have multiple nominees.

Depth Effect
• Eleven Crusaders have recorded double-digit points through 30 games.
• Logan Ferguson is the first freshman and eleventh Crusader to hit the double-digit point mark with two goals and eight assists.
• Four Crusaders have reached the 20-point mark.

Leading Lopez
• Senior forward Danny Lopez ranks third in points for Holy Cross, recording 13 goals and 10 assists for 23 points.
• Seven of Lopez’s 22 points have come on the power play.
• Lopez is the third Crusader to hit double digits in both goals and assists.

Power Play Production
• The Crusaders have tallied 21 power play goals, coming from eight different players.

No Laffin Matter
• Michael Laffin ranks second in points on the team with 27. He also ranks second in blocked shots (43).
• Laffin has recorded 18 points in the Crusaders’ last 16 games.

Scouting The Yellow Jackets
• The Yellow Jackets were the first team to take a weekend sweep over the Crusaders in their home-and-home in early January.
• AIC sits in ninth place, with 22 points and three games to play in the regular season.

Yellow Jackets to Watch
• Freshman defender Brennan Kapcheck has recorded 21 points to lead the team with six goals and 15 assists.
• Blake Christensen has played in 27 games and leads the team in goals (11) and power play goals (5).
• Stefano Durante leads between the pipes for AIC, playing in 20 games. Durante holds a 2.35 goals against average and .908 save percentage with a 7-9-2 record.

Standings Update
• Holy Cross has 28 points to hold third place.
• There Crusaders have only one game to play in the regular season.

The Last Time Out: AIC
Feb. 9 at AIC: L,1-0
Holy Cross Goalie: Paul Berrafato (29 saves)
Power Play: 0-1
Notes: Holy Cross killed off three of three penalties.

Up Next
• Holy Cross will play in the Atlantic Hockey playoffs. With seeding still undecided, the Crusaders could still secure a first round-bye. Atlantic Hockey First Round series will be played March 2-4 and the Quarterfinals will be played March 9-11,

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