Scott Pooley
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Mark Seliger Photography
Scott Pooley

Men's Hockey Travels to RIT for Two

Holy Cross Athletics   11-30-2017
Holy Cross (5-4-6, 4-1-5 AHC)
vs. RIT (6-5-1, 6-2-0
Dates • Time: Dec. 1-2 • 7:05 p.m.
Location: Rochester, N.Y.
Arena: Gene Polisseni Center
Series: 13-25-17
Last Meeting: HC 1, RIT 2 OT (2/11/17)
Last HC Win: HC 4, RIT 0 (2/10/17)
First Meeting: HC 8, RIT 4 (12/18/72)
Live Stats: Dec. 1 • Dec. 2
Video: Dec. 1 • Dec. 2
Live Tweets: @HCrossMHockey
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Tale of the Tape
2.93 Goals/Game 3.25
2.53 Goals Allowed/Game 3.42
31.9 Shots/Game 28.9
5.1 Penalties/Game 5.2
14.3% Power Play 24.4%
82.8% Penalty Kill 75.9%

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WORCESTER, Mass. - The Crusaders embark on their third Atlantic Hockey road series of the season. Holy Cross will face RIT on Dec. 1 and 2 at the Gene Polisseni Center in Rochester. Puck drop is slated for 7:05 p.m. both nights.

Talking Points
• The Crusaders’ received votes in the USCHO poll in back-to-back weeks, for the first time since their five week appearance in 2016 (Oct. 10 - Nov. 7).
Scott Pooley added two goals and one assist last week, maintaining his second place ranking in national scoring (13-3-16).
• The Crusaders posted an 88% success rate on the penalty kill last week (8-9). Through November, Holy Cross held an 87% success rate on the kill (27-31). On the season, the team has killed 46 of 56 opportunities (82%).
Brett Mulcahy returned to the lineup for the Arizona State series and posted consecutive assists.
• With three shutouts, Paul Berrafato has recorded the second most in the nation.
Johnny Coughlin leads the team in blocked shots, with 29.
• With four assists in his last six games, T.J. Moore leads the team with helpers (8).
• With 44 goals in 15 games, the Crusaders have recorded the second most goals in Atlantic Hockey.
• The senior class has accounted for 59% of the Crusaders offense this season, scoring 26 of the team’s 44 goals.
• The Holy Cross offensive power comes from the forwards, scoring 90% of their goals (40-44).
• The Crusaders own the lowest goals against average in Atlantic Hockey (2.40).

Berrafato in Goal
Paul Berrafato’s .926 save percentage and his 2.32 goals against average leads Atlantic Hockey. He has also recorded the most saves in the league (448).
• Berrafato has posted shutouts over Dartmouth, Air Force, and Army.
• With three shutouts, Berrafato owns the second most shutouts in the nation this season.
• With nine career shutouts, Paul Berrafato captured the all-time shutouts record at Holy Cross. Matt Ginn (2011-15) previously held the record with eight shutouts.
• In his career, Berrafato has played 93 games and 81 consecutive starts. Of the active goaltenders in the NCAA, Berrafato ranks second with the most consecutive starts.
• The senior netminder also ranks in the top four goaltenders for the biggest save percentage improvement since the 2016-17 season (+.30).

PooleY’s Offense
• Nationally, Scott Pooley ranks second in goals/per game (0.87). Pooley’s 13 goals is the most goals scored in the nation.
• On the power play, Pooley has recorded five goals, which ranks him tied for third nationally.
• In Atlantic Hockey, the senior forward leads the league in scoring and power play goals.
• Pooley is tied for third overall in Atlantic Hockey points, averaging 1.07 points per game.
• On Nov. 11, Pooley recorded his third multi-goal game and fourth multi-point game of the season.
• The senior forward leads the Crusaders in points (13-3-16).

Captain Mulcahy
• Senior captain Brett Mulcahy posted consecutive assists in the Arizona State series.
• His two game-winning tallies of the season ranks tied for sixth in the league.
• In his 10 games played this season, Mulcahy has tallied three goals and two assists for five points.

A Freshman Impact
• Of the five freshman, four have registered one goal and each have recorded at least one point.
Logan Ferguson has been steadily contributing to the Crusaders’ offense with seven points in 14 games played.

Scouting The Tigers
• The Tigers host the Crusaders with a 6-5-1overall record and 6-2-0 mark in league play.
• RIT owns the ninth-best power play in the nation with a 24.4 conversion rate.
• On the penalty kill, the Tigers hold a 75.9% success rate.

Tigers to Watch
• Three different Tigers lead the team in points at 14: Erik Brown, Gabe Valenzuela, and Abbot Girduckis.
• Myles Powell leads in assists (11) while Brown leads in goals (9) and power play goals (3). Eight different Tigers have scored on the power play.
• Logan Drackett has played in 10 of the Tigers’ 12 games, posting an .889 save percentage and a 3.22 goals against average. The freshman netminder holds a 6-3-1 record.

Battle Tested
• The Crusaders have played 15 games and seven have stretched into overtime. Holy Cross has skated to a 1-0-6 record when playing more than 60 minutes.

Holy Cross and Atlantic Hockey
• The Crusaders average 2.93 goals per game ranks the fourth highest in the league and their 2.53 goals against ranks second.
• At 82.8%, Holy Cross’ penalty kill ranks fourth in the league.
Johnny Coughlin ranks third among the league in blocked shots (29).
Michael Laffin ranks fifth amongst the league in plus/minus at +5.

The Last Games Out: Arizona State, Brown
• Holy Cross hosted Arizona State for the teams’ first ever meetings and were defeated, 3-1 (Nov. 24) and tied, 3-3 (Nov. 25).
Paul Berrafato recorded 28 saves in both games. Spencer Trapp scored his first of the year and Mitch Collett, Danny Lopez, and Scott Pooley added goals.
• The Crusaders played a mid-week game at Brown on Nov. 21 and were defeated, 4-2.
Ryan Ferrill and Scott Pooley scored for the Crusaders while Paul Berrafato made 34 saves.

The Fastest Goal
• Holy Cross’ Mitch Collett scored nine seconds into the game on Nov. 25, recording the fastest goal in program history as a Division 1 team.

Up Next
• Holy Cross will face Union in Schenectady, N.Y. for its final game of the first half of the season on Dec. 9 at 7:00 p.m.




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