Men's Hockey Announces 2009-2010 Schedule

Matthew Davis


WORCESTER, Mass.­ - Holy Cross head men's hockey coach Paul Pearl and athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr., have announced the Crusaders' schedule for the 2009-2010 season. There will be a total of 17 home games at the Hart Center for Holy Cross this season, beginning with an exhibition contest against the Royal Military College on Oct. 4. The Crusaders will start the regular season with two games versus Hockey East teams on the road as they will play at Providence (Oct. 10) and at Merrimack (Oct. 16). Holy Cross' home-opener will be with AIC (Oct. 31).

Along with Providence and Merrimack, the Crusaders will play four more non-conference games. Holy Cross will play home games versus Yale (Nov. 28) and Quinnipiac (Dec. 10), while it will also compete at Dartmouth's Ledyard National Bank Tournament (Jan. 2-3) versus UMass Lowell and then either Dartmouth or Northeastern.   

With 10 teams in Atlantic Hockey, the Crusaders will play an unbalanced conference schedule. Holy Cross will have four meetings with AIC, Air Force, Bentley, RIT and Sacred Heart, and two games versus Army, Canisius, Connecticut and Mercyhurst.  

The 2010 Atlantic Hockey Tournament will once again be a four-round format that will begin on March 6 with a single-game elimination round as the seventh and eighth place teams host the 10th and ninth place teams respectively. Then on March 12-14 the best two-out-of-three quarterfinals series will take place. The semifinals and finals will be played at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y., on March 19 and March 20.