Crusaders To Conclude Regular Season With Home-And-Home With Bentley
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Teams: Holy Cross (10-17-5, 9-13-4 Atlantic Hockey) vs. Bentley (12-17-3, 10-14-2 Atlantic Hockey)
Dates: February 26-27, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Feb. 26-Hart Center (1,600), Worcester, Mass.
Feb. 27-John A. Ryan Arena (1,200), Watertown, Mass.
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Series Record: Holy Cross leads 25-13-3
Series Record At Hart Center: Holy Cross leads 13-5-2
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 4, Bentley 0 (2/13/10; Worcester, Mass.)
First Varsity Meeting: Holy Cross 5, Bentley 2 (2/10/73; Bentley home game)
Last Bentley Win: Bentley 4, Holy Cross 1 (2/7/09; Watertown, Mass.)
Current Series Win Streak: Holy Cross, two games
2009-2010 Series: Holy Cross leads 2-0-0
2008-2009 Series: Bentley won 3-1-0
HC TO CONCLUDE REGULAR SEASON VS. BENTLEY: The Holy Cross men's hockey team (10-17-5, 9-13-4 Atlantic Hockey) will conclude the regular season with a home-and-home series with Bentley (12-17-3, 10-14-2 Atlantic Hockey) on Feb. 26-27 at 7:00 p.m. Friday's game will be senior night at the Hart Center, while Saturday's game will be at the John A. Ryan Arena in Watertown, Mass. This is a key series as Holy Cross is now tied with Bentley for seventh place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 22 points and is just one point behind Army who is in sixth place with 23 points. The first six teams in the standings automatically earn a spot in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament quarterfinals, while seventh through 10th place play in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament first round on March 6, to earn a position in the quarterfinals. This is the second series in the last three weeks that these two teams have met as the Crusaders swept the Falcons on Feb. 12-13. Holy Cross, who was swept last week versus Sacred Heart, is 3-2-0 in its last five contests, while Bentley split with UConn last week and are 1-4-0 in its last five games. The Crusaders will be looking to win their first season series over the Falcons since the 2005-2006 season. Last season, Bentley won the series 3-1-0.
STRONG DEFENSE: The Crusaders have the third ranked defense in Atlantic Hockey by allowing only 2.81 goals per contest. HC has allowed 90 goals in 32 games. The Crusaders have two shutouts this season which are the most since the 2005-2006 season when Holy Cross also had two. Last season, Holy Cross was sixth in the conference with 3.42 goals allowed per contest.
OFFENSIVE SPARK: Holy Cross, who has only averaged 2.3 goals scored per game this season, has scored 32 goals over the last nine contests for a 3.6 goals per game average. Over the last nine games Holy Cross has outscored its opponents, 32-29. The Crusaders scored nine goals in the two-game series against Air Force on Jan. 22-23, while they netted six goals in the two-game series versus Army on Feb. 5-6, and added three goals in the victory over UConn on Feb. 9. The Crusaders netted 10 goals in the two-game sweep of Bentley on Feb. 12-13, while they tallied four goals as they were swept by Sacred Heart on Feb. 19-20. During these nine games, junior Jordan Cyr (Winnipeg, Manitoba) has recorded four goals and six assists for 10 points, while sophomore Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) has posted two goals and five assists for seven points. There are also five Crusaders with six points over the last nine games. Sophomore Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) has four goals and two assists, sophomore Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) and senior Rob Forshner (Sundre, Alberta) each have three goals and three assists, and junior Matt Celin (Gibsonia, Pa.) and freshman Rob Linsmayer (Winnetka, Ill.) each have one goal and five assists.
ATLANTIC HOCKEY TOURNAMENT: Holy Cross is tied with Bentley for seventh place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 22 points with just two games to go and is just one point behind Army who is in sixth place with 23 points. The first six teams in the standings automatically earn a spot in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament quarterfinals, while seventh through 10th place play in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament first round on March 6, to earn a position in the quarterfinals. Army holds the tie-breaker over the Crusaders as the two teams split the two-game regular season series but Army outscored Holy Cross by a 7-6 margin which is the second tie-breaker. The Black Knights take on AIC next week in a home-and-home series. As of now the Crusaders hold the tie-break over Bentley as Holy Cross has a 2-0-0 record versus the Falcons.
CELIN ON FOUR-GAME POINT STREAK: Junior Matt Celin has recorded one point in four straight games with one goal and three assists. For the season he has one goal and seven assists for eight points, while for his career he has seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points.
SPREADING OUT THE OFFENSE: Out of the 20 Crusaders who have seen game action in the last nine contests, 15 of them have scored a goal and 18 of them have at least one point.
THE MATCH UP: This
series will feature Holy Cross who has been strong defensively this
season and Bentley who has been solid on offense. Holy Cross is
averaging 2.34 goals scored per game which are eighth in Atlantic
Hockey, while Bentley is scoring 2.84 goals per contest which are
fifth in the league. Last season, the Crusaders averaged 2.79 goals
per game which were sixth in Atlantic Hockey, while the Falcons'
3.05 goals per contest were fifth. Holy Cross has been shut out
five times this season which is a new school record. The previous
record was four set in the 1988-1989 season. Bentley has been shut
out three times this season. On the other hand, Holy Cross has been
strong on defense as it has only allowed 2.81 goals per game which
is third in the conference, while the Falcons are eighth
defensively with 3.62 goals allowed per contest.
THE SERIES WITH BENTLEY: These two games will be the 42nd and 43rd meetings between these two teams. Holy Cross leads the series 25-13-3, but are 5-5-0 against Bentley in the last 10 games. The Crusaders do have a 10-5-0 record against the Falcons over the last five seasons including a 5-0-0 record against Bentley in the 2005-2006 season which was the last time Holy Cross has won a season series over Bentley. The Crusaders had a 5-2 win in the 2006 Atlantic Hockey Tournament championship game over the Falcons. Last season though, Bentley took three out of four from Holy Cross. The Crusaders have won two straight over the Falcons as this season they swept Bentley on Feb. 12-13.
SENIOR SALUTE: Seniors Ian Dams (Manotick, Ontario), Rob Forshner, Peter Lorinser (Marquette, Mich.), Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) and two-time captain Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, Mass.) will be honored before the game on Feb. 26. Dams is all over the all-time Holy Cross Division I career records list. He ranks third all-time with 1,182 saves and 17 victories, while he is fifth with a 3.13 goals against average. As a freshman he was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week once, while as a sophomore he earned Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Month honors for December. As a junior Dams earned Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week accolades for his first collegiate shutout as he made 30 saves in the 1-0 Atlantic Hockey Tournament overtime win over AIC. Dams has also been outstanding in the classroom as he has been a member of the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team every season. Forshner is one of four current Crusaders who have played over 100 games as he has competed in 115 contests. For his career he has recorded 23 goals and 39 assists for 62 points, including four game-winning goals. As a sophomore, Forshner posted a career-best 17 assists and 24 points, while as a junior he scored a career-best eight goals. Lorinser has played in 84 career games with six goals and three assists for nine points. As a sophomore he played in a career-best 34 games, while as a junior he recorded a career-best six points with three goals and three assists in 32 games. Lorinser has also demonstrated his ability to lead and to give back to the local community as the director of the Crusader for Kids program. He has also been a strong student as he has been named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team every season. Sheahan has the most career goals with 38, assists with 51 and points with 89 of any current Crusader. His 38 goals are tied for ninth on the all-time Holy Cross Division I list and his 89 points are 10th. His 21 career power play goals are tied for fifth. As a sophomore, Sheahan led the team with a career-best 20 assists and a career-best 33 points, while as a junior he led the team with 19 assists. Also as a sophomore he earned third team All-Atlantic Hockey honors and was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week twice. Driscoll has been a mainstay in the Holy Cross lineup over the past four seasons as he has competed in all but four games for the Crusaders during his career. His 137 career games played are seventh all-time at Holy Cross. As a junior he had a career season with seven goals and 12 assists for 19 points. Driscoll demonstrated his strong leadership abilities by being named a captain as a junior and a senior. He has 21 goals and 36 assists for 57 career points, while his 13 career power play goals are tied for 10th on the all-time Holy Cross Division I list.
SCOUTING THE ROSTER: Holy Cross has five seniors, seven juniors, nine sophomores and six freshmen on this year's roster with 16 forwards, eight defenders and three goalies.
CRUSADERS PLAYING KEY GAMES AT HOME: After playing only one home game in January, the Crusaders conclude the regular season with six out of nine contests at the Hart Center. Holy Cross has been successful in this key stretch of home games with a 3-2-0 record as it split a two-game series with Army on Feb. 5-6, defeated UConn on Feb. 9, shut out Bentley on Feb. 13 and lost to Sacred Heart on Feb. 20. The Crusaders are 4-6-5 (.433) at home so far this season. Last season at home, Holy Cross went 7-8-2 (.471) at the Hart Center. Holy Cross has a 298-189-33 (.605) all-time record at the Hart Center since it started playing there in 1975-1976.
ON THE ROAD: The Crusaders are 6-10-0 (.375) on its opponent's home ice this season. Last season, HC compiled a 5-12-3 (.325) record in away games.
HOLY CROSS TO HOST 2010 NCAA REGIONAL: Holy Cross will host the 2010 NCAA Men's Hockey Division I Northeast Regional. The dates are Saturday and Sunday, March 27-28 at the DCU Center in Worcester. The semifinals will be at 1:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on March. 27, while the finals will be at 5:30 p.m. on March 28. All three games will be on ESPNU. HC held the event for the first time in 2008.
RECENT SUCCESS ON THE POWER PLAY: The Crusaders are 18-85 (.212) over the last 19 games while on the power play. All three of the Crusaders' goals against No. 11 Yale on Nov. 28 were on the man-advantage and all three of Holy Cross' goals over the two games versus RIT on Dec. 4-5 were on the power play. The Crusaders then went 0-1 versus No. 7 Quinnipiac on Dec. 10 and 0-5 against No. 14 UMass Lowell on Jan. 2, but then went 3-7 in the 4-2 win over Dartmouth on Jan. 3 and 2-7 in the 5-2 loss at RIT on Jan. 8. Holy Cross went 0-2 against RIT on Jan. 9. In the games against AIC on Jan. 15-16 the Crusaders went a combined 0-6 on the power play as their lone goal of the series came at even strength. The Crusaders went a perfect 2-2 on the man-advantage against Air Force on Jan. 22 as the Falcons entered the game with the No. 1 ranked penalty kill in the country. The following game Holy Cross went 0-5. On Feb. 5 versus Army, the Crusaders went 1-4 on the power play and then on Feb. 6, Holy Cross went 0-5. Versus UConn on Feb. 9 the Crusaders also went 0-5. In the series sweep of Bentley, Holy Cross went 1-5 in the 6-4 win on Feb. 12, while it went 2-5 in the 4-0 victory on Feb. 13. Against Sacred Heart, the Crusaders went 0-4 in the 3-1 loss on Feb. 19 and 1-5 in the 5-3 loss on Feb. 20.
TYSOWSKY HAVING GREAT ROOKIE SEASON: Freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) has earned five overall Atlantic Hockey awards this season. He was named the Rookie of the Week on Feb. 15 for going 3-0 on the week. Tysowsky was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Month for December. He has also been named the Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week twice and earned Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Month accolades for October. Tysowsky is second in Atlantic Hockey with a 2.43 goals against average and is fifth with a .912 save percentage. His 753 saves are ranked third on the all-time Holy Cross Division I single-season saves list, while his 10 wins are sixth. Tysowsky recorded his second shutout of the season and 10th win as he made 17 saves in the 4-0 victory over Bentley on Feb. 13. For his performance he was awarded the Holy Cross Winter Homecoming MVP trophy after the game. On Feb. 9, he made 24 saves in the 3-2 win over UConn. On Feb. 5, Tysowsky made 27 saves in the 5-3 win over Army. On Jan. 15-16, he only allowed two goals in two games versus AIC as he recorded a 0.97 goals against average and stopped 53 of 55 shots for a .964 save percentage. He also earned his first collegiate point with an assist on Jan. 15. On Jan. 8, in the 5-2 loss at RIT, Tysowsky made a season-best 37 saves. Tysowsky stopped 58 of 63 shots for a .921 save percentage and a 2.50 goals against average at the Ledyard National Bank Classic. In the 3-0 loss to No. 14 UMass Lowell, he made 22 saves, while in the 4-2 win at Dartmouth he made 36 saves. Tysowsky started all three contests of the month of December as he recorded a 1.55 goals against average and a .937 save percentage as he stopped 74 of 79 shots. He made 24 saves and allowed one goal for a .960 save percentage as the Crusaders tied RIT, 1-1, on Dec. 4. Tysowsky then stopped 27 of 30 shots (.900 save percentage) as Holy Cross had a 3-2 overtime loss to RIT, on Dec. 5. On Dec. 10, he made 23 saves and allowed one goal for a .958 save percentage as the Crusaders tied No. 7 Quinnipiac, 1-1. He was named the Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week for his performance versus Quinnipiac. He stopped all 19 shots as he earned his first collegiate shutout with the 5-0 victory over UConn on Nov. 24. Tysowsky had an outstanding month of October as he started five of six games and earned his first two collegiate wins. He made 125 saves and allowed 12 goals. He was named the Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week on Oct. 19 as he made his collegiate debut, making 25 saves and allowing two goals for a .926 save percentage as the Crusaders fell to Merrimack (Oct. 16), 3-1. On Oct. 24-25, he earned two victories as Holy Cross won both road contests against Canisius, 3-2. Tysowsky made 51 saves and allowed four goals.
WORKING OVERTIME: The Crusaders have played in seven overtime games this season with a 0-2-5 (.357) record in those games. The five ties are tied for the third most ties in a season at the school as the record is seven set in the 2007-2008 season. The most overtime games played in a single-season at Holy Cross was last season when the Crusaders played 10 and went 2-3-5 (.450) in those games. Since the 2006-2007 season and 141 total games, the Crusaders have played 33 overtime contests with a 2-9-22 (.394) record as .234 percent of their games have gone to overtime. Earlier this season, Holy Cross played three straight games that went to overtime as it tied RIT, 1-1, lost to RIT, 3-2, and tied No. 7 Quinnipiac, 1-1. This was the fourth time in program history that the Crusaders had played three straight overtime contests as Holy Cross did it twice in the 2008-2009 season and once in the 1986-1987 season. The school record is four consecutive overtime games set in the 2007-2008 season.
CYR LEADS THE TEAM WITH 24
POINTS: Junior forward Jordan Cyr leads
the team with 14 assists and 24 points, while he is tied for the
lead with 10 goals. He was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the
Week on Feb. 15 as he recorded two goals and three assists for five
points in three games on the week. In the 4-0 win over Bentley on
Feb. 13, he assisted on Holy Cross' third goal and scored on a
power play for the Crusaders' fourth goal of the contest. On Feb.
12 in the 6-4 victory on the road against Bentley, Cyr assisted on
the goal that gave the Crusaders a 3-2 advantage in the second
period. In the 3-2 win over UConn on Feb. 9, he recorded one goal
and one assist. He scored the game-winner in the 5-3 win over Army
on Feb. 5. In the 6-4 victory at Air Force on Jan. 22, he recorded
one goal and had one assist, while Cyr also posted one goal and one
assist in the 5-2 loss at RIT on Jan. 8. He was recognized earlier
this season by the league when he was named the Atlantic Hockey
Player of the Week for his three goals and one assist performance
in the home-and-home series with Sacred Heart on Nov. 6-7. For his
career, he has 30 goals and 27 assists for 57 points, including one
goal for RPI in 2006-2007. He was last year's leading scorer with
19 goals and 13 assists for 32 points. His 19 goals were third
all-time on the Holy Cross Division I list.
SHEEN SHINES: Junior co-captain Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) is second on the team with 19 points, while he is third with nine goals and tied for third with 10 assists. Sheen assisted on both of Holy Cross' goals in the 5-2 loss at RIT on Jan. 8. He scored Holy Cross' lone goal in the 1-1 tie versus No. 7 Quinnipiac on Dec. 10. He was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week for his performances against UConn (Nov. 24) and No. 11 Yale (Nov. 28). For the week he recorded three goals and one assist for four points. This was the first time that he has received this honor. As a freshman he was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week three times and the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Month once. On Nov. 24, he scored two goals as Holy Cross defeated UConn, 5-0, while on Nov. 28 he netted one goal and posted one assist as the Crusaders fell to No. 11 Yale, 7-3. Sheen posted one goal and two assists for three points versus AIC on Oct. 31. He recorded two goals and one assist for three points on the road versus Canisius as Holy Cross won both games by scores of 3-2. On Oct. 24 he scored the first goal of the game and assisted on Holy Cross' second goal, while on Oct. 25 he netted the Crusaders' second goal giving them a 2-1 lead. For his career, he has recorded 35 goals and 33 assists for 68 points in 106 games.
SILVIA SCORES FOUR GAME-WINNERS: Sophomore Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) has scored four game-winning goals so far this season which lead the team. His four game-winners are third in the conference. For the season, he has 10 goals and four assists for 14 points. His 10 goals are tied for the team-lead, while his 14 points are tied for third. He scored the Crusaders' third goal in the 4-0 victory over Bentley on Feb. 13, while he scored the first goal of the night in the 6-4 win over Bentley on Feb. 12, in addition to posting an assist later in the contest. In the 3-2 victory over UConn, Silvia scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at 3:43 of the third period, giving the Crusaders a 3-1 lead at the time. For his career, Silvia has 21 goals and 14 assists for 35 points, while he also has six career game-winners.
DALY, ZNUTAS & CLUNE
LEAD DEFENSE: Sophomore Mike Daly (South
Burlington, Vt.), junior Mark Znutas (Emerson,
N.J.) and sophomore Matt Clune are
contributing to the Crusader offense as defenders. Daly's
career-best 10 assists are tied for third on the team and his
career-best 13 points are fifth. Daly scored his career-best third
goal of the season in the 4-0 win over Bentley on Feb. 13. He was
named to the All-Tournament team at the Ledyard National Bank
Classic and was also named the AT&T Crusader of the Week, for
competition from Dec. 28-Jan. 3. Daly scored his first collegiate
game-winning goal and also had an assist in the 4-2 win at
Dartmouth on Jan. 3. He assisted on Holy Cross' second goal of the
game and then scored his first goal of the season to give the
Crusaders a 3-1 lead. For his career, he has five goals and 15
assists for 20 points. Znutas has nine assists this season. For his
career, Znutas has 10 goals and 30 assists for 40 career points as
he has played 103 career games. Clune's career-best 10 assists are
tied for third on the team. He also has a career-best 12 points.
Clune posted two assists in the 6-4 win over Bentley on Feb. 12. He
had two assists in the 5-3 win over Army on Feb. 5. He recorded one
goal and one assist for two points in the 6-4 win over Air Force on
Jan. 22. He also posted two assists in the 7-3 loss to Yale on Nov.
28. For his career, Clune has four goals and 16 assists for 20
FRESHMEN CONTRIBUTIONS: The Crusaders have received solid contributions from their freshmen skaters this season. At the season opener versus Providence on Oct. 10, freshman Rob Linsmayer recorded an assist. He scored his first collegiate goal versus UConn on Nov. 24 as Holy Cross won 5-0. His 12 assists are second on the team and his 14 points are tied for third. Freshman Erik Vos (Carlisle, Ontario) posted his first two collegiate points with a goal and an assist as Holy Cross defeated Canisius, 3-2, on Oct. 24. Overall he has four goals and two assists for six points. Freshman Brendan Baker (Edina, Minn.) had his first collegiate point with an assist on Oct. 24 versus Canisius. Baker has one goal and two assists for three points. On Nov. 14 against Air Force, freshman Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) scored his first collegiate goal, while on Nov. 21 versus Mercyhurst, freshman Evan Zych (Kilbride, Ontario) recorded his first collegiate point with an assist. Nunn has one goal and two assists for three points.
HOLY CROSS HEAD COACH PAUL PEARL: Paul Pearl is in his 15th 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 224-224-53 (.500) record at Holy Cross and has been the man behind the bench in seven of the nine most successful seasons in Holy Cross history, while he has had three teams post 20-plus win seasons. Along with 13 post-season appearances in 14 years, Pearl led the Crusaders to their first two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003-2004 and 2005-2006, 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. In 2005-2006, Pearl led the Crusaders to a school single season record 27 victories, as the team posted an overall record of 27-10-2. Holy Cross also claimed the AHA regular season and tournament titles.
PINK THE RINK: On Feb. 13, in front of a crowd of 2,009 at the Hart Center, the Crusaders held "Pink The Rink" night and defeated Bentley, 4-0. Holy Cross wore a special edition pink jersey to show its support for breast cancer awareness. The jerseys were auctioned off throughout the game as they raised $8,070 with all the proceeds going to the Levine Cancer Center in Worcester. A ceremonial puck drop featured Holy Cross professors and breast cancer survivors Kathy Kiel (Economics) and Helen Freear-Papio (Modern Languages and Literature). Kevin Shea from WCTR-TV 3 was the MC for the event as he went through the crowd during the game talking to fans and keeping people up to date on the auction. Between the first and second period the men's hockey program honored David Joy (Class of 1974) and his wife Michele for generously donating the jerseys so all of the proceeds from the auction of the jerseys will go to the Levine Cancer Center. Holy Cross coach Paul Pearl presented David and Michele with a pink jersey of their own. Michele's sister and breast cancer survivor Mary Keenan was also honored at the ceremony and given a pink jersey with her name on the back. After the game each player personally handed the auction winners their jerseys as Shea announced the winners.
TOUGH COMPETITION: Last week the Crusaders were swept by second-place Sacred Heart as that series continued a stretch of games against some of the nation's best teams for the Crusaders. On Jan. 22-23, Holy Cross went 1-1-0 at Air Force as the Falcons were on top of the Atlantic Hockey standings as the series started. On Jan. 8-9, Holy Cross lost two games at RIT, as the Tigers had the best conference winning percentage in Atlantic Hockey. On Jan. 2, the Crusaders lost to UMass Lowell who was No. 14 nationally in the USCHO.com poll and No. 12 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. Holy Cross tied No. 7 Quinnipiac, 1-1, on Dec. 10, as Quinnipiac had the nation's third best offense and second best winning percentage. On Dec. 4-5, the Crusaders played RIT who entered the two-game series on the top of the Atlantic Hockey standings and was tied for the nation's longest winning streak with eight. The Crusaders went 0-1-1 versus the Tigers snapping their winning streak on Dec. 4 with a 1-1 tie. HC fell to No. 11 Yale on Nov. 28 by a score of 7-3 as Yale entered the game with the nation's top offense.
2 CRUSADERS AT NHL DEVELOPMENT CAMPS: Juniors J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) and Everett Sheen participated at NHL development camps. Martignetti was at the Chicago Blackhawks' camp, while Sheen, who last year attended the Anaheim Ducks' camp, participated at the Washington Capitals' camp. The Blackhawks' camp was at Johnny's Ice House in Chicago from July 6-10. The camp roster had 53 players. Washington's camp took place from July 13-18 at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. Both camps featured recent draft picks, select rookie players and other prospects.
HC PICKED FOURTH IN PRESEASON POLL: Holy Cross was picked fourth in the Atlantic Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Crusaders received 54 total points. Air Force was picked first with 80 points and eight first place votes, followed by Mercyhurst with 70 points and two first place votes. RIT was picked third with 67 points, HC was fourth with 54 points followed by Canisius with 53 points, Army with 40 points, Bentley with 31 points, Sacred Heart with 27 points, UConn with 18 points and AIC with 10 points.