WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross men's hockey team will host a best-two-out-of-three Atlantic Hockey Tournament quarterfinal series versus Canisius on March 11-13 at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders, who are the No. 3 seed and earned a first round bye, will play the Golden Griffins who defeated Niagara in the first round on March 5. All four lower seeds (Mercyhurst, Canisius, Sacred Heart and AIC) won on the road in the first round. The Crusaders went 1-0-1 versus the Golden Griffins this season with a 3-3 tie and a 6-2 win with both games on the road. Tickets are on sale now for the games on March 11 and 12 and may be purchased by calling (508) 793-2573 or visiting the Holy Cross Ticket Office located in the Holy Cross Field House during business hours (9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students/youths or senior citizens. If a game three is necessary tickets will be sold at the Hart Center before the game.
The Crusaders finished in third place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 33 points. The third place finish is Holy Cross' best since it placed first in the standings in the 2005-2006 season. The Crusaders set a new school record with their 11th straight game without a loss. Holy Cross is 8-0-3 in its last 11 contests. This is now the longest streak in school history surpassing the streak when Holy Cross went 10-0-0 between Dec. 8, 1979-Jan. 16, 1980. The Crusaders' streak is also currently tied for the longest in the nation as Union is 10-0-1 over its last 11 contests. During the last 11 games the Crusaders have outscored their opponents by a 47-23 margin. Holy Cross has averaged 4.4 goals per game and has allowed 2.1 goals per contest during this streak.
The Crusaders' 14 Atlantic Hockey wins are their most in a season since they won a program-best 19 games with a 19-7-2 record in 2005-2006. Their 15 overall wins are the most in a season since it won a school record 27 games in 2005-2006. Holy Cross has the third best power play nationally with a 24.7 percentage. The Crusaders are 37-150 while on the power play. This season the Crusaders have scored 111 goals as they have netted 3.3 goals per game. These are the most goals Holy Cross has scored in a season since netting 130 in the 2005-2006 season.
Holy Cross is 6-0-0 all-time in Atlantic Hockey Tournament games played at the Hart Center. Holy Cross defeated Sacred Heart in 2005, AIC, UConn and Bentley in 2006 to win the title, and most recently has earned first round victories over AIC in 2009 and 2010.
With a quarterfinal series win, the Crusaders will advance to the Atlantic Hockey Tournament semifinals which will be held at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y., on Friday March 18. The championship game will be on Saturday, March 19.