WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr., and head men's hockey coach Paul Pearl have announced the Crusaders' schedule for the 2011-2012 season. There will be a total of 16 home games at the Hart Center for Holy Cross this season, beginning with an exhibition contest against New Brunswick on Oct. 7. Last year, Holy Cross went 11-6-1 at home which was its best record since going 12-4-1 at the Hart Center in the 2005-2006 season. The Crusaders start the regular season at ECAC opponent Quinnipiac on Oct. 12 and meet AIC at home on Oct. 15.
The Crusaders will play two non-conference games at home this year with contests versus ECAC members Brown (Nov. 26) and Clarkson (Nov. 27). Holy Cross will play two road games against Hockey East teams with meetings versus Boston University (Oct. 22) and UMass (Nov. 11). The Crusaders will compete at the Ledyard National Bank Classic hosted by ECAC member Dartmouth. Holy Cross will take on the Big Green (Dec. 30) and then meet either 2011 NCAA Tournament participant and Hockey East opponent Merrimack or ECAC team St. Lawrence (Dec. 31).
Holy Cross will play five Atlantic Hockey teams three times (AIC, Army, Bentley, UConn and Sacred Heart), while the Crusaders will take on six teams twice (Air Force, Canisius, Mercyhurst, Niagara, RIT and Robert Morris). The Crusaders will play two home contests versus 2011 NCAA Tournament qualifier Air Force on Jan. 6-7.
All 12 schools will compete in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament with the top four teams earning a first round bye. The first round will be on March 2-4, while the quarterfinals are on March 9-11. Both rounds are best two-out-of-three. The semifinals (March 16) and the finals (March 17) will be held in Rochester, N.Y.
The Crusaders return 22 letterwinners and five starters from last season. Last year, Holy Cross went 17-16-5 overall (14-8-5 Atlantic Hockey) as the Crusaders' 17 overall wins were their most in a season since they won a school record 27 games in 2005-2006.