April 10, 2006

Men's Hockey Ranked #14 In Final USA Today Poll

April 10, 2006

WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's hockey team is ranked No. 14 in the final USA Today/American Hockey Magazine College Hockey Poll. The Crusaders received 108 points. This is the second straight week that the Crusaders have been ranked 14th in this poll and marks the highest ranking in the history of the program.

The Crusaders finished their most successful season ever with a 27-10-2 record and their first win in the NCAA Tournament. The 4-3 overtime victory over Minnesota on Friday, March 24 in the West Regional Semifinals in Grand Forks, N.D., marked the first time that a No. 4 seed defeated a No. 1 seed in NCAA action, since the tournament expanded to 16 teams. Senior Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ontario) and junior Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.) earned spots on the NCAA West Regional all-tournament team. The Crusaders also won the Atlantic Hockey regular season and tournament titles for the second time in three years. The Crusaders final winning percentage of .718 is tied with Miami of Ohio for third best in the nation.

USA TODAY/American Hockey men's poll

FINAL POLL -- April 10, 2006

Rank, school (first-place votes)
Record
Points
LW
1. Wisconsin (34)
30-10-3
510
1
2. Boston College
26-13-3
475
3
3. North Dakota
29-16-1
435
2
4. Maine
28-12-2
401
4
5. Boston
26-10-4
363
5
6. Michigan State
25-12-8
318
6
7. Cornell
22-9-4
312
7
8. Minnesota
27-9-5
276
8
9. Miami (Ohio)
26-9-4
214
9
10. Harvard
21-12-2
161
10
11. Colorado College
24-16-2
158
11
12. Michigan
21-15-5
142
12
13. New Hampshire
20-13-7
135
13
14. Holy Cross
27-10-2
108
14
15. St. Cloud State
22-16-4
22
15

Others receiving votes: Denver, 22; Nebraska Omaha, 13; Northern Michigan, 10; Dartmouth College, 4; Bemidji State, 2..

The USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the six NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the American Hockey Coaches Association and American Hockey Magazine, the official publication of USA Hockey.