Aug. 17, 2006
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 2006-07 season. There will be a total of 15 home games at the Hart Center for Holy Cross this season, beginning with an exhibition contest against the University of Ottawa on Saturday, October 7. Eight out of the first 12 games will be held at the Hart Center, including a two-game series against Mercyhurst to open Holy Cross' Atlantic Hockey schedule on October 20-21.
Once again the Crusaders will play a challenging non-conference schedule with all six games away from the Hart Center including the season opener at Niagara (10/14). The other non-conference games will be against Merrimack (10/24), Yale (10/27), Dartmouth (1/16), Quinnipiac (1/28) and either Colgate or Northeastern at the UConn Hockey Classic (12/30), as the Crusaders will face tournament host UConn the previous day on December 29 in a conference game. Last season, the Crusaders set a school record for wins on their opponent's home ice with a 13-5-1 record, while they went 2-1-0 in neutral site games. Holy Cross also went 5-3-0 in non-conference games including a perfect 3-0-0 record against ECACHL opponents.
With the addition of Air Force and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to Atlantic Hockey, the Crusaders will play an unbalanced conference schedule. Holy Cross will have four meetings with Army, Canisius, Connecticut, Mercyhurst and Sacred Heart, and two games versus AIC, Air Force, Bentley and RIT.
The 2007 Atlantic Hockey Tournament begins with a first round game on March 3, while the quarterfinals will be on March 10 with the games at the higher seed's home rink. The semifinals and finals will be held at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y., March 16-17.
The Crusaders return 21 letterwinners to a team that finished with a school best 27-10-2 record and earned their first win in the NCAA Tournament with the 4-3 overtime win over Minnesota. The Crusaders also won the Atlantic Hockey regular season and tournament titles for the second time in three years, and were ranked No. 14 in the final USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll.