Sept. 4, 2008
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 2008-2009 season. There will be a total of 17 home games at the Hart Center for Holy Cross this season, beginning with an exhibition contest against the University of Prince Edward Island on Oct. 11 and the season opening two-game series with Atlantic Hockey opponent Canisius on Oct. 17-18.
Once again the Crusaders will play a challenging non-conference schedule. Holy Cross will play Providence (Oct. 25) and Dartmouth (Jan. 21) at the Hart Center, while it will play at Boston University (Nov. 25) and at New Hampshire (Dec. 11). The Crusaders will also compete at the Denver Cup with a game against Denver (Jan. 2) and either Boston University or Rensselaer (Jan. 3).
With 10 teams in Atlantic Hockey, the Crusaders will play an unbalanced conference schedule. Holy Cross will have four meetings with AIC, Air Force, Bentley, RIT and Sacred Heart, and two games versus Army, Canisius, Connecticut and Mercyhurst.
The 2009 Atlantic Hockey Tournament is moving to a four-round format that will begin on March 7 with a single-game elimination round as the seventh and eighth place teams host the 10th and ninth place teams respectively. Then on March 13-15 the best two-out-of-three quarterfinals series will take place. The semifinals and finals will be played at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y., on March 20 and March 21.