Sept. 5, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - The College of the Holy Cross will host the 2006 Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament semifinals and championship game at the Hart Center on Friday and Saturday, March 17 and 18. The winner will earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Regionals. A banquet will be held on March 16. The quarterfinals will take place on Saturday, March 11, at the home ice of the higher seed in each game.
"We are excited to host the Atlantic Hockey semifinals and championship game," said Bill Bellerose, Holy Cross Associate Athletic Director and former Crusader head hockey coach and hall of famer. "Hockey has become very big on our campus since the Atlantic Hockey Tournament champion has been able to get an automatic bid into the NCAAs, so I think hosting this type of event is something to look forward to."
This will be the third time Holy Cross has hosted its conference's post season hockey tournament. The Crusaders previously hosted the MAAC playoffs in 1999 and 2002.
"Our program is extremely excited about hosting the Atlantic Hockey Championships in March," said Crusader head coach Paul Pearl. "We have hosted twice in the past, and the city of Worcester and our student body have enthusiastically supported it."
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Holy Cross ticket office at (508) 793-2573 or at any home Holy Cross hockey game. Tickets can also be purchased as part of the season ticket package.
Holy Cross won the inaugural Atlantic Hockey championship in March of 2004 by defeating Sacred Heart, 4-0, in the title game, giving Holy Cross its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The 2005-06 Crusaders have five starters and 20 letterwinners returning, including four of last season's top five scorers, to a team that finished 16-14-6 and fourth in the league with a 12-7-5 record. Holy Cross will have an experienced squad with seven seniors including captains Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ontario) and Pierre Napert-Frenette (Bathurst, New Brunswick) who earned spots on the Atlantic Hockey All-Conference first and second teams respectively.
The Crusaders will start the season when they host the Royal Military College in an exhibition game at 7:00 p.m., and then they travel to Amherst, Mass., to take on the UMass Minutemen on Friday, October 21, at 7:00 p.m.
Atlantic Hockey consists of Holy Cross, AIC, Army, Bentley, Canisius, UConn, Mercyhurst and Sacred Heart.