Men's hockey set for exhibition with Simon Fraser
Holy Cross will open the 2019-20 season with an exhibition game against Canadian university, Simon Fraser, on Oct. 5 at 7:05 p.m. at the Hart Center in Worcester.
• The Crusaders will play its first game as an exhibition with Simon Fraser.
• “We are excited for the start of the season,” said head coach David Berard as he enters his sixth season with the Crusaders. “Our guys have been back since August 19th, so we are ready to play against someone besides ourselves!”
• The Crusaders exhibition games will be free for all fans!
• Anthony Vincent is the Crusaders’ top returning scorer. The forward tallied 21 points in his rookie season from a team-high 16 assists and five goals. Vincent also earned Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie team honors from his debut season.
• Neil Robinson picked up 16 points in 21 conference games last season with five goals and 11 assists.
• At forward, Kevin Darrar returns for his senior year after three seasons of steady offensive production. In 2018-19, Darrar tallied eight goals and five assists for 13 points.
• Logan Ferguson, who missed a portion of the season due to injury last year, will return of the Crusaders. Ferguson picked up 12 points in 21 games.
• Senior captain, Jack Surowiec had a breakout year in 2018-19. The forward nearly doubled his career games played and provided a spark to Holy Cross’ offense. Surowiec scored his first-career goal against then-No. 4 UMass.
• Defensively, the Crusaders return Matt Slick, who picked up five points and finished with a +3. Slick was also a Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie team selection.
• Erik Gordon returns between the pipes, after a 25-game freshman season. Gordon played 1449:51 minutes in his debut campaign and made 613 saves.
• The Crusaders brought in a seven-man class made up of four forwards, two defensemen, and one goaltender.
• Grayson Constable, a 6-2, 201 pound forward recorded 54 points in 52 games in the 2018-19 season in the AJHL.
• Nick Hale, a 5-foot-9, 165-pound defenseman, played for the Brooks Bandits of the AJHL where he tallied four goals and 16 assists in 39 games played. Hale also attended the Carolina Hurricanes 2019 Prospects Development Camp.
• Christian Hayes, a 5-foot-7, 167-pound forward, comes to the Crusaders from Thayer Academy.
• Mike Higgins, a 5-foot-10, 205-pound defenseman, picked up 35 points in 77 career games in the NAHL.
• Alex Peterson, a 5-foot-10, 172-pound forward, racked up 93 poinrs in 114 games in the NAHL.
• Matt Radomsky, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound goalie, played to a .915 save percentage and 2.06 goals against average in the MJHL.
• Bobby Young, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound forward, picked up 76 points in 108 games in the AJHL.
• Junior Jake Pappalardo will also make his debut in a Crusaders jersey after transferring from the University of Maine.
• Holy Cross’ non-conference schedule features six quality opponents, four of which were ranked in the preseason top-20: #7/6 Providence (Oct. 11), #15/14 Northeastern (Oct. 17), #8/11 Quinnipiac (Jan. 17), and #20 Arizona State (Feb. 7).
• On Oct. 11, the Crusaders open the season at #7 Providence, who advanced to the 2019 Frozen Four.
• Beyond the exhibition game with Simon Fraser, the Crusaders will also host the USA National Development Team Program on Oct. 13 at 4:05 p.m. at the Hart Center. The NDTP boasts eight first-round draft picks in the 2019 NHL Draft.
• The Crusaders will also welcome Merrimack (Oct. 17) and St. Lawrence (Oct. 25) to the Hart Center as a part of their non-conference slate.
• “Our strength of schedule is perhaps the best we have had,” said head coach David Berard about the 2019-20 slate. “Besides the 28 Atlantic Hockey games, we are playing six quality non-conference opponents. All totaled, we will be playing 20 home games this year. It will be a fun and exciting year for Crusader Hockey!”
• Surowiec will wear the ‘C’ for the Crusaders this season with Darrar, Vincent, and Ferguson sporting the ‘A’.
• “We have a great leadership group that has done a tremendous job setting the example and integrating our freshmen class,” said Berard. “We have a hard-working, competitive group with good team speed and depth at every position. We are looking to build off the success we had in the second half of last year and use that experience to lead us this year.”
• The Crusaders finished the 2018-19 season with a 10-21-5 record and 10-14-4 mark in league action.
• After a first half plagued with injuries, the Crusaders finished the final 12 games of the regular season with a 6-4-2 record.
• Holy Cross finished tied for eighth in the Atlantic Hockey standings and traveled to Robert Morris for the Atlantic Hockey first round, where they fell in two games.