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Men's Hockey To Play Carleton In Exhibition

Holy Cross Athletics   09-29-2017

Holy Cross to Play Carleton in Exhibition

The Holy Cross men’s hockey team will start the 2017-18 season with an exhibition match-up at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex in Worcester, Mass.

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Recapping 2016-17

• Last year, the Crusaders went 14-15-7 overall and 11-10-7 in Atlantic Hockey.

• Holy Cross ranked fourth in Atlantic Hockey in scoring offense, averaging 2.75 goals per game.

• The Crusaders ranked fifth in the league in scoring defense, allowing an average of 2.94 goals per game.

• Holy Cross finished with the league’s sixth best conversion rate on the power play at 17.0%

• The Crusaders were the least penalized team in Atlantic Hockey, with 9.5 penalty minutes per game and held a 76.4% success rate on the penalty kill.

Who’s Returning

• Twenty-three Crusaders return for the 2017-18 season.

Danny Lopez led the team in points (17-16-33) and led the league in power play goals with 12.

• Four of the team’s top five points leaders return.

Paul Berrafato played 2100:32 minutes between the pipes for the Crusaders, holding a .896 save percentage in 2016-17 and enters his senior season.

Fresh Faces

• Head coach David Berard adds five to the roster for the 2017-18 season - two defensemen and three forwards.

Frank Boie and Logan Milliken join the defensive core, each with BCHL experience.

Andrew Dumaresque , Logan Ferguson, and Pete Kessel join the Crusader offense.

• “The five-player class provides valuable depth and competition at the forward and defense positions and enhances our style of play,” said Berard about the newcomers.

Preseason Recognition

• The Crusaders were picked sixth in the Atlantic Hockey Preseason Coaches poll with 72 points.

• Holy Cross finished the 2016-17 season in fifth place in the league (11-10-7) and with an overall record of 14-15-7.  The team finished in fourth among the league in scoring, averaging 2.75 goals per game.

‘Saders in the Summer

T.J. Moore attended the Boston Bruins development camp as one of the eight players invited who are not in the Bruins’ organization.

• Moore aims to bring his NHL Development Camp experience into the 2017-18 season at Holy Cross.

Crusader Captains

Brett Mulcahy continues at the helm of the Crusader leadership, serving as captain for the second consecutive season.

Tommy Muratore and T.J. Moore have been named assistant captains for the second straight year.

• As a junior, Michael Laffin joins the Crusader leadership as an assistant captain.

Atlantic Hockey Team Sportsmanship Award

• In the 2016-17 season, Holy Cross was the least penalized team in Atlantic Hockey, averaging just 9.5 penalty minutes per game.

• Practicing such discipline throughout the season earned the Crusaders the 2016-17 Atlantic Hockey Team Sportsmanship Award.

• The team’s 9.5 penalty minutes per game were the fourth lowest nationally.

Berrafato In Goal

• Senior goaltender Paul Berrafato enters the 2017-18 season having played 78 games, amassing 4501:21 minutes of play. He has made 1,814 saves and faced 2,002 shots for a career goals against average of .906 and 2.51 goals against average. He claims a .513 winning percentage with an overall record of 33-31-12.

• As a junior, Berrafato played in all 36 games and made 840 saves and posted three shutouts.

The Last Time Against Carleton

• After trailing, 5-2, with 9:11 remaining in the third period, the Crusaders scored five straight goals to defeat the Ravens, 7-5 in the 2016 exhibition game at the New England Sports Center.

Danny Lopez led the Crusaders’ offense with two goals.

• Berrafato recorded nine saves and Tommy Nixon made three saves.

• Holy Cross outshot Carleton, 38-17.

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