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Mark Seliger Photography

Men's Hockey To Open Season With Mercyhurst Series

Holy Cross Athletics   10-12-2017
Holy Cross (0-0-0, 0-0-0 AHC)
vs. Merychurst 
(0-0-0, 0-0-0 AHC)
Dates • Time: Oct. 13-14 • 7:05 p.m.
Location: Worcester, Mass.
Arena: Hart Center
Tickets: GoHolyCross
Series: MU, 36-16-7
Last Meeting: HC 3, MU 3 (1/21/17)
Last HC Win: HC 3, MU 3 (11/11/16)
First Meeting: HC 4, MU 5 (11/29/97)
Live Stats: Oct. 13  Oct. 14
Video: Oct. 13  Oct. 14
Live Tweets: @HCrossMHockey
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Tale of the Tape
2016-17 Stats
HC MU
2.75 Goals/Game 2.72
2.94 Goals Allowed/Game 3.15
28.9 Shots/Game 30.6
4.4 Penalties/Game 6.3
17.0% Power Play 15.3%
76.3% Penalty Kill 76.9%

PDF Game Notes

The Holy Cross men’s hockey team will open the 2017-18 season with an Atlantic Hockey series with the Mercyhurst Lakers at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex.

Holy Cross in Home Openers

• Under head coach David Berard, the Crusaders have a 1-4 record in season openers and in home openers.

• In the 2016-17 season, the Crusaders defeated Niagara, 8-2 in their first game and defeated Providence, 2-1 in overtime to open the hockey season in Worcester.

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 58 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.

Holy Cross in Exhibition Play

• The Crusaders played Carleton on Sept. 29 at the Hart Center.

• All 27 players dressed in the exhibition.

• Both Paul Berrafato and Tommy Nixon saw time between the pipes.

Brett Mulcahy and Ryan Ferrill each notched two points off of one goal and one assist in the exhibition.

‘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, made 840 saves and posted three shutouts.

Scouting Mercyhurst

•The Lakers bring a veteran team to the 2017-18 season, with 21 seniors and juniors.

• Derek Barach and Jonathan Charbonneau return to Mercyhurst as the 2016-17 leading points scorer and goal scorer, respectively.

• Last season, the Laker goaltenders split time. Brandon Wildung played in 24 games, recording a .908 save percentage and a 3.08 goals against average. Colin DeAugustine played in 20 games and totaled a .913 save percentage and 3.12 goals against average.

• Mercyhurst will also open its season, having played an exhibition game with Ryerson on Oct. 7, falling 7-6 in overtime.

• The Lakers finished the 2016-17 season with a powerplay conversion rate of 15.3% rate and a penalty kill success rate of 76.9%.

The Last Time Against Mercyhurst

• The Crusaders and Lakers last battled at the Hart Center on Jan. 20-21, skating to a 3-3 tie in both games.

• In the games, Berrafato made 52 saves and Scott Pooley collected a pair of goals. Kevin Darrar, Michael Laffin, Danny Lopez and Brett Mulcahy also scored.

Up Next

• The Crusaders continue an early season home stretch with an AHC series, hosting Bentley on Oct. 20-21 at 7:05 p.m.

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