Men's Hockey Featured On USCHO.com
By Dan Rubin
In what’s turning into an annual rite of passage, Atlantic Hockey enters its final two weekends with nearly every playoff position fully up for grabs.
Ten of the 11 slots in the playoff race are separated from someone else by one point, and, for yet another season, parity is turning the proverbial “mad dash to the finish” into a “demolition derby for the last man standing.”
“It’s really a credit to how good the league really is,” Holy Cross coach David Berard said. “Parity is great, and we’re seeing it this year more than ever. It’s a league where it’s tough to get points on the road, but it’s also tough to get more than two points in general. Look at last weekend when we had four of the five games on Saturday go into overtime. We’re probably looking at a lot more games that will shape up that way.”
It’s a place Holy Cross fans might have had trouble seeing in the first half of the season.
Heading into Christmas break, the Crusaders were 6-7-3 overall and 3-4-3 in league play with one win in their final seven games. But following a 3-0 loss to Canisius on Dec. 30, Holy Cross won its next three, kicking off a 7-2-3 run that pulled them well over .500 in every respect.
“We have better committed to team defense,” Berard said. “We had some early offensive success in the beginning of the season, especially in winning some nonconference games. That tricked us a little bit into being overconfident in our offense, which isn’t our formula, but it’s how we started the year. We were incorrect in that regard, and we started to do too much.”
The Crusaders (13-11-6, 10-8-6 AHC) return to action for a two-game home-and-home series against Army West Point (14-11-4, 13-9-2 AHC) on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17-18 at 7:05 p.m. Friday’s game will be played in Worcester as the team celebrates Senior Night. The game on Friday will be shown live on Charter TV3 and AtlanticHockey.TV with Kevin Shea and Mike McGuire on the call. Holy Cross Athletics will also partner with Big Y World Class Markets for Recycling Day on Friday to promote sustainability. Crusader fans who bring an empty soda bottle or can to recycle will receive $2.00 off admission and be entered to win a $50.00 gift card to Big Y. Go here for tickets. Saturday’s game will be played at Army West Point.
Make sure to visit the Holy Cross Team Shop during Friday's game against Army West Point, to receive 10 percent off the Item of the Game!
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