Men's Hockey Sends Five into the Professional Ranks
WORCESTER, Mass. – At the conclusion of the 2017-18 season, five Crusaders signed professional contracts to continue their playing careers. Paul Berrafato, Ryan Ferrill, T.J. Moore, and Tommy Muratore all moved on to play in the ECHL while Scott Pooley moved on to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.
Paul Berrafato signed with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL after an impressive senior season. The senior goaltender was an All-Atlantic Hockey First Team selection and a Walter Brown Award semifinalist. He played in all 36 games for the Crusaders in the 2017-18 season, making 1060 saves and playing in 2172:37 minutes to take the single-season minutes played record at Holy Cross. Berrafato’s 1060 saves ranks second all-time at Holy Cross in single-season saves. He finished the season with a .919 save percentage and five shutouts. Berrafato captured both the all-time shutout record (11) and the single season shutout record (5) at Holy Cross. In his career, Berrafato played in 114 games and started 102 consecutive games.
Ryan Ferrill signed with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits of the ECHL after playing in 138 career games for the Crusaders. The senior forward tallied 28 goals and 33 assists in his career with 16 points coming in his senior campaign. Ferrill tallied six goals and 10 assists in the 2017-18 season.
T.J. Moore signed with the Norfolk Admirals of the ECHL and tallied his first professional goal in his first game with the Admirals. Moore recorded 106 career points in 133 games played as a Crusader. He recorded 47 goals and 59 assists. In the 2017-18 season, Moore led Holy Cross in assists, with 22, and ranked second on the team in points, with 30.
Tommy Muratore signed with the Quad City Mallards of the ECHL. Muratore played in 139 games for Holy Cross, amassing 34 points at the blue line. The senior defenseman scored one goal and added seven assists in his senior campaign.
Scott Pooley signed with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL and scored his first professional goal in his AHL debut. Pooley capped off his career as a Crusader with 98 points from 51 goals and 47 assists. In his senior season, Pooley led the team in points, with 34. He scored a team-best 18 goals and added 16 assists. Pooley was recognized as a Walter Brown Award semifinalist in the 2017-18 season. He was also the recipient of the New England Hockey Writers Paul Hines Award presented to the Most Improved Player.
With five student-athletes to play in the professional ranks, it is the most signees in head coach David Berard’s tenure at Holy Cross. In 2015, four Crusaders moved on to play in the ECHL. Scott Pooley is also the first Crusader to play in the AHL since Matt Ginn played the 2015-16 season for the Providence Bruins.